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Academic and Communication Skills Tutors

Faculty of the Social Sciences
26,341 - 32,344 a year
Grade 5
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Role Description


The Faculty of Social Sciences Departmental Academic and Communication Skills team is recruiting two full time academic and  communication skills tutors for the School of Business and Society and the Education Department to enhance transition, academic  and communication skills and the success of students in postgraduate taught programmes. You will have the opportunity to work  with a large international department as part of a creative, dynamic team, providing department-specific academic skills provision  and tutoring aimed at improving student performance and success in their master’s studies.

You will have a higher education teaching qualification (or equivalent recognition), experience of supporting master’s students with  transition to higher study and developing higher level study skills and  teaching students from a  range of backgrounds and levels including international student groups. You will be a collaborative and supportive team member  with knowledge of the national HE teaching and learning agenda and of current research in HE pedagogy, a proactive and positive  approach, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 


Specific responsibilities will include:

• delivering engaging and effective language and academic skills teaching and advice to master’s students in the School for  Business and Society and the Education Department.

• contributing to the development of materials that enable high quality and intellectually challenging teaching and learning,  including digital and online resources;

• setting and marking student work and providing constructive feedback to students;

• reflecting on, and evaluating the effectiveness of the role holder's own teaching and support for learning, to ensure that its  relevance and value to students' learning needs is optimised;

• contributing to the development of department-specific services, considering possible improvements to the portfolio of  services, and possible new services;

• working collaboratively with colleagues in the department, other parts of DACS, other central teams and academic  departments, to explore relevant aspects of student learning needs and opportunities for support;

• maintaining an up-to-date awareness of HE pedagogy and advances in technology relevant to

• teaching and learning in higher education, and undertaking professional networking with the wider HE community;

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

• A certificate in TESOL or CELTA or equivalent

• A good honours degree or equivalent.

• Excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills that enable effective engagement with colleagues and  students, one-to-one and in larger groups, across a range of disciplines.

• Proven ability to deliver engaging teaching, presentations, workshops and tutoring that convey useful and appropriately pitched  content in a meaningful way.

• Experience of teaching academic and communication skills to PGT students 

Interview date: 20 July 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Victoria Jack on

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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