Dear first or second year PhD students,
LawPALS, Edinburgh Law School’s Peer Assisted Learning Scheme, is recruiting! We are looking to appoint a student from the 2017/18 postgraduate student body to fulfil the role of Coordinator and lead the project under the supervision of the Director of Student Experience. The post holder would be expected to undertake some duties from March 2018 and during the summer in the run-up to the new academic year. LawPALS operates in semester one only but the duties of Coordinator are spread through the academic year. Please see job description (attached) for further information.
This is not a teaching post but it is an opportunity to develop leadership and student support skills, while gaining paid experience of developing and running an innovative scheme within the university. Please note that the 140 hours limit noted in the job description includes all other paid roles at the university, such as teaching, research assistance and the like.
Organise and run training for Student Leaders in the week prior to the Welcome Week in September (with input and support from Director of Student Experience and other colleagues).
Oversee promotion of the programme to incoming students. Promotion includes a LawPALS welcome lecture mainly led by the Student Leaders, LawPALS website and session posters.
Oversee and facilitate the LawPALS sessions for the year. This is concentrated in semester one for the majority of students. Essential tasks include:
Coordinate booking of rooms for sessions.
Support Student Leaders, including overseeing their progress and providing supplies as necessary.
Oversee Student Leaders reporting of sessions in terms of attendance and monitoring.
Be on campus during session times (1-2, Monday to Thursday, semester one) and be contactable by students during this time in case any issues arise.
Organise programme evaluation with the students and with the Student Leaders respectively.
Liaise regularly with the Director of Student Experience.
Organise and facilitate leaders’ meetings on a fortnightly basis and other LawPALS social events.
Oversee day-to-day enquiries about the programme.
Maintain LawPALS webpage and coordinate Student Leaders running of the Facebook page for incoming students.
Act as an initial point of contact for participants, academic staff and student leaders as necessary throughout the duration of appointment.
Coordinate recruitment of student leaders during February/March.
Report to Director of Student Experience.
Produce annual report based on the feedback forms.
Total no more than 140 hours per year, spread over a year.
February/March: recruitment and selection of new leaders.
April: evaluation of programme.
Late spring/summer: planning training and next academic year’s programme.
September: Running training. Promotional events. Sessions start.
September – November: Sessions run – Coordinator supports and meets fortnightly with Leaders.
January – March: coordination of sessions for semester two only Exchange students.
LLB (or equivalent from another jurisdiction) graduate enrolled on a postgraduate research (PhD) degree in the School of Law in 2017/18.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the proven ability to easily interact with students and staff.
Exemplary organisational and time management skills.
Competent computing skills.
Confident public speaker.
Experience in managing and/or training.
Experience as a student mentor or peer assisted learning leader.
This post is graded at Grade UE06 (£14.54 per hour + £2.22 annual leave) and current rates of pay can be viewed at:
How to apply
Applications should be sent to email@example.com and should consist of:
· A short CV (maximum two pages)
· A cover letter, which explains your previous experiences with peer assisted learning, and/or why would you like to be offered this post. Please also include the name of one referee, ideally your supervisor or other academic staff at the University of Edinburgh.
Deadline – 17:00 Thursday 1st February 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to a panel interview at around mid-February.
All informal inquiries should be addressed to the current coordinator Xiaoou Zheng at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the programme see http://www.lawpals.law.ed.ac.uk/