School of Computer Science

Teaching & Demonstrating

The School relies on research students to get involved with teaching in the School. It is also excellent experience and a good way to strengthen your CV, as well as helping to support other students and their learning.

The Demonstrator Tutor, Ian Kenny, coordinates teaching contributions from research students. That includes making the final allocations, even if you and a particular lecturer have already agreed that you would be good on their module.


"Demonstrating" means helping out with the School's teaching, by marking, or assisting in examples classes and labs, by holding tutorials, and in other ways - which include preparation time.

The main rules are set out in a University code of practice and the School Staff Handbook. Here is a summary.

  • The University policy is that you can demonstrate up to a maximum of 15 hours per week and you will be paid an hourly rate for the work you do.
  • For Small Group Tutorial work, the hours when you are actually teaching a tutor group, the hourly rates are higher.
  • The Demonstrator Tutor organises training, mentoring and observation for demonstrators. It is obligatory for you to take part in these if you demonstrate.
  • If you are doing the Research Skills module, make sure your demonstrating duties don't clash with it.

Payments - and contract forms

Before any work is completed, you must be fully registered with Worklink. You can initially register here and then once this has been done you will need to visit Worklink (who are based in The Guild) with all of the necessary documents. Once fully registered you will be provided with a Worklink registration card, which must be taken to the School reception to show your eligibilty to work.

If you are working for more than 13 weeks in an academic year, you will be placed on a contract for the number of hours you have been allocated. If you are working less than 13 weeks in an academic year, you will receive weekly timesheets which will be sent to you by Worklink. Whether you are on a contract or receiving timesheets, you will be paid on a monthly basis - on the last but one working day of each month.

At the start of each semester, you will receive an email from the Education Support Team Manager setting out the maximum hours you are expected to demonstrate. The email will include information for each module for which you are a demonstrator.

If you find you are spending too much time on teaching ...

SRSCC have produced some guidelines on

Discussing teaching workload. They give some practical and diplomatic ways to keep your workload within the contracted hours. Remember that the School does want you to complete your degree!