Job: Casual Seminar Leaders and Project Consultants for Evidence in Public Policy

Are you looking for the opportunity to develop your teaching experience? 

The Blavatnik School of Government is seeking to engage Seminar Leaders and Project Consultants to join the teaching team of the Evidence in Public Policy course within the Master of Public Policy (MPP) in Hilary term 2023. 

The Evidence in Public Policy core course focuses on teaching students how to interpret, critique, design, and commission impact evaluations, and how to use them in practice in policy contexts.

As a Seminar Leader, you will have the opportunity to lead seminars, attend lectures and assess student work. As a Project Consultant, you will give students one-on-one feedback as they prepare their summative project, designing an impact evaluation of a government policy, and assess these projects. In both roles, you will be able to be involved in the broader life of the School

As a Seminar Leader, you will have master’s level training in a relevant field, while as a Project Consultant you will have a PhD. 

You will be required to undertake the Social Sciences Division Preparation for Learning and Teaching course if you have not already received equivalent training:  

In return, we offer you a friendly and supportive environment in which to develop your teaching practice. You will have the opportunity to engage with highly motivated students drawn from across the world who bring a range of experience, often at senior levels.  Past Seminar Leaders have found the teaching experience to be distinctive and rewarding. The students are on average older than comparable teaching environments in Oxford (median age of 28), and the MPP is designed to train practitioners rather than develop academics. An ability to relate theoretical issues to real-world problems is therefore essential.

You will receive support and guidance from the relevant module convenor, the lead teaching assistant and the MPP Programmes team, as well as feedback on your performance.  There will also be opportunities to share learning with other Seminar Leaders.  

Payment will be on the Grade 6 scale (between £15.60 and £17.55 per hour), plus holiday pay (12.07%).

Expected time commitment, including attending lectures and preparation (which is paid) is approximately 69 hours in Weeks 1-5 of Hilary Term for Seminar Leaders, and approximately 51 hours in Weeks 6-8 of Hilary Term and the Spring vacation for Project Consultants.   

We would welcome applications from those currently based in the UK, or overseas and who plan to be in Oxford in January 2023. Please note that you must have the right to work in the UK at the time of the teaching.

Further details for this position, including information on how to apply, are outlined in the attached further particulars.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on Thursday 30 June 2022.