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Become an SLA

How do I become a Student Learning Assistant (SLA)?

Potential Student Learning Assistants are recommended by their academic tutors as having the following criteria:

  • Must be a current student at Middlesex University whilst working as an SLA.
  • High attendance and punctuality rates in all modules.
  • High grades across all modules or assignments - 2:1 or higher.
  • Excellent study habits.
  • A positive attitude towards learning and desire to help others succeed.
  • A professional working attitude & sense of commitment.

Potential Business programme candidates undergo an internal SLA recruitment process whereby all Business students are invited to apply for the role from Learning Week 20. Please note that invitations are sent via Middlesex University student email. Candidates are short-listed and selected for interviews based on the above criteria.

SLA Job Description 2021-22

Benefits to SLAs:

  • Develops leadership, teamwork, interpersonal, communication, facilitation and coaching skills which are highly valued by employers
  • A chance to become a member of a community of practice, receiving on‐going training and sharing experiences with others.
  • Increases confidence
  • Improves academic practice
  • Recognition and rewards

Requirements: You will need to

  • be recommended by your Module or Programme Leader (FACI, LAW, H&E, and S&T),
  • undergo an application and interview process for the Business School SLA role (Business School)
  • complete an SLA application form
  • register and provide your Right To Work at MDXUnitemps
  • attend SLA Induction Training Programme before you start working with students (August & September)
  • attend all scheduled meetings/trainings with academics and PAL team
  • support your students using effective facilitation skills both online and face-to-face
  • submit timely monthly reflective reports about your role and work with students
  • be observed while you support your assigned students
  • participate in evaluating the PAL scheme through surveys and focus groups
  • be professional and be a model student at all times

Next Steps:

If you think this is for you, speak to your lecturer in the first instance about your interest in becoming a Student Learning Assistant. Your lecturer will contact the Peer Assisted Learning team to confirm your suitability for the role. An application form will be sent to you after the recommendation is received and appropriate checks have been made. You will need to be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

For further enquiries, contact the SLA Team - ask-an-sla@mdx.ac.uk

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