Postgraduate certificate in Medical Education (PgCert) – The role of the assessor

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) approved assessors are experienced practitioners who have a recognised teaching qualification and work in the same specialty as the student. Assessors will be a current member of the RCR and should have a minimum of two year’s experience of teaching in their specialty setting and ideally have experience in marking written assessments and in giving written feedback. This is a voluntary role, for which CPD credits can be claimed in line with the RCR’s CPD scheme (4th Edition).

To become an assessor you will need to have:

  • A recognised teaching qualification (desirable) or a high-level of subject expertise and/or relevant knowledge of assessment
  • A minimum of two year’s teaching experience in your specialty (essential)
  • Some experience in marking written assessments and giving written feedback(desirable)
  • The time to commit to the entire module (at least 12 weeks) (essential).

The main tasks to carry out are:

  • To introduce yourself on the online forum at the start.
  • Make time to contribute to the discussion boards, answering questions, prompting discussion, giving examples from your own experience or suggesting additional resources. We suggest this is a minimum of one hour a week.
  • In week 5 or 7 (depending on module) give feedback on the formative assessment for your allocated students.
  • In week 12-14 mark and give written feedback on the summative assessment for your allocated students.
  • In week 19-20 mark any assignments that have been resubmitted (if appropriate).

You will also need to:

  • Watch the training video about using the University’s on-line Moodle and marking system
  • Communicate with the module lead
  • Familiarise yourself with the tutor’s area on Moodle platform.

We require assessors to be:

  • Attentive with your marking to ensure that it is fair and respectful and follows the module assessment criteria (set by the University)
  • Meticulous in your approach to work and able to meet the deadlines specified by the university
  • IT literate with access to a computer at home/work and a reliable broadband internet connection
  • Sceptical - not accepting of arguments unless adequate warranting for claims are provided
  • Open-minded and ready to be convinced by well made arguments even if views differ
  • Empathetic with a sense of how students are feeling and how difficult it can be to navigate a new topic. How to apply

Please send a short CV (maximum three sides A4) and an accompanying statement to the Education Projects Manager by 16th August 2021. The vacancies will close when sufficient suitable applications have been received.