Students teach for less than minimum wage

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ALMOST a third of postgraduate students teaching in university are being paid less than the minimum wage when their real working hours are taken into account, according to the National Union of Students.

Research among nearly 1,500 postgraduate teachers found that, on average, they work twice as many hours as they are paid for.

This means that although the average pay is £19.95 the real hourly wage is £10.39.

The report also voices concern that around a third receive no contract of employment and one-in-five has received no formal training for their teaching role.

Rachel Wenstone, NUS vice-president for higher education and a former Leeds University Union official, said: “This report reveals that much of the hard work of postgraduates is woefully undervalued and underpaid by their institutions.

“There are far too many cases of postgraduates working long hours without the training and support they need, and being paid for only a small portion of their work.”