Thinking about demonstrating? Here's what you need to know

Should You Apply to be a Demonstrator? 

Student applicants should consider the workload for completing their studies alongside potential responsibilities. The school recommends that Undergraduate demonstrators not exceed 15-20 hours per week and Postgraduate demonstrators not exceed 20-30 hours per week. 

In addition to these limits, full-time research students must discuss their envisaged weekly hours of demonstrating work with their supervisor before accepting any roles. The School does not encourage research students to take on work in their first or final semesters. Finally, students who have failed a progress review are not advised to apply for demonstrator or marking roles. 


Maximum Working Hours

Most international students are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. International students must refer to their individual student visas to confirm any working restrictions required.

External applicants (not currently studying or working for UNSW) are permitted to work a maximum of 35 hours per week.

Any applicant who is already working for UNSW will only be permitted to work a total of 35 hours across the University.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring they do not exceed maximum work hours.


How Do I Apply to be a Demonstrator?

Demonstrator applications are done online. The application can be found at the following link.

Demonstrator application windows open at the end of each year (around November) to recruit for courses taught in the following year. Note that demonstrator applications will be for all courses taught across the three academic terms. Therefore, if you wish to demonstrate for any term next year, you need to apply during this application window.

You need to submit one application form for each term you wish to demonstrate (i.e. if you wish to demonstrate for all three terms next year, you need to submit three application forms).


Training Requirements

If you are successfully appointed as an MME demonstrator, and you have never demonstrated for the School before, you will be required to complete a 3.5 hour training program conducted by the Faculty of Engineering. You will also be required to complete a 1 hour training program conducted by the School. You will only be required to complete these trainings once.

When the School contacts you to confirm your appointment, they will provide advice on how to register for the training sessions. These training sessions are conducted in week 0 (the week prior to week 1 of each term). You can only attend the training sessions for the term you’re demonstrating for (i.e. if you only begin demonstrating in term 2, you cannot attend the training sessions in term 1).

You will not be permitted to begin your employment as a demonstrator until you have completed this training requirement. Please make sure you’re available to attend these training sessions prior to applying to demonstrate.


Looking for advice?

Questions about demonstrator applications – MECH Teaching Team 
Teaching content - Please contact the Course Coordinators
Student conduct and plagiarism – Please contact the Course Coordinators
Equity and diversity issues – School Diversity Officer, Dr Sonya Brown 
Course content/delivery issues – Please contact your Course Coordinators or Dr Danielle Moreau


Useful resources

IT Assistance and the High Performance Computing Cluster 
UNSW Code of Conduct 
UNSW Conflict of Interest Policy 
UNSW Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
UNSW Expectations for Sessional Staff Members 
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism  
UNSW Student Complaints Procedure  
UNSW Staff Complaints Procedure