Teaching assistants are a fundamental feature of the AIMS model. AIMS appoints between eight and ten PhD holders or advanced postgraduate students as teaching assistants for each centre. The duties of the teaching assistants are to provide assistance to the Academic Director and lecturers in matters concerning the academic program and the assessment of students.
Teaching assistants attend the lecture courses; arrange additional tutorials; assist with the marking of assignments; and assist the students with computing and research project writing. Teaching assistants also provide useful information to assist the Academic Director when writing student references. Teaching assistants are recruited via an announcement through AIMS’ mailing lists. Criteria considered for selection include academic achievement, ability to speak relevant languages, and an ability to function in the unusual AIMS teaching environment.