Location: University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Type/Job Category: Academic
Vacancy Overview: Permanent, Full-Time Position 36.5 hours per week (100% FTE)
Salary:£50,132 – £58,089 per annum
Interview Date: 11th September 2019
Do you have a strong background in the development and maintenance of teaching quality. Do you have proven experience of leading and managing a sizeable team of academic / teaching staff? Can your experience in this area accelerate development of our undergraduate programmes whilst meeting our quality aspirations?
Underpinned by the breadth, depth and quality of its research, WMG offers a wide range of courses at all levels for full time and part time students, and for company-based personnel from companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Dyson, HSE and JLR, resulting in a wide range of delivery to satisfy our broad client base.
You will support the Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the growth, development, delivery and improvement of a number of undergraduate programmes and courses, which will include degree apprenticeships. This will include line management of a number of Course Directors. It will also involve working with external and internal stakeholders to both improve existing courses and develop new ones. The role will work closely alongside the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programes (Governance and Quality).
The teaching and learning environment is rapidly evolving, with a distinct shift to a greater level of engagement utilising technology enabled learning and innovative lab-based sessions, as well as more traditional lectures. The ability to drive academic quality and standards development in this evolving landscape will be a key component, as well as engaging in some teaching activity when required.
This is an exciting opportunity for you to develop your own professional profile and work as part of a successful team, contributing to the development of its teaching and learning activities.
In return we will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.
At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so
WMG has engaged the services of Search Higher to manage this recruitment. If you wish to apply for this role, please submit a CV and covering letter directly by email to Kaye Matthews, Search Higher Recruitment Manager (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
To jointly deputise for the Director of Undergraduate Programmes.
To support the Director of Undergraduate Programmes, working closely with the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes (Governance & Quality) in the growth, development, delivery and improvement of a number of undergraduate programmes and courses (including Degree Apprenticeships). To share line management of Course Directors and have oversight of the teaching staff, including monitoring and addressing teaching quality and consistency issues and managing workloads. To work with external and internal stakeholders and jointly lead the development of new courses and improvement of existing courses, working with the Director of Undergraduate Programmes and Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes (Governance & Quality) as required.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Jointly Deputise for the Director of Undergraduate Programmes.
2. To line manage a number of Course Directors, taking a consistent approach with the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes (Governance and Quality), having oversight of the teaching staff, including monitoring and addressing quality and consistency issues and managing workloads. To work with external and internal stakeholders and lead the development of new courses and improvement of existing courses, working with the Director of Undergraduate Programmes and Deputy of Undergraduate Programmes (Governance & Quality) as required.
3. To provide leadership, with contribution from the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes (Governance and Quality) in process development to improve the quality of delivery on undergraduate programmes.
4. To manage, with contribution from the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes (Governance & Quality), the operational activities relating to WMG’s undergraduate programmes, both full- and part-time.
5. To provide leadership and consistency to the assessment process as a whole for the full and part-time undergraduate course. To include effective delivery of examinations, exam and assessment internal moderation and mitigating circumstances, to ensure excellent student satisfaction with the process.
6. To contribute to the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes (Governance & Quality)’s leadership and advise on the appropriate way to address issues of academic quality (in both teaching delivery and the resources used) across the undergraduate programmes, to include course and module review and feedback.
7. To jointly liaise with the Centre of the University on all matters relating to the undergraduate programmes in the department.
8. To contribute to teaching on undergraduate programmes.
9. To work with other members of the team to conduct research and publish the work, where appropriate, and to develop the team’s profile.
10. To act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.
11. To ensure training needs are identified for all teaching staff promoting appropriate courses and actions when needed.
12. To Chair, with contribution from the Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes (Governance & Quality) to the WMG Undergraduate Operations Committee. Attend, and contribute to other committees including WMG Undergraduate Executive Committee, TEL Committee and any other departmental or university committees as appropriate.
13. Liaise with the apprenticeship support team to assist in the generation of new business and the development of new programmes as appropriate, ensuring compliance with the University and legal processes.
14. Liaise with company partners to ensure that content is appropriate for the needs of the businesses where appropriate.
15. To undertake any other duties requested by the Director of Undergraduate Programmes
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (Engineering, STEM, Digital, or Business / Management Studies) (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 2
Teaching qualification (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 3
Proven track record of leading and managing a sizeable team of academic/teaching staff (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 4
Demonstrable leadership in the development and maintenance of teaching quality (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 5
Proven ability and major achievements in teaching, demonstrated by consistently high quality and a substantial record in teaching (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 6
Continuing significant personal professional development and leadership in the professional development of others (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 7
Significant experience of leading operational teaching activities at a senior level (a) (b) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 8
In-depth understanding of own specialism to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 9
High level of interpersonal and written and oral communication skills (a) (b) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 10
Ability to work as a part of a team (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 11
High level of self-motivation (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 12
Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of teaching (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 1
A PhD, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience of research, as evidenced by academic journal papers and/or other outputs (a) (c)
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