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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£51,799 - £60,022 per year
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35 hours per week
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Job Description

At Robert Gordon University (RGU) we are proud of our excellence in education and research and we are offering an opportunity to join our great team as Academic Team Lead (Senior Lecturer) for our Occupational Therapy team.  RGU is an innovative, inclusive, and ambitious University, focused on the impact of its demand-led teaching and research. We are the top modern University in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2022) and 2nd in Scotland for teaching quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022). Additionally we are top modern university in Scotland for Health (Guardian University Guide 2022).

Specifically in Occupational Therapy we are 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2022) and top modern University in Scotland for graduate prospects in subjects allied to medicine – Occupational Therapy (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022).

The School of Health Sciences aims to future proof our graduates  by taking a student centred, innovative, practically applied and agile approach to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to be successful in a rapidly changing world. This is an exciting time to join the School to lead a team of academics who currently deliver the first course in the UK to offer a four-year Master of Occupational Therapy award as well as a DipHe in Wellbeing and Enablement.

You will actively contribute to the School’s strategic priorities by developing an industry led postgraduate portfolio, contributing to the research activity within the subject and School as well as exploring and capitalising on relevant commercial activity. 

You will support the Head of School by undertaking delegated line management responsibilities for staff and any other delegated sub team and assume accountability for their performance. The post-holder will effectively develop and deploy staff, co-ordinating the work of the team. 

What we can offer you:
•    A full-time, permanent position.
•    A competitive salary, excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance.
•    An option for hybrid working in line with our HR policy.
•    You will be supported to engage in scholarship and research for your professional and personal development.
•    We are an equal opportunities employer
•    We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and to the sustainability of our environment.

This post is subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit:

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered. Relocation assistance may be available, subject to conditions.

For an informal conversation please contact: Mrs Laura Binnie, Head of School ( or Ms Fiona Roberts, Academic Strategic Lead (


RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of School (delegated to) Academic Strategic Lead.

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Occupational Therapy team and ongoing development of the Occupational Therapy subject portfolio.

PURPOSE OF POST:  Provide leadership to the Occupational Therapy team, and develop the subject portfolio.


Delegated line management responsibility of staff members in the subject group, appraising staff performance including EPRs, day-to-day staff management (timetabling, workload allocation, annual leave approval, sick leave processes etc.).

Ensure the team are effectively communicated with in terms of wider School information.

Undertake responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and future developments of the team in line with the School Strategic Plan.

Carry out teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, field trips, practicals etc.), and associated assessment duties, or as otherwise required by the Head of School/Academic Strategic Lead.

Participate in the promotion and marketing of the School and its courses to local, national and international clients, including student recruitment activities.

Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Engage with other staff in and out with the University, in research and professional activities relevant to the post.

Develop and maintain personal expertise in specialist subject areas.

Provide academic and personal guidance for students.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School/Academic Strategic Lead.


Provide leadership relating to curriculum development, innovative new course/CPD developments, teaching and learning, research, knowledge exchange and consultancy.

Manage and implement key projects and strategic initiatives, leading teams and delegating responsibilities as necessary.

Lead and mentor groups of academics in achieving the KPI’s that determine success across the sector.

Make a significant contribution to pedagogical scholarship, research impact through outputs, knowledge exchange and consultancy.

Manage performance, development and deployment of staff. This includes having the delegated responsibility for carrying out EPR’s and first line responsibility for dealing with informal performance issues.

Co-ordinate the work of the team with other teams and the Head of School.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

BSc(Hons) or MSc (pre-registration) in Occupational Therapy.

Registered with Health and Care Professions Council


Industry specific knowledge

Knowledge of the UK higher education system.


Significant experience of aspects of development and delivery of teaching, learning and assessment in a University setting.

Significant experience of course/programme leadership and/or staff co-ordination.

Engagement with relevant external professional body/TLA organisations.

Experience of providing leadership relating to teaching activities.

Experience of managing and implementing projects and strategic initiatives.

Experience of managing deployment, performance and development of staff.

Demonstrable authority in communicating the UK-based higher education context, in particular the relationship between key University KPIs, policies and requirements, and the broader obligations placed on institutions by government, etc.

Evidence of leading and participating actively in internal and external networks, professional bodies, committees, national working groups and external partnerships


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Higher Degree in a relevant area.


Experience of managing and implementing projects and strategic initiatives. 

The Individual

Behaviour 1 - Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2 - Team Development - Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities 

Behaviour 3 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards 

Behaviour 4 - Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 5 - Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

Behaviour 6 -  Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress and dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters