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Ref no:
RGU04978
Published:
28/7/2022
Closes:
21/8/2022
Location:
RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
Salary:
£42,149 - £50,296 per year
Contract Type:
Permanent
Position Type:
Full Time
Hours:
37 hours per week
Work From Home:
Hybrid

Job Summary

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is a leading modern UK university renowned for the employability of its graduates and the quality of its teaching.

The Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (DELTA) plays a key role in further enhancing and transforming the student learning journey in line with RGU’s ambitious university strategy to provide students with an excellent experience that will enable them to raise their aspirations and thrive in their professional careers as global citizens.  At the heart of quality enhancement, DELTA is responsible for thought leadership aligned to the distinctive teaching & learning approach of RGU; support for curriculum design and development; delivery of credit-rated and experiential staff development which enables colleagues to achieve UK Professional Standards Framework recognition; facilitation of a dynamic and engaging CPD programme; and provision of advice and guidance to academic and professional services colleagues.  In addition, the department enables enhancement of the digital learning experience with responsibility for enhancing and maintaining the university’s VLE; advising staff in the effective use of our various learning technologies; providing guidance on instructional design; and offering support for media and content development.

The department has been significantly enhanced and expanded in recent years and we have ambitious plans to diversify further the range of available opportunities and support for quality enhancement.  Which is where you come in…

Given the sectoral changes within HE and the aspirations of RGU, it’s time for educational and academic development to shine and you’ll play a pivotal role in this.  Working as part of a highly skilled and innovative team, you’ll undertake a varied and challenging role involving a broad range of projects and activities supporting institutional quality enhancement and educational development.  This will include co-ordinating and delivering established credit-rated modules, leading on the development of new services and products, working in partnership with academic and professional services colleagues, and designing and delivering our high quality CPD offer. You will also contribute to enhancement projects and activities related to learning and teaching and have opportunities to contribute to pedagogic research and scholarship activity.

We’re looking for a proven track record of educational and academic practice development; experience of delivering high quality learning and teaching; knowledge of contemporary curriculum and assessment design; the organisational and inter-personal skills necessary for effective co-ordination of provision, and the ability to design and implement innovative support that is responsive to organisational and individual needs. 

Based on RGU's beautiful riverside campus in the vibrant city of Aberdeen, in keeping with RGU’s commitment to work/life balance you may have the opportunity to work from home for part of the working week.

If all this sounds right up your street, we’ll be delighted to hear from you.  For an informal chat about the post, please contact Julie Strachan, Head of DELTA, at j.strachan@rgu.ac.uk and to apply, please submit your CV along with a covering letter detailing your suitability for the role.

Relocation assistance may be available for this post, subject to conditions. 

Finally, please note that 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 for this post, subject to conditions. 

Interviews to be 29 & 30 August.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Academic Support Lead

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To contribute to the development and delivery of DELTA’s staff-facing offer by coordinating and delivering credit-rated modules in Academic Practice and leading the design and delivery of services and products for staff to enhance learning, teaching, and assessment. Responsible for leading, coordinating and delivering aspects of CPD provision in learning and teaching for all RGU staff and others supporting the RGU student experience. Responsible for liaising with members of DELTA team and others e.g. module leaders, staff in schools / departments, to deliver projects and services, and to assure the quality and relevance of support.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES:

Teaching and Learning Support: Develop teaching materials, methods and approaches to CPD provision (workshops, courses, activities, projects, services, resources) as an integrated part of DELTA team activities.

Planning and organising provision to maximise effective use of resources and opportunities.

Seek ways of improving performance of CPD provision through reflection and obtaining and analysing feedback.

Teach elements of CPD provision, individually and as part of a teaching team.

Coordinate and deliver elements of credit- and non-credit rated DELTA CPD provision across all levels: induction, initial development courses leading to recognition by the Higher Education Academy, and CPD for existing staff and others supporting the RGU student experience.

Design and deliver products and services to support the enhancement of learning, teaching and assessment.

Work in partnership with allocated academic Schools to determine academic practice development needs and provide appropriate support.

Manage own responsibilities for teaching and administrative activities as agreed

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Postgraduate qualification relevant to role.

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Knowledge

Learning, teaching and assessment practice in contemporary UK higher education.

Approaches to delivering staff development in UK higher education.

Assessment and providing feedback to participants on learning and teaching / staff development courses.

Use of online learning and assessment, including use of a virtual learning environment.

UK external references and resources to support CPD of learning and teaching.

Experience

Designing and planning CPD/subject activities in response to stakeholders’ needs.

Delivering effective staff development in UK higher education.

Interacting with academic and support staff and working collaboratively to develop and maintain effective working relationships.

Developing online learning resources and activities.

 

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Potential to achieve Senior Fellowship in the future.

Knowledge

The United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Quality assurance and enhancement processes in higher education

Specific knowledge of some of the following aspects: assessment and feedback; curriculum design; work-based learning; promoting and supporting diversity, including the needs of disabled students; online distance learning; scholarship of teaching and learning.

Experience

Delivering teaching and/or learning support at an undergraduate and/or postgraduate level

Coordinating CPD programmes and/or credit-rated activity.

Leading projects related to staff development.

Behaviours

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: Pastoral Care and Welfare Experience of: calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress; dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters; providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support.

Behaviour 3: Teaching and Learning Support Experience of: providing standard information or delivering teaching or training; designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks; developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum.

Behaviour 4: Service Delivery Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

Behaviour 5: Liaison and Networking Experiences of: circulating information in an accurate and timely manner; working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships; leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest; leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation.

Behaviour 6: Analysis and Research Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings.