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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£35,326 - £50,296 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

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Job Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and experienced individual to join the Occupational Therapy Team at Robert Gordon University. Our multi professional School of Health Sciences is situated in a modern, purpose-built building with state-of-the-art teaching facilities which support the authentic, practical and applied ethos of our course delivery.

You will join our progressive, creative team of occupational therapists in the delivery and ongoing development of our occupational therapy portfolio which includes the Master of Occupational Therapy course, the first Integrated Masters to be validated in the UK and our DipHE Wellbeing and Enablement course.

Innovative and with excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, you will contribute to the development, preparation and delivery of teaching and assessment material whilst informing the development of the wider curriculum across the occupational therapy portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

You will have close links with practice-based learning settings providing support to both practice educators and students to ensure the course demands continue to be reflective and responsive to current and service provision.

Opportunities to contribute to teaching and assessment on related courses both within the School of Health Sciences and the wider University reflect the inter-professional approach which is required of the successful candidate.

You will be supported to identify and actively engage in scholarship, research and knowledge exchange with service partners and agencies. Development of a personal research profile and contribution to the research base of the School is an expectation of all academic staff.

You will have a degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy and ideally have or be working towards an appropriate postgraduate qualification.

You will have sound and varied clinical experience, excellent interpersonal skills, and evidence of ongoing continued professional development. Teaching experience, student support and sound IT skills would be beneficial.

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

Applications are welcome for this full time (35hrs) post. Part-time, Job Share or secondment applications may also be considered.

Grade 7 Salary Scale: £35,326 – 40,927
Grade 8 Salary Scale: £42,149 – 50,296
Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.

Candidates with limited or no prior experience as an academic will be placed on the first point of the Grade 7 scale. Consideration will be given to offering an Academic Attraction Payment (adjusted annually) for those candidates who have specific industry knowledge, skills or, expertise which are required for the position.

Please see the job attachments for further information regarding the Grade 7 and Grade 8 criteria.  Further guidance on Academic Attraction Payments can be found here.

Enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Jude Bisset, Academic Team Lead for Occupational Therapy on 01224 263286 or

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of School via Occupational Therapy Team Lead

RESPONSIBLE FOR:  No supervisory responsibility.

PURPOSE OF POST: Contributes to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses and actively engages in research/consultancy activities.


Carries out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, E-Learning, situated learning and community visits, practical etc) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by the Occupational Therapy Team Lead.

Participates in the development and preparation of teaching materials. -Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students.

Supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

Develops and maintains expertise in subject areas.

Participates in subject, course and module development.

Participates in curriculum development and, in particular, contributes to the introduction of new methods of teaching and learning.

Undertakes Course Leadership responsibilities, if required, and carries out all duties associated with the management of the course.

Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc).

Assists in the supervision and visiting of students during their periods of practice-based learning.

Promotes and markets the School and its courses to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).

Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.

Actively participates in and suggests relevant staff development activities.

Actively pursues and/or encourages research activities (e.g. writing for publication, developing own research, supervising research students, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences etc).

Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School.

Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School's course (e.g. engagement in work of external bodies, educational and professional).

Represents the School on relevant University committees and the School and University on external committees.

Carries out such other related duties as required.

Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience can still be considered but will work to the Developing Academic. Full details of both roles can be found in the attached PDF. 

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy.

Membership of HCPC and RCOT.

Successful completion of Higher Education Teaching programme within appropriate timeframe.


Specialist knowledge across areas of occupational therapy practice.


Experience of teaching, research and clinical practice.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

PhD or MSc in relevant area.


Understanding of Higher Education environment.


Experience of student supervision.

Experience of teaching in a higher education environment.

Experience of project management.

Experience of service evaluation.


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

Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking - Experience 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 and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

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 - 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

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