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  • Ref no: RGU03169
  • Published: 8/4/2020
  • Closes: 10/5/2020
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £34,804.00 - £49,553.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Summary

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management.

You will be a Quantity Surveyor with knowledge of commercial management and a progressive perspective on the future development of the profession. Having a PhD in a related subject area or very substantial practice experience, you will augment the School’s academic team through the provision of teaching and learning in the area of Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management.  You will contribute to Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching across the School’s programme of Architecture and Built Environment courses, contribute to research within the School, and work as part of the academic team responsible for delivery of the School’s Surveying course provision.

You will hold membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), or equivalent, and actively participate in the school’s research endeavours through the production of high quality outputs and participation in bids for funded research.  In addition to this, you will be responsible for the effective operation and development of nominated components within designated courses, and teaching is expected to be informed by industry connections, research and scholarship.

A strong understanding of the contemporary construction industry and of Quantity Surveying practice is essential, all within the context of progressive digitisation of the discipline and industry. Specialist demonstrable knowledge in one or more of the following areas is required, as is an ability to relate theory and practice: contracts; contract law; procurement; commercial management; dispute resolution; negotiation.

The research activity of the School, to which new appointments are expected to contribute, is considered central to its success as a progressive, informed, and collaborative academic community. The School has three principal clusters of research interest and activity, these being Digital Cities and Society, Housing and Low Energy Design, and Construction Project Management, the latter of which engages with both the construction and energy sectors. These areas are strongly aligned to RGU’s strategic priorities and to the ambitions of the City and Region as expressed through the public and private sectors.  The School performs a central role in many important external networks and it is expected that new appointments will further extend these in supporting the growth of collaborative and income generation possibilities.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit:

Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.
Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience will be placed on the first point of the scale, although consideration will be given to a market supplement (reviewed bi-annually) for those with specific industry experience.

Closing Date: 

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Designated Member of the Senior Team

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST:To contribute to teaching and research across the School’s programme of Built Environment disciplines.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Actively contribute to the implementation of the school teaching and learning, research, and income generation plans and strategies, and positively participate in relevant staff development activities.

Play an active and constructive part in:

  • Actively pursuing individual or collaborative research, according to plans agreed at departmental level. Produce high quality outputs, supervise research students, establish externally funded research projects, disseminate own work to staff and students, etc).
  • Working individually or collaboratively, identify sources of funding and actively contribute to the process of securing external funds for agreed research activities.
  • Extending, transforming and applying knowledge acquired from research and scholarship to teaching and appropriate external activities.

Carry out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and distance learning, workshops, field trips, studio work, etc) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by Course Leader or Head of School. This applies to Undergraduate, Postgraduate, or Corporate delivery, and includes activities such as:

  • Curriculum design and review
  • Planning and implementing innovation in teaching & learning
  • Planning and implementing novel assessment strategies
  • Preparing for/ actively participating in QAA and professional body accreditations
  • Preparing for/ actively participating in Subject reviews

Ensure that the Course/Module design and delivery achieves KPI targets and appropriate quality standards through effective Course/ Module leadership (i.e. National Student Survey, Student Achievement Rates, Student Evaluation Questionnaires, Employability statistics)

Liaise with the Course Leader and key team members as necessary to: 

  • Identify and proactively address areas where current provision is in need of revision or improvement, with particular regard to maintaining ‘currency’ relevant to the student cohort(s) and professional requirements.
  • Respond positively to day-to-day student feedback and modify approaches to delivery where appropriate
  • Set, mark and assess student coursework & examinations, & provide feedback to students to agreed deadlines using a variety of methods
  • Supervise student projects, field trips and, where appropriate, placements

Participate in developing, preparing, and reviewing of teaching materials, and provide tutorial and personal guidance for students.

  • Contribute to consultancy work by undertaking delivery of teaching within the UK & overseas, as may be required by contracts entered into by the University, and subject to the University’s Risk Assessment procedures.
  • Undertake appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc) as may be required.
  • Actively contribute to the promotion and marketing of the School's activities and expertise to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).
  • Maintain constructive and collaborative working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its activities.

Person Specification



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

PhD in related subject area, or demonstrably close to PhD completion OR substantial industry/ professional experience

Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), or equivalent, or demonstrably working towards membership (APC).


Demonstrably strong understanding of the contemporary construction industry and the Quantity Surveying practices, all within the context of the progressive digitisation of the industry.

Specialist knowledge in areas such as contract administration, contract law, procurement, commercial management, dispute resolution, and negotiation is required, as well as ability to relate theory to practice (and vice versa).

An understanding of the contemporary construction supply chain.


The core expertise of the Quantity Surveyor relating to estimating, measurement, and technology are also required.

Evidence of written research outputs.

Academic experience and industrial experience in relevant area.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

CIOB membership


An understanding of principled negotiation.

An understanding of the difference between cost reduction and value creation.


A breadth of industry/ academic knowledge and experience extending beyond the bounds of Quantity Surveying as a means to fostering cross-disciplinary / collaborative working.

A track record of academic publication and external engagement would be advantageous, as the successful candidate will be expected to fully engage with research and external networking activities in the School.

A developing body of research publications in recognised peer-reviewed journals, etc.



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 and 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 and 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 - 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 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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