Skip to main content
Ref no:
RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£37,386 - £52,841 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Part Time
10.5 hours per week
Work From Home:

Job Summary

RGU is an innovative, inclusive and professional university, focused on the impact of its demand-led teaching and research. Not only are we the Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Awards for 2021 and ranked Top modern university in the Complete University Guide, but we also have an impressive array of other awards, including (amongst many others) a Gold Rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, placing us in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of our undergraduate teaching and learning. In addition, in the National Student Survey for 2020 we are ranked 2nd for overall student satisfaction in both Scotland and the UK. As one of the eleven academic Schools sharing the ambition and achievements of RGU, Gray’s vision is to be a critically important and internationalised centre for the promotion of culture and the creative economy. We provide a professional and creative community that enables career long relationships, entrepreneurialism and employability to grow and evolve. We aim to support and define an applied research and interdisciplinary learning environment that demonstrably impacts upon all aspects of society. We are a dynamic academic community that places student partnership, professional learning, and collaboration at its core aspiring to be the North East’s creative hub.

Gray’s School of Art seeks to appoint two permanent part-time Photography Lecturers to complement its dynamic staff team. You will contribute to the high-quality delivery of Photography activities within the rapidly evolving field of Art & Design. Your subject knowledge and expertise will be evidenced by related commercial industry and/or educational experience and you will have a demonstrable track record of success which can be demonstrated via a portfolio of work. You will be capable of fostering and developing collaborative experiences with new and existing academic, business, charitable and public-sector partners. You will have an existing set of core skills and be responsible for the further development and enhancement of our photography strategy and associated curriculum content in consultation with other academic and technical support staff to ensure student work is of an exemplary standard and delivered within relevant parameters. The school is a vibrant, creative environment where studio practice enjoys a close relationship with theoretical and contextual study.

Our courses are industry focussed and develop enterprising graduates who are critically creative and socially engaged with a broad foundation of design skills, expertise and knowledge. Our courses have an excellent track record for graduate employment across a wide range of roles and industry sectors, and have well-established professional relationships with external partners, companies and organisations. We have ambitious plans moving forward and you will contribute to the high-quality delivery and development within this rapidly evolving subject area.

This is also an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development and enhancement of commercial practice and scholarly and research activity themes within the School. You will add value to these future developments and Gray's vision as a critically important and internationalised centre for the promotion of culture and the creative economy.



Grade 7 Salary Scale: £37,386 – 43,155
Grade 8 Salary Scale: £44,414 – 52,841

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.

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


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Principal Lecture T&L

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To contribute to the School's delivery of expanding Photography provision and associated activities.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Carries out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, field trips, studio work, practical's etc.) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by theDean of School.

  • 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 and course development. Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (eg 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 work experience and placements.
  • 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 pursues and/or encourages research and scholarly activities (e.g. commercialisation, writing for publication, developing own research, supervising research students, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences etc.).
  • Actively participates in and suggests relevant staff development activities.
  • 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 (eg 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 may be required.


Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Masters Degree in a related subject area


Strong knowledge and understanding of Photography within a range of creative, professional, design and/or fine art practical and theoretical contexts.

Strong knowledge and understanding of virtual learning environments, academic course administration and data management.

Strong ability to work effectively as part of a cross programme team to co-ordinate human, spatial and material resources.

Strong understanding of technological principals, techniques and methods that form the palette of the contemporary photographer.

Strong knowledge and understanding of the principal issues relating to undertaking and managing photographic practice at a professional level, and a thorough understanding of the broader professional and industrial context within the creative and cultural industries.


Preparing and delivering theoretical lectures and presentations, in-person and online.

Commercial industry and/or educational experience in one or more of the following: Editorial, Documentary, Photojournalism, Moving Image, Film, Advertising, Fashion, Corporate, Portraiture, Landscape, Exhibition and/or Curatorial Practice.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

To be Research active, a Post Graduate qualifications/PhD in a related subject area and Professional Memberships.

Knowledge and Experience

Experience and knowledge of Photography and its application within Video Production, Animation, eCommerce/Web Design and Exhibition.


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