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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
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Job Summary

Following an internal promotion, we are seeking a new academic colleague to join us as Academic Team Lead (ATL) for Human Resource Management (HRM) within the People, Organisations and Practice Department within Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

RGU is an innovative, inclusive, impactful and professionally-focused institution, focused on demand-led teaching and research. We are proud of our excellence in education and research. The University delivers a high quality vocational education and relevant curriculum which provides learners with the skills they require to thrive throughout their careers. As a result, the University has a reputation for producing graduates that are highly sought after by employers. Over the last decade RGU has consistently had one of the best records of any UK university for graduate level employment. The University celebrates a high quality student experience and is currently ranked in the top three universities in Scotland for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. We were named as the Scottish University of the Year 2021 in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021.

Aberdeen Business School is one of 12 Schools at the University and is a vibrant academic community. It was named Business School of the Year 2020 (THE Awards 2020) and is also accredited by AACSB International (AACSB), an accolade achieved by only 5% of global Business Schools. The People, Organisations and Practice Department is one of three departments within the School. It offers accredited Masters degrees to students studying both on campus and online and contributes to a range of teaching and commercial activities, informed by our research and professional experience. We have a strong commitment to academic citizenship within an inclusive environment that benefits from the diversity of our students and colleagues.

The ATL for HRM is a Senior Lecturer role with line management responsibilities. An important aspect of the role is supporting development of the HRM team within the People, Organisations and Practice Department. This team is responsible for the design, development, delivery and assessment of the MSc HRM, that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). As well as provision of the modules on this course, the HRM team deliver modules to students on a number of Postgraduate and Undergraduate courses including work-based courses in Aberdeen Business School.

ATL duties include: course management, course marketing, leading on course development activity, oversight of the annual course appraisal process, liaison with relevant professional bodies and external examiners, monitoring of student feedback and performance, chairing appropriate Programme Management Team meetings and contributing to School Academic Board meetings, leading on course enhancement projects, preparing quality assurance documentation and leading student liaison activity. The ATL engages in recruitment and promotional activity for courses in their remit. A significant aspect of the role is the line management of academic staff members (Grade 8 and below) as delegated by the Academic Strategic Lead (ASL).

You will be educated to Master’s Degree Level and currently be in an academic role with experience of teaching in online and traditional modes, student support and project supervision. We would particularly welcome candidates with expertise and an active interest in areas such as professional engagement, student employability, pedagogical innovation, student engagement, inclusive curriculum and widening participation, and learning enhancement. Possession of, or be close to completing, your Doctorate and having established membership and engagement with the CIPD would both be highly advantageous.

Informal enquiries are welcome to:

Job Description

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RESPONSIBLE TO: ASL – People, Organisations and Practice

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Supervisory responsibility, including for lecturing staff (Grade 8 and below), as identified and delegated by the ASL.

PURPOSE OF THE POST: To oversee the operation, monitoring and on-going development of Human Resources provision within Aberdeen Business School.


Supervisory responsibility.

This post recognises the importance of the need to maintain the highest quality of delivery and student performance in line with University Academic Quality Standards.

You will engage in recruitment and promotional activity for the MSc HRM and will be responsible for the overall student learning experience. The ATL works with the ASL and Head of School in ensuring target numbers for admission to the course are achieved, working in collaboration with Marketing and Admissions.

An overview of the established activities relating to this role is provided below:
• Course management and
• Acts as “Team Leader” for Human Resources provision ensuring there is on-going liaison with all those involved in delivery, including staff in other Departments.
• Undertakes line management duties as appropriate, delegated by
• Communication and liaison with Module Co-ordinators responsible for Human Resources teaching on the MSc HRM and other relevant courses is of prime
• Inputs, as appropriate, to recruitment, marketing and admissions
• Ensures, in liaison with ASL, that appropriate arrangements/resources are in place for the delivery of the MSc HRM (Moodle, timetabling, teaching, library and other support functions) with the aim of providing a positive learning environment for
• Ensures we comply with appropriate accreditation
• Ensures that approved Course documentation is up-to-date.
• Oversees the effective implementation of the University’s quality assurance, and annual monitoring processes including:
• Annual appraisal;
• Analysis of student questionnaires and student feedback;
• Student liaison;
• Circulation of and response to External Examiners’ Annual Reports;
• Participation, as required, in quality assurance events e.g. Institution-Led Review, Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body
• Ensures that sufficient and appropriate External Examiners are appointed and remains the central point for communication/liaison with them.
• Undertakes various committee responsibilities e.g. is a member of the School Academic Board, will normally act as Co-Convener of the Programme Management Team, is a core member of all relevant Assessment Boards and inputs, as appropriate, to Staff/Student Liaison and Employer/Industrial
• Deals, as appropriate, with cases of suspected misconduct and student appeals.
• Oversees the processing of agreed Course changes and developments, ensuring appropriate consultation with colleagues, External Examiners, students, Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body,
• Ensures there is appropriate on-going employer/industrial/ professional liaison, often acting as the main point of contact with external stakeholders e.g. Professional, Statutory and Regulatory
• Undertakes duties where approved academic collaboration exists including ensuring that there are contracts and agreements in place.
• Undertakes the quality assurance procedures required in respect of collaboration agreements and partnerships.
• Ensures there is health, safety and risk assessment monitoring where appropriate g. for placements, practical activities, fieldwork etc.
• Involvement in University committees and enhancement activities as delegated by the Head of School.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

MSc (or equivalent) in Human Resource Management or related area.
Teaching Qualification (e.g., Fellowship of Advance HE)


Familiarity with Academic Regulations and quality assurance and enhanced procedures.


Experience as a Course Leader or significant course management experience.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Doctorate or actively working towards one.


Line management experience.
Track record of successful student supervisions.

Other requirements
Willingness to work outside of regular office hours as required
Willingness to travel as required.


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