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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£51,799 - £60,022 per year
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Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
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Job Summary

A permanent post is offered within the Department of Employability and Community Engagement, which sits within the portfolio of the Vice Principal Academic Development and Student Experience. It offers an exciting opportunity to help lead collaborative and interprofessional practice within the University’s academic portfolio to enhance the student experience and prepare our graduates for future employment.

Educated to MSc. with a professional qualification in health or social care, you will take on responsibilities to lead and develop interprofessional education and related community engagement activities.

Interprofessional learning at RGU has been a significant element of education for health and social care students for over 15 years. At the heart of this important thread of learning where students from multiple professions come together to learn with, from and about one another is collaborative practice. It is recognised that high quality effective healthcare is achieved when teams of multiple professions consult, collaborate and build unconditional positive regard for one another. However, it is now important to extend the principles of collaborative and interprofessional learning beyond health to include all disciplines within RGU in order to prepare students for the modern workplace. Community engagement that enhances the student experience is a strategic aim of the university, building towards the distinct RGU graduate.
What will differentiate outstanding graduates are the abilities to interact, collaborate, critique, solve complex problems, speculate, imagine, create and innovate. You will be expected to lead collaborative and interprofessional practice and facilitate cross school student engagement through the design and provision of relevant, effective, innovative and transferrable learning activities.

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

This role could be considered as a secondment opportunity for staff already internal to the University, applicants should discuss this opportunity with their line manager to ensure they have their support in advance of applying.
For informal enquiries or further information please contact Laura Chalmers, Telephone No. 01224 262917, email

Salary on appointment will normally be to the bottom of the scale but in exceptional circumstances, appointment higher up the scale may be considered.

Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter, through myjobscotland, outlining their suitability for the role.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of Employability and Community Engagement

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No direct line management responsibilities

PURPOSE OF POST: To drive forward the development and delivery of the IPL programme and to develop and operationalize RGU CE projects.

The role will:
• Develop interprofessional learning with stakeholders across Schools of Nursing and Midwifery and Paramedic Practice, Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Health Science, Social Science and Medical School University of Aberdeen.
• Positively impact the learning and practices of undergraduate health and social care students in interprofessional working in order that they are work ready practitioners ready to collaboratively effect health and social care teams to improve the quality of patient and client care.
• Lead and embed the philosophy of IPL at RGU and in addition develop opportunities for community engagement for staff and students.


• To drive the enhancement of current provision of interprofessional learning and to sustain the current interest and positive reputation of interprofessional learning amongst the staff and student body.
• To manage the process of delivering interprofessional learning in accordance with all statutory regulatory bodies across two academic institutions.
• To lead the design of meaningful activities and interactions between professions to encourage partnership and team working to influence the quality of patient care.
• Lead and influence the IPL/CE teaching and learning team to develop excellence in pedagogy design and research methods.
• Undertake and support teaching and associated duties (e.g., lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory practical classes) and associated assessment duties as and when required.
• Raise the profile internally and internationally of IPL and RGU CE in Aberdeen.
• Promote IPL to external audiences and encourage active participation with external groups at a local and national level in order to improve the student experience.
• Ensure that staff deliver a high-quality experience to our students (monitored by KPI’s) and manage performance through a matrix management system.
• Support the development of the IPL associates through liaison with relevant line managers (influencing EPR)
• To liaise and when appropriate take a lead role in the Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE).
• Ensure collaboration with external partners and stakeholders in relation to strategic policy drivers to support IPL and CE activities.
• Co-ordinate CE projects and maintain databases of activities
• Develop relationships in the community to enhance CE projects and where appropriate operationalise and evaluate CE projects
• Undertake such other related duties as may be assigned by the Head of Employability and Community Engagement.
Leadership, Management and Accountability
• Provides leadership in IPL and CE relating to development and implementation of strategy, curriculum development, teaching and learning, research, knowledge exchange and consultancy across schools in RGU and the medical/dental school in University of Aberdeen.
• Manage and implement key projects and strategic initiatives, leading teams and delegating responsibilities as necessary.
• Leads and mentors groups of academics in achieving the KPI’s that determine success across the sector.
• Make a significant contribution to pedagogical scholarship, research impact through outputs, knowledge exchange and consultancy.
• Manage performance, development and deployment of staff through informal resolution of performance issues (matrix management).
• Co-ordinate the work of the team of Associates, academic teams, university departments and strategic leads for IPL and CE projects.

Person Specification



Qualification and Professional Memberships

• MSc in health or social care; or relevant subject area

Knowledge and Experience

• Significant experience of aspects of development and delivery of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA)in a University setting.
• Engagement with relevant external professional body / TLA organisations.
• Experience of providing leadership relating to teaching activities.
• Experience of managing and implementing projects and strategic initiatives.
• Experience of managing deployment, performance and development of staff.
• Demonstrable authority in communicating the UK-based higher education context, in particular the relationship between key University KPIs, policies and requirements, and the broader obligations placed on institutions by government, etc.
• Evidence of leading and participating actively in internal and external networks, professional bodies, committees, national working groups and external partnerships.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

• Professional qualification in desired field
• Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Knowledge and Experience
Knowledge and Experience
• Experience in Interprofessional learning/education as an educator • Experience of module or course leadership in higher education


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: Team Development – Experience of: providing advice or guidance to new starts; delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities; identifying the training and development needs of the team and carrying out performance appraisals.

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

Behaviour 5: 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 6: Analysis and Research – Experience of: developing hypotheses and concepts to explain data, events and phenomena, and reporting findings to a wider community.