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  • Ref no: GCU00787
  • Published: 7/1/2020
  • Closes: 21/1/2020
  • Location: Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
  • Salary: £42,792.00 - £49,553.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • 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.


This is a full time/fixed term maternity cover opportunity for 12 months

Glasgow Caledonian University a vibrant, multi-cultural, modern university in the centre of Glasgow and is placed amongst the top 200 modern universities in the world (THE, 2019) and in the top 50 universities globally for social impact (THE, 2019). Our welcoming community of 20,000 students from more than 100 countries enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York. Our University mission, commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence is integral to everything we do and how we deliver our mission.

The School of the School of Health & Life Sciences, to which the Department of Vision Sciences belongs, is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, applied research and knowledge transfer. The Department of Vision Sciences offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, including BSc(Hons) Optometry, BSc(Hons) Orthoptics and BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing Management. Being the only University in the UK where these programmes co-exists allows a unique shared teaching approach and inter-professional training of eye care professions.

The majority of the clinical teaching takes place in the GCU Vision Centre, which is a purpose-built, state of the art clinical facility that provides training each year for over 300 student optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians, and services over 5000 patients annually.

Our teaching is underpinned by research, evidence based and incorporates a wide range of practical and clinical experience. Providing an outstanding student experience where each individual can flourish is central to the Department’s philosophy. The Department has been innovative in integrating therapeutic patient management into its programmes’ syllabus in anticipation of the future needs of an ageing population and the enhancing role of eye care professions. The under-graduate programmes were ranked consistently in the top three in the UK in the Complete University Guide since 2017.

At post-graduate level, the Department of Vision Sciences offers an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Research as well as a range of tailored Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. The largest of these provides Optometrists with the training to become Independent Prescribers who can prescribe medications to treat eye conditions. This is the largest such programme in the UK with >1000 current and former students.

The Department has an active and diverse portfolio of internally recognized research activities, a sustained track record of attracting external funding to support its research and a large cohort of research students.

We are now seeking to appoint a Lecturer to enhance the department’s national and international reputation as one of the most innovative providers of training for eye-care professions underpinned by excellent and impactful research. The successful candidate will contribute to the development and delivery of teaching & learning and to undertake research in Vision Sciences. They will be expected to contribute to clinical and non-clinical teaching to under- and post-graduate level Optomerists, Orthoptists and Dispensers. The role is to enhance the student experience by developing and applying innovative teaching techniques. Part of the responsibilities will be to contribute to the continuous improvement of the Department’s programmes, ensuring that the curricula are underpinned by research and clinical evidence, remain aligned with professional developments and anticipate, as well as respond to, future directions.

The successful candidate will hold a BSc (Hons) Optometry/Orthoptics or equivalent and have experience in teaching at under-graduate and/or post-graduate level. The role holder should be dynamic, self-motivated and professional, and capable to work independently as part of a wider team.

We are looking for an individual with the ability to undertake original research in Vision Sciences, ideally evidenced by a PhD, or someone with an interest in clinical research coupled with strong clinical experience in either Optometry or Orthoptics.

Relevant professional registration would be highly desirable as would be post-graduate qualifications, either in the form of exemption in therapeutic drug use or a teaching qualification.

As this role involves Regulated work with Adults and/or Children the successful candidate will require PVG Scheme membership.

If you wish to know more about this role or for an informal discussion please feel free to contact Prof Gunter Loffler, Head of Department, at or on 0141 331 3386.

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality and diversity, as well as our values in everything that we do. As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom to apply for this vacancy.

Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).

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