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  • Ref no: RGU02886
  • Published: 22/11/19
  • Closes: 8/12/19
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £41,526.00 - £49,553.00 per year pro rata
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time & Part Time

Job Description

The Department for the Enhancement of Learning Teaching and Access (DELTA) has set out its ambition to stimulate, support and sustain positive change in learning, teaching and access across Robert Gordon University. Accordingly, significant work has taken place to develop DELTA’s continuing professional development offer for staff in order to enhance teaching, learning and the student experience at RGU.

As Academic Practice Developer, you will join the Academic Development Team and hold a key role in developing and delivering an ambitious, high quality CPD offer for staff involved in teaching and learning support across the institution. This will involve coordinating established credit-rated modules, as well as leading on the development of new services and products.

You will have a track record in delivering high quality learning and teaching, the effective coordination of provision, and designing support that is responsive to stakeholders’ needs.    

The position is available immediately. Appointment will be on a fixed-term basis until 31 July 2020, from 0.5fte to fulltime by mutual agreement. With the support of their Line Manager, the post may be of interest to staff wishing to pursue an internal secondment opportunity. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to r.a.mcgregor1@rgu.ac.uk.

This post in subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit: https://www.mygov.scot/pvg-scheme/

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Closing date - 08 December 2019 

 Interview Date: 19 December 2019

Requirements

RESPONSIBLE TO:   Academic Support Lead

RESPONSIBLE FOR:  No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To contribute to the development and delivery of DELTA’s staff-facing offer by coordinating and delivering credit-rated modules in Academic Practice and leading the design and delivery of services and products for staff to enhance learning, teaching, and assessment.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES:

Responsible for leading, coordinating and delivering aspects of CPD provision in learning and teaching for all RGU staff and others supporting the RGU student experience.

Responsible for liaising with members of DELTA team and others e.g. module leaders, staff in schools / departments, to deliver projects and services, and to assure the quality and relevance of support.

Teaching and Learning Support: Develop teaching materials, methods and approaches to CPD provision (workshops, courses, activities, projects, services, resources) as an integrated part of DELTA team activities. Planning and organising provision to maximise effective use of resources and opportunities.

Seek ways of improving performance of CPD provision through reflection and obtaining and analysing feedback.

Teach elements of CPD provision, individually and as part of a teaching team. Coordinate and deliver elements of credit- and non-credit rated DELTA CPD provision across all levels: induction, initial development courses leading to recognition by the Higher Education Academy, and CPD for existing staff and others supporting the RGU student experience. Design and deliver products and services to support the enhancement of learning, teaching and assessment.

Manage own responsibilities for teaching and administrative activities as agreed.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS            

Qualifications and Professional Memberships
First Degree, any discipline

Knowledge
Learning, teaching and assessment practice in contemporary UK higher education or in a professional training unit.

Approaches to delivering staff development in UK higher education or a professional training unit

Assessment and providing feedback to participants on learning and teaching / staff development courses.

Use of online learning, including use of a virtual learning environment.

UK external references and resources to support CPD of learning and teaching.

Professional Requirements Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Experience
Designing and planning CPD/ subject activities in response to stakeholders’ needs

Delivering effective staff development in UK higher education or a professional training unit

Interacting with academic and support staff and working collaboratively to develop and maintain effective working relationships.

Developing online learning resources and activities

 

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships
Postgraduate qualification relevant to role.

Potential to achieve Senior Fellowship in the future

Knowledge
The United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Quality assurance and enhancement processes in higher education

Specific knowledge of some of the following aspects: work-based learning; promoting and supporting diversity, including the needs of disabled students; online distance learning; scholarship of teaching and learning.

Delivering teaching and/or learning support at an undergraduate and/or postgraduate level

Coordinating CPD programmes and/or credit-rated activity.

Leading projects related to staff development.

The Individual

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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