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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£35,326 - £50,296 per year
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Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
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Job Summary

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Architecture & Architectural Technology.

You will be an Architect or Architectural Technologist with knowledge of current practice and industry issues, and a progressive perspective on the future development of the professions. You will have practical as well as academic experience teaching design in a studio environment. You will contribute to Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching across the School’s programme of Architecture and Built Environment courses and actively participate in the school’s research activities through the production of high quality outputs and participation in bids for funded research. 

You will be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) or be a member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Equivalent and extensive industry experience may be acceptable as an alternative. You will have a strong understanding of the contemporary construction industry and of current design practices including digitisation, zero carbon and sustainability. You will be responsible for the effective planning, development, and implementation of designated areas of the School’s course portfolio, and teaching is expected to be informed by industry connections, research, and scholarship. You will be expected to demonstrate specialist knowledge which relates theory and practice in at least one of the following areas: building retrofit practices and methodologies, Passivhaus and low carbon design, contemporary construction methods, and current and emerging legislation, targets and standards

The research activity of the School, to which new appointments are expected to contribute, is considered central to its success as a progressive, informed, and collaborative academic community. The School has three principal clusters of research interest and activity, these being Digital Cities and Society, Housing and Low Energy Design, and Construction Project Management. These areas are strongly aligned to RGU’s strategic priorities and to the ambitions of the City and Region as expressed through the public and private sectors. The School performs a central role in many important external networks and it is expected that new appointments will further extend these in supporting the growth of collaborative and income generation possibilities.

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The post will be based at RGU's Garthdee Campus in Aberdeen, and in keeping with RGU's commitment to work/life balance you may have the opportunity to work from home for a portion of the working week.

Grade 7 Salary Scale: £35,326 – 40,927
Grade 8 Salary Scale: £42,149 – 50,296

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.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Designated Member of the Senior Team

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To contribute to teaching and research across the School’s academic disciplines.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Actively contribute to the implementation of the School teaching and learning, research, and income generation plans and strategies, and positively participate in relevant staff development activities.

Play an active and constructive part in carrying out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and distance learning, workshops, field trips, studio work, etc) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by Course Leader or Dean of School. This applies to Undergraduate, Postgraduate, or Corporate delivery, and includes activities such as:

  • Curriculum design and review
  • Planning and implementing innovation in teaching & learning
  • Planning and implementing novel assessment strategies
  • Preparing for/ actively participating in QAA and professional body accreditations
  • Preparing for/ actively participating in Subject reviews

Ensure that the Course/Module design and delivery achieves KPI targets and appropriate quality standards through effective Course/ Module leadership (i.e. National Student Survey, Student Achievement Rates, Student Evaluation Questionnaires, Employability statistics)

Liaise with the Course Leader and key team members as necessary to: 

  • Identify and proactively address areas where current provision is in need of revision or improvement, with particular regard to maintaining ‘currency’ relevant to the student cohort(s) and professional requirements.
  • Respond positively to day-to-day student feedback and modify approaches to delivery where appropriate
  • Set, mark and assess student coursework & examinations, & provide feedback to students to agreed deadlines using a variety of methods
  • Supervise student projects, field trips and, where appropriate, placements

Participate in developing, preparing, and reviewing of teaching materials, and provide tutorial and personal guidance for students.

  • Contribute to consultancy work by undertaking delivery of teaching within the UK & overseas, as may be required by contracts entered into by the University, and subject to the University’s Risk Assessment procedures.
  • Undertake appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc) as may be required.
  • Actively contribute to the promotion and marketing of the School's activities and expertise to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).
  • Maintain constructive and collaborative working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its activities.
  • Actively pursuing individual or collaborative research, according to plans agreed at departmental level. Produce high quality outputs, supervise research students, establish externally funded research projects, disseminate own work to staff and students, etc).
  • Working individually or collaboratively, identify sources of funding and actively contribute to the process of securing external funds for agreed research activities.
  • Extending, transforming and applying knowledge acquired from research and scholarship to teaching and appropriate external activities.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Significant industry/ professional experience OR PhD in related subject area (or demonstrably close to PhD completion)

Membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) or equivalent or registered with the Architects Registration Board (UK).


A strong understanding of the contemporary construction industry, the barriers to achieving net-zero carbon targets, and enablers in the context of the design professions.

Suitable applicants for this post will be able to demonstrate expertise in architectural design, construction technology and sustainable construction methodologies and be up to date with current developments and innovations in design practices and construction process. A strong digitisation and IT skill-set is essential.


The core expertise of the Architect / Architectural Technologist with respect to high quality, environmentally responsible design from conceptual to detail design stages.

Evidence of written research bids and outputs.

Academic experience and practical industrial experience in relevant area.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Demonstrably strong, specialist understanding of the principles, strategies, and practices involved in building Retrofit and/or Adaptable re-use, Passivhaus design, building conservation, urban and environmental studies, digital techniques and/or carbon reduction in construction and building operation are desirable, but not essential.


A breadth of industry / academic knowledge and experience extending beyond the bounds of Architecture / Architectural Technology as a means to fostering cross-disciplinary / collaborative working.

A track record of academic publication and external engagement would be advantageous, as the successful candidate will be expected to fully engage with research and external networking activities in the School.

A developing body of research publications in recognised peer-reviewed journals, etc.


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