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  • Ref no: RGU02944
  • Published: 7/1/2020
  • Closes: 26/1/2020
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £34,804.00 - £49,553.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time & Part Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and experienced individual to join the Occupational Therapy Team at the Robert Gordon University where our multi professional School of Health Sciences is situated in a modern, purpose built building with state of the art teaching facilities. You will join our progressive, creative team of occupational therapists in the delivery and ongoing development of the first Master of Occupational Therapy course in the UK.

Innovative and with excellent interpersonal skills, you will contribute to the development, preparation and delivery of teaching and assessment material whilst informing the development of the wider curriculum across the occupational therapy portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You will have close links with practice based learning settings providing support to both practice educators and students to ensure the course demands continue to be reflective and responsive to current and service provision.

Opportunities to contribute to teaching and assessment on related courses both within the School and the wider University reflect the inter-professional approach which is required of the successful candidate. You will be supported to identify and actively engage in scholarship, research and knowledge exchange with service partners and agencies. Development of a personal research profile and contribution to the research base of the School is a requirement of all academic staff.

You will have a degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy and ideally have or be working towards an appropriate postgraduate qualification. You will have sound and varied clinical experience, excellent interpersonal skills, and evidence of ongoing continued professional development. A teaching qualification is preferable however opportunities to undertake this within the post will be supported. Practice based experience in mental health, learning disability and psychosocial intervention is desirable. Teaching experience, student support and sound IT skills would be beneficial.

Applications are welcome from applicants on a full-time, part-time, job share or secondment basis.

Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.
Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience will be placed on the first point of the scale, although consideration will be given to a market supplement (reviewed bi-annually) for those with specific industry experience.

Closing Date:  26 January 2020

Job Description

Responsible To: Occupational Therapy Academic Team Lead

Responsible For: No supervisory responsibility

Purpose of Post:  Contributes to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses and actively engages in research/consultancy activities.

Principal Duties:

Carries out designated teaching (e.g via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, e-learning, situated learning and community visits, practicals etc) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by the Occupational Therapy Academic Team Lead.

-Participates in the development and preparation of teaching materials.

-Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students.

-Supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

-Develops and maintains expertise in subject areas.

-Participates in subject, course and module development.

-Participates in curriculum development and, in particular, contributes to the introduction of new methods of teaching and learning.

-Undertakes Course Leadership responsibilities, if required, and carries out all duties associated with the management of the course.

-Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (eg year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc).

-Assists in the supervision and visiting of students during their periods of practice based learning.

-Promotes and markets the School and its courses to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).

-Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.

-Actively participates in and suggests relevant staff development activities.

-Actively pursues and/or encourages research activities (eg writing for publication, developing own research, supervising research students, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences etc).

-Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School.

-Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School's course (eg engagement in work of external bodies, educational and professional).

-Represents the School on relevant University committees and the School and University on external committees.

-Carries out such other related duties as required.

Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience can still be considered but will work to the Developing Academic. Full details of both roles can be found in the attached PDF.


Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships
Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy
Membership of HCPC and RCOT

Specialist knowledge across areas of occupational therapy practice

Experience of teaching, research and clinical practice

Successful completion of Higher Education Teaching programme within appropriate timeframe.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships
PhD or MSc in relevant area

Understanding of Higher Education environment.

Experience of student supervision
Experience of teaching in a higher education environment
Experience of project management
Experience of service evaluation



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: 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

Behaviour 6: 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


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