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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£35,326 - £50,296 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

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Job Summary

The School of Applied Social Studies are seeking a Lecturer in Social Work for its work based, BA(Hons) Social Work by Distance Learning course. 

In line with the University’s strategic priorities to contribute to fairer, more inclusive and socially engaged societies, the School of Applied Social Studies is building and strengthening research and scholarly activity in areas which underpin curricula, strengthen academic profile and enhance funding possibilities.

Accordingly, our areas of expertise are designed around School Themes:

- care, health and wellbeing;

- marginalisation, violence and justice;

- identities, communities and cultures.

You will contribute to the development and delivery of the School's portfolio of courses and to actively engage in research/consultancy activities. You will be degree qualified in a relevant discipline with a professional qualification in Social Work.  With a substantial background in practice you will have experience working in statutory mental health or older people’s services and will be able and willing to travel around the UK, as required, to fulfill teaching and tutoring responsibilities. 

For informal enquiries please contact Janine Bolger, Head of Social Work on 01224 263352 or email

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, practice experience, 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.

This post is subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit:

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.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of Social Work

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

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


• Is able and willing to travel around the UK as required to fulfill teaching and tutoring responsibilities.

• Carries out designated teaching (eg via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops etc) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by the Head of School.

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

• Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (eg year tutor, module co-ordinator, student selection, assessment, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc).

• Assists in the supervision and visiting of students during their periods of assessed practice learning.

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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 and Institute committees both internal and external.

• Carries out such other related duties as may be required.

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


Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Requirements

First Degree in relevant discipline

Professional Qualification in Social Work

Social Work Professional Body registration


A wide knowledge of social work practice issues


Substantial experience in social work practice



Qualifications and Professional Requirements

Practice Learning Qualification

Mental Health Officer Award


Experience of student supervision


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: 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 3: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

Behaviour 4: 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 5: Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others.

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.