Lecturer

The role profile indicates the expectations and responsibilities of staff at this level. This does not mean that you will be expected to do all of the listed activities all of the time, nor does it guarantee that you will be given the opportunity to do all of these activities, although it does mean that the University can expect/require a member of staff at that level to do any of these activities, with reasonable notification and support.

Similarly, the role profile is not exhaustive, and you may be required to undertake other duties of similar level and responsibility. In some roles and disciplines, some of the activities detailed below will be essential requirements of the role.

Teaching and learning support

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Transfer knowledge in an appropriate form.
  • Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking.
  • Develop the skills of applying appropriate approaches to teaching.
  • Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from research to teaching and appropriate external activities.
  • Identify learning needs of students and define appropriate learning objectives.
  • Ensure that content, methods of delivery and learning materials will meet the defined learning objectives.
  • Develop own teaching materials, methods and approaches and deliver either across a range of modules or within a subject area.
  • Use appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods.
  • Apply innovative and appropriate teaching techniques and material which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
  • Design, develop and deliver a range of modules of study at various levels.
  • Supervise the work of students – including student projects, field trips and, where appropriate, placements – and provide advice on study skills and help them with learning problems.
  • Select appropriate assessment instruments and criteria and set, mark and assess work and examinations and provide feedback to students.
  • Act as internal examiner for higher degrees.
  • Seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback.
  • Identify areas where current provision is in need of revision or improvement.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of objectives and material.
  • Review on a regular basis programme content and materials, updating when required.
  • Ensure that programme design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the University and College.

Research and scholarship

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.
  • Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into the programme of study.
  • Identify sources of funding and make grant applications to secure funds.
  • Write publications of the appropriate defined standard or disseminate research findings using media
    appropriate to the discipline.
  • Determine relevant research objectives and prepare research proposals.
  • Carry out independent research and act as principal investigator and project leader.
  • Act as a referee for papers and research grants.
  • Make presentations or exhibitions at national or international conferences and other similar events.

Communication

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Deal with routine communication using a range of media.
  • Communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically.
  • Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies, eg for funding and accreditation purposes.
  • Communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature.
  • Routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge as well as to peers using high level skills and a range of media.
  • Disseminate conceptual and complex ideas of a wide variety of audiences using appropriate media and methods to promote understanding.

Liaison and networking

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Participate in and develop external networks, for example to identify sources of funding, contribute to student recruitment, secure student placements, market the institution, facilitate out reach work, generate income, obtain consultancy projects, or build relationships for future activities.
  • Develop internal networks and participate in Institutional committees.
  • Develop links with external contacts such as other educational bodies, employers, and professional bodies to foster collaboration.

Managing people

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Manage own teaching, research and administrative activities.
  • Act as a mentor for students in capacity of personal tutor.
  • Oversee postgraduate students and act as PhD supervisor.
  • Provide academic leadership to those working within programme areas, as module coordinator
  • Act as a line manager (eg of research teams).

Teamwork

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Attend and contribute to subject group and College meetings.
  • Act as a responsible team member and develop productive working relationships with other members of staff.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify and respond to students' needs.

Pastoral care

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Use listening, interpersonal and pastoral care skills to deal with sensitive issues concerning students and provide support.
  • Appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances.
  • Act as personal tutor, giving first line support.
  • Refer students as appropriate to services providing further help.
  • Be responsible for the pastoral care of students within a specified area.

Initiative, problem solving and decision-making

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Develop initiative, creativity and judgement in applying appropriate approaches to teaching and learning support and research activities.
  • Respond to pedagogical and practical challenges.
  • Develop the academic content or structure of modules with colleagues and make proposals on how this should be achieved.
  • Develop ideas for generating income and promoting the subject.
  • Develop ideas and methods of disseminating and applying the result of research and scholarship.
  • Have sole responsibility for the design and delivery of own modules and assessment methods.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on the implementation of assessment procedures.
  • Advise others on strategic issues such as student recruitment and marketing.
  • Contribute to the accreditation of programmes and quality control processes.
  • Resolve problems affecting the delivery of programmes within own educational programme and in accordance with regulations.
  • Make decisions regarding the operational aspects of own educational programme.
  • Contribute to decisions which have an impact on other related programmes.
  • Spot opportunities for strategic development of new programmes or appropriate areas of activity and contributing to the development of such ideas.

Planning and managing resources

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Use teaching and research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of own educational programmes. Plan and manage own teaching and tutorials.
  • As module leader/tutor, co-ordinate with others (such as support staff or academic colleagues) to ensure student needs and expectations are met.
  • Manage projects relating to own area of work.
  • Contribute to the overall management of the College.
  • Be involved in College level strategic planning
  • Plan and deliver research, consultancy or similar programmes.
  • Contribute to the management of quality, audit and other external assessments.

Sensory, physical and emotional demands

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Exercise sensory and physical demands, varying from relatively light to a high level depending on the discipline and the type of work and will involve carrying out tasks that require the learning of certain skills.
  • Balance the pressures of teaching, research and administrative demands and competing deadlines.

Work environment

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Be aware of the risks in the work environment and their potential impact on their own work and that of others.
  • Depending on area of work (eg laboratories, workshops, studios) take responsibility for conducting risk assessments, and take responsibility for the health and safety of others and reducing hazards.

Expertise

Appointments at this level may be required to:

  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established teaching and research programmes.
  • Engage in continuous professional development.
  • Develop familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning.
  • Understand equal opportunity academic content and issues relating to student need.
  • Possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop teaching and research programmes.
  • Use a range of delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students and inspire them to learn.
  • Be an externally recognised authority in their specialism.
  • Have in-depth understanding of own specialism to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field.