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Lecturer in Civil Engineering

University of South Wales
Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Civil Engineering. The primary role of the post will be the teaching and further development of the newly validated and accredited courses in Civil Engineering. To fulfil this role a lecturer with a Civil Engineering knowledge, either from industry or academia, is required. The successful candidate will be required to undertake scholarly activities, for example through engaging in research and consultancy, together with a programme of personal professional development.

This position is based at the Pontypridd Campus of the University of South Wales.

For an informal conversation about this post please contact Mrs Emma McGivern, Academic Subject Manager for Civil Engineering, Please note, the University of South Wales reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Job purpose

As a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of South Wales, you will be expected to:

  • Contribute to achieving the University’s vision, underpinned by offering exceptional learning experiences, using a scholarly approach, applied research and innovative delivery and assessment models, and so provide an excellent student experience.
  • Create interest and enthusiasm in students, inspire them to learn and be an exemplary role model.
  • Take specific responsibility for the teaching of subject areas across the programme, according to your expertise

Key responsibilities

Student Experience

  1. Promote and implement initiatives, working practices and positive working relationships that enhance the student experience.
  2. Commit to improving the student experience at all times, using the range of metrics available, such as the National Student Survey (and other league tables).
  3. Contribute to the wider student experience e.g. participation in recruitment events, involvement in employability initiatives.

Learning and Teaching

  1. Develop and deliver high-quality material and activity that meets the learning needs of students and defined learning objectives.
  2. Demonstrate good practice in teaching, learning and assessment through the use of a wide range of learning resources and appropriate pedagogic practice.
  3. Ensure that teaching is informed by contemporary and current research in the relevant field and that students are engaged in debate, critical discourse and rational thinking.
  4. Reflect critically on own teaching, learning and assessment practice, and implement improvements.
  5. Identify appropriate and effective assessment instruments and criteria, and engage actively with the quality monitoring and enhancement processes.
  6. Collaborate on the planning, design and development of programmes and short courses and the curriculum contained within those programmes.

Research and Scholarship

  1. Incorporate subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship as part of an integrated approach to academic practice.
  2. Utilise your scholarly activity and relevant professional development to ensure currency of knowledge to enhance the learning experience for students.
  3. Engage in continuing professional development in relation to your academic and professional practice.

Academic Citizenship and Leadership

  1. Reflect critically on your own professional practice and how that can be used to enhance your practice.
  2. Engage in associated academic responsibilities, such as supervision of student projects, postgraduate students, personal academic coaching.
  3. Attend and contribute to subject group/research meetings. 16. Work effectively as a team member and where appropriate support or mentor colleagues.
  4. Contribute to committees and working groups and act as an exemplary ambassador for Schools, Faculties and the University, as appropriate.
  5. Provide direction and leadership as outlined in the appropriate descriptors and other University guidance, including module and, where required, course leadership.

Person Specification

To be able to undertake this role effectively you will need the key attributes and skills outlined below. When completing your application ensure you demonstrate how you meet these criteria.

  1. A PhD or Masters degree in an appropriate subject as a minimum, or, if from a professional practice background, a good honours degree and appropriate professional practice and/or membership, with an expectation of attaining a level 7 qualification within a reasonable timeframe.
  2. A recognised HE teaching qualification or recognition by the HEA as a Fellow as a minimum. If you do not have either you will need to undertake the internal PGCLTHE/HEA scheme as appropriate.
  3. Active membership of a relevant professional body.
  4. A commitment to the University’s core values and mission.
  5. An in depth level of knowledge of your subject area and ability to inspire students through teaching and provision of academic support, including academic coaching.
  6. An enthusiasm and commitment to engage a range of students through different pedagogic practice and learning resources, such as digital technologies, problem-based learning, dialogic teaching and other methods based on the latest sound evidence of innovative practice.
  7. Experience of teaching, curriculum development and quality management in the HE environment.
  8. Evidence of contemporary practice in your relevant subject area and maintaining currency.
  9. Evidence in everyday practices of a sound understanding of diversity issues as they impact on the student experience.
  10. Evidence of contribution to the wider student experience.
  11. Evidence of partnership working with external organisations.
  12. Ability to work independently, to take the initiative, and to innovate.
  13. Good organisational skills.
  14. Ability to work as part of a team.

Additionally you will need to:

  • Be willing to undertake activities requiring academic staff expertise in the evening and at weekends when necessary.
  • Be willing to travel abroad to undertake academic and related activities.

Health and Safety

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with, and comply with, the organisation’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures. You must also be fully conversant with your health and safety responsibilities outlined in the Faculty/Department Health and Safety Management Arrangements document and implement accordingly.

Disability Confident Employer - Offer of an interview

The University of South Wales is committed to employing a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment where staff can be themselves and every person is treated with dignity, fairness and respect. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and communities, especially with regards to age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race and religion or belief. As a ‘Disability Confident’ employer, we guarantee that all disabled candidates who meet all the key criteria for the job vacancy they are applying for are offered an interview. Key criteria are identified by * in the person specification above.

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