Assistant Professor - WMG Skills Centre
University of Warwick
Coventry, GB
5d ago


To undertake high quality curriculum design, development and teaching, provide academic leadership and support the development of other courses within the WMG Skills Centre portfolio.

You will work to develop and enhance the teaching and learning and the reputation of Industrial Courses and short courses both internally and externally.

To work with our world leading academics to develop and deliver workshops or short courses to company cohorts and individual participants.

To work with client relationship managers or directly with interested companies to understand the needs they have for developing their staff and how the expertise within WMG can be used to develop the right programmes for them.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.To understand the research and knowledge within WMG - with particular relevance to your dominion but with a good broad understanding.

2.To support WMG Skills Centre to engage with HVM Catapult programmes, industrial partners and / or relevant organisations and stakeholders to understand the sectors’ skills needs and how this could be provided by WMG.

3.To coordinate communication between departmental academic and education and teaching teams as well as industrial partners / employers from programme conception onwards.

4.To design ,develop and deliver curriculum and teaching and learning materials required for such industrial short courses and relevant apprenticeship programmes.

5.To support the development and delivery of courses across the WMG Skills Centre portfolio.

6.To share learning and best practice with colleagues in WMG through relevant education and teaching teams (e.g. Education Innovation Group).

7.To stay up-to-date with research developments, programme advancements, trends and industry changes and regularly benchmark with competitors.

Teaching and Learning Support

1.To have academic ownership for courses, design teaching materials and deliver on courses, and other programmes, where relevant.

2.To use appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods for such courses and programmes.

3.To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student projects as appropriate.

4.To identify areas where current provision is in need of revision and contribute to continuous improvement of teaching and learning.

5.To be able to differentiate tasks set for different ability levels using the appropriate media.

6.Where required act as the leader of an element of study (such as a course, module, programme, etc).

7.To challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking.

8.To contribute to the quality assurance and enhancement of the programmes.

9.To ensure reviews of delivery take place and feedback is acted upon.

10.To contribute to the delivery of full time Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes as required.

Research and Scholarship

1.Apply subject, professional, pedagogic and practitioner research and other scholarly activities and extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from WMG education teams to teaching and learning design for industrial courses.

2.Where appropriate conduct individual or collaborative scholarly projects.

3.To develop and produce learning materials and disseminate the results of scholarly activity.

4.To work with academic teams to design short courses and workshops to meet needs of companies and possibly open market.

Administration and Other Activities

1.To contribute to the planning, design and development of objectives and resources.

2.To participate in and develop internal and external networks, for example may contribute to student recruitment, facilitate outreach work and build relationships for future activities.

3.To liaise with industrial tutors as required.

4.To undertake specific departmental roles as may be required.

5.To engage and attend departmental meetings and to participate, as appropriate, in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

6.To participate in relevant professional activities, for example non-teaching CPDs.

7.Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work and, where appropriate, undertake risk assessments.

8.To develop market intelligence (working with business development, marketing and senior management team) to identify potential areas for open workshops and industrial short courses.

9.Where required act as discipline group leader, usually to a limited degree.

10.To work with appropriate teams in WMG to cost and contract the work.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively.

This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test / Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1A degree (2.1 or above) or equivalent (a)Essential Criteria 2Masters, equivalent or higher qualification in a relevant field.

a,c)Essential Criteria 3Qualification / Extensive experience in teaching or Learning and Development. (a)Essential Criteria 4Possession of a teaching qualification or HEA accreditation, or willingness to complete Warwick APPTE or seek HEA accreditation when in post.

a,c)Essential Criteria 5Technical knowledge and demonstrable experience in Advanced Transport Systems or Digital Technologies.

a,c,d)Essential Criteria 6Highly organised with an ability to manage multiple projects in a deadline intensive environment.

a,c)Essential Criteria 7Ability or willingness to use a range of techniques to adapt to the needs of industrial learners and familiarity with strategies to promote learning within an industrial community.

a,c,d)Essential Criteria 8Experience or a willingness to use e-learning technologies to engage learners. (a,c)Essential Criteria 9Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and contribute positively to a collegial team environment and to be able to work independently.

a,c)Essential Criteria 10High level of self-motivation with ability to plan and deliver goals to deadlines under pressure.

a,c)Essential Criteria 11Demonstrable project and relationship management skills, including personal and work organisation and the ability to ensure delivery of quality solutions on-time.

a,c)Essential Criteria 12Excellent attention to detail. (a,c)Essential Criteria 13Skilled communicator able to communicate persuasively in all media and to a wide range of audiences.

To be able to present proposals and progress reports as required.(a,c,d)Essential Criteria 14Engaged in continuous professional development.

a,c)Desirable Criteria 1A PhD in a relevant engineering / technical field. (a,c)Desirable Criteria 2Knowledge and demonstrable experience of developing programmes of education, particularly in areas of engineering and technology.

a,c,d)Desirable Criteria 3An understanding of the professional education landscape. (a,c,d)Desirable Criteria 4Understanding of standards and quality in professional programmes and concern for maintenance of such standards. (a,c,d)

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