DTA41-23 – Associate Lecturer in Concept Art

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Staffordshire University

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School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Stoke Campus


£31,502 to £36,333
Per Annum Pro Rata Part Time 18.5 hours Permanent

Release Date:  

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Closing Date:  

Wednesday 07 June 2023



About the role 

As part of further investment into the Games Development Department, we are looking to recruit an Associate Lecturer in Concept Art for Games. The Associate Lecturer post is an opportunity to do a fully funded PhD alongside a 0.5FTE lecturing contract. If successful, you will join a supportive community of early career researchers and academics in one of the top Games Development departments in the world. 

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic new colleagues to join our dynamic, future-focused, and expanding subject community. We have an impressive sector-wide reputation for our Games Art provision, with a large team of nearly 20 art-focused academics. As a member of our art team, you will have the exciting opportunity to contribute to our award-winning provision, which has recently been revalidated. The university and our students regularly win national awards with the games industry, and our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the UK and international games industry. Your teaching will focus on 3D Games Art modules but may include other areas of 3D Games Art where appropriate. You will also supervise final-year projects, and help prepare students for their post-university careers. 

In addition to developing and delivering outstanding teaching and learning, you will have the opportunity to contribute towards our ambitious research, scholarship and enterprise strategy, working alongside colleagues in our Art, Design, and Technology teams. The department is highly interdisciplinary, covering all aspects of game production and a unique environment to develop a distinctive academic portfolio. 

In addition to your teaching and scholarship, you will be involved in recruitment activities, including open days and portfolio reviews. You will also contribute to community engagement, including schools, colleges and local industry. The institution works closely with the local community and has a strong civic engagement portfolio. You will also be expected to support and help us innovate our ongoing recruitment activities. 

Main Responsibilities 

The main responsibilities of our Associate Lecturer in Concept Art will be to:

  • To deliver teaching and teaching support (and other feedback support sessions)
  • To keep up to date with the subject area and course/module requirements and where appropriate to contribute to the preparation of learning materials 
  • To contribute to the preparation for teaching and marking of assignments and examinations 
  • To provide administration for module delivery to include attendance monitoring and module evaluation 
  • To provide personal tutor support to students 
  • To participate in the development of innovative teaching and learning strategies 

About the Department

We are one of the largest Games Development Departments in the world and have an impressive international reputation for the excellence of our taught provision. We have a large and skilled team, with over 60 academics covering all technical aspects of Games Production, split across Art, Design, and Technology subject areas. We have an exciting portfolio of sector-leading undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered on campus. We ensure the success of our courses and provide sector-leading opportunities for our graduates through constant and meaningful collaboration with the video games industry. 

As a member of the academic staff, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a bustling campus with access to a range of sector-leading technologies. Our resources include over 500 games development workstations, 200 Wacom tablets, and a range of cameras, motion capture equipment, and cutting-edge virtual reality systems. We are also the home of the UK’s Epic Games Centre. We also run a number of exciting student opportunities, such as our award-winning 1UP scheme, which employs students to work for our in-house studio. 

The department is part of the wider School of Digital, Technologies and Arts. The school is a highly interdisciplinary environment, bringing together areas as diverse as fine art, fashion, computing, engineering, media, theatre and various aspects of games production.  Our commitment to improving people’s lives through creativity brings us together.

You can grow academically and artistically within this community while working with a team of dedicated game academics. You will get to work with like-minded individuals who will support and encourage your career development.  This will include mentorship, research support, and guidance towards achieving HEA fellowship if you do not already hold this. 

Contact For Informal Discussion

Please contact Chris Headleand (Head of Department) or Dave Edwards (Course Director: Games Art) for an informal discussion about the role. 

Chris: [email protected]

Dave: [email protected] 

Who is Staffordshire University? 

Staffordshire University is an award-winning institution with over 100 years’ experience in delivering excellent higher education. Our main Stoke-on-Trent campus is located in the heart of the UK, with Centres of Excellence located in the towns of Stafford and Shrewsbury.

After a highly successful year in 2019, which included entering THE World University rankings for the first time, securing TEF Gold, and climbing in all the league tables, our University has constantly expanded its physical presence through new and industry-leading building developments and facilities. Looking towards our 2030 strategy, we are now transforming specific business processes to improve the student experience and integrate a wider feeling of inclusion and safety for our on-campus community.

Rewards and Benefits

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

•    Competitive incremental rates of Pay
•    32 days Annual Leave plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
•    Excellent Pension Scheme
•    Access to continued professional and personal development
•    An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
•    Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
•    Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
•    Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

We reserve the right to close any vacancies when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. All applicants are advised to complete and submit your applications as soon as possible. 

Further details:

Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.

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