Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social and Community Studies/Public Health

University of Derby

Job details


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Responsible to

Head of Discipline


All Derby Sites


£36,333 to £52,841 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 16 July 2023

Contract type

Fixed term contract for 12 months

Post type




About the role

You will join a team of enthusiastic, committed and friendly staff who deliver social work, youthwork, and child and adult health courses at the University of Derby. Working primarily on the Masters of Public Health, you’ll be based in the School of Allied Health and Social Care, one of three subject areas within the College of Health Psychology and Social Care. However, you will also be expected to work collaboratively with colleagues across different disciplines within the College. The subject area offers degree and masters programmes across the discipline of social and community studies . The College of Health, Psychology and Social Care upholds the overall mission of the University by providing high quality, accessible learning opportunities; promoting academic enquiry and the advancement of knowledge using a variety of methods of delivery. We are committed to the Widening Participation agenda and have a good record of meeting the needs of local stakeholders. User and carer involvement in course development and delivery is an essential aspect of our work.

You will contribute to enhancing the quality of health and social care education, as well as taking forward the research and scholarship agenda. It is extremely important that our successful candidate not only understand the student experience, but that they genuinely enjoy making a positive impact for them both in and out of classes. You will also contribute to programme delivery across the suite of programmes offered by the Discipline from Degree level to Masters’ as appropriate. You’ll have a strong background in the field of health and social care and will focus on delivering an excellent student experience.

Job share may be considered

This is a fixed term post for 12 months.

Further information regarding the College can be found on the following link https://www.derby.ac.uk/colleges/health-psychology-social-care/

As applicants are shortlisted against a unique candidate pool each time, we do not mandate that applicants cannot reapply. However, we reserve the right to not reinterview applicants who have been unsuccessful at interview within the last 6 months applying for the same role.

Principal accountabilities
Learning / Teaching

  • Effectively teach and facilitate learning on a range of subjects / modules within the subject area on undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and post-experience programmes.
  • Ensure that knowledge from research and scholarly activities informs and enhances learning and teaching, as well as extending it to appropriate external activities such as knowledge transfer activities.
  • Ensure that module / programme design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the University.
  • Participate effectively in the assessment process, including the setting, marking and moderation of student work, providing constructive feedback and ensuring it is in accordance with quality assurance procedures.
  • Participate in the continuing review and development of module/programme delivery, incorporating innovative study modes, learning environments and pedagogic practices to engage and stimulate students, deliver effective learning outcomes and develop the skills and attributes of the ‘Derby Graduate’.
  • Take on relevant module leader and/or programme leader responsibilities, including associated marketing, recruitment, delivery and ongoing programme development activities.
  • Research / Scholarship

  • Engage in individual research and collaborate both internally and externally on research projects that are consistent with the College, and contribute to influencing leading edge practice in the University and contribution to the REF.
  • Sustain and enhance the reputation of the University by publishing in appropriate quality journals and presenting at scholarly activities such as workshops, conferences and other similar events.
  • Develop and maintain contacts and relationship with relevant professional, research and industrial organisations.
  • Contribute to writing bids for externally funded research projects.
  • Other

  • Act as a personal tutor, supporting and mentoring students as appropriate.
  • Provide pastoral care to students, referring when necessary to services that provide further support.
  • Support marketing and student recruitment activities as required.
  • Develop external links in order, for example, to support student recruitment, secure student placements, facilitate outreach work, generate income or build relationships for future activities.
  • Be responsible for administrative duties in areas such as admissions, timetabling, examinations and assessment of progress and student attendance.
  • Contribute to effective cross College / University working.
  • Observe and implement University policies and procedures.
  • Person specification
    Essential Criteria

    • Good Honours Degree in relevant subject discipline or equivalent
    • Fellowship of the Advanced HE (HEA) or willingness to work towards (within 24 months)
    • PhD (or submitted and awaiting examination) or equivalence accepted in a relevant subject area, for example by publication or through appropriate professional achievement or willingness to work towards within an agreed timeframe
    • Subject specific qualifications / knowledge

    Learning / Teaching

    • Experience or knowledge of quality assurance and validation of HE modules / programmes
    • Experience or knowledge of higher education and ability to use a range of delivery techniques to inspire and engage students

    Research / Scholarship

    • Significant experience of own discipline to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field
    • Experience of research / enterprise activity
    • Evidence of active publishing in high quality journals or other outputs in research or practice that will contribute to the REF or other areas identified in the College / University Research Strategy

    Skills, knowledge and abilities

    • An appropriate level of digital capability and aptitude with practical experience of applications which aid student learning
    • Ability to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to a range of groups
    • Proficient in using IT to support own work and for application to technology-enhanced learning / teaching and research activities
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills including networking and relationship building skills, both across the University and externally
    • Able to demonstrate both independent self-management and team working
    • Able to work with competing priorities and to tight deadlines
    • Demonstrates competences, core behaviours and supplementary behaviours that support and promote the University’s core values
    • Demonstrates professionalism in learning / teaching and the values of the UK Professional Standards Framework for HE
    • A sound understanding of the current higher education environment and its implications for the student learning experience
    • A sound understanding of the employability agenda and its relevance to learners and the curriculum
    • A sound understanding of internationalisation and its relevance for learners and the curriculum
    • Flexible to the needs of others
    • Innovative and creative
    • Committed to continual enhancement and a high-quality student experience
    • Committed to a high-performance culture, fostering continuous improvement and driving quality

    Business requirements

    • Able to take a flexible approach to work
      • Travel between sites and occasionally overseas for research or teaching
      • Some evening and occasional weekend teaching
      • Attendance at Open Days, Graduation events etc.
      • A commitment to own professional development

    How to apply

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    Important information

    Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

    Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.

    Visit https://www.gov.uk/skilled-worker-visa for more information.

    To be eligible for sponsorship you must provide evidence that you hold all essential qualifications listed on the job description. Please note, equivalent experience will not be accepted as evidence of the essential qualifications.

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