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Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Screenwriting

We are seeking to appoint a Screenwriting Lecturer/Senior Lecturer with industry experience in production, script editing or script development across television, film, radio and/or multiplatform outputs such as games and web fiction.

Additional experience in writing for theatre and performance would be particularly welcome. Candidates will have extensive experience of teaching, student pastoral care and course development in Higher Education, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will have the potential to contribute to and help develop the research outputs of the subject area. They will also be able to introduce additional high quality industry links and networks to this well-respected course, in order to embed students’ employability skills, aspirations and professional development.

We are looking for candidates who can extend the Department’s work and contribute to the Institute’s commitment to collaborative working including cross-institute collaborations and ‘real impact’ projects in for example, one or more of the following areas: mental health; science & environment; education & writing for children and young people.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to design and deliver as short teaching session to a small audience from the Institute.  Full details will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

Closing date: Monday 01 May 2017

Reference number: IHCA1609a - 3233

Job details

Job details

Salary
AC2 / 3 £32,003 - £46,925 a year, with opportunity to progress to £51,260 a year
Hours
0.8 FTE
Start
As soon as possible
Duration
Permanent
Responsible to
Head of the Department of Theatre and Film
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
To be confirmed

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Background

Background

The University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is a high achieving; award-winning, dynamic institution set within an inclusive and engaged community. As one of the most successful new universities of recent years - in addition to the numerous accolades it has received for inclusivity, contribution to the community, campus design, and environmental initiatives - it was shortlisted for the University of the Year award by Times Higher Education in 2016. With over 10,000 students, and more than 1,100 staff members, the University has an excellent record of sustained financial performance and strategic investment in high quality, innovative facilities.

The University of Worcester is committed to providing excellent education. High standards, inspirational teaching and extensive opportunities for student participation combine to enable individual students to flourish. The University is in the top 20 English HEIs for graduate employment, is the UK’s most improved university for research power following the Research Excellence Framework 2014, and one of the top five risers in 2015 for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

Screenwriting and the Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts

Screenwriting is a very successful and rapidly developing area of practice and academic provision. It is located within the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts in the Department of Theatre & Film.

The institute offers an extensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that also includes; Film Production, Creative and Professional Writing, Journalism, Film Studies, Animation, Game Art, Drama & Performance, Touring Theatre, Illustration, Fine Art, History, Graphic Design, Creative Media, Sociology, Media & Culture, English Language and Literature.

Current screenwriting provision not only offers specialist modules but also draws on appropriate modules from related areas such as playwriting and writing for performance. Recruitment to all of the Department’s courses has risen significantly over the past three years but there has been particular growth in Screenwriting as joint with either, Creative and Professional Writing; Film Production; Drama & Performance or Film Studies.

There are a number of post-graduate students, a research culture and the potential for cross-disciplinary exchange. The institute has a dynamic and ambitious approach to making regional, national and international connections in both academic and professional contexts.

Key foci for development over the next few years include the further development of undergraduate and postgraduate taught course provision; continued development of the institute’s research culture through staff and student engagement and enhancement of the research portfolio; continued development of professional/industry and community engagement.

There is a rapidly developing culture of screenings and thriving, multiple links with the professional cultural industries via both the Screenwriting and Film Production courses. We present the annual Steven Knight Award for the Best Screenplay and the institute believes the conditions now exist to support a further step change in its activity and aspirations. It is anticipated that the post-holder will make a distinctive contribution by capitalizing on the existence of both practice-based and academic modes of enquiry offered by extant courses, and by drawing on the Institute’s broader portfolio.

Main duties

Main duties

1. High quality and inspirational undergraduate teaching in Screenwriting.

2. Contribution to curriculum and other developments in Screenwriting and in the broader area of Film and Theatre, designed to grow the national reputation and standing of the course and support student recruitment.

3. Research and/or knowledge transfer activity in Screenwriting and, as appropriate, across programmes within the Institute, resulting in dissemination/publication of outputs of national/international peer standing.

4. Teaching and leadership of generic mandatory modules, including supervision of independent studies.

5. Administrative duties for the Department and Institute, as required by the line manager, including attendance at Subject, Department, Institute and University committees and meetings.

6. Contribution, as appropriate, to commercial, community, short course and professional development initiatives and projects in the subject.

7. Participation in learning and teaching developments and income-generating activities as appropriate and agreed by the line manager.

8. All activities associated with an academic post, including preparation of teaching and support materials, student tutorials, marking, attendance at committees and meetings, staff development, open days and schools visits, international activities, widening participation and outreach activities, and day and summer schools, as appropriate and agreed with the line manager.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria:

1. A first degree or equivalent and a postgraduate qualification in Screenwriting or a closely related subject and/or industry experience.

2. Experience of teaching Screenwriting at HE level and in a university, and the ability to teach enthusiastically across a range of related curriculum areas.

3. Experience of HE curriculum and course development.

4. Current knowledge and experience of innovative learning, teaching and assessment methods in HE, including e-learning.

5. A developing research profile and emerging track record of national and / or international peer esteemed research outputs and/or an outstanding record of professional practice and clear evidence of scholarly engagement.

6. Industry experience in production, script editing or script development.

7. The potential to generate successful external research funding bids and/or bids to enable professional development/projects, and good industry experience/links.

8. Emerging leadership skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

9. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

10. Ability to use information/communication technology to support administration and teaching.

Desirable Criteria:

1. A PhD in Screenwriting or related writing for performance research (or doctoral study in the process of completion).

2. A track record of publication (in its broadest sense) and/ or production

3. Proven active involvement in relevant subject associations.

4. Evidence of successful income generation in support of research and/or other forms of relevant activity.

5. An HE teaching qualification*

6. Experience of events management including the use of social media.

*Newly appointed staff who do not already hold HEA professional recognition or a HE teaching qualification, will be required to achieve this within three years of their appointment to the post, either through completion of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE, or for those with significant experience of teaching in HE, via the University’s accredited CPD scheme conferring Fellowship at the appropriate level.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:

Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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