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Sessional Demonstrators (Computing) - Worcester Business School

The Worcester Business School is seeking to attract demonstrators to develop and / or support practical sessions in the area of undergraduate computing.

These positions are especially attractive to recent computing graduates with limited teaching experience, but may be interested in a future career in teaching.

The subject areas specifically sought are:

• Object-oriented Programming (Java, C#, C++)

• Javascript Web programming 

• Database design & development 

• Web Design 

• Web Development 

• Mobile applications design & development 

• E-business and social media (google analytics, facebook development, hootsuite, etc)

• WordPress development 

• Adobe Creative Suite 

• Games Design & Development.

Core duties are outlined below however individual roles will vary according to the subject taught. This is a generic job description only. Please state which of the subject areas above you may be qualified for clearly on your application form.

Successful applicants will be placed on a register of sessional lecturers and will be notified when suitable vacancies arise, which may be immediate.

Selection methods include:

1. Interview

2. A 20-minute teaching session to a small panel role-playing 3rd Year (level 6) Undergraduate students.

Closing date: Thursday 06 Apr 2017

Reference number: BUSAC1703 - 3216

Job details

Job details

Salary
£12.73 an hour, plus £1.78 an hour holiday pay
Hours
Hours to be negotiated per module
Start
By arrangement
Duration
Temporary
Responsible to
Head of Worcester Business School
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
Interviews to be held on one of 10th, 11th and 12th May 2017

Worcester Business School

Explore the Worcester Business School

“We champion an imaginative ethos that combines sound business principles with instinctive commercial drive”
Mark Richardson, Head of Worcester Business School

Background

Background

Worcester Business School:

Worcester Business School is one of six Institutes within the University of Worcester.

Rooted in the region, supporting business growth and leading the employability agenda, Worcester Business School is interdisciplinary and outward-looking.

Our emphasis on business enterprise and work-related learning delivers immediate benefit for our graduates, their organisations and the regional economy.

Our overriding aim is to continue to develop as an outstanding place at which to Study Business Management / Computing, and transform individuals and organisations to thrive in the 21st Century

To achieve this, we offer:

• a flexible, work-related curriculum that develops knowledge, skills, the ability to continually learn, think critically, reflect, innovate, act responsibly and adapt to volatile, ambiguous and complex situations

• applied learning that empowers individuals to optimise their potential

• meaningful engagement with business to develop professional behaviours

• accessible learning resources and purpose-built facilities

• a focus on creativity, innovation and promoting entrepreneurial thinking

• a supportive and collaborative learning community

• access to contemporary research, scholarship and the latest thinking

• exposure to intercultural and international contexts to develop a global mind-set

The Business School has grown rapidly over recent years and now has c. 1,750 students on a range of Business and Computing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. We aspire to create an inspirational learning experience where academics are encouraged to maintain research, scholarship and knowledge transfer activity to underpin their teaching, and where students can contribute to a forward looking academic community.

We are an interdisciplinary Business School and pursue a holistic and applied approach to business, management and computing, both within the School and beyond. We provide a highly supportive, real-world, intercultural learning environment which acts as an effective springboard into rewarding employment. We focus on developing employability skills together with the capabilities that will enable our students to make an immediate impact in the world of work, such as creativity, responding to and leading change, defining goals, making important business decisions, solving problems and inspiring others. We are dedicated to making learning and personal development accessible to all.

Our key strength is our people:?

Our staff have taught, researched and practised across the world. They are excellent teachers, able to apply their experience to current issues. They understand what employers need and this is reflected throughout our broad and flexible curriculum.?

Our student community includes highly motivated individuals from around the world, who interact to create your business contact network for life. ?

We have excellent and purposeful links with local business leaders. They are actively involved with the School, advising on the relevance and applicability of our curriculum, the development of skills appropriate for employment, and providing real world insight into the future world of work. ?

We have achieved a credible first entry to REF 2014 submitting 10 of our researchers and two impact case studies

The Business School has developed an attractive portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education courses.

Worcester Business School offers a unique combination of being both professional and friendly – a place where students and staff feel welcome and inspired. Housed within beautifully-restored Georgian buildings in Worcester city centre, the Business School reflects a real-world business environment with open-plan open learning spaces, interconnected with meeting rooms, staff offices and reception area. This is complemented by state of the art computer laboratories. These facilities are further enhanced by on-site halls of residence, cafeteria, gym and quiet contemplative spaces for meditation and relaxation. The School is also adjacent to the University’s highly acclaimed joint and public library – the Hive , and within 15 minutes walking distance of the University’s main campus at St John’s.

Key strengths of Worcester Business School:?

Interdisciplinary nature of the School.?

Extensive and attractive undergraduate course portfolio and sustained growth in student recruitment.?

Client-focussed executive education portfolio, and account management approach, delivering sustained growth in client base.?

High levels of student satisfaction, retention, progression and achievement.?

High calibre staff team.?

Well respected by business leaders locally.?

City Centre location in the heart of the business community. ?

Located in the centre of the historic, riverside City of Worcester in the centre of the UK, with excellent road and rail links – just 45 minutes from Birmingham and its international airport and 2¼ hours from London.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To prepare for practical sessions by developing an understanding of the content, learning outcomes and modes of delivery for the relevant sessions. This may involve scholarship in the subject area to ensure that the content and delivery is at the appropriate level for a Higher Education audience.

2. To prepare course materials, exercises and handouts, ensuring that information is available to students in advance of the practical sessions.

3. To deliver or support the delivery of the module through practical sessions, exercises, tests and on-line material.

4. To be available for tutorial support to students at specified times.

5. To fully support the module leader and other module tutors throughout the delivery of the module.

6. To attend staff development events and activities (financial support is available).

7. To undertake other administrative duties related to the teaching, e.g. entering marks.

*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 in the subject area (or expected completion by starting date of the position) with a final year classification of at least a 2.1 in the area of demonstrating.

2. Good technical knowledge of one or more of the areas applying for.

3. The ability to give clear and precise guidance to students.

4. A commitment to interactive teaching methods with a learner centred focus.

5. The ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing).

6. The ability to work well in a team context.

Desirable Criteria

1. Currently studying towards a higher degree in a related area or aspirations to do so.

2. Experience of teaching within Higher Education or professional training at the equivalent level.

3. Experience of student support or mentoring.

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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