Academic Project Lead

Preston, United Kingdom
Grade: I (£43,267 - £50,132)
02 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 23/09/2018
Location Preston Campus
Salary  Grade: I (£43,267 - £50,132)
Job category/type  Academic

Job description

The Centre for SME Development wishes to appoint an experienced part-time Academic Project Lead to provide pedagogical and project delivery support to a newly awarded ERDF project.

The Transmission Project was awarded funding from the ERDF to support a key requirement for businesses within Lancashire, namely to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The aims of the project are:

  • To help SMEs within the advanced manufacturing and engineering and the creative and digital sectors to cross boundaries and bring different perspectives from each other's worlds towards problem solving and professional development;
  • To use this initiative to increase awareness of, and explore and exploit the opportunities created by, Industry 4.0 for these groups; and
  • Develop their leadership and management capabilities.

The post holder will be required to design, develop and deliver, as required, on the academic content of the project. They will work with the Project Manager in ensuring the quality and integrity of SMEs' experience drawing upon their experience and expertise in SME learning, with a focus on building cross boundary learning through communities of practice. They will identify academic expertise across the University and work with the Project Manager to ensure resources are effectively co-ordinated in order to maximise the learning opportunities of the SMEs which will contribute to their growth potential. They will also be required to deliver action learning on the project and take the lead role in ensuring the quality of action learning including supervision and training of other facilitators as necessary to ensure ongoing quality.

The post holder will have a breadth of subject knowledge to strengthen existing expertise in the delivery of communities of practice learning amongst leaders within one or more of the SME sectors highlighted.

The post holder will demonstrate that you can support and enthuse leaders in the relevant business communities in an imaginative and collaborative fashion. You will be able to develop and build on industrial and academic links to grow the aims of the Transmission Project and to contribute to engagement in the local business community.

The project will be underpinned with a participative pedagogy informed by social theories of learning. Whilst the post holder will have responsibility for designing the project delivery, it is likely to include - but not limited to - learning interventions such as a residential programmes, site visits to regional companies, collaboratories, masterclasses, think tanks, hack jams, peer facilitated learning and action learning sets.

A willingness and ability to travel is expected. These positions are based at the Main Campus in Preston, but travel to UK and International partners may be necessary.

This position is based in Preston, Lancashire:

  • A city in the North West of England connected by both West Coast Mainline and the M6 Motorway to the rest of the UK.
  • Just over an hour from Manchester International Airport and just over two hours from central London.
  • Situated close to Britain's Energy Coast, within an hour of the Lake District National Park and adjacent to the Trough of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We also have a sister university, UCLan Cyprus, engaged in innovative Computing research.

We welcome diversity and encourage participation in higher education for all who can benefit from it. Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview.

This post is part funded by ERDF, knowledge of this funding stream and experience in an HE environment would be an advantage.

Please apply online via or by contacting Human Resources on 01772 892324 and quoting the reference number. CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form.

School/Service: Innovation & Enterprise
Hours: Full time (37.00 hours per week - 1.0 FTE)
Basis: Fixed term contract until 31 December 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed

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