Senior Lecturer BA Hons Primary Education with QTS

Cardiff, United Kingdom
8AB £45,892 - £53,174
29 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date: 28/02/2019
Location: Cyncoed Campus
Salary: 8AB £45,892 - £53,174

Job description

This is a key post that will contribute to the ambitions of the University's Strategic Plan 2017/18 - 2022/23.

Role Summary:

The Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy has recently validated a new BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS programme, which has been accredited by the Education Workforce for Wales along with the PGCE Primary (3-11) and PGCE Secondary (11-18) programmes. The opportunity exists for a suitably experienced candidate to develop, lead and contribute to the delivery of the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS programme. There will be a requirement to contribute significantly to the systems and procedures associated with the academic delivery, assessment, administration, and quality assurance and quality enhancement of the programme including developing strong working relationships with partner schools and external stakeholders. In addition, flexibility to teach across the other initial teacher education programmes as well as non QTS programmes is required.

This senior lecturer post is permanent with an initial five-year opportunity to be the Programme Director for the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS programme. The Programme Director aspect is rotational after this period of time.

Role Profile:

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaching and learning support

  • Design, develop and deliver a range of programmes of study (sometimes for entirely new courses) at various levels.
  • Review on a regular basis course content and materials, updating when required.
  • Develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and material which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
  • Ensure that course design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the university and department.
  • Support students on placements in schools.

Research and scholarship

  • Engage in pedagogic and practitioner research and other scholarly activities.
  • Contribute to the development of teaching and learning strategies.
  • Work in conjunction with others to apply subject knowledge to practice.


Disseminate conceptual and complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences.

Liaison and networking

  • Lead and develop internal networks for example by chairing and participating in School and Institutional committees.
  • Provide professional advice e.g. act as external examiner.
  • Lead and develop external networks for example with external examiners and assessors e.g. professional associations.
  • Develop links with external contacts such as other educational bodies, employers, and professional bodies to foster collaboration.

Managing people

  • Provide academic leadership to those working within programme areas, as course leader or equivalent, by for example agreeing work plans to ensure that courses are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans with reference to the Academic Handbook.
  • Contributing to the development of teams and individuals.
  • Act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.
  • Resolve problems affecting the quality of course delivery and student progress within of own areas of responsibility, referring more serious matters to others, as appropriate.
  • Leading/contributing to courses through pedagogy /research activity.


  • Help to lead teams within areas of responsibility.
  • Help to ensure that teams within the department work together.
  • Participate to help resolve conflicts within and between teams.

Pastoral care

  • Responsible for dealing with referred issues for students within own educational programmes.
  • Provide first line support for colleagues, referring them to sources of further help if required.

Initiative, problem-solving and decision-making

  • Resolve problems affecting the delivery of courses within own educational programme and in accordance with regulations.
  • Make decisions regarding the operational aspects of own educational programme.
    • e.g. Contribute to decisions which have an impact on other related programmes.
    • e.g. Monitor student progress and retention.
    • e.g. Provide advice on issues such as ensuring the adequate balance of student population, appointment and student and other performance matters.
  • Spotting opportunities for strategic development of new courses or appropriate areas of activity and contributing to the development of such ideas.

Planning and managing resources

  • Responsible for the delivery of own educational programmes.
  • Contribute through the teams within which you are a member of to the overall management of the department in areas such as resource management, business and programme planning.
  • Lead in setting standards and monitoring progress against agreed criteria for own area of responsibility.
  • Be involved through various routes in departmental level strategic planning and contribute to the Institution's strategic planning processes.
  • Plan and deliver consultancy or similar programmes within the constraints of resources available.
  • Be responsible for quality, audit and other external assessments in own areas of responsibility.

Sensory, physical and emotional demands.

  • Balance the pressures of teaching and administrative demands and competing deadlines.

Work environment

Within the context of Cardiff Metropolitan University's H&S Policy depending on area of work (e.g. laboratories, workshops, studios) may be expected to take responsibility for conducting risk assessments and reducing hazards.


In-depth understanding of own specialism to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field.

Standard Notification

These guidelines are provided to assist you in the performance of your contract. The university is a dynamic organisation; therefore changes may be required from time to time. Any changes will be made in consultation with the post-holder. The Summary of Duties and Responsibilities is not intended to be an exhaustive list of tasks performed. Other associated technical tasks are likely to be performed as directed by the line manager.

It is accepted that individual staff will have a specialist skills and knowledge base in relation to the role they have been appointed to. In addition to this, Cardiff Metropolitan University expects that all staff will contribute to the vision and ethos of the university and conduct themselves in a professional, courteous and student/customer focused manner at all times. All staff should have particular regard for their responsibilities under Cardiff Metropolitan University's Equalities, Financial, Environmental and Sustainability, Human Resources and Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable Criteria

Education and Qualifications - Essential       

  • A good honours degree and / or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Master's qualification.
  • Ability to achieve Fellow Status as part of the Higher Education Academy's Professional Recognition scheme, within a 2-year period.
  • Membership of a professional body
  • PhD or other doctoral award, or an ability to complete within an agreed timescale. 

Knowledge - Essential

  • An in-depth knowledge relevant to the professional area.
  • Evidence of undertaking continuous professional development (CPD).
  • An in-depth understanding of pedagogy and teaching, learning and assessment.
  • A sound understanding of research/enterprise and scholarly activity.
  • An in-depth knowledge of working within quality systems.

Knowledge- Desirable

  • Regional / National / International recognition in specialist subject and/or professional area.

Skills and Abilities Relating to Role - Essential

  • Ability to lead curriculum development and to develop new provision, as appropriate.
  • Ability to lead new initiatives and implement policy with a team and ensure adherence to academic regulations.
  • Ability to contribute to the achievement of the School Development Plan and the institution's strategic planning processes.
  • Ability to identify (through the analysis of appropriate management information) areas requiring improved performance.
  • Ability to take responsibility for a number of key areas such as chairing and participating in School meetings and committees.
  • Ability to lead / develop / work collaboratively with a number of internal and external networks.
  • Ability to provide professional advice to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate using everyday Welsh at a level consistent with primary curriculum requirements.

Experience Paid/Unpaid - Essential

  • Significant experience of teaching in the primary school sector
  • Experience of HE teaching or equivalent, e.g. mentoring students on school placement.
  • Experience of engaging in pedagogic and practitioner research.
  • Experience of contributing to the development of academic strategies for example, teaching and learning.

Experience Paid/Unpaid - Desirable

  • Experience of providing academic leadership and first line support / mentoring for other colleagues.

Other Requirements - Essential

Ability to demonstrate a commitment to Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, Quality Standards.

The appointment of the successful applicant will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS, previously CRB).

Other Requirements - Desirable

Ability to deliver through the medium of Welsh.