Lecturer in Social Work

Cardiff, United Kingdom
£39,609 - £44, 559 pro rata per annum
13 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date: 15/03/2019
Location: Llandaff Campus
Salary: £39,609 - £44, 559 pro rata per annum

Job description

Role Summary:

The opportunity exists for a suitably experienced candidate to develop, lead and deliver modules on the undergraduate and post-qualifying programmes related to the BSc (Hons) Social Work and Post-qualifying Framework in Social Work. You will be expected to engage in high quality research and scholarly activities that contribute to the School's strategic priorities and to supervise student social work practice focussed research and practice placements as appropriate. The post holder will also be involved in the ongoing review and development of social work education in both maintaining and enhancing the high standard of teaching, learning and assessment and  to meet the requirements and standards of both the Institution and the Professional Regulatory Body; Social Care Wales.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise postgraduate research students

Teaching and learning support

  • Design teaching material and deliver either across a range of modules or within a subject area.
  • Use appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods.
  • Supervise student projects, and/or e.g. field trips and, where appropriate, placements.
  • Identify areas where current provision is in need of revision or improvement.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of objectives and material.
  • Set, mark and assess work and examinations and provide feedback to students.

Research and scholarship

  • Support the development of research objectives, projects and proposals.
  • Participate in individual or collaborative research projects.
  • Support the identification of sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds.
  • Apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching, research and appropriate external activities.
  • Write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other appropriate media.
  • Make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.


  • Routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas.

Liaison and networking

  • Participate in and help develop internal and external networks for the benefit of Cardiff Metropolitan University in the areas of teaching and research.

Managing people

  • Mentor colleagues with less experience and advise on personal development.
  • Depending on the area of work, could be expected to supervise the work of others.


  • Act as a responsible team member, leading where agreed, and develop productive working relationships with other members of staff.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify and respond to students' needs.

Pastoral care

  • Could be expected to act as a module tutor.
  • Be responsible for the pastoral care of students within a specified area.
  • Deal with standard problems and help colleagues resolve their concerns about progress in research.

Initiative, problem-solving and decision-making

  • Assess, interpret and evaluate outcomes of research.
  • Identify the need for developing the content or structure of modules with colleagues and make proposals on how this should be achieved.
  • Develop ideas promoting the subject and/or research areas.
    • e.g. Develop ideas and find ways of disseminating and applying the results of research and scholarship.
    • e.g. Responsibility for the design and delivery of own modules and assessment methods.
    • e.g. Collaborate with colleagues on the implementation of assessment procedures.
    • e.g. Advise others on strategic issues such as student recruitment and marketing.
    • e.g. Contribute to the accreditation of courses and quality control processes.

Planning and managing resources

  • As module leader or tutor, co-ordinate with others (such as support staff or academic colleagues) to ensure student needs and expectations are met.
  • Manage projects relating to own area of work.
  • Participating in developing ideas for generating income.

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 and level of training received, may be expected to conduct risk assessment and take responsibility for the health and safety of others.


  • Possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop teaching and/or research programmes and the provision of learning support.
  • Use a range of delivery techniques.

Education and Qualifications (Essential)

  • A good honours degree and/or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Ability to achieve Fellow Status as part of the Higher Education Academy's Professional Recognition scheme, within a 3 year period.
  • Qualification in Social Work and/or Registered Social Worker

Education and Qualifications (Desirable)

  • PhD or other doctoral award
  • Fellow Status as part of the Higher Education Academy's Professional Recognition scheme.
  • Membership of a professional body

Knowledge (Essential)

  • A good level of knowledge relevant to the subject and professional area.
  • Evidence of undertaking continuous professional development (CPD).
  • A sound understanding of pedagogy
  • A sound understanding of research/enterprise and scholarly activity
  • Substantial knowledge and experience of contemporary social work practice experience, including awareness of the relevant legislation and policy context.

Knowledge (Desirable)

  • Good understanding of the Welsh context of Social Work practice, including regulation of social work education, social work and health and social care legislation and policy.
  • Good understanding of inter professional working and advanced practice.

Skills and Abilities Relating to Role (Essential)

  • Ability to develop teaching and/or research programmes and the provision of learning support.
  • Ability to design teaching and learning material.
  • Ability to employ appropriate assessment methods.
  • Ability to support the development of research objectives, projects or proposals.
  • Ability to employ appropriate methods for disseminating research findings.
  • Ability to contribute to the achievement of the School Development Plan and the development of other school activities.
  • Ability to undertake administrative duties in an accurate and timely fashion.
  • Ability to plan workloads and projects and manage resources effectively.
  • Ability to identify areas for improvement and to use initiative and problem solving skills to improve performance.
  • Ability to take responsibility for a number of key areas such as module tutor, research supervision at undergraduate level.
  • Ability to communicate and disseminate complex and conceptual ideas in a variety of ways - presentations at conferences reports on findings, publications, feedback etc.
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships as part of a professional team
  • Ability to work collaboratively on research projects through the development of appropriate partnerships.

Skills and Abilities Relating to Role (Desirable)

  • Understanding of HEI standards, systems and requirements
  • Fluent in Welsh Language

Experience Paid/Unpaid (Essential)

  • Experience of teaching / research or equivalent.
  • Experience of attracting or generating funds/income through a variety of sources
  • Experience of working with others in a supervisory/guiding/supporting/mentoring capacity.

Experience Paid /Unpaid (Desirable)

  • Experience of teaching and research in Higher Education.
  • Sufficient post-qualifying social work practice experience to demonstrate an understanding at an advanced practice level.

Other Requirements (Essential)

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

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.