BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Quantity Surveying School of Engineering

Location
Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
Salary
£37,505 to £59,880 per annum (dependent on grade)
Posted
19 May 2021
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Quantity Surveying
School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Location:     Birmingham, City Centre Campus
Salary:     £37,505 to £59,880 per annum (dependent on grade)
Closing Date:     Wednesday 30 June 2021
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     032021-127

Located in a modern £300m campus in the heart of Birmingham, at the City Centre Campus, the School of Engineering and the Built Environment is a  thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in the growth in our academic portfolio alongside our sustained advancement in research activity, the department continues to be ambitious in its strategic vision and seeks talented individuals to join our team.

We invite applications to join our team in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. The role will involve meeting the schools digital delivery and research aspirations in our Department of the Built Environment, but particularly in the Quantity Surveying subject area.

You will join a strong school wide team delivering successful, professionally accredited, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Built Environment in well-equipped and purpose built facilities.  We work in a collaborative and cross disciplinary culture where interacting freely across the department and with colleagues in other schools is encouraged to gain a unique insight into impactful problem domains. We seek an individual capable of teaching and undertaking research aligned to the research activities of the school that cut across engineering and the built environment.

To support our Quantity Surveying expansion plans, the Department of Built Environment is seeking to appoint to one of the following roles:

Lecturer = £37,505 to £40,766 per annum

Senior Lecturer = £46,376 to £50,408 per annum

Associate Professor = £55,091 to £59,880 per annum

Applicants will teach across a variety of different levels and courses, topics and areas including Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, Construction Economics, Procurement, Contract Practice, Commercial Management, Building or Civil Engineering Measurement and will be expected to have a strong technical or leadership background within academia or industry and some experience of the relevant professional bodies competencies (RICS or CIOB) with priority given to shortlisting candidates with most of these areas of expertise. Applicants are expected to have a good research record in one or more of these subject areas

Duties and Responsibilities for all grades:

  • Provide an excellent student experience.
  • Act in accord with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures.
  • Use appropriate learning, teaching, support and assessment methods.
  • Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Set and mark assessments and provide constructive feedback and feedforward.
  • Supervise student projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Conduct high quality research leading to publications in leading academic journals, and develop bids and partnerships for research funding.
  • Contribute to the design and development of high quality, up-to-date Built Environment courses.
  • Contribute to the administration and development of the course provision within the School.
  • Participate in outreach activities to aid in recruitment.
  • Engage in reflective practice as a method for identifying inhibitors and facilitators to performance.
  • Academic-related administration and management. 
  • Address the pastoral needs of students.

Essential Skills and Experience for all grades

  • Recent industry or equivalent academic experience.
  • Subject expertise in the Quantity Surveying field.
  • Strong technical background with knowledge of relevant industrial standards, technical and software requirements in the Quantity Surveying field.
  • Eligible for / and are a member of the appropriate Professional body such as RICS or CIOB. 
  • Excellent presentation and teaching skills, as demonstrated by Higher Education teaching experience or regular presentations to industry.
  • Excellent team working and communication skills.
  • Ability to build collaborative internal and external relationships.|
  • Depending on the level that you join at, you will be expected to have a PhD or nearing completion i.e. viva pending, or equivalent qualification

In addition, for Senior Lecturer grade you will be expected to: 

  • Able to contribute to/take responsibility for managing taught programmes, including oversight of day to day operational processes (e.g. timetabling, assessment, examination systems, progression and retention) and programme accreditation processes
  • Contribute to and ensure that programme design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the University
  • Manage and lead own and collaborative research and / or enterprise activity producing high quality outputs with demonstrable impact, in particular influencing leading edge practice
  • Provide and contribute to academic and team leadership and development, for example by agreeing work plans to ensure that programmes are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans

In addition, for Associate Professor grade you will be expected to:

  • Be able to make significant contribution to/lead course and policy development within the department and across the University.
  • Lead and coordinate research/enterprise bids and activity across the department and Faculty
  • Be a strong academic leader in the subject area and across the department, organising and leading in the deployment of resources and staff.

Desirable skills and experience for all grades

  • A good first degree and PhD in the subject field.
  • Full membership of an appropriate professional body such as MRICS, MCIOB etc.
  • Potential or a proven track record of publishing in high quality refereed journals.
  • Ability or a strong record of research and research publications.
  • Interest in or a track record of attracting externally funded research funding and partnering in a chosen field of interest.
  • Track record of successful networking and community management.
  • Interest in cross disciplinary collaboration.
  • Ability or a proven record of attracting research funding and partnering across areas of practice.

For roles at a more senior level preference will be given to staff who can demonstrate a research publication track record in well regarded refereed journals and/or securing research grants and contracts. Applicants who have a Masters qualification and extensive practice experience at managerial level will also be considered. Strong leadership background within academia or industry is essential for the Associate Professor role.

The specific requirements for each role are detailed in the relevant job descriptions so applicants are advised to review these carefully before making an application.

Benefits

In return for your dedication and hard work, can expect great ongoing personal and professional development plus the following main benefits;

  • Generous annual leave entitlement – 40 days including bank holidays and Christmas/New Year closure
  • Sickness/absence entitlement
  • Teachers’ Pension scheme
  • Library facilities on all campuses
  • Life Assurance
  • Personal Accident
  • Travel card scheme
  • Car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car share scheme
  • Catering facilities

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.

We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.

Selection and Interview Process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a an Assessment Centre process, incorporating a detailed interview, teaching activity and a team-based activity.   

For more details about the role, please contact Dr Mark Shelbourn on mark.shelbourn@bcu.ac.uk or +44 (0)7599 500478 

If you want to be a part of this amazing opportunity, are passionate about education and want to join our richly diverse community, please apply today as we could be part of your future. Complete the online application and upload a copy of your CV.  Candidates are advised to remove personal information, including name, to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process.

The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.

It is each individual successful applicants responsibility to ensure that they have permission to work in the UK. Some applicants may require sponsorship from the University and a visa from UKVI to take up the role if successful. More information on this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa 

Some roles are not capable of sponsorship because they do not meet the UKVI criteria relating to skill and salary level. If you are unsure as to whether you would require sponsorship if successful, or whether the role is capable of sponsorship, please contact us: RTinbox@bcu.ac.uk

Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

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