Senior Lecturer Programme Lead
The Joint Education Institute (JEI) is an ambitious project between King’s College London (King’s) and the Southern University of Science & Technology (SUSTech) to establish a world-class medical school in Shenzhen, China. The purpose of the JEI is to develop innovative, world-class joint education programmes and to engage with high-tech and med-tech industry in southern China and Hong Kong to generate pedagogical and curriculum advances.
King’s is seeking to appoint three academics with experience of programme organisation and management to deliver teaching in the following areas: Biomedical Engineering; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics; and Medicine. The post-holders will live and work in Shenzhen, China and will act as Programme Leads on three new joint programmes being set up as part of the JEI:
• MBBS Medicine: a six-year programme leading to GMC-recognised Primary Medical Qualification.
• BSc Biomedical Science: a four-year programme aimed at equipping graduates for a career in scientific research or employment in industry or allied fields.
• BEng Biomedical Engineering: a four-year programme designed to train the next generation of biomedical engineers working in research, industrial and service-delivery healthcare environments.
Successful candidates will spend 3-4 months at King’s (where possible) developing educational materials and methods before starting teaching duties on the SUSTech campus for a period of four years. Appointments will be on the King’s Academic Education Pathway (AEP) that allows career progression to Professor based upon contribution to education and scholarship. Staff on the AEP have an indicative 20% of time available to engage in research.
Candidates must have a PhD in the biosciences; outstanding educator skills at levels 4 – 7 in the biosciences, biomedical engineering or pre-clinical/translational medicine; and experience of module development and/or module/programme leadership. A relevant qualification in higher education e.g. PGCAP is desirable.
We are particularly interested in candidates able to teach undergraduate biomedical engineering, pharmacology, medical genetics, and pre-clinical/translational medicine alongside making contributions to transferable skills training, but we are open to applications from all areas of the biomedical sciences. Candidates can specify an interest in one of the joint programmes listed above or can choose to be considered for any of the three posts.
Post holders will receive competitive remuneration packages and benefits, including accommodation in China and flights to and from the UK.
Fixed-term, full-time appointment including four-year secondment to China (s.t. review)
Successful candidates will form part of a small team delivering the King’s component of the first three Joint Education Programmes (JEPs) within the Joint Education Institute (JEI). Team members will work closely with academic colleagues from SUSTech and will report into the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine’s Centre for Education and relevant Teaching Department (dependent upon individual’s area of expertise).
Duties and Responsibilities:
• To provide academic leadership and strategic direction for one of the Joint Education Programmes (JEPs).
• To work closely with the Executive Dean (JEI), the FoLSM Heads of Teaching Departments, and other appropriate managers and staff across the JEI, to ensure that the educational and academic support requirements for the JEP are met and that the JEP is delivered in an efficient and appropriate manner.
• To line-manage teaching staff employed within the Joint Education Institute.
• To work collegially with academic colleagues and professional services staff to deliver an excellent learning experience for our students.
• To be responsible for the management and delivery of the JEP, including new initiatives relating to the structure, content or management of the programme.
• To coordinate a wide range of functions relating to the JEP including admissions, course advising, degree awards, student welfare and the monitoring of progression and achievement rates.
• To provide a lead role in relation to audit and other quality assurance activities.
• To engage in progressive methods of delivering the JEP in line with the strategy of the JEI, the King’s Education Strategy and King’s Vision 2029, using methods that create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
• To make a significant contribution to the teaching, assessment and project supervision of the JEP
• To provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning.
• To contribute fully and conscientiously to administrative tasks within the JEI, for example module leadership or programme review.
Resource Management and Planning:
• To contribute to the establishment of targets for student numbers and monitoring the achievement of these targets.
Management and Governance:
• To represent the JEP at relevant JEI, Faculty and external meetings.
• To ensure compliance with JEI regulations, statutes and codes of practice, for areas of responsibility under the purview of the programme leads.
• To represent the programme’s interests in the formulation of JEI policy; be responsible for the implementation of JEI policy as it applies to the programme.
• To undertake public engagement activities as appropriate.
• To engage in continuous professional development as appropriate.
• To engage in scholarship directed towards improving the learning experience of students.
• To contribute to creating a positive, enthusiastic learning culture for all staff and students.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
1. PhD in the biosciences
2. Proven commitment to ongoing skills development and training
3. Outstanding educator skills at levels 4 – 7 in the biosciences/pre-clinical or translational medicine/biomedical engineering.
4. Experience of teaching and assessment in higher education
5. Experience of leading quality improvement in education, through the innovative use of technology, space and resources, approaches to assessment or personal tutoring
6. Experience of module development and/or module/programme leadership
7. Ability to work independently and as an enthusiastic, active contributor to a multi-disciplinary team
8. Experience of supporting student progression and welfare as a personal (pastoral) tutor in higher education
9. Experience of sharing best practice and learning from peers in the higher education sector in the UK and internationally
10. Ability to engage collaboratively with a range of stakeholders (e.g. students, employers, professional and regulatory bodies)
11. Ability to apply current best practice to the teaching and assessment of the biosciences, ensuring full compliance with relevant Academic Regulations
12. Ability to organise workload, including administrative tasks, meeting deadlines in a timely and effective way
13. Excellent communication skills – written and spoken – including publication, conference presentations, engagement with a wide audience from the public, industry, professional bodies and peers
14. Willingness to teach outside areas of immediate expertise
15. Desire to live and work in China.
1. Relevant qualification in higher education, e.g. PGCAP
2. Ability to engage peers and contribute to the promulgation of good educational practice through scholarship, peer support and a collegiate approach
The posts are based at the SUSTech campus is Shenzhen, China.
Post holders will receive competitive remuneration packages and benefits, including accommodation in China.