Learning and Teaching Coordinator
Department of Psychology
Grade 5: - £22,847 - £26,341
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 15-Feb-2022, 7:59:00 AM
The closing date for applications is 14th February 2022 at midnight.
When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.
The Department and role purpose:
Founded in 1952, the Department of Psychology is consistently ranked as one of the very best in the UK with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and student employability. The department is committed to creating and maintaining a research environment that spans the entire breadth of psychology. Currently the department’s research falls within three groupings: Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science, and Quantitative Social Psychology. There is a vibrant research culture with a weekly departmental research seminar series.
The department is extremely well-equipped for research, including facilities for fMRI, TMS, tDCS, EEG/ERP, VR, eye movement tracking, and biophysiological recording. The department also has a motion capture lab for analysis of visuomotor action and experiments in immersive VR, a ‘bar’ lab for naturalistic studies in health psychology, and setups for psychophysics including an echo-attenuated chamber. The department benefits from full IT and mechanical research support from departmental technicians between 8:30 and 16:30 Monday to Friday.
We offer a prestigious Psychology undergraduate programme (C800), a new undergraduate programme in Behavioural Science (C803), as well as a suite of masters programmes. Our single honours Psychology programme achieved 91% satisfaction with our students in the 2020 NSS and we are privileged to work with outstanding students who are attracted to Durham from across the globe.
The Learning and Teaching Coordinator is responsible for the provision of a professional, efficient administrative service, taking responsibility for operational aspects of programme delivery. S/he will ensure deadlines are met and service delivery standards are maintained, working in accordance with University and Departmental policies and procedures.
The Learning and Teaching Coordinator will work independently, taking day to day decisions and using his/her experience and initiative to decide on appropriate courses of action and resolve complex problems. S/he will possess excellent organisational and time management skills, display initiative and flexibility, and demonstrate a commitment to customer service excellence.
- Act as more knowledgeable team member, without responsibility for team members.
- Plan and organise own workload, taking responsibility for operational aspects of programme delivery, ensuring deadlines are met and service delivery standards are maintained.
- Resolve queries and requests for information and advice, and act as a key contact in relation to student or programme issues, signposting to other staff or departments where appropriate and escalating more specialist and complex queries or issues to more experienced team members.
- Respond to stakeholder needs to deliver and shape an excellent stakeholder experience.
- Apply theory and practice, from academic and professional development and previous knowledge within a service team.
- Contribute to collaborative decision making within the team with service provision to deliver an excellent stakeholder experience in accordance with policy and procedures.
- Work collaboratively across the organisation and/or externally with colleagues and stakeholders to deliver a service.
- Provide guidance and advice to resolve problems and queries for a broad range of service users, developing expertise in relation to teaching, learning and assessment policies and processes.
- Collaborate with team members to implement new policies and procedures.
- Organise and schedule resources, activities and events, e.g. student registration, student induction.
- Identify priorities and monitor processes and activities to ensure success, e.g. produce marking schedules, monitor progress against deadlines, ensure accurate recording of marks, and ensure feedback is given in a timely manner.
- Provide more in-depth independent research and analysis activities within the role.
- Analyse work activities to ensure the effective and efficient use of resources.
- Provide demonstrations and instruction to others within and outside the team.
- Support the capture of business requirements from users and work with colleagues to translate these into recommendations for future service provision.
- Liaise with contacts and participate in networks and communities internally and possibly externally, contributing to effective collaborative working.
- Advise others and make recommendations into work processes and procedures for consideration by senior management to improve services.
- Plan and coordinate a range of teaching, learning and assessment activities.
- Deliver support services to ensure the effective and efficient running of business processes and systems, ensuring students receive appropriate academic support and guidance.
- Monitor and evaluate service delivery to ensure compliance with regulatory and professional procedures and standards, including UK Border Agency requirements.
- Collaborate with colleagues across professional and administrative areas to ensure seamless service provision.
- Use initiative to identify student welfare issues, escalating to decision makers where appropriate.
- Develop and enhance operational and administrative policies, systems and procedures, fostering a continuous improvement philosophy.
- Provide training to team members on data handling and recording.
- Monitor data accuracy checks to identify anomalies and ensure the integrity of data and information.
- Coordinate and monitor the implementation of departmental and University policies and initiatives.
- Update data and information on systems and media for recording, storing, communicating and informing service users and team members.
- Work with internal and external partners to maintain effective relationships, and to plan and deliver complex collaborative programme activities, where appropriate.
- Produce reports and statistical information for higher level decision makers within agreed timeframes, interpret programme data and statistics, ensuring that appropriate levels of confidentiality are maintained at all times.
- Accurately record information and data, including minutes of meetings, and disseminate within internal networks including Board of Examiners meetings and Student Staff Consultative Committees, initiating and following up on actions as appropriate.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of policy and procedures within own area of working.
- Prepare written reports for consideration by management where required, and contribute to the preparation of documentation associated with internal and external accreditation, quality management and enhancement activities.
- Any other reasonable duties.
At Durham we recognise that our staff and students are our greatest asset and we want to support the health and wellbeing of all. Hybrid working supports this ethos and provides many benefits to our colleagues, including empowering people, where their role allows, to work in a manner which is more suitable for them, whilst encouraging our commitment to environmental sustainability.
Depending on the needs of the business and the job role, Durham University is piloting hybrid working for all Professional Services colleagues in the academic year 2021/2022, which may include the opportunity to work both on and off campus and to flex working hours. If appointed to the post, your line-manager will discuss the specific arrangements with you. Any hybrid arrangements are non-contractual and may change within the pilot and when the pilot ends.
Interviews are anticipated to take place in February 2022.
Reward and Benefits
To support the delivery of the University's People Strategy to attract, retain and reward the very best, we offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits to our staff, including:
- 27 days annual leave, plus 4 customary days and 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part time) and the option to purchase additional leave;
- Automatic enrolment into a pension scheme;
- Corporate and local discounts;
- Wellbeing resources and discounted health benefits;
- Health discounts on sports and activities at Maiden Castle Health and Activity Centre;
- Reward and Recognition Schemes;
- Personal and career development;
- And SO much more, with further information available here
Recruiting to this post
In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification. In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.
Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.
How to apply
We prefer to receive applications online.
Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.
Information if you have a disability
The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.
If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you are required to submit
- A CV;
- A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out in the essential and desirable criteria;
- Completion of the application questions / A Word document, with examples of how you satisfy the person specification and the Realising Your Potential Approach criteria. Please ensure you give detailed examples of how you meet these criteria if requested.
Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.
Contact details – Mrs Norma Twomey, Learning and Teaching Manager, email@example.com
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Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application
If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email. Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.
At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work. We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.
Person specification - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop effective working relationships, both internally and externally.
- Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.
- Five GCSE’s at least Grade C or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent experience).
- Relevant administrative experience in a busy office environment.
- Demonstrable ability to proactively work with team members to ensure the delivery of high quality services.
- Experience of working on the front line with service delivery, and the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising on quality.
- Demonstrable ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.
- Ability to solve problems as part of a team and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions.
- Ability to effectively network and exchange advice and information for development purposes.
- Accuracy, numeracy and attention to detail.
- A high level of discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality
- Evidence of personal development to maintain skills.
- Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience.
- Experience of working in a team.
- Experience of working in Higher Education.
- Experience of working in a multicultural environment.
Realising Your Potential Approach
The Realising Your Potential Approach clarifies the behaviours expected to be demonstrated by all staff across Professional Services in the University regardless of their role. Along with the core responsibilities, role responsibilities and the person specification, the Realising Your Potential Approach behavioural indicators are used to inform the recruitment and selection process. Further information on the Realising Your Potential Approach is available here.
PROVIDING LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTION
Seeing the work that you do in the context of the bigger picture and taking a long-term view. Communicating vision clearly and enthusiastically to inspire and motivate others.
- Making links between individual, team, department and University objectives/strategies clear for others
- Giving team members support and advice when they need it, especially during periods of setback and change
- Creating momentum and positive attitudes about what needs to be done
- Empowering others to take personal responsibility
OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.
OUR VALUES: We are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.
Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.
The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.
Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.
It is expected that all staff within the University:
- Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
- Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.
Family key attributes
Roles in this family provide a comprehensive service and deliver the efficient administration and governance of the University.
Overall family purpose
- Deliver direct and indirect services to stakeholders.
- Provide advice and answer queries as part of an enquiry-desk/help-desk function.
- Respond to and manage requests for information and resources.
- Deliver services to meet regulatory requirements and procedures.
- Plan and deliver a joined-up approach to University business and people services.
- Align business processes and services to meet operational and strategic policy objectives.
- Deliver business processes to ensure effective management, governance and the economic viability of the University.
- Encourage, collaborate and participate in the development of productive cross-institution relationships and working.
- Provide excellent professional services that meet strategic and operational goals and business needs.
- Carry out monitoring, analysis, development and planning to design new services and service updates for continuous improvement whilst meeting changes in regulations.
- Engage with specialist professionals, consultants, and suppliers to exchange knowledge and facilitate partnership working.
- Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.
- Align and deliver programmes and activities to meet operational and strategic objectives to enhance the stakeholder experience.
- Engage and encourage participation with external professionals, schools, alumni and donors.
Link to key strategic plan
- An economically sustainable approach to delivering Professional Services across the University;
- A joined-up approach to University professional services, regardless of location or line management;
- A culture and practice of continuous improvement;
- Design services that meet business need;
- A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
- Support and facilitate programmes that offer intellectual challenge, cohesiveness and a strong sense of progression;
- Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.
DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.