Assistant Professor in Fashion Communication

Galashiels, Scottish Borders (GB)
25 May 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

We are a truly global university and named by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide as International University of the Year 2018. Our global campuses are situated in some of world's most inspiring locations in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia. Each of our campuses offers superb facilities and a unique learning environment.

We are specialists in business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences – subjects which make a real impact on the world and society.

The Fashion Communication Team are fascinated by the variety and diversity of ways that Fashion is communicated, promoted and presented creatively to different audiences.

The Programme focuses on the study of fashion styling and image making, typography and graphics for fashion, photography and film, journalism and digital media, which is designed to inspire original and dynamic ideas in the communication of fashion to a global market.

Fashion Communication is the only named Degree Programme of its type in Scotland. A winner of the Fashion Photography prize at GFW in 2017, the University seeks to continue and build upon the reputation and success of this Programme.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

Learning and Teaching 

Undertake teaching duties in relation to courses appropriate to your area of knowledge (e.g. through practical sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials)

Contribute to the continued development of Fashion Communication at undergraduate and postgraduate level in consultation with the Programme Leader;

Undertake scholarly activity related to the effective delivery of the curriculum and develop the level of your subject expertise in line with the latest developments in Visual Communication for the Fashion industry;

Contribute to the design and delivery of the curriculum in consultation with the Programme Leader and within the structures and mechanisms established by the School and University;

Conduct assessment and moderation across the discipline area, ensuring this is rigorous, fair and clear and undertaken within the policies established by the School and University;

Identify learning needs of students and define appropriate learning objectives.

Be responsible for providing effective, well documented and timely feedback, both formative and summative, to students;

Contribute to the monitoring of the quality of learning and teaching through course monitoring and to contribute to quality management and enhancement activities across the Programme, School and University;

Provide appropriate pastoral support recognising the varied cultural backgrounds of the student cohort;

Stay abreast of developments in the pedagogy of Visual Communications Education and to ensure that these developments are reflected in the evolution of the learning and teaching methods employed on the Programme;

Planning, and authoring (or revising) new course material as part of the School's teaching programmes.

Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking.

Knowledge Transfer

Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship in Visual Communication to appropriate external activities;

Participation in institutional or inter- institutional collaborative research or involvement with industrial, commercial and third sector organisations and other institutions.

Develop and maintain strong links with industrial partners;

Undertake business development activities and/or consultancy as agreed and directed.

Continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.

Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into the course of study.

Academic Management and Administration 

Undertake administrative duties associated with the programme and course planning, preparation for assessments and for examination/progression boards etc.

Carry out the administration requirements of the role in accordance with normal University processes and procedures

Take a proactive role both internally and externally in promoting and marketing the Programmes and the School

Participate in recruitment and induction to the Programmes with which you are involved, ensuring compliance with the School and University targets

Contribute to income generating activities including assisting with raising sponsorship as well as other activities that will raise the profile of the School

External liaison to benefit subject area and student recruitment

Represent the School in both the national and international context

Act as student mentor, giving first line support

Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and accreditation purposes.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

We require a minimum Masters Degree and a PhD would be desirable

A record of achievement in professional practice commensurate with appointment at this level

Recognised teaching qualification, i.e. PGCert/PGCap or membership/fellowship of higher education academy. Or be committed to achieving this within 2 years of appointment

Well developed knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice across Fashion/Visual Communication and related areas

Evidence of working within the Fashion/Visual Communications industry

Relevant teaching experience and understanding of learning, teaching and assessment at HE level

A strong understanding of Industry needs and the skills required by graduates for employability.

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on Thursday 28th June 

The appointment will be made on either a Grade 7 (£31604 - £38833) or Grade 8 (£39992 - £47722) depending on experience

For further information or an informal chat please contact Theresa Coburn t.coburn@hw.ac.uk

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