Assistant Professor, Fashion

Galashiels, Scottish Borders
15 Jun 2018
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15 Jul 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 the 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.

You would join a team where our staff feel part of our achievements, and our values provide your link to our success. We are proud of our collegiate atmosphere and integrated teaching and research approach, which has helped to build a community of committed academics and highly motivated students. Our focus on careers delivers results and we have an excellent reputation for graduate employability.

Our team contribute to the future of Fashion at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels aligned with the School’s strategic priorities of: research intensity, provision of learning and teaching excellence and growth of its international portfolio.

The successful applicant will be a creative, inspirational, academic practitioner with specific skills and industry experience in Fashion.

You will actively contribute to the development of the Fashion Programme and be experienced in learning, teaching and assessment at HE level. An enthusiastic and visionary lecturer who will support and encourage students to achieve their full creative potential, you will have the ability to develop live, collaborative projects and demonstrate a willingness to engage creatively in the wider activities of the School.

You will be a highly professional and committed team player, flexible in approach with excellent communication, timekeeping and organisational skills and be willing to undertake administrative duties associated with the role.

You will possess a strong understanding of contemporary pro-active, issues and current debate within the fashion industry. This will underpin your passion for enhancing your own practice and will inform your knowledge of the skills and attributes required by graduates for employability.

Learning and Teaching

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

Contribute to the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of our oversees programmes (e.g. Dubai, Malaysia) as agreed with the Director of Studies;

Undertake scholarly activity related to the effective delivery of the curriculum and maintain the level of your subject expertise in line with the latest developments in Fashion;

In consultation with the Director of Studies contribute to the design and delivery of the curriculum and within the structures and mechanisms established by the School and University;

In consultation with the Director of Studies, prepare and develop a range of learning materials appropriate to the subject area in support of teaching;

Participate in the 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;

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 contribute to quality management processes and enhancement activities across the Fashion Programmes, School and University;

Disseminate good learning and teaching practice across the Fashion team and through other means, e.g. learning and teaching conferences;

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

Stay abreast of developments in the pedagogy of Fashion Education and ensure that these developments are reflected in the evolution of the learning and teaching methods employed on the Fashion Programmes;

Interact with staff within and outside the School to support the development of the discipline;

Develop productive working relationships with other members of staff to facilitate effective team working for benefit of the subject area.

We require a minimum Master’s 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 and related areas.

Evidence of working within the Fashion 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 graduated for employability

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on Wednesday 18th July 2018

The appointment will be made on either a Grade 7 (£31,604 - £38,833) or Grade 8 (£39,992 - £47,722) depending on experience.

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

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