Assistant Professor in Business Management

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
20 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

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.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

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.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

One of five academic schools at Heriot-Watt University, the School of Social Sciences has a strong presence in the University’s international campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. The School comprises of four academic departments Business Management; Accounting Economics and Finance; Psychology; Languages and Intercultural Studies.

Our research in Business Management benefits from interdisciplinary collaboration both within the School and across other key areas of expertise in the University and beyond, including industry and commerce. This is reflected by our established research centres in Logistics, Work Culture and Wellbeing, Intercultural Working as well as emerging centres such as Strategy, Performance and Operations, and Tourism and Heritage.

The post holder is required to:

  • Design and undertake teaching in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures, to support the delivery of Heriot-Watt University’s aims. As course leader or tutor, co-ordinate with others (such as support staff or academic colleagues) to ensure student needs and expectations are met.
  • Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching and appropriate external activities. This includes commitment to supporting student study by identifying learning needs of students and defining appropriate learning objectives and ensuring content, methods of delivery and learning materials will meet these.
  • Plan, author and design (and revise) new course material as part of the School’s teaching programmes and make proposals as to how this could be achieved. Posses sole responsibility for the design and delivery of their own courses and assessment methods. Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint scholarship and conduct individual and collaborative projects. Author and submit proposals to suitable funding organisations. Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies e.g. for funding and accreditation purposes. Plan and manage scholarship activity. Disseminate results of work through appropriate media.
  • Develop internal and external networks with the industry and academic networks.
  • Supervise the work of students providing advice on study skills and help them with learning problems. Select appropriate assessment methods, assess the work and progress of students on this basis and provide constructive feedback to students. Provide pastoral support with sensitive issues concerning students, and recognise when further help may be required.
  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in their field or specialism and translate knowledge advances in the subject area into the course of study. Undertake continuous professional development (CPD) and participate in staff development activities.
  • Participate in internal and external committees, for example teaching groups, examination boards, progression boards, etc. Also, the role holder will be required to contribute to administration within the School.
  • Collaborate with academic colleagues on course development, curriculum changes and other strategic issues such as student recruitment and marketing.

Please note 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.

The successful candidate should:

  • Have a good honours degree in the relevant field. A PhD in the field would be highly desirable and equivalent practitioner and/or an academic experience would also be an advantage.
  • Possess sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop courses and subject streams and an appropriate portfolio of scholarship.
  • Be able to use a range of delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students.
  • Have experience of working in a Higher Education or similar environment.

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 1st July 2018.

Interviews are expected to be held in the week of 23rd July 2018.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

Consideration will be given to applications on a part-time and/or job-share basis.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.