Pathway 3 - Role Profile Level d

Senior Lecturer (including the title Associate Professor) (Grade L)

This profile assumes that all the qualifications, skills and experiences required of a Level c Lecturer  have been acquired.  It also assumes that the responsibilities of a Level c Lecturer will have been fulfilled satisfactorily.  Only the additional requirements are spelled out below.

For those applying for promotion to Associate Professor, another key requirement is that they evidence progress towards meeting the relevant professorial role profile. 

Role Summary

  1. Role holders at this level will have extensive clinical/professional and/or academic experience in teaching and related administration.
  2. They will be expected to be teaching on, and taking lead roles in developing and overseeing, teaching programmes at all levels (including new courses and programmes).
  3. Where appropriate they will carry out duties and responsibilities that reflect the core substantive position of a clinician.
  4. They will make a significant leadership and/or management contribution within their School and within the Faculty and wider University where opportunities arise.
  5. They will be responsible for management duties related to teaching and learning, e.g. unit lead, programme director, examinations officer, senior tutor, FQAT team member or chair, etc.
  6. They will be undertaking independent scholarly activity/research related to their discipline, and/or be researching pedagogic and/or clinical/professional issues related to their academic discipline and communicating their findings widely within and outside the University.
  7. They will be likely to be involved in academic and/or clinical/professional networks in the same and/or related areas and will be beginning to take leadership roles in these networks.
  8. They will be likely to be involved with students at all levels, including dealing with student difficulties, complaints and appeals and are likely to represent the School at Faculty meetings related to student affairs.

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Qualifications, skills and experience needed for appointment to Level d

  1. Extensive and successful experience of university teaching and teaching related administration at various levels.
  2. Evidence of successful writing for publication.
  3. Broad knowledge and deep expertise in their areas of scholarship, teaching and/or clinical/professional practice.
  4. Evidence of successful practice that is creative and adaptable to changing circumstances, with examples of innovation that respond to changes in the subject area.
  5. Ability to provide motivational leadership to teaching and/or clinical/professional teams.
  6. Ability to contribute effectively to broader organisational and management processes.
  7. Successful completion of the University’s CREATE scheme (or equivalent Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals programme) or equivalent in another institution. If external appointment and not a holder of HEA Fellowship or equivalent, engagement with CREATE/TLHP should start within the first year of appointment, and completion should be within two years of appointment or before progression/promotion (whichever is earlier). See the Policy for staff participation in the CREATE scheme and CREATE webpages for further information.

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  1. Contribute  effectively to teaching programmes run within the Faculty and to the leadership of relevant programmes and course teaching teams.
  2. Successfully plan and introduce new units and help in developing  new degree programmes.
  3. Take on and deliver lead roles in relation to teaching programmes (e.g. programme leader, senior tutor, year head) and curriculum development.
  4. Take a formal lead in enhancing the quality of teaching and/or clinical/professional provision in the School (e.g. teaching and learning adviser, chair of education sub-committee).
  5. Lead on the effective incorporation of engagement and knowledge exchange into teaching and learning activities.
  6. Consistently act as a good citizen, actively undertaking administration duties and participating fully in the daily working life of the School.
  7. Operate as a role model and contribute to the professional development of other staff
  8. Participate in staff recruitment whenever appropriate.
  9. Take responsibility for assessment procedures within the School and for the examinations process.
  10. Effectively mentor new staff and advise less experienced staff on learning, teaching and/or clinical/professional work and take leading role in peer observation.
  11. Participate in, and help to organise where appropriate, networks of academics teaching in their own (and any related) disciplines.
  12. Regularly develop and successfully apply new techniques/methods in their teaching and/or clinical/professional work
  13. Contribute effectively to Faculty policy on learning and teaching and, where appropriate, to networks outside the University concerned with the teaching of the subject.
  14. Contribute effectively within the University and externally to the wider discussion of educational issues in field.
  15. Undertake independent scholarly activity/research related to their academic discipline and/or pedagogic research and/or clinical/professional issues related to their academic discipline and communicate and/or publish the results of research and/or scholarship through high quality outputs appropriate to the discipline (including disseminating clinical findings through conference papers that have a significant impact).
  16. May participate in peer review of potential publications and grant applications.
  17. Monitor and manage substantial teaching and/or clinical/professional resources effectively.
  18. Contribute effectively to the School's planning and development processes, including decisions on resource allocation.
  19. Take on and deliver specific leadership roles within the School or Faculty (e.g. chairing Examination Boards, committees) requiring people management skills.
  20. Participate in the implementation of student regulations (e.g. progress, discipline, complaints, appeals).
  21. Be knowledgeable about, and play a part in, wider university structures (e.g. faculty committees, Senate).
  22. May apply for funds for scholarship and/or research projects, and where appropriate maximising income from their own (and team’s) clinical/professional activities.
  23. Effectively represent the School in external relations as required.
  24. Where opportunities arise, deliver the role of External Examiner (or validator) to teaching programmes in other universities.
  25. Maintain good awareness of important changes in HE/professional environment.
  26. May participate as a subject expert in consultancy/advisory arrangements and/or legal proceedings.
  27. Engage effectively in the University’s Staff Review and Development process, potentially as a reviewer as well as a reviewee, and engage in continuing professional development. This may include the University’s CREATE scheme to achieve Senior Fellowship of the HEA.

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Relationships and Contacts

  1. Will be line managed by the Head of School (or Head of Primary Unit).
  2. Will be likely to have direct line management responsibility for some academic staff, and will often be responsible for their Staff Review and Development and may be involved in disciplinary and grievance procedures where appropriate.
  3. Will participate in relevant networks to ensure effective contribution to innovation and leadership of teaching.
  4. Will be expected to work in a collegial and supportive manner with academic and professional services staff at all levels in the University.
  5. Will actively develop contacts with external bodies (e.g. professional organisations, subject associations, business), representing the School/University in some cases.

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