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Chemistry/Pharmacy Sessional Tutor

Closing date for applications: 10 December 2017

Job Description

The University of Sussex ISC is seeking an enthusiastic and proactive tutor in pharmacy/chemistry. The initial purpose of the role is to deliver level 3 chemistry classes to students on our International Foundation Year in Life Sciences. We are currently developing a pre-masters in Life Sciences to begin in September 2018 and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will also contribute to the preparation and delivery of modules on this course. It is here that a background in pharmacy would be an advantage. The successful candidate will be instrumental in maximising students’ learning and achievement and in ensuring a positive student experience.

Candidates should hold a degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biosciences or a related discipline and a relevant Masters qualification is critical for teaching on the Pre-Masters. A teaching qualification would be advantageous to this role. A student-centred approach, good interpersonal, IT, and organisational skills are essential. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about contributing to our courses and a strong team-player. Experience of teaching students within an international context is also highly desirable.

Job Purpose:

To deliver highly effective modules across one or all of the courses delivered at Sussex ISC, working at one or all of the following levels: Foundation (Level 3); International Year 1 (Level 4); and Pre Masters (Level6).

Key Responsibilities 

Student learning experience

  • Contribute to the design, delivery and development of modules and teaching sessions offered by the Sussex ISC
  • Prepare and deliver teaching lecture, seminar and tutorial sessions, with a normal teaching load of up to 25 hours per week
  • Prepare module examinations and other forms of formative and summative assessment
  • Mark students’ formative and summative assessments submissions and provide timely feedback to students on their performance, including writing regular student reports and tutorials
  • Develop and update course material for modules and teaching sessions, including module material for the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Work with the Centre’s Operations team in the delivery of induction, orientation and registration programmes.
  • Notify and liaise with colleagues where necessary to ensure all students receive appropriate on-going welfare and progression support

Quality and standards assurance and enhancement

  • Implement quality assurance procedures at module and teaching session level and contribute to the annual monitoring and review of courses
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of student attendance and performance
  • Attend and contribute to standardisation, moderation and other quality assurance meetings

Academic management and personal development

  • Participating in regular meetings with teaching and support staff contributing to the effective overall management of the programme and student life cycle
  • Maintain and submit accurate and timely records of teaching and other activities
  • Participate in regular training and development activities and maintain a log of these activities
  • Carry out any other duties as required from time to time by the Centre Director and/or Deputy Centre Director.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications and Training

  • A Bachelor degree in the relevant subject area. Candidates with further qualifications in the subject area will be welcome and a Master’s qualification is normally essential for teaching on international year 1 and the pre-masters programmes.
  • Teaching qualification (Desirable)
  • Diploma in teaching English (Desirable for teachers of English)

Experience Required

  • Experience of teaching in UK higher or further education and experience of working with international students
  • EAP experience for teachers of English

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to develop and update teaching material and preferably experience of working within a Virtual Learning Environment
  • Competence in teaching and administrative IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, etc.)
  • A student-centred and client-focused approach
  • A commitment to continuous professional development
  • Strong record-keeping skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to work under pressure to deadlines
  • Enthusiasm and motivation to be a performance-driven team player.

Organisational Compliance

The position holder must comply with Study Group policies and applicable laws including those in relation, but not limited to: Occupational Health and Safety; Anti-Discrimination and Harassment, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and those specifically relevant to the position and authority of the job holder.

The ISC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and appointments will be subject to receipt of satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check.


Please send your application form and cover letter to Dr. Kristy Lascelles, Head of STEM.

Application deadline 10 December 2017

Interviews: 11-16 December 2017

Candidates will be required to provide evidence of their right to work in the UK.