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Head of Engineering

Closing date for applications: 17 May 2017

Job Description

The University of Huddersfield International Study Centre is seeking a mechanical or electrical/electronic engineering teaching specialist with management experience to lead a department which has grown significantly over the past few years.
You will be responsible for managing a team of Engineering, Science and Computing tutors, the support and success of our international students (studying International Foundation and Year One programmes) and effective liaison with colleagues and departments within the University. You will also play an important role in the management of quality assurance and be a member of the Centre Management Team.

Key Responsibilities 


The person appointed will be able to contribute to the teaching programme approximately 15 hours per week for approximately 40 weeks.

Coordination Duties

  • Line manage, develop and appraise the Engineering, Science and Computing (ESC) Team
  • Maintain and develop the ESC provision delivered by the Centre
  • Participate in ESC Team meetings at Provider (Study Group) level
  • Organise and chair Programme meetings to a schedule directed by the Head of Centre
  • Organise subject based induction activities including diagnostic testing e.g. Maths
  • Creating and updating module handbooks
  • Liaising with link tutors regarding performance of progressed students, access to resources and school based activities
  • Analysis of module data including module review and progression and input proposals into the Annual Evaluation Report
  • Review of module specifications and schemes of work to ensure that reading lists and content remain current
  • Coordination of moderation and standardisation and preparing work for the external examiner
  • Proposing and coordinating subject based enrichment
  • Reviewing the quality of exams and assessments in conjunction with the Head of Centre
  • Communicating key assessment regulations to subject staff.

 The list of duties is not exhaustive but outlines the main features of the post at appointment and may vary as the job evolves without affecting the nature of the duties or the responsibility level.

Core Teaching Competencies

Planning and Organising Learning

  • Plan appropriate, effective, coherent and inclusive learning programmes (schemes of work) that promote equality and engage with diversity
  • Plan teaching sessions which meet the aims and needs of individual students and groups, using a variety of resources, including new emerging technologies (lesson planning).

Demonstrating teaching and learning skills

  • Apply the principles of learning to provide learning activities to meet curriculum requirements and the needs of all students
  • Select the relevant learning approaches and skill development to ensure students’ progress.

Demonstrating assessment skills

  • Apply the theories and principles of assessment including initial, diagnostic, formative and summative assessment
  • Use a variety of methods to check learning in lessons (formative assessment)
  • Provide regular and timely feedback to students to enable them to improve and achieve their qualifications
  • Prepare students for summative assessment whether for an exam, course work or assignments etc.

Driving student progression

  • Support students to progress to the University
  • Strive for and attain high levels of student achievement.

Taking responsibility for subject specialist knowledge

  • Demonstrate and update subject specialist knowledge to ensure the currency of specialist teaching
  • Convey enthusiasm for personal specialist area to staff and students.

Managing personal learning and development

  • Engage in professional development to improve teaching and learning practice, and update subject specialist knowledge
  • Undertake reflection and self-evaluation of personal teaching practice and continuing professional development
  • Comply with expectations of professional conduct
  • Make full use of learning technologies to enhance student experience and learning
  • Use student feedback to improve personal performance.

Team working

  • Lead the ESC Team to produce and develop an exciting curriculum for students
  • Be part of the Centre Management Team
  • Promote a cohesive work ethic within the ESC Team and the Centre as a whole.

Other related activities as may be reasonably requested by the Head of Centre and/Deputy Head of Centre.



  • A Masters and a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Current experience in engineering or the delivery of engineering programmes at levels 3 and 4
  • Knowledge of a broad range of subjects in ESC at least at 1st year undergraduate level
  • Ability to develop and maintain high quality education and training programmes
  • Understanding the needs of international students
  • An appropriate teaching qualification
  • Administrative skills, including IT skills
  • A willingness to undertake continuing professional development
  • Previous experience of teaching at the relevant level and within the subject area.


  • The vision, drive and enthusiasm to achieve targets
  • Excellent organisational skills with an adaptable and flexible approach
  • Good time keeping and time management skills with ability to work to deadlines and targets
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work as a team member and to communicate effectively with students and industry organisations
  • Self-motivated, flexible and with an ability to motivate others
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Enthusiasm and ambition for personal and ISC development
  • A commitment to equal opportunities, inclusive learning, widening participation, and lifelong learning
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of Equality & Diversity.

Organisational Compliance

Study Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students, and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment.

Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role, including checks with past employers, an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and overseas criminal records if appropriate.


Please apply with a covering letter and completed application form to Wen Dou, Head of Centre.

Application deadline 12pm Wednesday 17 May 2017