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Subject Leader in Life Science and Psychology

Closing date for applications: 16 July 2017

Job Description

September start FTE 0.8

The University of Sussex ISC is seeking an enthusiastic and proactive Subject Leader in Life Science & Psychology. The main purpose of the role is to plan and manage the delivery of a range of modules within psychology and the life sciences; and to provide support and guidance to the team of academic tutors delivering these modules, including line managing a number of academic tutors. The role also includes teaching responsibilities.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in maximising students’ learning and achievement and ensuring a positive student experience. They will be expected to make a significant contribution to academic and quality assurance processes, including the design and development of new pathways.

Candidates should hold a degree in psychology, life sciences or related discipline. A teaching qualification and/or Masters qualification would be advantageous to this role. A student-centred approach, good interpersonal, IT, and organisational skills are essential. Experience of teaching students within an international context is highly desirable.

Job Purpose:
To plan and manage the delivery of a range of modules for particular subject area. To provide support and guidance to the team of Academic tutors delivering these modules and to line manage a number of Academic Tutors.

Key Responsibilities 

Line management and personal development

  • Manage a team of Academic Tutors to contribute to ensuring the best possible student outcomes and student experience.
  • Provide effective performance management of direct reports, including: setting personal objectives and KPIs; regularly reviewing performance of direct reports; and conducting formal performance reviews according to company policy and procedures.
  • Support the Head of Subject in recruiting new academic staff for subject area as required and according to Study Group policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate, encourage and support direct reports to participate in regular personal development activity, including development activities in the Centre
  • Plan and undertake regular personal development as agreed with line manager.

Academic and Operational Management

  • Design and oversee the delivery of teaching and assessment for an agreed set of modules in subject area ensuring Academic Tutors teaching the modules are fully informed of the curriculum content, teaching schedules, assessment modes and deadlines; and ensuring the best possible student outcomes and student experience.
  • Produce a set of agreed documentation for each course and module including course outlines, module handbooks, schemes of work and teaching material, with support and input from Academic Tutors. Review documentation regularly for accuracy and appropriateness.
  • Ensure that all assessment for agreed modules in subject area are prepared in a timely fashion to agreed deadlines and are appropriate, fair and secure, with support and input form Academic Tutors.
  • Ensure all students on agreed modules receive effective assessment feedback.
  • Teach modules and/or sessions in agreement with the Head of Subject.
  • Mark assessments and record and report on teaching and assessment activity, including ensuring data is submitted accurately and within deadlines.
  • Work in partnership with the Director of Quality and Innovation to design and introduce new courses, modules and methods of delivery and assessment.

Academic Standards, Quality Assurance and Enhancement

  • Ensure that the design and delivery of all courses in subject area are conducted with reference to and according to Study Group’s, University of Sussex’s and relevant external agencies’ quality frameworks, policies, procedures and codes of practice.
  • Plan, lead and participate in standardisation, moderation and verification meetings.
  • Implement agreed actions from the Centre Action Plan relevant to modules in subject area and ensure that Academic Tutors contribute to implementation of agreed actions. 
  • Support Head of Subject in liaising with External Examiners for subject area, providing information to External Examiner as required.
  • Analyse, respond to and plan and implement actions as a result of External Examiner feedback and recommendations.
  • Support the Head of Subject in working with colleagues to monitor and observe teaching and learning activity, and supporting Academic Tutors with continuous improvement of teaching and learning practices.
  • Ensure high levels of automatic progression are achieved for students across all agreed modules in subject area.
  • Analyse data and feedback from a wide variety of sources and monitor progress towards progression targets, planning and implementing remedial actions where necessary. 
  • Contribute to the production of the Annual Monitoring Report, Centre Action Plan, and other evaluative and reflective documents, for submission to the Study Group (Provider) and the University.
  • Participate in regular meetings as part of the Centre governance structure, including relevant exam boards, Learning Teaching and Assessment Group meetings

Course validation, changes and programme oversight

  • Prepare documentation for new modules for validation and for existing modules courses for re-validation.
  • Recommend course and module changes to the relevant Study Group or University committee or group and provide documentation to support the recommendation.

Partnership Liaison

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key academic contacts at the University for subject area, ensuring a full understanding of relevant University curriculum content, assessment modes and quality policies and procedures.
  • Plan and implement effective interaction between University staff and academic staff in subject area to facilitate the best possible transition for students.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications and Training

  • Bachelor degree
  • Teacher qualification

Experience Required

  • Experience of teaching international students in UK higher or further education
  • Experience of planning and running complex education courses in subject area
  • Experience of teaching in subject area
  • Line management experience in a teaching and learning environment
  • Experience of leading a team to achieve high levels of student academic performance and outcomes against agreed targets
  • Experience of partnership working in the education sector

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of best practice in teaching and learning in FE and HE in subject area
  • Ability to operate within quality assurance frameworks or to quality codes
  • Knowledge of relevant standards and benchmarks applicable to academic programmes and courses in HE
  • Ability to analyse data and identify areas for improvement from the data
  • Ability to lead a diverse team of academic professionals
  • Flexibility and willingness to work to tight deadlines
  • Student-centred approach to planning and delivering educational services
  • Enthusiasm and motivation to be a performance driven team leader

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.

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


Please send your covering letter and a completed application form to Sebastien Boyer, Head of STEM.

Application deadline 16 July 2017