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MSc Studentship - Rugby Coach / Student Engagement and Outreach Assistant in Sport and Exercise Science - Open to University of Worcester graduates from the past 5 years.

The post arises from the continuing expansion of the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science and is the continuation of an initiative to coach and mentor student athletes in a named sport (rugby) and to contribute towards outreach, recruitment and sporting events, whilst also (to a lesser extent) supporting full time academic staff. The University has a clear focus on developing opportunities to develop student/athletes and this will form a significant part of this role.

The University of Worcester has a commitment to an inclusive approach to sport and offers a wide range of opportunities and experiences for students at both recreational and performance level. The University currently field 3 men’s and 2 women’s rugby teams and engagements with both groups will be critical. The post includes registration for the institute’s taught Masters Degree programme and the completion of this will be a requirement. Expertise is sought in the area of physical education, sports studies or coaching science and candidates are invited to specify areas of specialism. The person appointed will be allocated a mentor who will oversee coaching, teaching and administrative aspects of the role. This is an exciting opportunity for someone seeking to break into a career in Higher Education in a well-organised Institute. There is also an opportunity to complete a PG Cert in Higher Education Learning and Teaching.

Closing date: Monday 21 Aug 2017

Reference number: SES1707 - 3365

Job details

Job details

Band 4: £18,776 - £20,989
part time
September 2017
2 Years Fixed Term contract
Responsible to
Head of Institute of Sport & Exercise Science
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

Explore the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

"Our aim is to attract ambitious students who will be challenged as sports academics and practitioners to be the best that they can be."
Mick Donovan, Head of Institute



The Institute of Sport & Exercise Science currently has a full time academic staff of 59. In addition 20 staff from partner institutions participate in course delivery through ‘partnership agreements’ on HND/FD courses. The Institute is responsible for the work of the Sports Centre, the University of Worcester Arena, Riverside Building and the Motion and Performance Centre and is supported by a team of administrative staff and 4 technical support staff. There are currently 4 full-time externally funded post graduate MPhil/PhD students.

The Institute has an impressive portfolio of courses including HNDs in Sport, Coaching and Physical Education at University of Worcester, Sport Coaching and Sports Performance and Coaching in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College and Telford College of Art and Technology. A Foundation Degree in Football Business Management and Coaching is delivered in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College, Stourbridge Campus at the Stourbridge Campus Centre of Sporting Excellence. The undergraduate programme includes: BSc Sports Studies, BSc Sports and Exercise Science, BSc Sports Coaching Science, BSc Coaching Science and Disability Sport, BSc(Hons) Cricket Coaching and Management, BSc Physical Education (non-QTS), BSC (Hons) Dance and Community Practice, BSC(Hons) Physical Education and Dance; BSc(Hons) Physical Education and Outdoor Education, BSc Outdoor Adventure Leadership & Management BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology, BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy. There is further course provision at post graduate level including PGCE in secondary Physical Education, MSc in Sports Coaching Science, MSc Sports Business Management, MSc Applied Sports Science, MSc Applied Performance Analysis and MRes Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise, with current consideration of the enhancement of postgraduate provision in a Strength and Conditioning context.

There is a clear and distinct emphasis on the student experience and the Institute is proud of its reputation for high quality teaching and learning. The Institute has a creative culture and is constantly seeking to strengthen its portfolio of courses.

There has been a strategic commitment by the University of Worcester over the past ten years to create unique, innovative ‘Learning Through Sport’ initiatives that have inspired, included and enthused thousands of children and young adults nationally and internationally. Recently, the University launched the International Centre for Inclusive Sport, Physical Activity and Health.

The sports facilities include: the award winning University of Worcester Arena, 6 court sports centre, six-platform S&C Suite, McClelland Wellbeing Centre, 3G astro turf, sand filled astro turf, gymnasia and significant off campus grass playing fields. Indoor academic facilities include exercise physiology laboratories, two performance analysis laboratory, sports psychology and biomechanics laboratory. The world-class Motion and Performance Centre is an integral part of the University and supports teaching and learning, research and consultancy work. Lakeside campus provides opportunities for both land and water based outdoor education.

The Riverside building offers two large teaching spaces with multi-purpose sprung floors for indoor mini - games and dance, further smaller teaching rooms and a sports analysis teaching room with views to the two larger teaching spaces. A social learning internet café space is also available within this attractive venue.

The University of Worcester Arena is a purpose built facility with an inclusive design to include wheelchair athletes and mobility impaired athletes. The Arena hosted the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships in 2015 and received the Guardian University Award 2015 in the Buildings that Inspire category

The Institute has extensive international links in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and USA and opportunities exist for international staff exchanges and research. Staff are supported in individual and group research projects, particularly where research informs teaching. There is a clear research and consultancy strategy over the next five years linked to the University’s strategic aims and staff are organised into research interest groups.

The Institute hosts a range of national and regional organisations including: the County Sports Partnership and the Association for Physical Education (afPE). There is extensive collaboration with Specialist Sports Colleges, local clubs and elite level sport such as Worcestershire County Cricket Club, British Wheelchair Basketball, Worcester Hockey Club, Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, Worcester Valkyries Women’s Rugby, Severn Stars Netball and Worcester Wolves Basketball Club

Main duties

Main duties

1. To coach and support students in the named sport and to mentor students to enable them to have a positive experience in all areas related to combining ‘study and play.’

2. To contribute to the promotion and external profile of the University. This involves participation in visit/open days and contributing to the delivery of outreach initiatives 

3. To complete taught MSc Degree in the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science. 

4. To contribute to, where appropriate, consultancy and knowledge transfer work, including income generation. 

5. To participate (with others) in the delivery of selected modules to suit the expertise of the candidate (candidates must specify their area of expertise) within the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science (lesser responsibility within post). 

6. To ensure teaching support is suitably underpinned by research and is informed by knowledge of learning and teaching strategies and innovation. 

7. To undertake the duties of the post in ways that ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff and to promote inclusion and diversity for all sections of the community. 

8. To work within and help to enhance the University’s commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working. 

9. To undertake administrative duties and participate in relevant agendas/committees within the institute and university as directed by the Head of Institute. 

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training. 

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students. 

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria  

1. Good First Degree (2.1) in sport related subject 

2. Knowledge of pedagogy and appropriate research 

3. Experience as a Rugby Union coach (minimum level 2) 

4. Experience of working on Rugby programmes and outreach initiatives 

5. Experience of mentoring student/athletes 

6. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people both orally and in writing 

7. Knowledge of Health & Safety procedures 

8. Willingness to contribute to the operation of the Institute 

Desirable Criteria  

1. Track record of high performance at Undergraduate level 

2. Additional coaching qualifications and experience of teaching/ coaching 

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. 

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

 This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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