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Sessional Lecturers - Drama and Performance

The University is seeking to increase its pool of sessional lecturers from a professional theatre and performance background to contribute to teaching (on both a regular and an occasional basis)

Contribute to teaching (on both a regular and an occasional basis) across a range of modules and productions on the BA Drama & Performance course and the Touring Theatre MTheatre course. 

We are particularly looking for candidates with skills in the following areas:
• Physical Theatre
• Devising
• Directing
• Playwriting/writing for performance
• Socially engaged theatre or performance practice
• Design for theatre (set/props/costumes)
• Theatre Administration (funding applications, tour booking, producing etc). 

Please state in your application which area(s) you would be able to contribute to.

Selection Process:? 

Shortlisted candidates will be required to give a 10 minute presentation outlining an introductory workshop/session for second year students on your area of expertise e.g. devising, physical theatre, socially engaged performance, playwriting, theatre design/making or theatre administration/producing. ?This will be followed by 5 minutes of questions related to the presentation, followed by a 30 minute interview. 

NB. If you are successful at interview you will be invited to join a pool of sessional lecturers and we will contact you if suitable work becomes available. We are not able to guarantee employment as it will be subject to student numbers. The number of hours available might only be occasional sessions or a few hours per week. If you have any queries regarding this please contact us on 01905 855170 or discuss it with us at interview.


Closing date: Thursday 17 Aug 2017

Reference number: IHCAAC1709 - 3370

Job details

Job details

£41.02 per contact hour (including £9.12 holiday pay and preparation, marking, course administration)
To be agreed
By arrangement
Responsible to
Head of Division: Theatre and Film
Responsible for
Interview date

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Main duties

Main duties

1. To prepare for teaching by developing an understanding of the content, learning outcomes and modes of delivery for the relevant sessions. This may involve research and reading in the subject area, and/or adapting existing materials and methods. 

2. To prepare course materials, including setting assignments, producing reading lists, course outlines and handouts as appropriate, and ensuring that information is available to students in advance of the course and taught sessions. 

3. To teach the sessions by workshops, tutorials, seminars and any other relevant form of learning method. 

4. To be available for tutorial support to students at specified times. 

5. To undertake marking, and other forms of assessment; ensure work is second marked and grades submitted. 

6. To ensure regular contact with relevant Course Leader and to keep them informed of progress through the course. 

7. To undertake other administrative duties related to the teaching.  

*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. A degree in a relevant subject and significant relevant professional experience in theatre/performance. 

2. Experience of planning and delivering taught or participatory sessions. 

3. A commitment to interactive teaching methods with a learner centred focus. 

4. The ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing). 

5. The ability to work well in a team context when required. 

6. ICT competence for teaching purposes and associated course administration.

Desirable Criteria: 

1. Experience of teaching and assessment within Higher Education .

2. Experience of organising a programme of work (participatory or educational).

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at  

Visit for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules. 

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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