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Sessional Lecturer in the Institute of Education: Early Childhood

The University’s Institute of Education is seeking to attract additional and excellent sessional lecturers to teach on a range of programmes in the Centre for Children and Families.

Programmes include, for example, BA (Hons) Early Childhood (Professional Practice), BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families (Top Up) and the Foundation Degree in Early Years as well as the supervision of Independent Studies. In additional, the Institute of Education delivers Early Years Initial Teacher Training. 

Our Early Childhood programmes are multi-disciplinary in nature and applicants with experience of child health and social care as well as education would be welcome. Previous experience of successful teaching in Higher Education and, in particular, Early Childhood to adolescence along with some experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team would be an asset. 

Modules in our programmes focus on aspects related to the health and wellbeing of young children and families, such as parenting and safeguarding; child development; curriculum planning and delivery; policy; theory into practice and practice based research inquiry, thus ability to teach and supervise students in a range of areas would be beneficial. Increasingly, our programmes are delivered off-site, for example, in Hereford, Halesowen and Birmingham, sometimes taught by our partners or at other times by our Early Childhood staff. We also have a growing portfolio of flexible and distributed (blended on line and face to face) programmes, therefore competency working within this environment will be important. In addition, several of our programmes have workplace assessments undertaken across different locations in the region, so flexibility and a willingness to travel will be important consideration for applicants. 

Successful applicants will be committed to providing an excellent student experience and to being an outstanding teacher. 

Selection Methods include:
Short teaching session demonstrating how you would introduce a concept of your choice to Higher Education Students.

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 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: Wednesday 23 Aug 2017

Reference number: IEAC1705 - 3375

Job details

Job details

£41.47 an hour, including marking and preparation and £9.10 an hour holiday pay
As agreed
To be agreed
Responsible to
Head of Centre for Children and Families
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

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Main duties

Main duties

With support from the module / course leader you will have responsibility: 

1. To plan and prepare appropriate teaching sessions which demonstrate a good understanding of the content and its academic under-pinning, the needs of the student group, required learning outcomes and modes of delivery for the relevant sessions. 

2. To ensure appropriate knowledge and understanding of course materials, assessment and assignments, recommended reading, course outlines and hand-outs. 

3. To lead and organise taught sessions, tutorials, and / or seminars as required by the module/ course. 

4. To undertake related duties associated with teaching such as marking and other forms of assessment, providing feedback to students, reporting and recording marks in a timely manner and as required by the module or course. 

5. To join the Early Childhood team as an active and pro-active member and to work in collaboration on planning, developing and delivering programmes. 

6. To attend induction, training and staff development activities related to the lecturer role. 

7. To maintain currency and professional development to inform your teaching and knowledge base as well as early childhood practice. 

8. To be concerned to ensure high quality teaching and learning in aspects of the work undertaken. 

9. To participate in, and contribute to administrative aspects, such as student consultation, team meetings, examination procedures, as appropriate. 

*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 first degree or equivalent in a relevant area associated with early years/early childhood; ideally with evidence of Masters level qualifications or equivalent (or currently working towards). 

2. Evidence of recent professional experience in an early childhood context or through services or similar. 

3. Evidence of professional experience in early childhood services or similar. 

4. Commitment to and some experience of undertaking or using practice based enquiry/research to inform your own teaching and/or practice in the field. 

5. A good awareness of recent national/international initiatives and government policies in the relevant area of specialism. 

6. A commitment to providing high quality learning opportunities for students focusing on interactive teaching methods with a learner centred focus. 

7. The ability to communicate confidently and clearly to a wide range of people, both orally and in writing. 

8. Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. 

9. Effective interpersonal skills. 

10. Ability to travel throughout the region. 

11. ICT competence and experience of the use of visual learning environments.

Desirable Criteria: 

1. Doctoral qualification in a related area (or underway). 

2. Experience of undertaking research and evidence of publications or professional dissemination of knowledge, for example, conference presentations. 

3. Experience of leading/managing inter-professional early years provision/children’s services. 

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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