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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy (Two posts)

The Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, is seeking to further enhance the Sports Therapy undergraduate programme by appointing two Lecturers or Senior Lecturers.

 The posts will consolidate and strengthen the current team of staff who are delivering the Sports Therapy programme, which is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. The department is seeking to appoint two Sports Therapists with a strong practical background (team based and/or clinical), with experience of University level teaching and focused research objectives. The successful applicants will contribute to the delivery of both practical and academic elements of the course, as well as providing supervision for students within the on-site clinics. They will also be involved in research and professional developments within Sports Therapy at the University. All staff undertake a number of additional duties which are subject to negotiation with the Head of Institute at annual review.

Short-listed candidates that are invited to interview, will be asked to design and come prepared to deliver a teaching session as outlined below:

You have 20 minutes to deliver part of a practical teaching session to a small group of second year students. You are asked to teach the students Tendon Rehabilitation (at any stage of the rehabilitation process you wish) drawing from the current evidence-base. The students have undertaken examination and assessment, general rehabilitation and anatomy before this session. You will have access to a computer and data projector, plinths, space and a small group of second year students. Please let us know if you require any other resources.

You will be given time after the teaching session to change clothes if required for the formal interview.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Monday 26 Mar 2018

Reference number: SES1805 - 3550

Job details

Job details

AC 2 /3 - £32,547 - £47,723 with opportunity to progress to £52,131
Full time
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Head of Institute
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

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We strive to be an outstanding university at which to be both a student and a member of staff. We have a national reputation as a very friendly community, where both staff and students feel genuinely valued and empowered to make a meaningful contribution. We are one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. We are now a community of over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff members, drawn from over 60 countries and a wide variety of disciplines; we are a major employer in the region.

We are committed to offering our staff the creative combination of challenge, opportunity and support which is needed to grow personally and professionally. Having the best people work at the University is central to the University’s on-going and future success. We offer you a comprehensive induction, extensive staff development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including generous holiday allowance, pension scheme and access to excellent facilities. Staff can also access the University’s wide array of sports, educational and leisure facilities.

The Institute of Sport & Exercise Science currently has a full time academic staff of 55. 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 also run 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 European Basketball Coaching Science, MSc Applied Sports Science, MSc Applied Performance Analysis and MRes Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise.

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 newly constructed University of Worcester Arena, 6 court sports centre, fitness centre, 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.

The recently refurbished 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, where applicable.

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, Severn Stars Netball and Worcester Wolves Basketball Club.


Main duties

Main duties

1. To contribute to the teaching and leadership of Sports Therapy within the University.

2. To ensure high quality teaching and learning.

3. To contribute to the academic and practical assessment of students across the Sports Therapy programmes.

4. To contribute to the development of the Sports Therapy provision at the University of Worcester.

5. To contribute to the planning and development of a range of CPD courses at the University.

6. To contribute to the development of effective partnerships and student placement opportunities within Sports Therapy practice environments.

7. To contribute to teaching, where appropriate, on other programmes within the University of Worcester.

8. To attend relevant meetings and contribute to appropriate committees within the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science and University of Worcester.

9. To contribute to further developing the research activities of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science. This may include academic/professional publications, materials and papers, and presentations at conferences.

*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 and/ or Master’s degree in Sports Therapy.

2. Current membership (or ability to attain) of The Society of Sports Therapists as a Graduate Sports Therapist or other allied health profession such as Physiotherapy (CSP & HCPC) or Sports Medicine (GMC, BASEM or RCPSEM).

3. Experience of Sports Therapy practice in a team or clinical setting.

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

5. Evidence of a range CPD.

6. Ability to work as a member of a team.

7. Experience of HE teaching and / or supervision of students (teaching and research).

8. Experience of, or ability to quickly learn on-line VLE teaching environments and technology enhanced learning.

9. Master’s degree in related subject area

10. Commitment to undertaking publishable research.


Desirable Criteria

1. PhD/Professional Doctorate (or working towards) in a related field.

2. Trauma and management of pitch side injuries qualification.

3. Previous experience of course leadership (BSc or MSc).

4. Postgraduate teaching qualification and/or membership of HEA.*

5. Familiarity with administration in Higher Education.

6. Personal record of research/publications.

*Newly appointed staff who do not already hold HEA professional recognition or a HE teaching qualification, will be required to achieve this as a condition of probation, either through completion of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE, or for those with significant experience of teaching in HE, via the University’s accredited CPD scheme conferring Fellowship at the appropriate level.

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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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