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Principal Lecturer in Illustration

We wish to appoint a Principal Lecturer to join our growing and internationally recognized Illustration course.

We are looking to appoint a practitioner-academic able to utilize their significant experience of Illustration practice to foster critical debate around the subject, contribute to the development of research and grow the academic and professional profile and standing of Illustration at Worcester. The current Illustration team have established collaborations and projects with many national and international partners and developed the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society (ICPBS), which was shortlisted for the Times Higher Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, 2017.

We are seeking to appoint someone who is dynamic and visionary, with high-level practice and research and who will open up new possibilities on a national and international level. The successful candidate will be expected to teach on and lead developments on the undergraduate programme, contribute to the development of postgraduate provision, enable and contribute to the growth and the development of knowledge Exchange and recognize the potential synergies between the subject discipline and courses within and beyond the Institute of the Arts.

We are looking for someone with an understanding of, and practice in, picture book illustration in its broadest sense who can demonstrate experience of professional practice and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The post-holder will be expected to teach across a range of established Illustration modules and also to contribute specialist interests to the curriculum and subject area. The Illustration course covers a wide range of forms and genres: illustration for picture books; editorial illustration; comics; the graphic novel and advertising and incorporates traditional techniques to digital realization.

This is a key appointment for the institute, presenting a significant opportunity for the right person. We are looking for someone to complement the ambition, energy and growing momentum of the art, design and media provision at Worcester: specifically the rapidly developing profile and achievements of a successful and ambitious staff team in Illustration. The successful candidate will make a real contribution to the institute’s key foci over the next few years, which includes the development of the undergraduate and postgraduate course portfolio; the enhancement of the research culture and innovative engagement with industry and the public.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a formal interview and, in addition, to deliver (i) a twenty-minute presentation to an audience of staff members from the institute followed by ten minutes for questions and (ii) a twenty-minute interactive level 4 (first year) teaching session with students from the Department of Art & Design. The presentation should introduce an element of the applicant’s recent practice and research; contextualize this within the field of contemporary illustration and articulate its potential within a university setting.

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: Sunday 20 May 2018

Reference number: IA1802 - 3572

Job details

Job details

AC4: £49,149 - £56,950 with opportunity to progress to £60,410
Full time
Responsible to
Head of Department of Art and Design
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

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David Broster, Head of Institute



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 University of Worcester is an open and welcoming institution with the student experience central to our purpose and inclusivity at the heart of our core values.

The Institute of the Arts is one of seven institutes at the university and offers undergraduate and postgraduate provision across a wide range of arts disciplines and subjects. The current portfolio comprises 11 undergraduate programmes, an Integrated Masters, two taught MA’s, a suite of MRes courses and PhD’s. It has a dynamic and ambitious approach to making regional, national and international connections in both academic and professional contexts.

The institute itself is organised into two academic departments. The Department of Art & Design supports undergraduate provision in Animation, Game Art, Illustration, Creative Media, Fine Art and Graphic Design plus MA Creative Media and MRes courses in Design and Fine Art. The Department of Theatre & Film houses undergraduate programmes in Drama & Performance, Film Production; Film Studies; Journalism and Screenwriting plus the IM in Touring Theatre, MA Drama & Performance and the MRes courses in Theatre and Film.

There is a lively research culture drawing upon the potential for cross-disciplinary exchange and institute staff played a significant role in the University’s REF2014 submission, with Worcester rated second most improved university in the UK and the Illustration submission graded as ‘World Leading’. The ambition is to build on this for the next REF submission.

The Department of Art & Design takes a highly proactive approach to engaging with the professional world and to creating opportunities for its current students and alumni. It has strong links with a range of professional arts organizations and the wider creative and cultural industries nationally and internationally.

The university has invested in facilities for the Arts and teaching has benefitted from the use of dedicated studio provision such as the Garage Studios, Animation and Game Art Studio and Digital Arts Centre. In in addition to this, a new facility: the Art House Studios will be opening in 2018. This will become a new home for illustration and the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society together with a number of other related courses and disciplines.

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.


Main duties

Main duties

1. To lead courses or programmes, and to take responsibility for curriculum design and development including implementation of new provision, new methods of delivery and new forms of assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

2. To teach and assess on illustration and other designated courses

3. To lead on and use innovative approaches to engage and support students, deploying an appropriate range of learning resources and pedagogic practice.

4. To maintain currency through research and innovative practice in illustration as a means of enabling students to engage in debate and critical discourse.

5. To lead on and contribute to the development of a relevant and effective student experience through engendering a positive learning environment and high quality academic guidance and advice.

6. To critically reflect on the teaching for which you are responsible, in support of implementing improvement, disseminating good practice and contributing to Quality monitoring and enhancement and professional accreditation processes if appropriate.

7. To lead research and knowledge transfer activity through, for example: contributing actively to research groups or communities of practice internally and externally; leading/contributing to external funding bids for research and/or tenders for external projects or contracts; contributing to delivery of externally-funded projects or contracts; disseminating research outputs; developing external networks nationally and internationally; supervising research students.

8. To undertake work with a range of external partners and professional bodies/agencies in the UK and overseas.

9. To actively contributing to the promotion and external profile of the Illustration course, the Institute and the University.

10. To lead effective and inclusive team working, attend meetings and chair committees and working groups and, where appropriate, supervise or mentor other members of staff.

11. To lead, advise and support other colleagues for example in areas such as recruitment, retention and progression and employability

12. To be committed to professional development in support of teaching, scholarship and research and, if appropriate, in support of student welfare and curriculum management.

*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. Postgraduate qualification with established and peer-recognised practice in Illustration or related subject area.

2. Fellow of the HEA with at least three years full time successful teaching in Higher Education.

3. Established national and international professional networks in illustration to support subject and student achievement.

4. Up-to-date professional expertise and experience within the Creative Industries

5. A sustained record of research and publication that evidences active engagement with current debates within Illustration or related subject area.

6. A commitment to providing an excellent and inspiring student experience, evidencing an understanding of pedagogy in Higher Education including teaching theory through practice and technology enhanced learning.

7. A clear understanding of evidence-led and research-informed teaching, and its contribution to learning, teaching and assessment.

8. Experience of leading teams through course and curriculum development, project management and engagement with quality enhancement processes.

9. Excellent oral and written communication skills with effective interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently and as a member of a team with enthusiasm, flexibility and commitment.

10. Ability and willingness to travel throughout the region and beyond.


Desirable Criteria

1. A Higher Education teaching qualification.

2. Senior or Principal Fellow of the HEA.

3. International profile in an area of illustration.

4. Understanding of the international picture book environment.

5. PhD or near completion.

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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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