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Sessional Lecturer in Biology

We are seeking sessional lecturers to provide teaching and learning support for modules in cell biology, biological chemistry, genomics and bioinformatics, and health and disease as well as in biology in general.

The delivery of sessions utilises, lectures, seminars, practical workshops, directed learning and tutorials. The successful applicant(s) would be invited to take part in the full range of teaching activities which may include dissertation supervision and acting as a personal academic tutor to a small number of students.

Successful applicants will be placed on a register of sessional lecturers at the University of Worcester and will be notified when suitable vacancies arise, which may be immediate.

 Selection Process:

Short listed candidates will be required to give a 15 minute teaching session to the interview panel who will role play students on a Biology topic of their choice appropriate for a class of first year undergraduate Biology 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: Monday 09 Oct 2017

Reference number: ISEAC1703 - 3423

Job details

Job details

£42.18 an hour, including preparation, marking, course administration and holiday pay of £7.60 an hour
To be agreed
By arrangement
Responsible to
Head of Biological Sciences
Responsible for
Interview date
Interview date to be confirmed

Institute of Science and the Environment

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Professor John Newbury, Head of Institute



The University: Since being awarded full university status in 2005, the University of Worcester has been one of the country’s fastest growing universities. From 2005 to 2012 applications grew from 5,000 to over 13,000 per annum – the largest sustained growth rate at any UK university.

The University delivers degree programmes to approximately 10,000 students and employs 1,000 staff. We have long been known as an unusually friendly University at which to work, with a deep commitment to inclusion combined with educational excellence. Today, we are also known as an innovative, enterprising University which is ‘going places’.

In 2013, after an extensive process of consultation and discussion, the University adopted a new Strategic Plan, a copy of which is available at:

The Institute of Science and the Environment: As a sessional lecturer in Human Biology you will, in the first instance, be a member of the Institute of Science and the Environment (ISE). For more information about ISE please visit:


Main duties

Main duties

The precise duties will depend on the nature of the work required, which may include teaching all or part of a module, providing one-to-one learning support for students outside of timetabled sessions, and/or marking of student work. On-going support will be given where required, but applicants are expected to be proactive in developing relevant skills when required. This may require you to do one or more of the following:

1. To work with the Biological Sciences team in pursuit of delivering a high quality experience to all students enrolled on courses in, or related to, Biology in the Institute of Science and the Environment.

2. To teach content and skills via lectures, workshops, practical session and any other relevant activities.

3. To prepare material for teaching when required.

4. To help administer modules including setting and grading assessments.

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

6. To ensure regular contact with relevant Course Leader and Head of Biological Sciences and to keep them informed of progress through the semester.

7. To engage in the evaluation and development of modules for which the lecturer has responsibility, and to collaborate with colleagues in the continuous review of taught programmes.


*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. An honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a related discipline.

2. Evidence of excellent teaching in HE or evidence of an ability to teach excellently at this level.

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

4. Experience of working on own initiative and also working successfully as part of a team.

5. Ability to relate to students with diverse backgrounds, ages and experience.


Desirable Criteria

1. A higher degree (or near to completion) in a related area.

2. Peer-reviewed publications in a relevant discipline.

3. Competence in the use of ICT for teaching and administrative purposes including experience of e-learning using a Virtual Learning Environment.

4. To have or to be working toward an appropriate teaching qualification.

5. Experience of course planning and administration.

6. Knowledge of molecular biology and basic bioinformatics (e.g. BLAST, ClustalO, MEGA, phylogenetic tree construction).

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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