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Sessional Lecturers (various subject areas) - Worcester Business School

The Worcester Business School is seeking to attract associate lecturers to teach subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and with corporate clients in Worcester and internationally.

The subject areas specifically sought are:
• Leadership/Coaching and Mentoring
• HR and Management
• Research Methods
• Entrepreneurship
• Digital marketing and Advertising
• Social media and E-Business
• Programming & Software Development
• Web Design & Development
• Games Design and Development
• Data Analytics, Mining & Visualisation
• Social media & E-business
• Mobile application development
• Networks & CyberSecurity

On your application, please state which subject area(s) you wish to be considered for.
For an informal discussion regarding the post, please contact the appropriate Head of Department at Worcester Business School:

For Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring, HR, Management and Research Methods positions contact Head of Management and Finance, Dr Lynn Nichol 01905 542642.
For Entrepreneurship, Digital marketing and Advertising and Research Methods positions contact Head of Marketing and Enterprise Dr Scott Andrews, 01905 543336.
For Social media and E-Business, Programming & Software Development, Web Design & Development, Games Design and Development, Data Analytics, Mining & Visualisation, Social media & E-business, Mobile application development, Networks & CyberSecurity positions contact Head of Computing Dr Chris Bowers, 01905 542641.

Core duties are outlined below, however individual roles will vary according to the subject taught. This is a generic job description only.

Successful applicants will be placed on a register of associate lecturers and will be notified when suitable vacancies arise, which may be immediate.
Selection methods include:
1. Interview
2. A 20-minute teaching session on a topic relevant to a subject area you are applying for to a small panel role-playing 3rd Year (level 6) Undergraduate students.

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 25 Mar 2018

Reference number: BUSAC1801 - 3559

Job details

Job details

£42.18 an hour, which includes payment for associated preparation, marking and course administration and also holiday pay of £7.60 an hour
To be confirmed
By arrangement
Responsible to
Head of Worcester Business School
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Worcester Business School

Explore the Worcester Business School

“We champion an imaginative ethos that combines sound business principles with instinctive commercial drive”
Warren Wright, Acting Head of Worcester Business School



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.

Worcester Business School:

Worcester Business School is one of seven Institutes within the University of Worcester. Rooted in the region, supporting business growth and leading the employability agenda, Worcester Business School is interdisciplinary and outward-looking.

Our emphasis on business enterprise and work-related learning delivers immediate benefit for our graduates, their organisations and the regional economy.

Our overriding aim is to continue to develop as an outstanding place at which to Study Business Management / Computing, and transform individuals and organisations to thrive in the 21st Century.

To achieve this, we offer:
• a flexible, work-related curriculum that develops knowledge, skills, the ability to continually learn, think critically, reflect, innovate, act responsibly and adapt to volatile, ambiguous and complex situations
• applied learning that empowers individuals to optimise their potential
• meaningful engagement with business to develop professional behaviours
• accessible learning resources and purpose-built facilities
• a focus on creativity, innovation and promoting entrepreneurial thinking
• a supportive and collaborative learning community
• access to contemporary research, scholarship and the latest thinking
• exposure to intercultural and international contexts to develop a global mind-set.

The Business School has grown rapidly over recent years and now has c. 1,600 students on a range of Business and Computing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. We aspire to create an inspirational learning experience where academics are encouraged to maintain research, scholarship and knowledge transfer activity to underpin their teaching, and where students can contribute to a forward looking academic community.

We are an interdisciplinary Business School and pursue a holistic and applied approach to business, management and computing, both within the School and beyond. We provide a highly supportive, real-world, intercultural learning environment which acts as an effective springboard into rewarding employment. We focus on developing employability skills together with the capabilities that will enable our students to make an immediate impact in the world of work, such as creativity, responding to and leading change, defining goals, making important business decisions, solving problems and inspiring others. We are dedicated to making learning and personal development accessible to all.

Our key strength is our people:
Our staff have taught, researched and practised across the world. They are excellent teachers, able to apply their experience to current issues. They understand what employers need and this is reflected throughout our broad and flexible curriculum.

Our student community includes highly motivated individuals from around the world, who interact to create your business contact network for life.

We have excellent and purposeful links with local business leaders. They are actively involved with the School, advising on the relevance and applicability of our curriculum, the development of skills appropriate for employment, and providing real world insight into the future world of work.
We have achieved a credible first entry to REF 2014 submitting 10 of our researchers and two impact case studies and been award TEF Silver in 2017.

The Business School has developed an attractive portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral research and executive education courses.

Worcester Business School offers a unique combination of being both professional and friendly – a place where students and staff feel welcome and inspired. Housed within beautifully-restored Georgian buildings in Worcester city centre, the Business School reflects a real-world business environment with open-plan open learning spaces, interconnected with meeting rooms, staff offices and reception area. This is complemented by state of the art computer laboratories. These facilities are further enhanced by on-site halls of residence, cafeteria, gym and quiet contemplative spaces for meditation and relaxation. The School is also adjacent to the University’s highly acclaimed joint and public library – the Hive, and within 15 minutes walking distance of the University’s main campus at St John’s.

Key strengths of Worcester Business School:

Interdisciplinary nature of the School

Extensive and attractive new undergraduate course portfolio.

Client-focussed executive education portfolio, and account management approach, delivering sustained growth in client base.

High levels of student satisfaction, retention, progression and achievement.

High calibre staff team.

Well respected by business leaders locally.

City Centre location in the heart of the business community.

As part of a growing research culture, students are participating in research across all programmes

Located in the centre of the historic, riverside City of Worcester in the centre of the UK, with excellent road and rail links – just 45 minutes from Birmingham and its international airport and 2¼ hours from London.


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 to ensure that the content and delivery is at the appropriate level for a Higher Education audience.

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

3. To teach the sessions by lectures, 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 moderated and grades submitted, and provide assignments for reassessment. This may include the supervision and assessment of Business/Computing/ Consultancy Projects and Postgraduate Dissertations.

6. To ensure regular contact with relevant Module / Course Leader/ Head of Department and Director of Learning and Teaching to keep them informed of progress through the semester.

7. To attend examination boards and module team meetings.

8. To attend quality enhancement events and undertake quality enhancement activities.

9. To attend staff development events and activities (financial support is available).

10. 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 or equivalent in the subject area. (For Research Methods teaching a higher degree is essential).

2. Experience of teaching within Higher Education or professional training at the equivalent level.

3. Recent engagement with the subject area and up to date subject knowledge at the appropriate level

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

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

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

7. ICT competence (for teaching purposes).


Desirable Criteria 

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

2. Significant experience of teaching within Higher Education or professional training at the equivalent level.

3. Have or working towards an appropriate teaching qualification or registered practitioner status with the H E Academy.

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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