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Technical Demonstrator (Sports Therapy)

This post will support the team of staff delivering the Sports Therapy course.

The Technical Demonstrator will work within a team of academics and sports science technicians undertaking a wide range of technical duties to ensure smooth operation of the Sports Therapy course, supervising the Sports Therapy Massage and/or Injury Clinics and Co-ordinating Work Placements and External Events. The post holder will also support staff and students engaged in teaching & learning, research and consultancy.

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: SES1804 - 3549

Job details

Job details

Band 5: £21,585 - £24,983 with opportunity to progress to £26,494
Full time
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Head of Institute of Sport & Exercise Science
Responsible for
Sports Therapy student experience and supervision in clinics
Interview date
To be confirmed

Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

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"Our aim is to attract ambitious students who will be challenged as sports academics and practitioners to be the best that they can be."
Mick Donovan, 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 ongoing 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 Applied Sports Science, MSc Applied Performance Analysis and MRes Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise, with current consideration of the enhancement of postgraduate provision in Sports Therapy.
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, six-platform S&C Suite, 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 that opened in September 2011 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.
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 provide Technician support to the Sports Therapy course team, ensuring that teaching rooms and clinics are stocked and setup for the lessons and sessions that will be occurring in them.

2. To supervise the Sports Therapy massage and injury clinics and increase the number of clinics running/clients attending each week throughout a full calendar year.

3. To assist with the co-ordination of first aid provision and Sports Therapy support for events on campus.

4. To co-ordinate placements and external events in conjunction with the placement module lead: which would include the finding, developing, approving, supervising (External Events only) and logging of placements and external events to increase our placement and external event provision and ensure healthy relationships with placement and external event providers.

5. To support and mentor the students while on the Sports Therapy Course.

6. To prepare, set-up and clear away technical equipment for practical lectures and examinations where required, including management of data recorded during these lectures.

7. To advise academic staff and research students on equipment and procedures to support research projects.

8. To build and maintain collaborative networks related to the post within and external to the University and the Institute.

9. To contribute to the promotion and external profile of the University. This involves participation in visit/open days, undertaking administrative duties and participating in relevant committees within the institute and university as directed by the Head of Institute.

10. To undertake personal professional development in support of teaching and scholarship.

11. To carry out the duties of this post in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity and shows due respect for all employees and users of the University’s services, in accordance with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Harassment Guidelines.

12. To undertake administrative tasks, including record keeping, inventory and risk assessments, in line with UW Health & Safety.

*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. Good First Degree in Sports Therapy (2:1 or above)

2. Membership or ability to attain membership of The Society of Sports Therapists

3. First Person on Scene (FPOS) or equivalent trauma qualification.

4. Teaching and/or practical experience in Sports Therapy or a related area.

5. Exceptional planning, organisational and time management skills to facilitate the Sports Therapy course and provision of Sports Therapy internally and externally and a willingness to contribute to the wider operation of the institute.

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

7. Knowledge of Health & Safety Procedures.

8. Willingness to contribute to the Sports Therapy support of the UW franchises and performance teams. 

Desirable Criteria

1. Higher Degree or equivalent in sport related subject (or working towards).

Disclosure: This employment is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates will be required to declare any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs, including any that would be regarded as spent under the Act in other circumstances. If you are selected for appointment you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a Criminal Records Check/Barred List Check

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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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