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Senior Lecturer University Enterprise Zone Digital Incubator

Technology - School of Computer Science

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £40,958 to £51,035 per annum
Fixed Term until January 2023
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Tuesday 30 June 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  0059-20-R
Further details:    Job Description    

The University of Sunderland is establishing an innovative new Digital Incubator at the heart of our St Peter’s Campus.  Funded by Research England and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the Incubator will be home to our enterprising students and graduates , who will work with innovative companies and excellent support providers to create new digital and media businesses. 

The academic input to the Incubator will be fundamental to its success. This critical post, as academic lead for the incubator, is a fantastic opportunity for the right person who enjoys hands-on work with students, graduates and local companies to support the development of the next generation of digital and media entrepreneurs.

Students and graduates will have the opportunity to use the hot desk facilities of the Incubator, which will include access to technical equipment and software to enable students to develop their skills and work on live projects with clients. Working with external partners The Digital Incubator will deliver workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities to enable students to develop essential enterprise and employability skills. The Digital Incubator will be staffed by a small team of staff to include - Project Manager, Academic Supervisor/Mentor and Project Support Assistant.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced digital practitioner to provide supervision, mentoring, technical expertise and teaching to support students/graduates working freelance on live briefs for external clients as part of the Digital Incubator Project. The role will involve scoping, planning and delivery of digital projects between Digital Incubator Student/Graduate Freelancers and External Clients, supporting communication between students and external clients to plan projects within manageable time frames, budget and level of expertise.

The successful candidate will have proven digital expertise in software or Web/App development perhaps as a freelance/sole trader/practitioner or working within a commercial digital sector on external client development briefs. We would also welcome applications from academics with experience in software development and client reach out and employability initiatives.

The successful candidate should have experience in working with students and graduates in a mentoring or supervisory/teaching capacity within an FE/HE setting or Industrial/business equivalent. We are looking for a self-motivated digital practitioner with an entrepreneurial mindset and excellent supervisory and communication skills who is looking for a new challenge.

This role is fixed-term until January 2023. If this sounds like you and you would like to have an informal chat about the role please get in touch: Siobhan Devlin 

Please note that this vacancy is also being advertised to staff eligible for redeployment via the University redeployment portal. Applicants who are eligble for redeployment will be interviewed before any other external candidates are considered. 

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Please note that this role is not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship in accordance with the Home Office Points Based Immigration System.  Should you therefore require further information, please visit the Home Office website

The University of Sunderland is proud to be an equal opportunities employer, treating all applicants equally and ensuring recruitment is based on merit. However we particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within the University of Sunderland at this level/in this area.

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