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Academic Development Officer (Learning and Development)

Teaching & Learning - Centre for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £37,100 to £44,263
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Thursday 28 September 2023
Reference:  0537-23
Further details:    Job Description    

About the University of Sunderland 

The University of Sunderland offers life-changing opportunities for 27,500 students across its campuses in Sunderland, London, Hong Kong, and through global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. We're proud to be a top 50 UK university (Guardian University Guide 2024), with top-quality facilities, inclusive culture, and our vibrant, ever-changing city.

The Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) is at the centre of academic, pedagogic, and technical development for teaching improvement. CELT provides inspirational and supportive leadership, services and resources for all staff involved in teaching, learning and assessment. CELT is in an exciting phase of its development with an ongoing vision and ambition designed to enhance learning and teaching approaches that impact positively on our students' learning journey. 

We are looking to recruit an effective, self-motivated Academic Development Officer.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an innovative and collaborative team. The role will report to the Learning and Teaching Enhancement and Sustainability Manager and will work in partnership with the wider CELT team.

You will work in partnership with academic development team, CELT team and colleagues across the University to support a quality learning and teaching student experience.

You will contribute to and lead aspects of the University’s Learning & Teaching Academy (LTA) as a means of developing teaching and pedagogical innovation / research across the University.

You will act as key partner with colleagues in the Centre for Graduate Prospects to embed the Work Integrated Learning Framework

What you can bring 

We are looking for a dedicated individual with experience in the Higher Education sector and Experience of programme leadership including module and programme management and support of students.

It is important that you have Knowledge of contemporary approaches to teaching, learning and assessment within higher education and experience of developing teaching practice across a Higher Education Institution.

What we can offer you 

The University of Sunderland is not just a place of academic excellence, but also a community that embraces inclusivity and support. We value our staff and offer a rewarding package that goes beyond just salary. Joining our team comes with a host of benefits designed to enhance your work-life balance and overall well-being.

  • Enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement of 31 days, with an additional 5 closure days over the Christmas break and 8 Bank Holidays. 
  • Enrol in our workplace pension scheme, ensuring your financial security for the future. 
  • Access the My Lifestyle Benefits Platform for online retailer discounts and exclusive deals on cars, bikes, and technology.
  • Save on private medical insurance, health cash plans, and get financial well-being guidance.
  • For those with young children, our on-site nursery offers exceptional care and education for children from birth to school age, operating throughout the year.
  • Get discounted CitySpace Fitness memberships for an active lifestyle.

Equality, diversity & inclusion 

We strongly believe that an inclusive university, where a diverse range of individuals feel valued and have equal opportunity to get into work and reach their potential, is good for our staff, students, university, and society.

We believe inclusivity is an essential value at the heart of what we do, and we want all our staff to be part of that journey with us. Our recent staff survey conducted in 2023 showed that 97% of our staff believed that we were committed to achieving an inclusive university.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 28th September 2023

Interviews will be held on Thursday 12th October 2023

For any informal enquiries on the role, please contact Dr Kim Gilligan : 

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The University of Sunderland is ranked as a Top 50 university in the Guardian University Guide 2024. You can find out more about all of our achievements here.

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 the following groups as they are underrepresented within the University of Sunderland at this level/in this area: Women, LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as well as candidates with disabilities, whether hidden or otherwise. In addition, we are ‘happy to talk flexible working’. Please watch our video below to find out more:

An Inclusive Place to Work - University of Sunderland - YouTube

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