Lecturer in Mathematics Education University of Edinburgh

Lecturer in Mathematics Education

Vacancy Ref: : 043324 Closing Date : 01-May-2018
Contact Person : Dr Robbie Nicol Contact Number : 0131 650 9793
Contact Email : Robbie.Nicol@ed.ac.uk
Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Mathematics Education. This is an exciting opportunity to shape sector leading provision for Moray House School of Education in the area of mathematics teaching.

You should demonstrate established contributions to teaching and research, underpinned by experience of teaching mathematics in education settings. You will, preferably, have academic experience in the HE sector at post-doctoral level including established contributions to research and research-informed teaching in STEM (Mathematics) Education. You will have established credibility in the field of teacher education and making a demonstrable impact on at national or international level.

You will take responsibility for developing, teaching and administering courses on mathematics education across the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and will contribute to the wider work of the subject area and the School. You will represent Teacher Education in its broadest sense in appropriate networks nationally and develop our partnership with schools and Local Authorities. Your research activity will involve securing research grants and publishing high quality research outputs for academic and professional audiences to a level that is commensurate with the international reputation of the University of Edinburgh for research excellence and knowledge exchange.

Moray House School of Education is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all its employees and promotes diversity and gender equality among staff and students. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of gender or ethnic group. We particularly encourage applications from members of ethnic minorities, who are currently under-represented in posts at this level. All appointments will be made on merit.

This is a full-time, open-ended post with an annual salary of £39,992 - £47,722 per annum.

Closing date: Tuesday 1 May 2018, 5pm (GMT).

1. Job Details
Job Title: Lecturer in Mathematics Education
School\Department: Moray House School of Education
Unit: Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)
Line Manager: ETL Head of Institute

2. Job Purpose

Provide vision and strategic academic and professional practice leadership for a group of staff in the area of mathematics. Contribute to research-led teaching, assessment and leadership on programmes and courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including pre-registration and post-registration teacher education. Supervise student dissertations at Honours and Masters level. Supervise doctoral research students. Undertake high quality research, source and obtain grant funding and generate publications in peer-reviewed journals. Engage in Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL) and Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities.

3. Main Responsibilities Approx. % of time

As part of the School's strategic STEM education team the appointed member of staff will be required to:

• Make a major contribution to the STEM (Mathematics) areas by teaching across several ITE programmes, including PGDE(Secondary), and PGT programmes in the Institute/School, developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and providing teaching of high quality, reputation and impact. (30%)

• Maintain a portfolio of independent and collaborative research activity and publications of high quality and impact and contributing to funding bids that develop and sustain excellent research in the curriculum and pedagogy of STEM (Mathematics) teaching. (30%)

• Contribute to vision and strategic leadership for the team working on the suite of ITE programmes including postgraduate taught, postgraduate research, and knowledge exchange or CPD provision to establish the University's reputation in STEM (Mathematics) pre and post-registration teacher education and so meet the School's strategic objectives. (15%)

• Contribute in the development of a vision for STEM in ITE in the School of Education to deliver for high quality in the pedagogy of Mathematics, research and teaching in Mathematics education with due regard to inter-disciplinarity, professional learning opportunities, Learning for Sustainability and connectedness to Mathematics subject areas. (10%)

• Contribute to the realignment of STEM (Mathematics) aspects of the School's ITE provision. (10%)

• Routine management and administration including duties as required by the Head of School such as contributing to the management and leadership of the School, taking on wider school level roles as appropriate. (5%)

4. Planning and Organising

• Plan a programme of STEM (Mathematics) education provision for Pre and post-registration teacher education provision

• Contribute to the STEM delivery to prepare for the PGDE (Primary) and PGDE (Secondary) Teaching Programme Review (2018 and re-accreditations (2019).

• Contribute to planning of teaching team programmes and identification of staffing needs in Mathematics education for five years in outline and two years in detail.

• Plan a continuous programme of research and research funding over a five year cycle.

5. Staff and Professional Development

You will have the capacity to pursue academic excellence through a continuing commitment to professional and personal development, as well as the capacity to act as a role model for educational innovation through teaching and research.

6. Problem Solving

You will contribute to the STEM strategic leadership through the development of new teaching provision working collaboratively with, and supportively of, existing and regularly changing non-specialist teaching staff.

7. Decision Making

You will have confidence in independently setting priorities and taking responsibility for decision-making. You will advise Institute/School management on recruitment and staff allocation in STEM (Mathematics) education. You will contribute to strategic leadership to design the STEM (Mathematics) education content of programmes, taking account of overall Programme level and needs, staff capability, national STEM (Mathematics) education priorities, and national post-registration STEM (Mathematics) education provision.

8. Key Contacts/Relationships

You will have good interpersonal skills and will relate well to students and staff. You will be capable of effectively representing the University in formal STEM (Mathematics) education teaching and research networks involving Scottish Local Authorities and schools, and international academic peers.

9. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• Have a Doctorate, or equivalent, in Education or a related discipline.

• Qualified to teach Mathematics.

• Current knowledge and understanding of Scottish Government education and related policies, including in relation to STEM and teacher education.

• Ability to present a high level of credibility amongst education practitioners in the ITE and also schools sector.

• Qualified, or equivalent experience, to teach at undergraduate, postgraduate taught, and postgraduate research (including PhD supervision) levels.

• Proven track record of research publication and of attracting research funding.

• Experience of leading small teams.

• Experience of working with school sector education partners, and possibly Local Authority partners, in delivering post-registration STEM (Mathematics) education.

• Be self-motivated, able to work independently.

• Have excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational and leadership skills.

• Have an aptitude for approaching learning and teaching in creative, innovative and engaging ways.

• Be committed to achieving academic excellence through the highest standards of professional integrity.

• Be GTCS registered (or eligible for GTCS registration).

• Experience developing and delivering high quality Career-Long Professional Learning.

• Experience developing partnerships between universities and external agencies.

• A qualification, or equivalent experience, in teaching in Higher Education.

10. Dimensions

The Post holder will be responsible for the leadership of several teaching teams of up to six staff each. S/he will lead Mathematics education in the School of Education with circa. 400 undergraduate, 300 postgraduate taught, and 90 PhD students, holding major partnerships with six Local Education Authorities, and in a University with world-leading STEM departments.

11. Job Context and any other relevant information

This is a new role intended to contribute to a major strategic impact on the School of Education's provision. The post holder will work principally within a group of Mathematics education staff as part of the School's STEM provision team.
Moray House School of Education is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all its employees and promotes diversity and gender equality among staff and students. For more information about family friendly policies please visit the University website at the following address: https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity/help-advice/family-friendly/staff.
For more information about the University's policies relating to health and wellbeing, including the flexible working policy, visit here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/policies-guidance/health-wellbeing.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 1 May 2018.

Eligibility to Work

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To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

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Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).
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Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £39,992 to £47,722 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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School of Education
Excellence in education and sport

Moray House School of Education has been making a major contribution and impact to the field of education both in Scotland and worldwide for almost 200 years. In that time, our staff, students and alumni have influenced, improved and transformed learning and teaching and wider educational policy in the UK and beyond. Today, we continue to conduct research across all aspects of education and learning – from pre-school to higher education and lifelong learning. Our alumni include world-famous novelist J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, and Great Britain's most successful Olympic athlete, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy MBE.
Moray House School of Education is the leading School of Education in Scotland – we are ranked first for both educational research and sport and exercise research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF also places us in the top five in the UK for educational research and top 10 in the UK for sport and exercise research, confirming our reputation as a UK centre of excellence in these fields.
The School's five research clusters: Equality, social justice and inclusion; Pedagogy, learning and curriculum; Language, culture and communication; Digital education; Sport, physical education and health science supplement the work of research centres and groups and are aimed at fostering emergent areas of research excellence.

We provide an outstanding learning and research environment, where students learn to become future leaders able to meet the diverse opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, in the following areas:

- teacher education
- social justice and inclusive pedagogy
- learning for sustainability
- physical activity for health
- physical education
- educational leadership and management
- sport policy, management and international development
- digital education and learning analytics
- outdoor learning
- sport and exercise science
- language teaching
- childhood practice
- community education.

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Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College's Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

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For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They've explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

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