Head of Initial Teacher Education (Senior Lecturer)
University of Aberdeen Department of Education
United Kingdom

Head of Initial Teacher Education (Senior Lecturer)




We are seeking to appoint a positive, creative, and collaborative, Head of Initial Teacher Education to support academic development and growth within this academic discipline.  This is a new leadership role within both the School of Education and Initial Teacher Education.



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Grade 8

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As Head of Initial Teacher Education, you will lead a team of able Programme Directors across: MA Hons (Primary); PGDE (Primary); PGDE (Secondary); PGDE Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (Primary); and PGDE Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (Secondary).  As a member of the School Executive Committee, you will also contribute to the wider strategic direction of the School of Education as it seeks to fulfil the Foundational Charter of the University of Aberdeen, namely being: ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ (Bishop Elphinstone, 1495).


Being positive, creative, and collaborative by disposition, you will also be suitably academically qualified, and skilled in leading others, with experience of leadership in Initial Teacher Education (or a cognate area) either within, or outwith, Scotland.


You will have strong networks in your academic field, which will be a cognate area within Education, and be an active researcher with publications anticipated to be at 3* level or above.  Experience of supporting academic and research collaborations is highly desirable.  You will also have been involved in contributing to new thinking and ways of working in an academic context.


Coupled with an inclusive and collegial personal style, you will have a drive for quality and a keen ability to understand changing educational, socio-political, and economic landscapes.  You will possess an ability to build positive relationships and to work effectively internally, with School colleagues and university decision-makers; and externally with educational partners, in national and international contexts.


As one who holds Qualified Teacher Status, you will champion teaching and have an appreciation for the important societal role that Primary and Secondary teachers make.  You will demonstrate a commitment to academic life and research-informed teaching.


Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 8 salary scale (£51,630 - £58,089 per annum) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.


Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 3 year probation period.


For further information on various staff benefits and policies please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/working-here


Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email h.m.clark@abdn.ac.uk for further information.


Online application forms are available at www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs


The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 June 2019


Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact


Dr David R Smith, Head of School/Section


+44 (0)1224 274589




Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr David R Smith

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