Senior Lecturer in Photography
Cardiff Metropolitan University, The Cardiff School of Art & Design
United Kingdom

Role Summary:

This is a key post that will contribute to the ambitions of the University’s Strategic Plan 2017/18 – 2022/23. The Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD) seeks to appoint an exceptional person with teaching and research interests in photography and lens based media. This post will be part of the team leading and developing a new programme in BA Photography, in line with the unique transdisciplinary School structure.

The appointee would also be contributing to inter-disciplinary collaborative projects in research, innovation and teaching and would be expected to contribute to the research and scholarship environment of the School and the University in the expertise area of photography.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching and Learning Support

Supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and research students

Design, develop and deliver a range of programmes of study (sometimes for entirely new courses) at various levels.

Design and maintain virtual learning content and environments

Review on a regular basis course content and materials, updating when required.

Develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and material which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.

Ensure that course design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the university and department.

Research and Scholarship

Lead research and/or innovation proposals and projects with the potential to generate income, to manage project deliverables, deliver outputs and secure impact.

Work with university stakeholders to identify sources of research funding and lead the process of securing funds.

Manage the delivery of individual and/or collaborative research projects to time and on budget.

Apply knowledge acquired from research and innovation as well as scholarship to learning and teaching, and appropriate external activities

Lead the production and dissemination of research outputs

 Lead the design and production of peer-reviewed publications and/or practitioner outputs, and/or disseminate research findings using other appropriate media.

Make presentations at local, national and international academic and/or practitioner conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.

Supervise research degree students to ensure timely completion and/or undertake the duties of Director of Studies for research degree students to manage timely completion.


Disseminate conceptual and complex ideas to a wide variety of audience.

Liaison and networking

Lead and develop internal networks for example by chairing and participating in School and Institutional committees.

Lead and develop external networks for example with external examiners and assessors.

Develop links with external contacts such as other educational bodies, employers, and professional bodies to foster collaboration.

Managing people

Provide academic leadership to those working within programme areas, as course leader or equivalent, by for example co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans with reference to the Academic Handbook.

Contributing to the development of teams and individuals.

Act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.


Lead teams within areas of responsibility.

Help to ensure that teams within the department work together.

Participate to help resolve conflicts within and between teams.

Pastoral care

Responsible for dealing with referred issues for students within own educational programmes.

Provide first line support for colleagues, referring them to sources of further help if required.

Initiative, problem-solving and decision-making

Resolve problems affecting the delivery of courses within own educational programme and in accordance with regulations.

Make decisions regarding the operational aspects of own educational programme.

Contribute to decisions which have an impact on other related programmes.

Provide advice on issues such as ensuring the adequate balance of student population, appointment and student and other performance matters.

Spotting opportunities for strategic development of new courses or appropriate areas of activity and contributing to the development of such ideas.

Planning and managing resources

Responsible for the delivery of own educational programmes.

Contribute through the teams within which you are a member of to the overall management of the department in areas such as budget management and business planning.

Be involved through various routes in departmental level strategic planning and contribute to the Institution’s strategic planning processes.

Plan and deliver research, consultancy or similar programmes within the constraints of resources available.

Contribute to the management of quality, audit and other external assessments.

Sensory, physical and emotional demands.

Balance the pressures of teaching, research and administrative demands and competing deadlines.

Work environment

Depending on area of work (e.g. laboratories, workshops, studios) may be expected to take responsibility for conducting risk assessments and reducing hazards.


Required to be an externally recognised authority in the subject area.

In-depth understanding of own specialism to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding both within the field, or through application.


Person Specification

Essential Education and Qualifications

A good honours degree

An earned doctoral level qualification

Ability to achieve Fellow Status as part of the Higher Education Academy’s Professional Recognition scheme, within agreed timescales (as soon as is practicably possible and definitely within three years of commencement of employment)

Essential Knowledge

An in-depth knowledge of specialist subject and professional area.

An in-depth understanding of pedagogy

An in-depth understanding of research/innovation and scholarly activity

Essential Skills and Abilities relating to the role

Ability to design, develop and deliver a range of programmes at various levels.

Ability to review programme design on a regular basis to ensure compliance with quality standards and academic regulations and to make alterations where appropriate.

Ability to contribute to the achievement of the School Development Plan and the institutions strategic planning processes.

Ability to develop research objectives, prepare proposals, carry out independent research, referee and contribute to peer assessment.

Ability to identify opportunities for strategic development/improvement e.g. research projects, new courses, consultancy.

Ability to identify (through the analysis of appropriate management information) areas requiring improved performance e.g. student numbers, student satisfaction.

Ability to take responsibility for a number of key areas such as Chairing and participating in School and Institutional committees, leading projects.

Ability to communicate and disseminate complex and conceptual ideas in a variety of ways – presentations or exhibitions at national or international conferences, reports on findings, journal articles etc. to a wide variety of audiences.

Ability to lead and contribute to the development of teams to ensure effective and productive working relationships.

Ability to lead/develop/work collaboratively with a number of internal and external networks, e.g. professional associations, external examiners.

Ability to plan workloads and projects and manage resources effectively.

Ability to develop digital virtual learning content

Essential Experience Paid/Unpaid

Experience of HE teaching or equivalent.

Experience of providing academic leadership and first line support/mentoring for other colleagues.

Experience of engaging in pedagogic and practitioner research.

Experience of contributing to the development of academic strategies for example, research and enterprise, teaching and learning.

Experience of managing performance through the setting, monitoring and review of objectives

Essential Other Requirements

Ability to risk assess and implement policy / strategy in relation to Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, Quality Standards.

Desirable Education and Qualifications

Fellow Status as part of the Higher Education Academy’s Professional Recognition scheme.

Chartered Membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Desirable Knowledge

National /international recognition in specialist subject and professional area

Desirable Experience Paid/Unpaid

Research degree supervision experience

Experience of interdisciplinary working

Desirable Other Requirements

Ability to speak Welsh

Closing Date: 12.00 GMT on Tuesday, 13th August 2019

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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