Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Open Learning
The University of Edinburgh, College of Arts, Humanities and Soc Scis: Centre for Open Learning
United Kingdom

Job Purpose

To provide preparation, planning and the delivery of learning and teaching as the course tutor in Digital Animation for Artists, an established credit bearing course, which introduces students to the practical skills and techniques of the discipline as well as engendering knowledge and understanding and contextual awareness of the subject specialism being studied.


Main Responsibilities (Approximate % of Time)


1.            Deliver the learning and teaching of Digital Animation for Artists courses to enrolled students for the duration and times of the course(s) exactly as published, validated and advertised (70%)

2.            Prior to course start, source and prepare material and reading lists, student information and studio/workshop requirements within budgetary guidelines. Upload materials to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. (4%)

3.            Prepare a detailed teaching plan for students which includes any required additional information appropriate to the course (4%)

4.            Where possible, attend and undergo inductions, staff development and training sessions pertinent to role as required by line manager (2%)

5.            Ensure that all courses are designed and delivered within Health and Safety guidelines and undertake risk assessment as required using published mechanisms (3%)

6.            Ensure students are aware of their progress and level of achievement through formative and summative feedback at relevant points in the course (4%)

7.            Support students in preparing for assessments and undertake assessments when required (4%)

8.            Prepare the studio/workshop materials, tools, teaching materials and equipment prior to the start of each course session (3%)

9.            Ensure all students have the opportunity to complete and return course questionnaires anonymously (2%)

10.          Undertake and respond to quality assurances and course monitoring as required (2%)

11.          Promptly report any issues relating to the delivery of the course to the Course Organiser, Art and Design (2%)

Planning and Organising

The post holder should be able to design, plan and prepare the structure of the course and the delivery of the teaching in advance of the teaching week, uploading teaching materials to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. He/she should liaise with the Course Organiser, Art and Design to ensure all necessary materials, equipment and teaching aids have been arranged in support of teaching and student experience. The post holder will be able to plan and organise using published structures but be able to work independently.

Problem Solving

The post holder will be expected to apply research techniques and draw upon a professional track record in digital animation in order to lead workshops and lessons which engender the development of relevant practices. The post holder will enable students to develop a personal visual language by creating a range of coherent works underpinned by contextual awareness.

Decision Making

The post holder will be expected to interpret published validated course(s) and ensure high quality learning and teaching is provided to enrolled students of mixed abilities. He/she should be able to adapt and adjust their learning and teaching strategies to the profile of the group in order to encourage student engagement.

Key Contacts/Relationships

The post holder will be line managed by the Course Organiser, Art and Design, who will offer support throughout. In addition, the post holder will be supported by the Professional Services team at the Centre for Open Learning and by the Art and Design Technician.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


We expect the post holder to be actively engaged in their field, ideally in digital animation or a related subject.

It is essential that he/she has the ability to apply relevant knowledge, skills and techniques in research and/or teaching to this role.

A degree in an art or design subject discipline is essential.

The post holder should be able to communicate relevant techniques and processes in order that students might make a coherent body of art and/or design works which demonstrate their engagement with the subject.


Experience of assessment processes is desirable and training will be provided.


The course will have a maximum number of places offered and will only proceed if it attracts a requisite number to make the course viable. The post holder must be available to plan and prepare the course prior to the published start and make themselves available for all scheduled sessions including published assessment dates where applicable.

Job Context and any other relevant information

This post is offered on an ad-hoc basis with the expectation that the appointee will teach one to four evenings per week during term-time, depending on enrolments. The digital animation courses are offered as evening classes at Thomson’s Land, Holyrood Road and form part of the Short Courses programme at the Centre for Open Learning.

For information about Short Courses please visit:

short courses website

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.

We anticipate interviews will be held on 19th August 2019 (subject to change). You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 5th August 2019.

Right to Work

In accordance with UK legislation the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University 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.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work website

In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained.

For further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes please visit the GOV.UK website

1.            If you are applying for an academic/research role in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 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 UE07 and attracts an hourly rate of £18.19 to £21.70 plus annual leave allowance. 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. This post is offered on a Guaranteed Hours basis.

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.



Centre for Open Learning (COL)

The Centre for Open Learning supports the educational lifecycle by working with people at the transitional points in their lives. We aim to make the University seamless and are academically ambitious, student focussed and outward looking. We enable our students to be actively engaged in their education locally and globally. Our environment nurtures excellence and supports open learning for all.


The department delivers the following programmes;

• Part-Time Access Programme – This skills-based programme offers a route for adult returners into undergraduate degrees offered by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; www.ed.ac.uk/cahss/access-programme

• English Language Education (ELE) – Providing a range of general, academic and specialist English courses, for undergraduate and postgraduate students, professionals and groups; www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-education

• International Foundation Programme – This full-time programme prepares International students for undergraduate degree study within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci/international-and-study-abroad/foundation-programme

• Short Courses – The University’s extensive continuing education programme offers courses throughout the year in Languages, Science, Art and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences, available to all ; www.ed.ac.uk/studying/short-courses

• Seasonal Provision – Our Summer and Winter courses offer an international experience at the University of Edinburgh for people from across the world; www.summerschool.ed.ac.uk/

and www.ed.ac.uk/lifelong-learning/our-programmes/winter-school


To find out more about COL, please visit our website; https://www.ed.ac.uk/open-learning



College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)


The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.


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.


The University of Edinburgh

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 41,000 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 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.


As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.


The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.


University Family Friendly Initiatives


Equality Networks:


Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies

Disabled Staff Network


The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.



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