Academic Strategic Lead: Academic Programmes

Robert Gordon University

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Job Summary

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is a vibrant academic community and the main provider of Nurse and Midwifery education in the North East. The School is housed in a state of the art building, that includes accommodation that simulate both clinical and community settings providing a stimulating learning environment.


Following recent academic restructuring the post of Academic Strategic Lead (Academic Programmes) has been identified as a key role to take forward the overall management of academic programmes within the School; bringing together course management under the leadership of one key role holder. The role holder will be a member of the School Senior Leadership Team.


Our vision is to provide dynamic and transformational learning, teaching and research that makes a leading contribution to improving the health and well-being of local, national and global communities. We aim to engage with key partners to develop, deliver and disseminate high quality research that is of value to society, those using health and social care services, and the professions of nursing and midwifery.


Our current research objectives are:

To build on existing research strengths by focusing work programmatically around three key thematic areas: Community Health and Wellbeing; Policy, Education and Practice; and Patient Experience/Patient Safety

To build research capability and capacity by proactively nurturing staff and student research development, and by considered appointments of new staff

To proactively collaborate with external partners (e.g. clinical practice; government agencies) and internal partners (RGU Schools) to ensure research quality and relevance

To increase research income year on year in line with the targets in the School plan

To increase the quality and quantity of published research outputs in line with REF 2020 targets in order to ensure a substantive nursing and midwifery contribution

Within the context of our overarching scholarship model, to develop mechanisms to ensure our research informs our teaching and practice, and in turn our learning activities inform our research.

Salary on appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, but in exceptional circumstances appointment higher up the scale may be considered.

Closing Date: 23 June 2017

Interviews: 11th July 2017

Job Descritpion

Purpose of the Post: The post represents the core academic leadership and management level that directly supports the over-arching leadership of the Head of School.

Instrumental in ensuring development and delivery of high quality teaching, research, and research commercialisation whilst sustaining high expectations of excellence and value. Assists the Head of School in ensuring that the University's and School's strategic and operational plans for taught provision are achieved, whilst developing new initiatives and contributing to the formulation of University policy on matters relevant to the academic programme/course portfolio.

Duties: Lead, manage and develop a team of academic staff including work planning, work allocation, balance of workload and resource needs. Organisation and co-ordination of appraisal process, encouraging on-going open dialogue as well as formal recorded review. Set and monitor staff objectives that relate to KPIs and strategic priorities. Lead on and be accountable for managing performance. Be responsible for communicating regularly to ensure the team is well informed of RGU, and School matters Review capacity and capabilities of individuals and the team to meet current & future needs and trends.

School Management Team: Contribute as a key player to the School's management team in its planning, implementation, monitoring & review of strategic and operational plans, liaising with other colleagues as appropriate, taking the lead for student support. Deploy available resources the most educationally and economically effective way, and in accordance with the University's health and safety policies; actively contribute to strategic decision-making processes, and to the formulation of strategy.

Management of the curriculum: Manage effectively and efficiently the delivery of all academic course provision within school: Ensure that the development of curricula within the School are consistent with the University's requirements, recruitment and retention strategies and frameworks for taught courses; Ensure that resources are effectively managed to support the delivery of high quality education provision; Oversee all aspects of University's quality assurance and enhancement processes;

Strategic development of the curriculum: Develop and manage a sustainable academic portfolio for full and part-time courses in accordance with School plans. Support the enhancement of learning, teaching and assessment practices within the School and liaise with colleagues to support the development of teaching, learning and assessment. Liaise with key stakeholders on the needs of the workforce and ensure that the School provides a portfolio that meets the needs of the workforce.

Person Specification

Essential Requirements:

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

First degree and Masters Degree in relevant subject area

Current NMC Registration and recorded

Teaching Qualification with the NMC PhD or be close to completion.


Knowledge and Experience

Working knowledge and experience of course development and management.

Detailed knowledge of quality assurance and regulatory matters: experience of engagement with professional and statutory regulatory boards.

Experience of developing close working relationships with the NHS and private sector partners.


Desirable Requirements:

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Membership of the Higher Education Academy.


Knowledge and Experience

Substantial experience of education quality enhancement, teaching, learning and assessment, curriculum development.

Experience of managing regulated programmes.

Experience of working within a research and development context.

Experience of national liaison and committee/working group membership


Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support

Behaviour 3: Team Development - Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts, delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities and identifying the training and development needs of the team and carrying out performance appraisals

Behaviour 4: Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 5: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers' expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

Behaviour 6: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

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