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Sessional Lecturers in Law

The University of Worcester is seeking sessional law lecturers to join its newly established School of Law.

We aim to ensure that our law students are offered an outstanding student experience, and the successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that s/he is able to contribute to this aspiration in a very practical and flexible way.

The successful applicant will form part of a small, enthusiastic and motivated team delivering the LLB.

S/he will also be expected to contribute to the teaching of one or more of the following subjects:

• Criminal Law

• Law of Torts

• Land Law

• Media Law.

NB. If you are successful at interview you will be invited to join a pool of sessional lecturers and we will contact you if suitable work becomes available, which may be immediate. We are not able to guarantee employment as this will be subject to student numbers. The number of hours available may only be a few hours per week. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact us on tel: 01905 855170 or discuss it with us at interview.

Selection Methods:

Short-listed candidates will be invited to a panel interview. Candidates will also be required to deliver a 15 minute teaching session on a topic of their choice to 2nd Year LLB students. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

Closing date: Tuesday 02 May 2017

Reference number: IHCAAC1703 - 3256

Job details

Job details

Salary
£41.47 an hour, which includes payment for associated preparation, marking and course administration and also holiday pay of £9.12 an hour
Hours
To be negotiated per module
Start
As soon as possible
Duration
Temporary
Responsible to
Head of Law
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
To be confirmed

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Background

Background

The University of Worcester is a dynamic, friendly and expanding University, with around 11,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We aspire to be an outstanding University at which to be a student. Our ethos is inspirational, inclusive and supportive. We aim to ensure that our students flourish, thrive and progress to be valuable members of society.

Over the past decade, we have invested in award-winning facilities, such as The Hive, which has won 48 awards and award nominations including The Guardian’s “Best University contribution to the community” and THE’s “Best University Library Team”, and the University of Worcester Arena, winner of the Guardian’s “Buildings that Inspire” award 2015. We have an excellent relationship with local and regional employers, and we are committed to building our students’ employability skills throughout our academic curriculum.

The University of Worcester was one of the most improved universities in the UK in REF2014. The results identified world leading research in a number of academic areas. We are committed to ensure that this impressive achievement is built upon in the next four years.

Worcester is a beautiful cathedral and University City situated in the heart of England on the banks of the River Severn. It offers all of the modern amenities of a city yet is still close to the Malverns, the Welsh borders, the Wye Valley and the Cotswolds. It is located close to the M5 motorway and with direct rail links with Birmingham and London.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To prepare for teaching by developing an understanding of the content, learning outcomes and modes of delivery for the relevant sessions. This may include undertaking relevant reading and research to inform teaching content and pedagogical and curriculum developments.

2. To prepare course materials, reading lists and course outlines and handouts, and ensure that this information is available to students in advance of the course and taught sessions.

3. To teach the sessions in a variety of settings as appropriate; for example, small group tutorials, lectures, seminars, workshops or other appropriate method.

4. To set and mark assignments and provide formative and summative feedback to students.

5. To contribute to the design of appropriate assessments, ensuring that assessments are fair, well managed and focused on assessment for learning.

6. To seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback.

7. To make effective and innovative use of learning technologies including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment to support student learning.

8. To attend staff development events and activities as appropriate, including induction activities (for which financial support is available).

9. To significantly contribute to and deliver an outstanding learning experience for Law students, through inspirational teaching.

10. To undertake high quality teaching on the LLB, including teaching in one or more of the following areas: Criminal Law, Land Law, Law of Torts or Media Law.

11. To contribute to the promotion, growth and reputation of the University as an outstanding place at which to be a student.

12. To undertake other administrative duties related to teaching.

13. Other duties as agreed with the Head of Law.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. An undergraduate degree in law (or the Graduate Diploma in Law).

2. A postgraduate qualification in law or in legal practice.

3. Evidence of a student centred approach and a commitment to student satisfaction.

4. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team.

5. ICT competence for teaching purposes and associated course administration.

6. Experience of teaching within Higher Education or relevant legal professional experience.

7. A commitment to, and experience of using interactive teaching methods with a learner centred focus.

8. Ability to organise and deploy time effectively.

Desirable Criteria

1. A current legal practising certificate, allowing you to practice law in the UK.

2. Experience of teaching on a qualifying law degree in Higher Education, including experience of teaching at least one of the foundations of legal knowledge subjects.

3. A PhD in Law.

4. Teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship.

5. Experience of using a Virtual Learning Environment.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:

Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration.

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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