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Sessional Lecturers - Illustration

The University of Worcester BA (Hons) Illustration course, is seeking to expand their current pool of sessional Illustration Lecturers to contribute to teaching during 2018/19.

We particularly welcome candidates with an ability to work across analogue and/or digital formats and a sound knowledge of professional illustration practice. Some experience of teaching at HE or FE is necessary.

Areas of practice we wish to appoint for include: Picture book studies (in its broadest sense), narrative, comics, printmaking, editorial, illustration business practice, books arts, authorial, contextual, digital arts (Adobe Creative Suite -Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign) and 3D illustration.

Candidates are asked to identify which of these areas are appropriate to their practice.

You must have strong communication skills, be able to motivate students and be confident in a workshop environment, giving lectures and seminars.You will have a good undergraduate degree within Illustration or related area. Applicants with an ongoing professional practice and detailed knowledge of contemporary developments within Illustration are encouraged to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview and to give a 15 minute presentation on how their professional practice informs their teaching.

Applicants should have experience in teaching illustration and design at degree level and/or college level, and an ability to teach students, from the perspective of their individual, emerging practices and to support their progress through, for example, web-sites, seminars, group crit’s, feedback, assessment and group projects. It is an expectation that applicants will also be engaged in the role of theory and criticality in the development of practice.

If you are successful at interview you will invited to join a pool of sessional lecturers and the institute will contact you if suitable work becomes available (your contact details will be shared with them for this purpose). We are not able to guarantee employment as it will be subject to student numbers. The number of hours available may be limited and may be offered at short notice. The University does not pay home to work travel expenses. If you have any queries regarding this please contact us on 01905 855425 or discuss it with us at interview.

*if only an element of this work is offered which doesn’t involve additional preparation and administration a standard hourly rate will apply, currently £16.87 plus £3.71 holiday pay.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Sunday 08 Apr 2018

Reference number: IAAC1802 - 3570

Job details

Job details

£ 42.18 per contact hour including holiday pay of £ 7.60 per hour and preparation, marking, course administration etc. *
To be agreed
By arrangement
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Head of Department
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Interview date
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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 involve research and reading in the subject area, and/or adapting existing materials and methods.

2. To prepare course materials, including setting assignments, producing reading lists, and course outlines and handouts, and ensuring that information is available to students in advance of the course and taught sessions.

3. To teach the sessions by tutorials, seminars and any other relevant form of learning method.

4. To be available for tutorial support to students at specified times.

5. To undertake marking, and other forms of assessment; ensure work is second marked and grades submitted.

6. To ensure regular contact with relevant Course Leader and to keep them informed of progress through the course.

7. To undertake other administrative duties related to the teaching.

*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. A good honours degree in an area of Illustration or related area.

2. Proficiency across the subject area, with an understanding of analogue and/or digital formats and a sound knowledge of professional illustration practice.

3. Experience of recent teaching illustration or related areas at FE/HE undergraduate level and evidence of the ability to motivate and encourage student learning.

4. Practical, critical and contextual knowledge of contemporary illustration practice and detailed knowledge of contemporary developments within the subject.

5. Experience of organising a programme of work, planning sessions, marking and moderation of assessment.

6. A commitment to innovative learning and teaching methods for illustration in a workshop environment, in one-to-one tutorials, group crit’s and via IT.

7. Ability to communicate clearly and confidently with a wide range of people, both orally and in writing.

8. Excellent inter-personal skills and a commitment to team-working.

9. Proven ability in managing and carrying out administrative processes.


Desirable Criteria

1. Experience of university course or module leadership of illustration or related provision.

2. MA (or study in progress), and/or considerable experience of working in a relevant professional capacity, with good links to industry.

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 .

Visit  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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