Tutor (Part-Time) – MA Urban Design (MA UD)
Welsh School of Architecture

The Welsh School of Architecture wishes to appoint a part-time Tutor who has experience in the areas of urban design, urbanism, urban practice, urban transformation and related fields of research and practice, from both a local and a global perspective.
The post holder will be expected to conduct administrative work and prepare and deliver whole or parts of modules including contributing to the assessment of students.  The post holder will be required to actively engage in providing administrative and teaching support on the MA Urban Design (MA UD) and will be expected to undertake seminars, tutorials and group work, as well as supervise student projects.

This position is part time (17.5 hours per week) and is open-ended. The position is available immediately.

Salary: £26,495 - £30,688 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 5)

For specific questions about the position, the Welsh School of Architecture, or Cardiff University, please contact: Professor Aseem Inam (InamA1@Cardiff.ac.uk) or Catherine Parker (Parkerc6@cardiff.ac.uk).

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed June 2018, although definite dates will be provided after shortlisting

Date advert posted: Friday, 1 June 2018

Closing Date: Monday, 18 June 2018

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main Responsibilities

  • Deliver teaching courses.  Includes preparing teaching material, communicating subject matter and encouraging critical discourse to develop rational thinking; observing and reacting to student interventions; responding to questions outside class times and to contingencies in course delivery.
  • Carry out pre-determined assessment for courses, including marking and providing written/oral feedback; and collating and providing final assessments of students.
  • Supervise Masters students’ projects and undertake national and international field trips/site visits as part of the programme delivery.
  • Participate actively as a member of a teaching team.
  • Carry out course evaluation, including facilitating student feedback; reflecting on own teaching design and delivery; and implementing ideas for improving own performance.
  • Carry out administrative duties such as class record keeping, attending meetings, and report writing.
  • Liaise with national and international institutions in networking, marketing and organising the MA Urban Design programme.
  • Participate in the pastoral care of students.

Planning and Organising

  • Teaching-related and administrative work is allocated by the Head of Department and various Committees and is within a clear and established programme with assistance and support.
  • Plan and prioritise own daily work, and forward plan for some teaching.
  • Deal with reactive requests such as those relating to teaching, supervising students and administrative tasks, on a daily basis.

Resource Management Responsibilities

  • Liaising with MA UD Academic Lead and support administration on matters relating to resource for MA UD delivery.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Expertise and Skills

1. Proven ability to deliver tutorials and seminars and participate in assessment and feedback preparation in the area of Urban Design and Sustainable Urban  design

2. A particular knowledge of the area of urban design theory and urban design

3. Experience in using IT skills and specific use of Autocad, Sketch-Up, Illustrator, Photoshop, CityCad and a plus if knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) for urban design, MColor, Lumion or similar for rendering.

4. Excellent organisational and team-working skills; proven ability to prioritise work, meet deadlines and multi-task

5. Commitment to high-quality teaching and fostering a positive learning environment for students.

6. Ability to communicate well with academic peers and students and engage with the public, communicating new and/or complex information in an effective manner

7.  Proven capability in IT skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

8. Good first degree or equivalent experience in architecture or planning and master or equivalent in urban design, or a relevant discipline with practical design experience.

9. Experience in teaching in Urban Design and Sustainable Urban Design at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level or recent experience in working in the area of architecture and environmental large scale developments.

10. Expertise in relevant aspects of Urban Design and Sustainable Urban Design

Desirable Criteria

1. Effective interpersonal skills to liaise with students and staff.
2. Experience in the design of teaching materials.
3. Experience in teaching Architecture and/or Urban Design at graduate and/or postgraduate level
4. Fluency in Welsh written and oral

Additional Information

The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) is consistently ranked amongst the top schools of architecture in published UK and Worldwide league tables, currently 5th in The Times Higher Good University Guide and in the top 50 of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings.

The WSA also had 90% of its research impact judged as outstanding (4*) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). This placed us at the top of the table for impact in the assessment panel for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

Our research underpins the BSc and MArch degree programmes as well as the specialisms we teach through advanced Masters programmes that cater to graduates across the broad spectrum of built environment professions. We set high standards for our students and expect great things from them, this is why we stand by the quality of our graduates and are proud of what they achieve.

The distinctiveness of this School lies in its tradition of combining creativity with the understanding needed to realise designs through practice, its reputation for high quality research, the calibre of its staff and in its unique location in a friendly, liveable and affordable capital city that is a gateway to the stunning landscape of Wales.

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 7322BR.

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