Lecturer (Step Up to Social Work) - Social Care and Social Work - Grade 8 -97267

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: Temporary

Lecturer (Step Up to Social Work) - Social Care and Social Work - Grade 8 -97267  - (210000NI)







Position Details

School of Social Policy

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553. With potential progression once in post to £55,750 a year.

Grade 8
Full time

Fixed term contract for up to 31st July 2023
Closing Date: 9th May 2021

The School of Social Policy

The School of Social Policy is a diverse community of scholars whose work coalesces around its mission to understand the world and also to change it. We pursue this mission via our research, teaching and engagement and impact activities. We deliver a suite of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes to a diverse student population. We undertake research to make a difference, collaborating with our research partners from private, public and third sectors. We are recognised as a leading centre of expertise in Social Policy ranking in the top 50 QS World University rankings.

The School comprises three Departments: the Health Services Management Centre, which is one of the UK's foremost centres for research, evaluation, teaching and professional development for health and social care organisations; the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, which is delivering an innovative set of new academic programmes and research initiatives; and, the Department of Social Work and Social Care, which delivers the UK’s longest-running social work course, dating back to 1908; and. Our social work programme is currently ranked 4th in the Complete University Guide, and we are the only Russell Group University in the country to be delivering a regional ‘Step Up to Social Work’ programme alongside our existing BA/MA programmes and our post-qualifying CPD. Our well-regarded undergraduate social policy programmes include one of the largest single honours programmes in the Russell Group, currently ranked 3rd in the Complete University Guide, as well as a new and expanding Criminology programme and an exciting cross-College programme in Policy, Politics and Economics. In 2020, we launched a new suite of postgraduate taught programmes including MAs in Global Public Policy and in Sociology, as we aim to grow our PGT student numbers and diversify our cohorts. In partnership with the University of Manchester, we deliver the NHS Leadership Academy’s award-winning Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme.

The School has an excellent research base underpinned by substantial grant capture, with an annual research income of circa £3 million, with nearly all academic staff contributing. Our current research coalesces around five broad themes: i) health and social care; ii) inequality, poverty and wealth; iii) superdiversity and migration; iv) civil society and volunteering; and v) crime, social harm and social justice. These themes link with our departmental and research centre structure. We have three research centres in the School: Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM), led jointly with Birmingham Business School, The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRIS), the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC). We have also been instrumental in the development of the Institute for Mental Health (IMH), a University of Birmingham funded cross-disciplinary initiative with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, which works closely with the NHS, government, the third sector, patients and publics with a specific focus on mental health of children and young people. The School also leads two major NIHR-funded centres – the BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre, which focuses on conducting rapid evaluations of promising new services and innovations in healthcare; and the School for Social Care, a partnership between seven universities, supporting internationally leading research in social care to improve the wellbeing of people needing care and support.

The School is at an exciting point in its history, being well placed to build on its successes to-date and looking to address the many urgent problems facing post-pandemic society. Under a new Head of School, we are developing new ways of working to capitalise on the many synergies across the School. Our strategy is to strengthen further our areas of established expertise including health and social care policy and practice and economic, social and health inequalities, which have become even more relevant in the post-Covid world. At the same time, we are building critical mass in emerging areas, including criminology, mental health, quantitative methods and technologies. We already collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines, particularly in medicine and health, to tackle global challenges and we plan to expand our leadership and involvement in larger multi- and inter-disciplinary projects, particularly with STEM disciplines. We also have a strong internationalisation agenda, in terms of teaching, research, impact and engagement so that we become a global School. Engagement and impact is deeply ingrained in the culture of the School, and we are expanding our strategic partnerships locally, nationally and internationally to ensure that we continue to make a difference.

Job Purpose

The Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (Step Up) is a Department for Education (DfE) initiative, established to increase the number of child and family social workers in English local authorities. This role will primarily focus on delivery of the Cohort 7 of the Step Up to Social Work Programme in the West Midlands.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability.  The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, and (b) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods. 

Teaching focussed role-holders should advance the practice of teaching in their modules within the School, take a role in leading curriculum development, and play an important role in student academic support.  They should also deliver excellent teaching that inspires students and is informed by discipline-based research. 

Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership (e.g. working groups) within the University.  This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The role-holder will:
•    Contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal; and
•    Develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are innovative to the subject of social work; and
•    Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment; and
•    Deliver the Step Up to Social Work professional programme; and
•    Advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support; and
•    Frequently update their own subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes; and
•    Typically carry a higher teaching load than those staff who carry out both teaching and research; and
•    Develop and make contributions to knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.

In addition, they may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise, with a research focused or research and teaching focused member of staff, doctoral students to completion.

Learning and Teaching
To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of social work students.  Tasks include:

•    Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
•    Plan and review own teaching approaches and acting as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
•     Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
•    Where appropriate,  undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit- such as unseen examinations, essays dissertations or presentations)
•     Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field 
•     Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
•     Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
•     Devise & supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work 
•    Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and the University

Management/ Administration
To contribute to Departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

•    Contribute to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School 
•    Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
•    Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
•    Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).
•    Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities that are of manifest benefit to the College and University.
•    Develop and make substantial contributions e to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.
•    Actively manage equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.

Person Specification

•    A qualified social worker
•    Experience of working within children and families social work
•    Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the discipline area
•    Extensive teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
•    Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
•    Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others successfully at all levels.

•    Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise relevant teaching programmes. 
•    Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues 
•    Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

•    Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
•    Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
•    Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
•    Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area. 
•    Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied. 
•    Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action

For informal enquiries please contact Anne-Marie Glover (A.T.Glover@bham.ac.uk)).


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Primary Location
: GB-GB-Birmingham
: Academic Non-clinical
: Social Policy
: Temporary
Job Posting
: 27.04.2021, 7:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description): Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis)
: 41,526.00
Maximum Salary
: 55,750.00
Advert Close Date
: 09.05.2021, 6:59:00 PM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 31.07.2023
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