Teaching Associate

Updated: 24 days ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES

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Teaching Associate in Computer Science & Informatics/Mathematics
Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics/Mathematics, Cardiff University

Applications are invited for up to 10 Teaching Associate posts in the School of Computer Science & Informatics or School of Mathematics at Cardiff University. These are part-time, fixed-term posts for 5 years, starting on 1st August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The successful candidates will be dedicated to finding creative solutions and have a genuine curiosity and enthusiasm to deliver high-quality teaching and rigorous assessment for existing modules on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in areas of computer science, informatics, statistics, operational research or mathematics.
Each post will involve working part-time as a Teaching Associate within the School, with the opportunity to also study towards a PhD part-time, with all associated tuition fees paid and a pro-rata stipend of £7,504, in one of the two Schools’ research groups. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors within either School to refine and align their research ideas with the research strategy of the School.
Working closely with the Director of Learning & Teaching in the appropriate school, you will assist in the organisation and running of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and provision of the student experience. You will also be supported towards gaining recognition as an Associate Fellow of AdvanceHE (AFHEA).
School of Computer Science & Informatics

Cardiff University has a large and successful School of Computer Science & Informatics which is well resourced and enjoys an international reputation for both its teaching and research activities. The School of Computer Science & Informatics is based in the Queen’s Buildings complex on Newport Road within the city centre of Cardiff, and also includes the National Software Academy (NSA), which is based in Newport and delivers industry-focused undergraduate and postgraduate Software Engineering programmes. For more information on the School, please visit our website: www.cardiff.ac.uk/computer-science

Teaching in the School covers two sites, with Software Engineering delivered at the National Software Academy in Newport, and all other programmes are delivered at our Cardiff site.
School of Mathematics

Cardiff University has a successful School of Mathematics that has grown considerably over the last 5 years. The School provides an innovative and stimulating environment for both studying and researching in the mathematical sciences. Our excellent reputation attracts over 300 students from around the world every year onto our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. For more information on the School please visit our website: www.cardiff.ac.uk/mathematics
Cardiff University is committed to supporting all its employees in achieving the necessary balance between their work and their personal lives. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of support for staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible.
We particularly welcome applications from women who are under-represented within Cardiff University in these fields.

For an informal discussion of the role please contact Dr Martin Chorley on +44(0)29 2087 4683 or by email at ChorleyMJ@cardiff.ac.uk , or Dr Kathryn Jones on +44(0)29 2251 0053 or by email at JonesK90@cardiff.ac.uk
For an informal discussion about flexible working and work-life balance please contact Pamela Munn by email at MunnPA@cardiff.ac.uk

These are part-time (17.5 hours per week) and fixed-term posts for 5 years, with the opportunity to study part-time for a PhD qualification alongside.  The package offered if accepted for a part-time PhD includes all tuition fees and a pro-rata annual stipend payment of £7,504.

The Teaching Associate appointments will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 5 scale.

Salary:  £27,025 - £31,302 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 5)

Date advert posted: Friday, 26 July 2019

Closing date: Friday, 2 August 2019  

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 function
Prepare and deliver whole or parts of modules including contributing to the assessment of students.  Deliver lectures as required (content supplied).  Undertake seminars, tutorials and group work.  Supervise student projects and carry out teaching-related administrative duties.  Teaching contributions are within a framework of an agreed programme typically overseen by an academic member of staff. Work on an individual research project under the guidance of your PhD supervisor within the School’s research group.

Key duties

  • 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 undergraduate and postgraduate taught project students.
  • 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. 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.

Person Specification

Important: Evidencing you match the job criteria
It is Cardiff University's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for shortlisting. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the Essential Criteria as well as, where relevant, the Desirable. Meeting all of the Essential Criteria does not guarantee you an interview however, as there may be other applicants who have demonstrated that they meet some or all of the desirable criteria, or that they meet the criteria to a greater depth and/or relevance.
As part of the application process you are 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 criteria.
When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number:  8644BR_supporting_statement.

Essential Criteria

  • Good first degree (2:1 or above) and/or equivalent experience.

  • Awareness and experience of teaching methodologies relevant to Computer Science & Informatics and/or Mathematics.

  • Awareness and understanding of the research context relevant to the School.

  • Ability to deliver and co-ordinate individual modules and teaching programme(s).

  • Effective interpersonal skills to liaise with students and staff.

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to present complex information clearly and confidently to others using a range of media.

  • Evidence of ability to work under pressure and to strict timescales.

  • Proven ability to work as a team and independently without close supervision with the ability to deal with reactive requests relating to teaching, supervising students and administrative tasks.

  • Ability to be pro-active in organisation and planning, foresee problems and take action accordingly.

  • Proven ability to work as a team and independently without close supervision with the ability to deal with reactive requests relating to teaching, supervising students and administrative tasks.

  • Desirable Criteria

  • Fluency in Welsh (written and oral)


  • Additional Information

    The School of Computer Science & Informatics
    Cardiff University has a successful School of Computer Science & Informatics with an international reputation for its teaching and research activities. The School delivers a stimulating portfolio of BSc and MSc degrees, and offers research degrees leading to MPhil and PhD qualification. We have a strong research track record recognised for its outstanding impact in terms of reach and significance, with 79% of its outputs deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Our multi-million pound annual research income is funded by a variety of sources, including the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, the Welsh Assembly (including Higher Education Funding Council for Wales), the UK Research Councils, including Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Commission and industrial partners (mainly IBM UK Ltd and Airbus).

    For further information visit: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/computer-science
    The School of Mathematics
    The School of Mathematics is a research-led School in Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading universities, with a reputation for internationally excellent research and high quality teaching. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the School was ranked joint 19th out of 53 submissions in the Mathematical Sciences Unit of Assessment. All of the research submitted was rated at least ‘internationally recognised’ with 90% rated as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. A distinctive feature of the submission was that 100% of our research was rated as ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance. Our researchers have provided solutions to contemporary issues such as data security and hospital waiting times.
    The School offers a lively postgraduate environment, with a significant number of postgraduates working in its specialist areas.   Undergraduate students are offered a wide choice of degree programmes, covering an extensive and exciting range of mathematics and its applications. The School engages with industry, young people and the wider community to make our innovative research accessible to a wider audience. The School has a long-standing culture of applied research and direct engagement with a wide range of industrial, government and commercial organisations such as the NHS, Hewlett Packard and the Office for National Statistics.
    For further information visit: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/mathematics


    Job Category

    Academic - Teaching & Scholarship


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