Teaching Fellow

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Teaching Fellow in Mathematics (2 Posts)
Cardiff School of Mathematics

Applications are invited for two Teaching Fellow posts in the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University.  These are full-time, fixed-term posts for 2 years starting on 1st September 2021 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 post graduate programmes in the areas of statistics, operational research, or mathematics.

Working closely with the Director of Learning and Teaching, you will assist in the organisation and running of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and provision of student experience.  You will also be supported towards gaining recognition as an Associate Fellow of Advance HE (AFHEA).

For an informal discussion of the role please contact Professor Tim Phillips phillipstn@cardiff.ac.uk,  Dr Jonathan Thompson thompsonjm@cardiff.ac.uk or Ms Beatrice Allen allenbe@cardiff.ac.uk

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

Salary: £27,511 - £31,866 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 5)

Date advert posted: Thursday, 19 August 2021

Closing date: Sunday, 5 September 2021

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.

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 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 including preparing teaching material, communicating subject matter and encouraging critical disclosure 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 assessment of students.

  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate taught 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 School 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, supervise students and administrative tasks on a daily basis.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Good first degree (2:1 or above) and/or equivalent experience.
  • Awareness and experience of teaching methodologies relevant to Mathematics.
  • Awareness and understanding of the research context relevant to the School.
  • Ability to deliver and co-ordinate individual modules and teaching programmes.
  • 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 the 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 organising and planning, foresee problems and take action accordingly.

  • Desirable Criteria
  • Fluency in Welsh (written and oral)

  • Additional Information

    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, Cardiff University was ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the grade point average (GPA) of its overall quality profile. The School is scheduled to move into a new building ‘Abacws’ in August 2021 co-located with the School of Computer Science and Informatics. The building has been designed in collaboration with students and academic staff to create interdisciplinary, flexible and creative workspaces, with innovative teaching areas being a key feature.

    The School has six main research groups: Applied and Computational Mathematics; GAPT: Geometry, Algebra, Mathematical Physics and Topology; Mathematical Analysis; Mathematics Education; Operational Research; and Statistics. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in the mathematical sciences. In REF 2014 the School was ranked joint 19th out of 53 submissions with a GPA of 3.08 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. We have provided solutions to contemporary issues such as data security and hospital waiting times.

    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.

    The School is also part of formal collaborations inside Wales through the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences where Cardiff is the largest partner. More recently GW4, the Great Western 4 brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

    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. All students join a thriving mathematical community where excellent facilities, tuition of the highest quality, and a friendly supporting environment may be enjoyed.

    More details about the School can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/maths/

    Job Category

    Academic - Teaching & Scholarship

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