Senior Tutor, Service Design

Date advertised

14 February 2020

Closing date

15 March 2020


School of Design


Service Design

Required hours

Full Time


All three sites


£55,144 - £61,719 per annum

The Royal College of Art is an internationally renowned postgraduate art and design institution. In 2019/20 the College will have some 2,400 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees, and over 500 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors.   

The School of Design

The School of Design offers programmes that engage with a broad spectrum of design from the industry-focused, through collaboration with engineering and science, to the experimental and theoretical. With a strong culture of innovation, experimentation and debate, as well as research degrees at MPhil and PhD level, the School explores the boundaries of knowledge in the fields of industrial design, design engineering, product design, service design, critical design, systems and services, social innovation, new materials, globalisation and the discourse between international pedagogies and manufacturing.

About the Programme

The RCA Service Design course was established in 2011 and since then has become the world’s leading service design course producing cohorts of successful and influential designers working in the commercial and public sector. The programme offers a two-year Masters MA (RCA) as well as growing research activities including MPhil / PhD programmes. The Masters programme takes a diverse range of applicants (engineers, technologists, designers, commercially experienced people and from many other disciplines) and introduces them to service design projects, team working and innovation processes. The programme is founded on a wide spectrum of principles to enable graduates to build their own approach to service design with confidence and purpose.

The programme works closely with partners from technology, business, government and the public sector on live team based project work with an underlying academic framework of tools and a series of practitioner talks and seminars with external experts.

We are seeking an outstanding practitioner, educator and researcher who will contribute to the international and interdisciplinary ethos of the School and programme.  This is a critical role and the Senior Tutor (Research) Service Design will report to the Head of Programme and working closely with the current team will:

  • Lead on curriculum development and research-led teaching
  • Provide day-to-day academic management
  • Provide administration and communication to encourage critical design-thinking
  • Develop programme research activity in line with the RCA’s research strategic plan
  • Lead research funding bid development
  • Develop networks and relevant partnerships 
  • Promote the programme through exhibitions and other dissemination activities  

The ideal candidate will have a first degree in a relevant specialism and a doctorate in a relevant field or evidence of equivalent appropriate academic achievement.   In addition, it is essential that candidates have:

  • Commitment to high quality teaching and fostering a positive learning environment for students
  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and students of all cultures and backgrounds
  • Evidence of the ability to supervise academic work at masters and doctoral level
  • Proven record of producing research outputs of at least 3* REF quality
  • A recognised international profile in relevant specialist field
  • Significant contribution as an effective teacher of postgraduate students and, through teaching, significant contribution to the advancement of the subject
  • Experience of devising and teaching courses, and setting and assessing written work at postgraduate degree level
  • Evidence of the ability to act as principal investigator or co-investigator

Interviews scheduled for 23 March 2020.

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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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