Senior Tutor (Research) Graduate Diploma Art and Design (0.8FTE)

Date advertised

11 May 2022

Closing date

8 June 2022

School/Area

College-wide

Programme/​Department

Graduate Diploma

Required hours

Full Time Term Time

Site

All three sites

Salary

£55,932 - £62,606 per annum pro rata

The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer and strives to reinforce a diverse multicultural and inclusive culture.  Our shared goal is ensuring that the College environment encourages all members of our community to teach, learn, work and practise in a shared spirit of inclusivity and cultural exchange.

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. The RCA has been ranked the number 1 university for art & design internationally for the eight consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

About the programme

The Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma Art & Design prepares students for Master's study in Art and Design. The programme focuses on developing proficiency in the discursive languages and independent learning methods and practices of art and design, and on introducing students to the role and influence of art and design in the world today.

The programme aims to make its participants better informed about the study options available to them, as well as the possible career paths that they might follow beyond graduation.

The programme will be interdisciplinary in nature, mirroring the experience of Master's study at the RCA, however Graduate Diploma students will be invited to select a specialism at enrolment from the following areas: Communication; Fine Art; Humanities; Fashion & Textiles, and Product, Interiors & Spatial Design.

The programme offers:

The opportunity to specialise in one of five practice-led disciplines:

  • Development of a final portfolio that can be used for application to further postgraduate study or direct employment.
  • Guaranteed progression to an RCA MA programme subject to final classification and availability of places.
  • A unique and interdisciplinary studio-based learning experience.
  • development of English language proficiency.
  • An introduction to the learning methods required for postgraduate study.

We are seeking an outstanding educator in the field of Art & Design to contribute towards the on­ going work of the Royal College of Art. The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for working with students from around the world and alongside colleagues with the high levels of commitment and energy required by a world-leading environment. They will be well networked and demonstrably engaged with the international context of Art & Design, from which they will be prepared to draw for the benefit of the college.

The Senior Tutor will lead on and support the delivery of Graduate Diploma reporting to the Head of programmes, as well as being able to support and respond to the work of students on the Graduate Diploma, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to teach from their own research by delivering lectures, workshops, seminars and crits across other programmes in the school. There will also be opportunities to undertake PhD supervision where relevant.

You will be expected to lead discussions about the development of the curriculum and be prepared to pioneer new ways of teaching. They will also be expected to undertake administration around their teaching as required by the well-established structures present across the College.

As a Senior Tutor the successful candidate will be expected to help lead admissions and exam boards as well as to undertake the day-to-day lead, for agreed planning and management of the programme. They will remain engaged with the broader discourse of the college and may regularly be called on to represent their programme on and in College committees and working groups.

Your research will be expected to operate at a high level, consistently producing research outputs of at least 3* REF quality to enable submission to the REF. They will also be expected to pursue funding opportunities for their research and where possible to involve colleagues in collaborative projects and contributing to the rich research culture and environment of the College.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • First degree and a doctorate in a relevant specialism
  • A postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in higher education and/or accredited fellow of the Higher Education Academy, or willingness to undertake appropriate training to achieve such within two years of appointment
  • If supervising research students, have completed research supervision training or willingness to undertake and complete appropriate training within two years of appointment
  • Commitment to high quality teaching and fostering a positive learning environment for students.
  • Commitment to continuous professional development.
  • 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


Please note that this recruitment process will start in the middle of June 2022.

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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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