Senior Tutor (Research) Illustration 0.6 FTE

Closing date

1 November 2017


School of Communication


Visual Communication

Required hours

Part Time


Grade 10


Kensington & White City


£53,202 - £59,534 per annum pro rata

The Royal College of Art is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status dedicated to research and knowledge exchange, teaching and practice in art, design, communication and humanities.  Located in South Kensington, Battersea and White City, its international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability has been recognised for three successive years by the highly regarded QS World Ranking survey, with the College rated the world's number one art and design University in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The College will have some 2,100 students following postgraduate programmes in the 2017/18 academic year and the staff, both full- and part-time, totals approximately 400.

Illustration is one of three pathways within the Visual Communication programme, alongside Graphic Design and Experimental Communication, and explores an expanded approach to the practice of illustration as a discipline. The purpose of this new role will be to provide academic leadership for the Illustration pathway within the Visual Communication programme whilst also contributing to the life and culture of the programme in terms of research and teaching delivery. Working with the Head of Programme, the person appointed to the role will be responsible for coordinating and contributing to high-quality research, supervision, teaching and the academic vision and management of the pathway.

The Senior Tutor will be informed about current issues and developments in higher education, and will be up to date with current illustration practice and research nationally and internationally, ensuring that the pathway is informed by changes in visual communication practice, education, and the wider socio-political environment, and that it leads academic innovation in these areas.

The Senior Tutor will also oversee the development of the pathway’s research profile in the form of funded research, research degree supervision, the development of research initiatives and projects. The Senior Tutor will maintain an international research profile, initiate, plan, lead and deliver externally funded research and knowledge exchange initiatives, and undertake research degree supervision and examination in one or more of the School’s areas of expertise. Finally, alongside colleagues in the programme they will support in organising a structure of publications, symposia, exhibitions, and other forms of realisation and dissemination for the pathway’s projects.

Applicants should have an acknowledged international standing in Illustration or related subject area together with significant and relevant teaching experience in Higher Education. A postgraduate qualification and either a PhD in a relevant discipline, experience and/or qualifications in research degree supervision are essential. Enthusiasm and an ability to work collaboratively with a small staff team are also essential.

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The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. 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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