Senior Tutor (Research) MRes Communication Design Pathway (0.4FTE, FTC)

Date advertised

22 September 2022

Closing date

16 October 2022


School of Communication


MRes Communication

Required hours

Part Time


All three sites


£55,932 - £62,606 per annum pro rata

Fixed Term for up to 12 months

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 one university-level institution for art and design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022.

In the RCA’s School of Communication (SoC), we are interrogating the fundamental ways in which communication shapes our lives and using this knowledge to develop new ways of communicating and shaping the world through experimental and sometimes radical communication practices.

The Master of Research (MRes) RCA is a ground-breaking research degree offering a critical investigation into the disciplines and future of art and design research. The programme encourages interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with other Schools within the RCA and external partners. A uniquely interdisciplinary degree, the MRes is the first programme to be taught across all four schools of the RCA, offering training in practice-led and practice-based research methods for critical studies in Art and Design. Students work with, and learn from methods, practices and theories from Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Communication and Design.

Working with the School’s Dean, PGR Lead, MRes HoP and the programme team and staff complement involved in SoC PGR, 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 MRes Communication Design Pathway within SoC and the core team delivery of the MRes programme.

The Senior Tutor will be informed about current issues and developments in higher education and will be up to date with current practices and debates in Communication Design research and research by practice. The post holder will be active in research, nationally and internationally, and will ensure that the Pathway is informed by changes in contemporary communication discourse, technology and media, education, and wider socio-political environments. The post holder will work closely with the MRes HoP and SoC PGR Lead to see academic innovation in response to these external stimuli to maintain currency of content and delivery for the Pathway.

The Senior Tutor will contribute as required to the Schools Learning & Teaching development work, linking with the School Leadership Team as required. The Senior Tutor will maintain an international research profile. 

Applicants should have an acknowledged international standing as a researcher and/or practitioner, with demonstrable experience of supervising Masters by Research, by dissertation and by studio project. Experience of managing student experience through studio and workshop delivery and through blended learning is essential, as is the ability to work collegially in a small team, within the School and with the wider, cross-School Programme team.

For more information on the role please see the Info Pack.  

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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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