0.8FTE Senior Tutor, Illustration

Date advertised

2 December 2019

Closing date

12 January 2020


School of Communication


Visual Communication

Required hours

Part Time


White City


£55,144 - £61,719 per annum pro rata

We are seeking an outstanding practitioner, educator and researcher who will contribute to the international and interdisciplinary ethos of the School and programme. 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. 

Senior Tutor, Illustration will work alongside the Dean, Head of Research Programmes, School Research Lead, and MRes Architecture Pathway Lead 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.  
  • Develop, deliver and promote the study of expanded illustrative practices through teaching and research. 
  • Work with the Head of Programme and be responsible for coordinating and contributing to high-quality research, supervision, teaching and the academic vision and management of the pathway.
  • Attract the highest quality applicants while contributing to planned growth in the programme. 
  • Work with the Dean and Head of Programme to ensure that the pathway is identified for its growth and success in research and knowledge exchange, both in terms of staff successes and research degree supervisory completions, and in securing competitive external funding, within the College’s strategic plan commitment of growth in research and research degrees.
  • Ensure effective communications with staff, students and external partners, maintain the pathway’s academic standards and quality of teaching and supervision, develop and lead new initiatives to enhance the pathway and forge successful creative and academic links with other pathways and programmes.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Work alongside colleagues in the programme to provide support in organising a structure of publications, symposia, exhibitions, and other forms of realisation and dissemination for the pathway’s projects.

The ideal candidate will have an acknowledged international standing in Illustration or related subject area together with significant and relevant teaching experience in Higher Education.       In addition, it is essential that candidates have:

  • A doctorate in a relevant specialist field or evidence of appropriate professional practice or academic achievement.
  • A recognised international profile in relevant specialist field
  • Extensive knowledge of contemporary illustrative practices in an international context, evidencing an intellectual and practical understanding of the scope and technologies of image-led practices within the communication context
  • Significant contribution to the advancement of the subject at HE level 
  • Experience of devising and teaching courses, and setting and assessing written work at postgraduate degree level
  • Evidence of, or clear potential to produce outputs of at least 3* REF quality in line with the strategic direction of the College
  • Enthusiasm and an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues within the programme and School
  • Evidence of the ability to act as principal investigator or co-investigator on research and/or knowledge exchange projects 

Interviews and assessments scheduled for 27 January 2020.   

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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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