Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Lecturer in Construction Management/Built Environment

Faculty of Design and Technology (FDT), FDT: The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment
Salary: 38896.00 – 46414.00 GBP per Year
Position Type: Full Time , Permanent 35.0 Hours per Week
Closing Date: 26 June 2016

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Job Summary :

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment is a respected international provider of learning in Construction Management, Surveying, Architectural Technology and Architecture. We are looking to appoint a Lecturer in Construction Management to further develop this important area of our academic portfolio. We seek a dynamic, ambitious individual who is committed to high quality teaching and research, and motivated by working in a collaborative environment.
Our School combines innovative thinking and new technologies with the conventions, practices and core knowledge bases of our professional areas across all aspects of building design and construction. We take pride in developing innovative, engaging and highly valued courses that address the current and future needs of industry.
You will be responsible for development and delivery of nominated components within undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across the School’s programme of Built Environment courses, and contribute to the academic teams responsible for service teaching or corporate delivery. Particular areas of curricular development include project planning and control and risk management and you will participate in knowledge transfer activity between the construction and energy sectors.
You will be educated to doctoral level (or have substantial equivalent experience) with a strong understanding of the contemporary construction industry, procurement routes, and project management practices. Previous academic experience and / or industrial experience in the relevant area is essential.
The research activity of the School, to which new appointments are expected to actively contribute, is considered central to its success as a progressive, informed, and collaborative academic community. The School has three principal clusters of research interest and activity, these being Visualisation, Housing and Low Energy Design, and Construction Management and
Processes, the latter of which engages with both the construction and energy sectors. These areas are strongly aligned to RGU’s strategic priorities of Oil and Gas, Arts and Culture, and Big Data, as well as having a relationship to the ambitions of our city and region as expressed through the public and private sectors.
Research is applied in nature, and the disciplinary breadth of the school embraces a diversity of output including those arising from practice-based methodologies. The School already demonstrates strong, explicit teaching-research linkages in specific areas, most notably in relation to the energy performance of buildings, urban resilience, and digital visualisation, but it aims to build on this further, extending these relationship to Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate levels. Key to the ambitions of the School and University is the increased production of internationally recognised research outputs, building the PhD student community, and the growth of funded research, including that derived collaboratively with partner organisations. The School performs a central role in many important external networks and it is expected that new appointments will further extend these in supporting the growth of collaborative and income generation possibilities.
If you are attracted by these opportunities, and are appropriately qualified, we would like to hear from you.
A disclosure check will be requested for the successful applicant.

Job Description:

RESPONSIBLE TO: Postgraduate Programme Leader
RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility
Carry out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and distance learning, workshops, field trips, studio work, etc) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by Course Leader, Programme Leader, or Head of School. This applies to Undergraduate, Postgraduate, or Corporate delivery.
Ensure the Course/Module design and delivery (for which they are responsible) achieves KPI targets and appropriate quality standards through effective Course/Module leadership (i.e. National Student Survey, Student Achievement Rates, Student Evaluation Questionnaires, Employability statistics)
Play an active and constructive part in: – Curriculum design and review – Planning and implementing innovation in teaching & learning – Planning and implementing novel assessment strategies – Preparing for / actively participating in QAA and professional body accreditations – Preparing for / actively participating in Subject reviews
Liaising with the Course / Programme Leader(s) and key team members as necessary to: – Identify and proactively address areas where current provision is in need of revision or improvement, with particular regard to maintaining ‘currency’ relevant to the student cohort(s) and professional requirements. – Respond positively to day-to-day student feedback and modify approaches to delivery where appropriate – Set, mark and assess student coursework and examinations, & provide feedback to students to agreed deadlines using a variety of methods – Supervise student projects, field trips and, where appropriate, placements
Participate in the development, preparation, and critical review of teaching materials, and provide tutorial and personal guidance for students
Active pursuit of individual or collaborative research, according to plans agreed at departmental level. Produce high quality outputs , supervise research students, establish externally funded research projects, disseminate own work to staff and students, etc)
Working individually or collaboratively, identify sources of funding and actively contribute to the process of securing external funds for agreed research activities, where possible
Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from research and scholarship to teaching and appropriate external activities
Contribute to consultancy work through undertaking delivery of teaching within the UK and overseas, as may be required by contracts entered into by the University, and subject to the University’s Risk Assessment procedures
Actively contribute to the implementation of the school teaching and learning, research, and income generation plans and strategies, and positively participate in relevant staff development activities Undertake appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc) as required
Actively contribute to the promotion and marketing of the School’s activities and expertise to local, national & international clientele (including student recruitment)
Maintain constructive and collaborative working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its activities.
Carry out other related duties as required.
Person Specification

Qualifications and Professional Requirements
A good Honours degree or Masters qualification in Construction Management or a closely related subject.
PhD in related subject area, or demonstrably close to PhD completion.
Candidates with a high level of industrial experience and expertise will also be considered.
Knowledge and Experience
Strong understanding of the contemporary construction industry, procurement routes, and project management practices is essential. Specialist knowledge of project planning software and / or risk assessment, and ability to relate theory to practice (and vice versa).
A track record of peer-reviewed academic publication and external engagement would be advantageous, as the successful candidate will be expected to fully engage with research and external networking activities in the School.
Previous academic experience and / or industrial experience in relevant area.

Qualifications and Professional Requirements
Membership of relevant professional bodies (e.g. CIOB, APM, etc).

Knowledge and Experience
A breadth of industry / academic knowledge and experience extending beyond the bounds of Construction Management is desirable as a means to fostering cross-disciplinary / collaborative working.
Experience of gaining external funding income for research or commercial projects.

Behaviour 1: Communication – Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner
Behaviour 2: Pastoral Care and Welfare – Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support
Behaviour 3: Teaching and Learning Support – Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum
Behaviour 4: Service Delivery – Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards
Behaviour 5: Liaison and Networking – Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation
Behaviour 6: Analysis and Research – Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

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