Lecturer in Education of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments (Teaching and Research)

Fulltime Permanent University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 4, 2021
  • Salary: £55750
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Job Description

Lecturer in Education of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments (Teaching and Research) – Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs – Grade 8 – 97451

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Position Details

School of Education

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553. With potential progression once in post to £55,750 a year.

Grade 8

Full time


Closing Date: 15th June 2021

Interview Date: 14th July 2021

Job Purpose

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Education of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments to join the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN).

The Post-holder will lead and teach on the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments Masters programme; conduct and disseminate high quality research that complements the School’s existing research priorities and reputation; and contribute to the intellectual community of the School and contribute citizenship/administration to the Department and wider School and College.

As one of the University’s largest Schools, the School of Education has a central role in advancing the research and teaching standing of the University. The School enjoys a strong global reputation as a centre of excellence for the academic study of education. In REF2014, the School ranked first in the UK for environment and second for the quality of its outputs.

The School is the largest single provider of the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments in Europe and is one of only three HEIs approved by the NCTL to offer the MQ in Vision Impairment in the UK. The post holder will be expected to contribute to a range of teaching and administration activities relating to the MQ Masters programme. The programme consists of a 120 credit master’s programme (6 modules), an assessed teaching placement (15 days), assessed braille component and a comprehensive series of activities that are monitored and assessed against the NCTL outcomes for the MQ.

The postholder will be required to create and disseminate knowledge through initiating and conducting original research, through publication and through developing and delivering teaching in the discipline of inclusion, special educational needs and disability, and to the field of visual impairment and the work of the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching And Research (VICTAR in particular. In addition, the postholder will be expected to contribute to the Department and School through management/leadership and enterprise activities, as appropriate.

The post holder will also contribute to other teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral (where appropriate) levels across the Department and School and there will be scope to develop new areas of UG/PGT teaching related to the appointee’s expertise.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Learning and Teaching
To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students in the Visual Impairment Programme of Study:

This will include:

  • Lead the Visual Impairment programme.
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same.
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department and School, as appropriate.
  • Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining.
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field.
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media.
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge exchange on own specialism that is of manifest benefit to the College and University.
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work.
To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques, in the field of disability, inclusion and special needs, with a particular focus on Vision Impairment. This may include, where appropriate to the discipline:

  • Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
  • Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research.
  • Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff.
  • Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings.
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued.
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally.
  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline.
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding.
  • Plan and pursue knowledge transfer and enterprise activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.
  • Contributing to debate nationally about new approaches to policy, methods and practices through publications, conferences, and activities that advance quality in the field.
To contribute to Departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School.
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive).
  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students.
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University.
  • Contribute to widening participation, school outreach, and/or public understanding of the discipline.

Person Specification

  • Specialist mandatory qualification as teacher of children and young people with vision impairments.
  • Experience as a practicing qualified teacher of children and young people with vision impairments (QTVI).
  • Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the discipline area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within the subject specialism.
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
  • Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others successfully at all levels.
  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues.
  • Experience and achievement in research, knowledge exchange, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability.
  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively.

Please send informal queries to Graeme Douglas, Deputy Head of Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (G.G.A.Douglas@bham.ac.uk).

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and/or DBS clearance prior to appointment.

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community’

Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Education
Schedule Regular
Job Posting 24.05.2021, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis) 41,526.00
Maximum Salary 55,750.00
Advert Close Date 15.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM

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