Vacancy Type/Job category
School of Engineering
£51,034 - £59,135 per annum
University of Warwick - Coventry
Permanent Full Time Position
36.5.hours per week
We are seeking to appoint a permanent full-time teaching-focussed Associate
Professor to join the Mechanical and Process Engineering Stream in the School
of Engineering. This is a new post created primarily to support a new
Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (EMDA) programme,
although there may also be opportunities to contribute to other degree
programmes in the School.
You will have the experience necessary to develop, deliver and manage modules
on the mechanical side of the EMDA programme, with initial requirements in
statics, dynamics, and engineering design. As the course progresses there will
be a need for further courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and other
topics. You will teach to a high standard in a way compatible with the degree
apprenticeship teaching model, which is expected to involve teaching in week-
long blocks combined with blended learning at other times. You will use a
range of teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, seminars and
laboratories. You will supervise and co-ordinate group and individual
projects, including projects in collaboration with companies. You may also
support teaching activity on established courses running in the School of
Engineering, particularly relating to our BEng/ MEng courses in Mechanical
This is a leadership role in the EMDA programme. Working with the Director of
Studies in Mechanical and Process Engineering, you will manage relationships
with other engineering disciplines, departments, and employers of EMDA
students. You will have responsibility for the development of the course and
the curriculum, and you will ensure relevant accreditation requirements are
You will have academic or industrial research experience in the broad area of
mechanical and process engineering, or engineering / technology teaching
pedagogy. You are expected to engage in higher education pedagogy and be
willing to develop and apply novel teaching methods, embracing changes in
teaching technology and expectations.
All applicants must include both a curriculum vitae (no length restriction)
and a statement not exceeding five pages of how they meet the person
specification for the post. Applicants should not upload documents (e.g.
thesis, research papers, certificates) which have not been specifically
You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. You will have
significant professional experience gained in a relevant technical area or
engineering-related education. You will have the knowledge required to teach a
broad variety of topics in mechanical and process engineering. You may have
experience working with industry, or in industry. You will engage with higher
Applications from candidates in groups under-represented in the Engineering
sector are particularly welcome.
The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the
School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working
arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.
Interview Date - TBC
To undertake development, delivery and administration of teaching and
assessment in Mechanical and Process Engineering in the School of Engineering
at the University of Warwick with a particular focus on the Electromechanical
Degree Apprenticeship programme. To support learning by giving lectures,
tutorials and seminars, by supervising laboratory, design and project work,
and by assisting students working remotely. To support the management of the
overall Electromechanical Degree Apprenticeship programme. To support the work
of the School in general and help it develop and enhance its reputation,
internally, nationally and internationally.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
Teaching and Learning Support
1. To develop module content and a delivery framework for the
Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (EMDA) programme,
focussing on some of the topics most relevant to Mechanical and Process
Engineering (e.g. statics, dynamics, engineering design, vibrations,
thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics).
2. To use an appropriate combination of teaching methods (e.g. lectures,
seminars, tutorials, design exercises, laboratory exercises), which may be
novel or innovative, to achieve EMDA aims as effectively and as efficiently as
possible while creating interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst
3. To play a leading role in the development of the EMDA programme, working
with the Stream's senior teaching staff (e.g. Director of Studies) and as
part of the School of Engineering's multidisciplinary teaching team.
4. To undertake programme-level engagement with participating employers, and
provide leadership and administration support to apprenticeship activities as
5. To monitor the performance of the degree apprentices, including by way of
tripartite review meetings to ensure both on- and off-the-job training
requirements are met, working alongside employers to ensure their apprentices
fulfil the vocational elements of the apprenticeship.
6. To take responsibility for academic duties (e.g. designing assessments,
setting examination questions, marking, participation in examination boards,
invigilation, reviewing of modules) required to sustain the delivery of high
7. To supervise student projects (group and individual) and, if
appropriate, placements or field trips.
8. To engage in activities necessary to promote the EMDA programme and other
School of Engineering courses to potential students or employers as
9. To co-ordinate and undertake pastoral support (including being a personal
tutor) for students within relevant programmes, courses or modules, liaising
where necessary with other University agencies.
10. To reflect on teaching activities and curricula on a regular basis,
reviewing and improving as required.
11. To support and comply with the University and School of Engineering
teaching quality assurance standards and procedures, including the provision
of such information as may be required by the School of Engineering,
University or relevant accrediting bodies.
12. To contribute, when required, to the teaching of other taught courses
(undergraduate and masters) in the School of Engineering.
13. To perform other teaching-related duties under the direction of the line
Administration and Other Activities
1. To contribute to School of Engineering and University's Committees, when
2. To contribute to the efficient management and administration of the
School, by performing administrative duties diligently and by taking on
appropriate Stream and School responsibilities.
3. To provide leadership to those working within programme areas by, for
example, co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are delivered
effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work
4. To work within budget constraints, contributing to the management or
monitoring of budgets, and/or may contribute to the establishment and
management of programme / departmental financial plans and budgets, in
collaboration as appropriate.
5. To ensure compliance with Health and Safety regulations, and other
University regulations, and to ensure good working practices in all aspects of
6. To contribute to the development of teams and individuals through relevant
appraisal systems and by providing advice on personal development.
7. To act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.
8. To participate in appropriate internal and external professional
Research and Scholarship
1. To reflect on own practice and the development of own teaching and
learning skills in the context of pedagogical research.
2. To engage in professional, pedagogical or practitioner research, or other
scholarly activity, and to disseminate the results of this appropriately
3. To extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship and
teaching to appropriate external activities.
4. To engage with appropriate outreach activities to raise the profile of the
5. To collaborate with research-focussed colleagues to help identify and
secure funding for possible research opportunities, including those with EMDA
The duties and responsibilities outlined above are for guidance on the main
aspects of the job. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their
duties and undertake any other task requested by their line manager and/or
management team. Occasional weekend, evening and overseas working may be
required, in turn the School offers flexible working where possible. The EMDA
programme is likely to include teaching activities outside of normal
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
A good honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline. (a)
Essential Criteria 3
Substantial professional experience gained while working in an appropriate
technical or educational role in a company, research institution or
university. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 4
Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge required to teach topics
in Mechanical and Process Engineering of relevance to the Electromechanical
Engineering Degree Apprenticeship programme in the School of Engineering.
(a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 5
Evidenced ability and achievements in teaching and learning at the level
required at a research-intensive university. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 6
Proven ability to define, develop, deliver and assess modules at undergraduate
level, and a willingness to use these abilities for modules on the
Electromechanical Degree Apprenticeship programme (a) (c) (d).
Essential Criteria 7
The ability to manage an interdisciplinary degree programme, including co-
ordination of teaching activities, effective and efficient use of resources,
quality monitoring and improvement, and management of accreditation and
compliance issues. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 8
Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and
administrative colleagues, including those external to the University, to
promote and contribute towards a collegial environment. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 9
Able to demonstrate a capacity to contribute collegiately to the life and
community of the School by undertaking a variety of duties, such as supporting
offer holder days and outreach activities, which will occasionally require
weekend work. (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 10
Good interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well to colleagues and
students, including those students with non-traditional academic backgrounds.
(a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 11
Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively
in English in writing and verbally (including online). (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 12
Engagement with continuous professional development, and, if not already held,
the willingness to work towards formal teaching qualifications and external
recognition of teaching achievements.(a) (c)
Essential Criteria 13
Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
teaching and a commitment to promoting an inclusive teaching environment.
Desirable Criteria 1
Significant research achievements as evidenced by published research in high-
quality journals, the development of recognised intellectual property or other
recorded outputs. (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 2
Significant experience working in industry, or (in the case of applicants
with a university employment background) with industry to deliver tangible
benefit or impact. (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 3
A formal qualification in teaching relevant to higher education and/ or
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. (a)
Desirable Criteria 4
Involvement with a relevant professional engineering institution and the award
of Chartered Engineer status. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 5
Detailed knowledge of the degree apprenticeship course model and/ or prior
experience with developing and managing successful applied engineering
courses. (a) (c) (d)
The Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (EMDA) is a new
programme of study being launched by the School of Engineering, with a small
initial intake expected in September 2021. The course will run over five years
part-time and the teaching will be provided by all four Discipline Streams in
the School (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, Mechanical and Process Engineering, and Systems and Information
Engineering). Several new academic posts will be created, including this one
which is to be based in the Mechanical and Process Stream. As the most senior
of the initial posts, the holder of this Associate Professor level position is
expected to take a leading role in the management of the EMDA course. This
position provides an opportunity for the post holder to develop a major new
programme of teaching activity for the School of Engineering. The post holder
will report to the Discipline Stream Leader for Mechanical and Process
Engineering, and will work closely with the Stream's Director of Studies.
The School already has a series of successful conventional undergraduate
degree programmes (c. 1200 students), and the largest course is typically
Mechanical Engineering. In 2018, we launched a Civil and Infrastructure
Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (CEDA). The EMDA course will build on the
successes of these established programmes.
Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. John Murphy (Discipline Stream Leader
for Mechanical and Process Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof.
Gill Cooke (Head of Teaching, School of Engineering, email@example.com).
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