Part-time Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice/ Fine Art (Digital/AV) - RGU05268

The Robert Gordon University

United Kingdom

August 25, 2022


Job Summary

You will be joining a dynamic Art School that offers a broad range of Art + Design courses that span the creative disciplines. The School is a vibrant, studious environment where artistic practice enjoys a close relationship with critical and contextual study. We aim to develop graduates who can thrive in the Creative Industries, equipped with deep knowledge, passion and self- confidence to forge successful future career pathways. Social Engagement and Digital competency lays at the heart of this.

The Fine Art department currently delivers two undergraduate courses: BA(Hons) Painting and BA(Hons) Contemporary Art Practice. Both routes enable students to develop specific technical skill and professional competencies that establish conceptual frameworks to locate their practice within the context of contemporary art. In addition, the MA/MFA postgraduate course is closely connected to, and supported by, the discipline-specific expertise of the undergraduate Fine Art team.

Educated to Masters Degree level, you will have knowledge and proven expertise in the application of Digital Technologies within the context of Fine Art (VR/AR/3D/AV). With a broad, foundational understanding of contemporary art practice, you will be a champion of digital fabrication and visualization to promote and support the integration of analogue/digital within our curriculum. You will have evidence of sustained professional artistic practice that will contribute to the development of our Fine Art digital strategy, maintaining currency and innovation in our teaching and learning practice. The successful candidate will have previously gained some experience of teaching at undergraduate level and will have an understanding of the Higher Education system and the institutional processes involved.

The emphasis on the professional art school, enabled by the successful interweaving of Critical and Contextual Studies through all of the courses, is a hallmark of the School as is its connectivity with the creative and cultural industries. All academic staff at Gray's are expected to make significant contribution to the vitality, currency and success of its consultancy, scholarship, commercialisation and/or research portfolios.

Grade 7 Salary Scale: £35,326 – 40,927

Grade 8 Salary Scale: £42,149 – 50,296

Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.

Candidates with limited or no prior experience as an academic will be placed on the first point of the Grade 7 scale. Consideration will be given to offering an Academic Attraction Payment (adjusted annually) for those candidates who have specific industry knowledge, skills or, expertise which are required for the position.

Please see the job attachments for further information regarding the Grade 7 and Grade 8 criteria. Further guidance on Academic Attraction Payments can be found here.

The post will be based at RGU's Garthdee Campus in Aberdeen, and in keeping with RGU's commitment to work/life balance you may have the opportunity to work from home for a portion of the working week.

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Employment is conditional on candidates, if deemed necessary, passing a pre- employment medical and undertaking ongoing health surveillance throughout the course of their employment. This is required in order to support our duty of care under health and safety statute and to ensure that the candidates are able to carry out the functions required by the role.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the role as set out in the person specification.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO : Course Leader Contemporary Art Practice

RESPONSIBLE FOR : No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST : Contributes to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses and actively engages in research/scholarly activities.


  • Carries out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, field trips, studio work etc.) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required.
  • Participates in the development and preparation of teaching materials.
  • Provides tutorial and pastoral support for students.
  • Supervises undergraduate portfolio.
  • Develops and maintains expertise in subject area.
  • Participates in subject and course development.
  • Participates in curriculum development and new methods of teaching and learning.
  • Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, stage co-ordination, module co-ordination, student selection, assessment organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc.)
  • Assists in the supervision of students during periods of work placements/study trips.
  • Promotes and markets the School and its courses to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).
  • Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.
  • Actively participates in and identifies relevant staff development activities.
  • Actively pursues research / scholarship activities (e.g. writing for publication, developing own research, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences, etc.).
  • Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School.
  • Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School's courses (e.g. engagement in work of external bodies, educational and professional).
  • Represents the School on relevant University committees and the School and University on external committees.
  • Carries out such other related duties as may be required.
  • Person Specification


    Qualifications and Professional Memberships

    First Degree in Fine Art practice or equivalent.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of Contemporary Art Practice with specific expertise in Digital Technologies (Adobe/VR/AR/3D printing/Photogrammetry) and their application to current critical debates and production processes within the field: locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Experience

  • Experience of a sustained professional art practice through a track record of exhibitions or equivalent in relation to Contemporary Art Practice.
  • Experience of planning and delivering teaching materials to a range of students / audiences.
  • Experience of using web-based teaching approaches to support studio delivery.
  • Experience of supervising and assessing students within a studio and external contexts (placement / residency / exhibition / study trip).
  • Experience of maintaining professional relationships with external partners to enhance student experience and the profile of the course and school externally.

    Qualifications and Professional Memberships

    Other Masters / PhD in related area


    Experience in Research-funded 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; 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; 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

    Experiences of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner; working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships.

    Behaviour 6: Data Analysis and Reporting

    Experience of developing project reports that evaluate performance, using data to create hypotheses that explain events and phenomena for a wider community.


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    Generally called RGU, Robert Gordon University is an open university. It was originated from an educational institution founded in the 18th century by Robert Gordon. The educational establishment received its university status in 1992. It is one of two institutions...