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
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.
This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check -
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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.
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
PRINCIPAL DUTIES :
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
Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor,
stage co-ordination, module co-ordination, student selection, assessment
organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance
Assists in the supervision of students during periods of work
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.