Senior Lecturer - Midwifery (Academic Team Lead) - RGU04341

The Robert Gordon University

United Kingdom

October 11, 2021


Job Summary

Ranked 1st in Scotland for midwifery education at Robert Gordon University (RGU) we are proud of our excellence in education and research and we are offering an opportunity to join our great team as the Academic Team Leader for Midwifery. RGU is an innovative, inclusive, and ambitious University, focused on the impact of its demand-led teaching and research. Not only are we the Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Awards for 2021 and ranked Top modern university in the Complete University Guide, but we also have an impressive array of other awards, including (amongst many others) a UNICEF Baby Friendly Gold Award, and a Gold Rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, placing us in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of our undergraduate teaching and learning. In addition, the National Student Survey for 2021 places RGU as the top modern University in the UK, the top modern University in Scotland and within the Top 10 for overall student satisfaction in the UK.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice is a vibrant academic community and the main provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery education in the North of Scotland. Our vision is to transform health and social care in urban, remote and rural areas and as the Academic Team Leader for midwifery you will make a significant contribution to the achievement of that vision. You will have responsibility to demonstrate and promote excellence in midwifery education through the use of innovative approaches to learning and teaching. You will work in collaboration with colleagues across the School and University as well as with relevant stakeholders locally, nationally and globally.

For an informal conversation please contact:

Professor Susan Dawkes, Head of School –

Dr Heather Bain, Academic Strategic Lead –

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

This post in subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit: https: // www.

Although this is a full time appointment, applications would be considered for part-time, or secondment appointment.

Job Summary

RESPONSIBLE TO: Academic Strategic Lead

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Academic staff in the midwifery team

PURPOSE OF POST : The Academic Team Lead for Midwifery (ATL Mid) will provide leadership for a team of midwifery academics. Supported by the Head of School and School Leadership Team, the ATL Mid will contribute to the continued development and implementation of the School's strategic plan, with particular focus on the growth and development of the subject area.


The ATL Mid will provide leadership to ensure students are afforded an excellent student experience with real world application and the creation of distinctive curricula. The ATL Mid will support the development of successful income generation through research, enterprise or innovation, contribute to teaching, have line management responsibilities and be responsible for the support and development of a strong and ambitious group of colleagues including early career academics.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Promote a working culture within the Midwifery Team which is collegiate, inclusive and reflective of the University's values and behaviours.
  • Lead, manage and develop a team of midwifery academic staff, including fair and effective allocation of workload in accordance with the skills and capacity of team members.
  • Appraise and advise staff on personal and career development plans.
  • Provide leadership to ensure the delivery of high quality, innovative midwifery education.
  • Support the Course Leader(s) and midwifery team to recruit students onto midwifery courses, meet the annual target numbers, provide advice on operational issues to students and the course and provide support in relation to retention, attrition and evaluation of students throughout their course.
  • Lead the evaluation and enhancement of midwifery curricula in line with professional standards and University academic and quality regulations.
  • Contribute to the operational delivery of midwifery education.
  • Facilitate strong research / teaching links to the educational standards of the School / University.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a research-informed teaching strategy, innovative learning, assessment methods and educational scholarship.
  • Support the dissemination of teaching and learning good practice, drawing on international, national and local developments.
  • Enhance the reputation of the School by leading on appropriate research and scholarship output and publication of successful School initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain internal and external networks in order to support the School's strategic vision and promote excellence in midwifery education within the School.
  • Engage in research and scholarly activities within internal and external networks that link to the School's research and scholarship strategy.
  • Establish and maintain relevant professional links for the advancement of the School.
  • Represent the School at relevant committees internal and external to the University.
  • Carry out other duties as may be required by Head of School
  • Person Specification


    Qualifications and Professional Memberships

    Master's degree in relevant subject area.

    Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    Knowledge and skills

    Knowledge and awareness of current policy and priorities relevant to midwifery education.

    Knowledge of relevant NMC and other relevant standards for education, training and care provision.


    Current experience in midwifery clinical practice or midwifery education.

    Experience of leading and developing a team.


    Qualifications and Professional Memberships

    PhD or doctorate

    Relevant teaching qualification

    Independent prescribing qualification


    Knowledge of midwifery curriculum design.

    Knowledge of current midwifery workforce challenges and opportunities for development / enhancement of educational provision.


    Experience of contributing to professional regulator activity.

    Experience of leading or having involvement in midwifery research.


    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 - Team Development - Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts, delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities and identifying the training and development needs of the team and carrying out performance appraisals

    Behaviour 4 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers' expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

    Behaviour 5 - 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 6 - Analysis and Research - Experience of developing hypotheses and concepts to explain data, events and phenomena, and reporting findings to a wider community