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 – email@example.com
Dr Heather Bain, Academic Strategic Lead – firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although
in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be
This post in subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme.
For more information, visit: https: // www. mygov.scot/pvg-scheme/
Although this is a full time appointment, applications would be considered for
part-time, or secondment appointment.
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
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
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
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
Represent the School at relevant committees internal and external to the
Carry out other duties as may be required by Head of School
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
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
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