Senior Lecturer - Student Recruitment and Widening Participation (Academic Team Lead) - RGU05439

The Robert Gordon University

United Kingdom

October 23, 2022


Job Summary

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, in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice, as Senior Lecturer for Student Recruitment and Widening Participation (Academic Team Leader).

RGU is an innovative, inclusive, and ambitious University, focused on the impact of its demand-led teaching and research. Not only were 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 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. We are proud that RGU is 3rd in Scotland for overall satisfaction (NSS2022) and in the top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction (NSS2022 - excluding colleges, small, specialist and private institutions).

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice is a vibrant academic community and the main provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing, midwifery and paramedic education in the North of Scotland. Our vision is to transform health and social care in urban, remote and rural areas and our new School Strategy sets out how we will achieve that. This is an exciting time to join the School to lead a team of academics focussing on student recruitment and widening participation and to help us realise the ambition of our Strategy. As Senior Lecturer for Student Recruitment and Widening Participation you will provide leadership which will enable the School to realise its targets for recruitment and key performance indicators as well as drive forward the School's wider access and widening participation agenda. You will undertake scholarly activity, maintain or work towards being research active and contribute to the School's commercial activity and innovation, aligned to the School Strategy.

We would welcome applications from a healthcare professional or academic who holds registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council.

What we can offer you :

• A full-time, permanent position.

• A competitive salary, excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance.

• An option for hybrid working in line with our HR policy.

• Support to engage in scholarship and research for your professional and personal development.

• We are an equal opportunities employer.

• We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and to the sustainability of our environment.

For an informal conversation please contact :

• Dr Neil Johnson, Academic Strategic Lead for Learning, Teaching and Assessment (

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

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.

Relocation assistance may be available for this post, subject to conditions.

To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter detailing your suitability for the role against the requirements in the person specification.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO : Academic Strategic Lead

RESPONSIBLE FOR : Academic staff

PURPOSE OF POST : The Senior Lecturer for Student Recruitment and Widening Participation will provide leadership for a team of academics. Supported by the Dean of School and School Leadership Team, the Senior Lecturer will contribute to the continued development and implementation of the School's strategic plan, with particular focus on selection and recruitment of students, widening participation and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the student population.


The Senior Lecturer will provide leadership to ensure applicants to programmes and students are afforded an excellent experience, based on the fostering of equality, diversity, inclusion and widening participation. The Senior Lecturer 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.

  • Promote a working culture within the academic team which is collegiate, inclusive and reflective of the University's values and behaviours.
  • Lead, manage and develop a team of 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 School optimises opportunity to meet the relevant targets for student recruitment, including the commitment to widening participation.
  • Develop, implement and monitor effective School widening participation strategies.
  • Support the Course Leaders and wider academic teams by providing leadership related to student selection and recruitment as well as promoting widening participation.
  • Promote inclusion and diversity and work towards improving equal opportunities for all students, including specific requirements identified in the Outcome Agreement.
  • Lead the evaluation and enhancement of student selection and recruitment in line with professional standards and University academic and quality regulations.
  • Contribute to the operational delivery of healthcare education.
  • Facilitate strong research / teaching links to the educational standards of the School / University.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a research-informed student selection and recruitment strategy that foster equality, diversity, inclusion and widening participation.
  • Support the dissemination of good practice related to student selection / recruitment, drawing on international, national and local developments.
  • Enhance the reputation of the School by leading on appropriate research and scholarship output and publications of successful School initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain internal and external networks in order to support the School's strategic vision and to promote excellence in student selection and recruitment 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 internally and externally to the University.
  • Carry out other duties as may be required by Dean of School.
  • Person Specification


    Qualifications and professional memberships

    Masters degree in relevant subject area.

    Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council / Health and Care Professions Council

    Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

    Relevant teaching qualification


    Knowledge of current professional, statutory, regulatory body standards and policies related to student recruitment

    Knowledge of wider access/alternative routes into higher education nursing, midwifery and/or paramedic practice courses

    Knowledge of relevant contemporary issues, policy and legislation related to widening participation i.e. equality, diversity and inclusion


    Extensive experience of working in higher education

    Evidence of leading/contributing to change and enhancement led projects

    Experience of student recruitment, widening access and widening participation related activity within higher education


    Qualifications and professional memberships

    PhD or doctorate

    Senior / Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


    Knowledge of primary targets and benchmarks related to the recruitment of students and/or widening participation


    Experience of external networking

    Evidence of impact related to student recruitment, selection and/or widening participation projects

    Experience of leadership in relation to student recruitment, selection and/or widening participation

    Evidence of scholarship and research output related to student recruitment, selection and/or widening participation


    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: Team Development - Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities

    Behaviour 3: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers' expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

    Behaviour 4: 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 5: Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

    Behaviour 6: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress and dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters


    About the employer

    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...