Teaching Fellow (Social Work) x2 (106468-0922) . Job Reference: 1887868

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 9, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Teaching Only


Centre for Lifelong Learning


£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry plus off-site teaching locations

Vacancy Overview

2 x Permanent positions, 1.0 FTE.

This is an exciting time for Social Work at Warwick with a decision to invest in new academic posts to support our growth ambitions. Opportunities have arisen to join our dynamic Social Work team within the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

We have a long-established history of delivering quality research-inspired social work education and continually strive to embrace pedagogical innovation and practice currency in our programmes. We are seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and committed individual who holds a professional qualification in social work, and eligibility for registration with Social Work England.

The Social Work profession is continually changing and as such we require an exceptional person who can contribute to the Social Work portfolio and maintain our high standards of professional Social Work Education. We are seeking a candidate who has experience of professional Social Work practice, knowledge of current developments in both the provision of Social Work services and Social Work education, and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people. The successful candidate will make a significant contribution, in the first instance, to our Degree Apprenticeship in Social Work. We particularly welcome applicants with relevant practice experience and the ability to teach Adult Social Work. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills and will be required to contribute to course management and academic administrative duties.

You will have a demonstrable commitment to developing excellence in teaching and scholarship. You will be expected to promote and represent the University and the discipline regionally and nationally. Some delivery will be off-campus (for example, in the Leicester area) and therefore you will need to be willing to travel to other teaching locations.

We are looking for a committed team player to join our friendly team with evidence of developing academic ability. Your ongoing development will be important to us, and you will have the opportunity to work closely with the Director of Social Work to enhance your potential and achieve your aims.

For an informal discussion please email Dr Alan Dolan, Associate Professor: a.dolan@warwick.ac.uk

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


The responsibilities of a Teaching Fellow are wide ranging and may change due to the needs of the Centre. The purpose of this post is to contribute to the development and delivery of teaching and other scholarly activities in social work and contribute to the University's key goals as outlined in the University Strategy 2018-2030. All staff are expected to contribute to the range of activities within the Centre for Lifelong Learning.


You will play a key role in contributing to Social Work's portfolio by maintaining its high standards of teaching; with particular focus, in the first instance, on the Degree Apprenticeship in Social Work. You will be expected to possess experience and expertise in professional Social Work across a range of service user groups and settings, and working collaboratively across disciplines, and in facilitating the involvement of service users in service provision.

The responsibilities of a Teaching Fellow post holder will comprise of a combination of the following:

1. Contribute to the design, delivery, and assessment of core modules in undergraduate social work and related interdisciplinary courses aligned to the staff member's area of expertise.

2. Take responsibility as a module leader, and fulfil associated duties for designated modules, including designing student support materials, and maintaining learning and assessment platforms (Moodle and OneFile).

3. Maintain sustainable links with existing employer partners and stakeholders.

4. Actively participate in the Centre's governance processes to ensure the highest quality performance.

5. Undertake course administrative duties as specified, including admissions activities.

6. Be involved in the ongoing quality review and improvement of the degree programmes and contribute to new modules/ courses commensurate with the mission and strategic plan of the Centre.

7. Contribute to course management and collaborative activity, including tasks such as mentoring and peer observation.

8. Be accountable for his/her/ their own professional updating and maintenance of their eligibility for SWE registration.

9. Contribute to scholarship in social work, pedagogy, and knowledge exchange activities

10. Any other duties appropriate to the grade and nature of the post.

The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list but gives guidance as to the parameters of the position. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Professional Qualification in Social Work. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Eligibility for registration as a Social Worker with Social Work England (SWE). (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Good honours degree and/or postgraduate qualification or substantial experience in the field of social work. (a)

Essential Criteria 4

Experience of recent professional Social Work practice. (a)

Essential Criteria 5

Evidence of successful course and/ or training development and development of innovative teaching/ training strategies. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of teaching/ training methods and techniques within that area. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 7

Knowledge of current developments in Social Work education, including the Degree Apprenticeship in Social Work. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 8

Understanding of SWE regulations and requirements. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 9

Knowledge of current developments in the provision of Social Work services. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability to work as a member of a team and to exercise leadership. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 11

Excellent interpersonal skills. (c, d)

Essential Criteria 12

A good level of IT skills to include use of standard software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, etc. (c, d)

Essential Criteria 13

Understanding of online teaching platforms (such as Moodle, Blackboard etc.) or an active willingness to acquire such skills. Familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 14

Commitment to fairness, inclusivity and the promotion of equality and diversity. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 15

Commitment to collegiate working, and ability to work independently. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

A recognised teaching or practice educator qualification. (a)

Desirable Criteria 2

A Masters qualification in a relevant social sciences subject. (a)

Further Particulars

There is a long and well-regarded history of social work education at the University of Warwick, characterised by a commitment to critical forms of social work practice. Our Apprenticeship Degree has been running since March 2019, and we are part of the West Midlands Teaching Partnership. The placement of our professional programmes in the Centre for Lifelong Learning also provides exciting opportunities to develop Continuing Professional Development opportunities in a cross-disciplinary context. Across all areas of activity, the following continue to be key aspects of the social work group's ethos:

• excellence in teaching and research, with a clear foundation in a social and health science knowledge- base,

• inter-disciplinarity and inter-professional learning,

• promoting research-mindedness as an essential part of professional education,

• partnership and collaboration with social work and social care agencies and other HE providers in the region,

• involving practitioners as teachers, learners, and researchers,

• giving a voice to service users, for example using participatory research methods with hidden, silenced, and marginalised groups in society,

• involving service users as experts by experience in teaching and assessment,

• the enhancement of public and not-for-profit social and health care services by high quality teaching and research,

• an underlying commitment to forms of social work practice that challenge social inequalities and promotes social justice.

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (warwick.ac.uk)

The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance, whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.

Right to work in the UK If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/or are seeking sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

9 Oct 2022

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