Teaching Support Technician

University of Glassgow
June 18, 2024
Offerd Salary:£22,681 - £25,138
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Teaching Support Technician

Job Purpose

To provide technical and administrative support to assist in the delivery, particularly large animal (farm animal and equine) focused clinical skills and pathology training and assessments of undergraduate students, plus supporting academic staff within the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To coordinate with key staff (e.g. clinical skills coordinator) the setup of pre-clinical and clinical practical classes and assessments (e.g. OSCEs, DOPS, spot exams), including the logistical requirements for staff and animal resources.

2. To assist in the day-to-day organisation and preparation of scheduled clinical skills demonstrations and practical classes, primarily in the farm animal and horse facilities at different locations; and secondarily in the post-mortem facilities. Ensure that classes are set up correctly to deliver the variety of practical skill sessions required for the School's veterinary undergraduate programmes, providing in-depth technical support as required.

3. When required, responsible for sourcing and ensuring the collection of all fresh materials used in the undergraduate course(s): liaising with management and veterinary staff at local animal welfare centres, farms, fallen stock collection centres and abattoirs to ensure the availability of fresh cadavers and farm animal specimens; working alongside abattoir staff to collect specimens.

4. When necessary, overseeing the preparation and maintenance of specimens for the respective teaching and assessment sessions.

5. Contribute to the well organised functioning of the facilities by maintaining stock levels and purchasing consumables and supplies, within budget, and in consultation with UG School manager.

6. Participate in team meetings/discussions and group activities proactively to ensure smooth and effective delivery of technical skills teaching.

7. Keep up to date with advancements in technology and methodology, continually updating technical knowledge.

8. Providing administrative support and organisational assistance to academic staff members involved in respective teaching and examination activities, as requested.


9. Transport of cases to the PM facility, assistance with carcass handling as appropriate.

10. Ensure the welfare of any live animals used in teaching is protected.

11. To act as Fire Warden and First Aider for Teaching facilities.

12. To ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the various areas, supporting the respective H&S representatives in the completion of risk assessments and COSHH assessments (as appropriate), thus help ensuring that all Health and Safety paperwork is completed timeously and recorded accurately, and implementing and adhering to health and safety policies, as determined by the University and the HSE.

13. Responsibility for proactively ensuring that all necessary electrical and mechanical equipment is always maintained and operational. Troubleshoot day to day problems relating to equipment, techniques, procedures, and protocols, carrying out maintenance as required.

14. To undertake any other technical duties as directed by Line Manager within the responsibility levels of the grade.

Knowledge/Qualifications, Skills & Experience



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 5 or 6 (National 5 or 6, Scottish Vocational Qualification level 2 or 3) or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role. (Typically, a veterinary nursing / agriculture / farm animal science and/or equine animal science / animal care qualification or an equivalent technical / professional qualification).

A2 Must have a valid full UK driving licence, manual test passed and held for minimum of 2 years and over the age of 21.


B1 An HNC or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline.

B2 Knowledge of large animal husbandry/management systems (farm animal and/or equine), in the UK and/or of production animal veterinary practice.

B3 Specific relevant qualification(s) for working with large animals.

B4 Certificate of Competence to transport livestock.



C1 Good basic technical knowledge and skills in all aspects of farm animal and technical support, typically within a farm, or veterinary practice setting.

C2 Good interpersonal and communication skills, orally and written.

C3 Good working knowledge and understanding of Microsoft packages, including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.

C4 Good organizational, time, project and people management skills, with the ability to prioritise workload to meet competing demands.

C5 Ability to impart/demonstrate skills to a wide range of staff groups with differing backgrounds, when required.

C6 Self-motivated with the ability to work independently, assess priorities and manage workload with the minimal supervision, and to work to tight deadlines.

C7 Use of initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently.

C8 Ability to work as a team member.

C9 General manual handling skills (lifting and handling etc.).


D1 Good basic technical knowledge and skills in all aspects of farm animal and technical support, typically within a stables or veterinary, practice setting.



E1 Experience of working with large animals (farm animals & horses).


F1 Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in a similar role.

F2 Knowledge and experience in animal diseases and pathogenesis.

F3 Experience in driving tractors and other plant vehicles.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 4, £22,681 - £25,138 per annum.

This post is full-time and open-ended.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 147858 Close Date : 18-Jun-2024 23:45

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