Lecturer in Ceramics (0.5FTE)

Expiring today

£38,896 - £46,414 per year Pro Rata
19 Aug 2016
27 Sep 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Grays School of Art offers a forward thinking and contemporary Three Dimensional Design course, which provides students with the opportunity to study a broad range of methods and practices in design and making.  The course actively promotes the combination and exploration of traditional making skills with new and innovative techniques and technologies across Product and Craft Design Disciplines.

This unique course develops graduates with a varied foundation of contemporary skills, expertise and knowledge within the cognate area of three dimensional design but with the opportunity to personalise their chosen specialist subject route and Honours award in either:

BA Hons Three Dimensional Design

BA Hons Three Dimensional Design: Ceramics & Glass

BA Hons Three Dimensional Design: Jewellery Design

BA Hons Three Dimensional Design: Product Design

We are seeking a creative individual with industrial and academic expertise and experience to actively contribute to the development and delivery of Ceramic practices within the new 3D Design course. You will have expertise and skills in Ceramic design and production with experience of combining traditional methods with new and innovative technologies.  It is expected that applicants will be experienced in contemporary rapid manufacturing processes and digitally mediated craft practices either directly or indirectly related to Ceramic Design.

You will be joining a dynamic Art School which offers a broad range of courses that span the creative disciplines. The School is a vibrant, creative environment where studio practice enjoys a close relationship with theoretical and contextual study. The School aims to develop graduates who can thrive in the creative economy, equipped with knowledge, passion and self – confidence.

The University has recently established a new and energetic research strategy and it is envisaged that the successful applicant will be eligible to apply to contribute to the research profile and practice of the Art School over time.

A Disclosure Scotland check will be requested for the successful applicant. For more information, visit: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

Closing Date: 26 September 2016

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Course Leader: 3D Design

RESPONSIBLE FOR:  Academic & Creative Support within the Ceramic Design Discipline

PURPOSE OF POST: Contributes to delivery/development of Ceramic practices & disciplines within 3D Design Course curriculum


  • Carries out designated teaching (eg via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, field trips, studio work) & assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by the Course Leader/Head of Department
  • Development & preparation of teaching materials
  • Provides tutorial & personal support for students
  • Supervises undergraduate & post graduate projects
  • Develops and maintains expertise in subject area
  • Participates in subject/course development
  • Participates in curriculum development & new methods of teaching/learning.
  • Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (eg year tutor, student selection, assessment organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records)
  • Assists in supervision and visiting of students during work experience.
  • Promotes/markets the School and its courses to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment)
  • Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within RGU as necessary, for the smooth operation & continued development of the School & its courses
  • Actively participates in/suggests relevant staff development activities.
  • Actively pursues and/or encourages research activities (eg writing for publication, developing own research, supervising research students, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences, etc).
  • Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School
  • Establishes/maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School’s courses (eg engagement in work of external bodies, educational and professional)
  • Represents School on relevant University committees and the School/University on external committees.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships : Honours Degree in relevant discipline

Knowledge and Experience : Research and design methods, creative thinking tools, visualisation and communication methods (analogue and digital) production and manufacturing processes, material properties, contemporary contextual awareness of the 3DD sector

Industrial experience in the Ceramic Design Discipline

Some experience of teaching within the HE sector


Qualifications and Professional Memberships : Post Graduate Degree in relevant discipline

Knowledge and Experience : Understanding of the key factors affecting national and international markets, trends and forecasting, sustainable practices and patterns of employment

Industrial experience and self employment within one or more of the key strands of the 3DD disciplines (ceramics and glass, jewellery, product design)

Experience of teaching and examining within the HE sector

Relevant experience to diversity the School's expertise and to participate in its commercial / research activities


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

Behaviour 5: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

Behaviour 6: Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

See also:
Lecturer in Ceramics (0.5FTE) - Sept 2016.pdf