Part-time Teacher in History

Cardiff University


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Teaching & Scholarship


Part-time Teacher in History

The Division of Continuing & Professional Education invites applications from suitably qualified individuals, with a particular interest in adult education, widening participation and working with students from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds, to teach on the following modules in the 2023/24 academic year:

People, Identity and Society: The Making of Modern Britain (starts Thursdays, 6-8pm, February 2024).

The position is part-time. Each module is 10 credits at Level 4 on the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales. Pathway modules comprise 18 teaching contact hours and 18 preparation / administration / marking hours.

Salary: £39,347 – £44,263 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 6).

Opening Date: 24 August 2023
Closing date: 10 September 2023

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main Function of Post

You will design, prepare, and deliver teaching programmes, including preparing and supervising different modes of assessment.  

Job Description

  • To deliver the teaching of courses.  This may include preparing teaching material, communicating subject matter and encouraging critical discourse to develop rational thinking; observing and reacting to student interventions; responding to questions outside class times and to contingencies in course delivery.
  • To carry out assessment for courses. This may include designing assessment instruments and, as required, criteria; marking assessments, ensuring adequate moderation; providing written/oral feedback; contributing to the assessment of student circumstances in relation to the assessment; and collating and providing final assessments of students.
  • To carry out course evaluation, including facilitating student feedback; reflecting on own teaching design and delivery; and implementing ideas for improving own performance.
  • To carry out a pastoral role for students such as acting as Personal Tutor. If necessary refer them to the appropriate authority for guidance.
  • To design, as required, teaching programmes for courses. Includes identifying learning objectives and selecting appropriate curricula; selecting teaching methods, resources and reading; determining, designing and producing study material; planning course delivery and planning for contingencies such as slower/faster progress than anticipated.
  • To carry out teaching-related administrative duties as required.
  • To carry out an administrative role within the department or undertake other activity to contribute to the organisation of the department independently or with others, as required.
  • In all the above, work closely with the Exploring the Past Pathway Co-ordinator and the Co-ordinating Lecturer for Humanities.
  • To undertake any other duties consistent with this grade or lower, as may be assigned from time to time by the Co-ordinating Lecturer for Humanities and the Exploring the Past Pathway Co-ordinator.
  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Policies and procedures and to cooperate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer.

Person Specification

It is the Division of Continuing and Professional Education’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.
Please ensure when submitting the supporting statement document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. ‘Supporting Statement for 17103BR’.

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.

Essential Criteria

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to present complex information professionally to a variety of audiences.
  • Evidence of or potential for excellent teaching skills (in particular course and lesson planning, group management, methods of assessment, and the use of technology in learning and teaching)
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to effectively manage and prioritise own workload.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Evidence of competence in standard office IT: word processing, presentations and email.  
  • Evidence of appropriate knowledge in relation to the module and this area of teaching (in modern British social history and/or British colonial/postcolonial history).
  • A first degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.  
  • Previous teaching experience (preferably with adults in an HE context) relevant to this subject area of expertise.
  • A flexible and adaptable approach to work.
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of and commitment to working with students from widening participation groups.
  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject.
  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusivity and diversity in teaching and in the curriculum.
  • Additional Information

    Additional Information
    The Division of Continuing & Professional Education co-ordinates, develops and promotes the University’s lifelong learning activities and provides part-time university level courses for adults. The programme is diverse, and courses are designed to meet the needs and interests of individuals whether in their personal or professional lives. As a Division, we are committed to enabling adult learners to explore their own potential and we particularly welcome applications from candidates who share that commitment.

    The module is part of the Pathway to a Degree in History, Archaeology or Religion (Exploring the Past Pathway). Further details about the Pathways to a Degree programme can be found on the Part-Time Courses for Adults webpages.

    Candidates should consult the relevant webpages for further information about the Division and the Pathway programme. However, if they have specific questions about the module content, they may contact the Exploring the Past Pathway Co-ordinator, Dr Paul Webster via email. Questions concerning the contract or general teaching enquires can be addressed to the Co-ordinating lecturer in Humanities, Dr Michelle Deininger .

    Candidates may wish to consider the logistics of teaching and travel if they are not located near to the university due to the part-time, hourly-paid nature of this post. The division does not take part in the Research Excellence Framework exercise.

    People, Identity and Society: The Making of Modern Britain

    Where do our identities come from? What is their history? How did society in Britain develop into the diverse communities of today? We will explore ideas of Four Nations history, before investigating the influence of Empire, slavery, perceptions of class, and the impact of World Wars. We will consider perceptions of race, gender, and sexuality, revealing hitherto unheard historical voices.

    Syllabus content:

  • Introduction: who do you think you are? 
  • Who are the Celts? Concepts of Celticness. 
  • The English Isles? Anglicisation and Four Nations History. 
  • Empire, Slavery and Legacy in 18th Century Britain. 
  • Class and Society in 19th Century Britain. 
  • War and the Workforce in 20th Century Britain. 
  • The Empire Windrush. 
  • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain. 
  • Conclusions: writing the history of modern British society. 
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