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  • Posted on: 20th Jan 2022
  • Salary: Competitive
  • REF: 98970
  • Closes: 31st January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Position Details

Birmingham Law School

University of Birmingham, Dubai campus

Salary: Competitive

Grade 9

Full time


Location: Dubai, UAE

Closing Date: 31 January 2022

Summary of Role

We are looking to appoint in the areas of energy law, commercial dispute resolution and international commercial law and/or international trade law.

This is an exciting opportunity for experienced educators to play an important role for Birmingham Law School at the Dubai campus. You will work closely with the Edgbaston Campus, UK, to lead on the development and delivery of our postgraduate LLM and to a broader range of education-related activities. You will also contribute to the organisation, management, leadership and enterprise activities of the School. Alongside this, you will work on the development and implementation of our external presence in the region establishing networks with local law firms and other relevant stakeholders.

You will contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis to the whole range of teaching leadership and administration.  In addition, you will be expected to contribute to academic citizenship, likely to be demonstrated through generous, mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students.

Teaching is likely to include: (a) development and leadership of major teaching programmes or equivalent; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability, that are of manifest benefit to the College and the University.  It is expected that you will demonstrate a significant contribution to the advancement of teaching (policy, practice, standards) of the subject, provide leadership in teaching and learning that is innovative to the subject area or institution, with a significant contribution to the debate nationally about teaching.

Leadership is likely to include School organisation, management and leadership activity with University-wide involvement – for example through sustained high-value impact knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement or similar activities.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

•    You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:
•    making a significant contribution to the pedagogical knowledge base of the subject that advances teaching through the enhancement of practice, the development of teaching resources and/or through practice-based        research;
•    leading on the management and the development of approaches to teaching and learning, including designing innovative approaches and supporting colleagues to use them in the subject area or institution;
•    leading on curriculum design at module and programme level to ensure it is contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging;
•    actively engaging students in curriculum design;
•    making an impactful, high quality contribution to debates about education policy, methods and practices through internal and external publications, subject societies and conference activity;
•    developing an external profile evidenced through engaging in external quality assurance activities related to teaching, eg. external examining and engaging with/supporting education in other institutions;
•    where appropriate, playing an important and sustained role in the recruitment and admission of students;
•    co-supervising doctoral students to completion;
•    leading the development of teaching, learning and assessment policies and strategies;
•    acting as an education mentor to colleagues in the School/Department/College or more widely;
•    leading the development of new and appropriate approaches to learning and teaching.
•    leading sustained high value impact in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including  business engagement, public engagement) that enhances the student experience and/or or employability, and is of manifest benefit  to learning and teaching in the College and the University
•    undertaking own teaching, which will include teaching and examining courses at a range of levels, planning and reviewing own teaching approaches, developing programme proposals, supervision, marking and examining.  You will ensure that your teaching practice is informed by discipline based research, through participating in the research culture of the School.

•    Lead activities in the School and represent the School on College/ University committees or working groups.  Where appropriate to the discipline, this is likely to include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below.
•    making an important contribution  to the development and running of the Department or School, for example, leading activity on teaching assessment;
•    leading a successful international engagement at School or College level;
•    developing and managing staff and resources in support of major teaching activities
•    making important contributions to the development of the Department’s (and the Univeristy) learning and teaching strategy
•    contributing significantly to the development and delivery of knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement and public engagement activities with sustained high value impact of manifest benefit to the College and the University in a teaching/education context;
•    develops and implements a culture (including policies and procedures) that promotes Equality and values diversity and inclusion
•    leading, serving on and assisting the work of committees and task and finish groups beyond School/Department, e.g., Senate, Council, University Education or Research Committee etc.;
•    leading external committees, e.g., those associated with public/professional bodies or delivery of activities for an external body at an appropriate level, e.g., chairing sub committees associated with large elements of work;
•    leading/project managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
•    making a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline;.
•    contributing to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).

•    identifying wellbeing issues within the School/College/University and developing appropriate solutions to address these;
•    taking collective ownership of challenges faced by the School or College and working with colleagues to develop solutions;
•    mentoring and coaching of colleagues, particularly those in the early stages of their career.

Person Specification
•    Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the discipline area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications.
•    Demonstrated excellence in Learning and Teaching, and Management and administration.

Learning and teaching requirements
•    An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality.  Teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship.

Evidence of success under the following headings.
•    High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the discipline
•    Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and stimulates learners’ natural curiosity.
•    Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes, approaches to learning, the development of learning resources.
•    High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e. in the Department/School or College and/or externally.
•    Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning
•    Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University.

Management and administration-related requirements
•    Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives.  Evidence of success under the following headings.
•    Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g. exams officer).
•    Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University.
•    Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks.
•    Actively promotes equality and diversity to internal and external stakeholders.
•    Able to use data to identify equality and diversity issues.
•    Experience of developing interventions to address equality and diversity issues.

For informal enquiries about these posts, please contact Professor Nelson Enonchong, Deputy Head of School (Staffing and Strategy), at n.e.enonchong@bham.ac.uk and Professor David Sadler, Provost (Dubai campus) – email d.w.sadler@bham.ac.uk (Dubai)

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. 

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