Teaching Fellow (Academic Writing Advisory Service)

College of Arts and Law

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434 (Pro Rata for part-time)
  • REF: 98454
  • Closes: 10th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time


The College Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) provides support for students in their development as academic writers in the Arts and Humanities. This post has been created for 2021/22 to work with the AWAS Manager to teach and advise undergraduate, postgraduate or CPD students within an established teaching programme of activity, supervised by a member of academic staff with ultimate responsibility for the design, delivery and assessment of the teaching programme.

Further information regarding AWAS can be found at the following link: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/arts-law/awas/index.aspx

Summary of Role

• Teach academic writing to students across the College, and across all programme levels
• Collaborate in the design, creation and evaluation of a suite of materials for use by academic staff and postgraduate teaching assistants who are not specialists in Academic Writing Development
• Contribute to generating funding and may: a) contribute to enhancement of the student experience or employability; b) contribute to deliver CPD programmes, consulting on own specialism and the like, often under the supervision of a project leader.
• Contribute to public understanding of the discipline or similar, if appropriate and relevant to Academic Writing Advisory Service activity.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Teach individual tutorials, workshops and lectures at a range of levels within specified subject areas and within own area of subject specialism (where relevant to academic writing development) to undergraduates, postgraduates and CPD students, so that the Academic Writing Advisory Service’s teaching objectives are met
• Contribute to the design of teaching and learning materials with other colleagues.
• Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the Academic Writing Advisory Service’s programme.
• Devise and supervise teaching and learning projects, student reflective reports and practical work, if required.
• Develop an approach to planning and reviewing own teaching.
• Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining. (Summative assessment, including assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as a credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations, is subject to validation by the academic supervisor.)
• Frequently update own subject expertise, where relevant.
• Undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes.
• Contribute to knowledge transfer on own specialism that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
• Undertake management/administration arising from teaching.
• Contribute to Departmental/School teaching-related activities and teaching-related administration.
• Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
• Promote equality and value diversity acting as a role model and foster an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

• To have completed (or be near to completing) a Postgraduate Doctoral Degree in Academic Writing Development, Applied Linguistics, or other related discipline
• Prior experience of one-to one tutoring or small-group teaching within a UK Higher Education Institution, including online tutoring via Zoom (or other video-conferencing App)
• A Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) award, or application in progress, would be desirable (see https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/fellowship for details)
• High level analytical capability
• Ability to design and deliver module materials successfully
• Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Informal enquiries can be made to Nicola Taylor; n.taylor@bham.ac.uk

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