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Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice (Education & Research)

College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 19th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £51,799 to £60,022, with potential progression once in post to £78,265
  • REF: 59119
  • Closes: 16th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Summary of Role

You will contribute at a senior level to teaching, research, 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.

Research is likely to involve an established national and international reputation through significant original research work and a clear record of impact.

Management and administration is likely to include Departmental/School leadership and management activity with University wide involvement – for example through sustained high value research, knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, and public engagement or similar activities.

Main Duties/Responsibilites

You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities on a sustained basis. This includes:
• 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
• To teach and examine courses at all levels, i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate and/or higher research degree students, through lectures, seminars and personal supervision. Initially,
teaching activities will be centred principally on the MPharm programmes and will include designing and supervising student projects
• leading on the management and the development of approaches to teaching and learning, including designing innovative approaches to digital resources/environments and supporting colleagues to use them that are innovative to 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 and sharing evidence of “what works”
• 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
• 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. This may be underpinned by research and evaluation of teaching methods and systems
• 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.

To pursue sustained research activity through original research and scholarship, including other research-related contributions through conference papers and presentations and/or consultancy projects and advice.

This will include the responsibilities listed:
• To publish results of research in articles and/or books which lead to an enhanced reputation in the subject area and enhance the School, College and University’s research profile
• Leading successful funding bids which develop and sustain research support for projects in the areas of Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice and in partnership with other healthcare related professions and disciplines.
• Contributing to the management of research activities and/or supervising other research staff
• Consistently publishing internationally excellent research, with some research regarded as world leading, that results in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality
• To contribute to the development of research strategies for the School, College and University
• Providing expert advice internally and externally
• Leading sustained impact activity including public engagement and makes a significant contribution to policy development at a national and international level
• Refereeing and peer reviewing articles for peer reviewed academic journals and grant applications by research councils and/or other major funding bodies
• Supervising and examining PhD students, both within the institution and externally
• Managing research activities and/or supervising other research staff
• To engage in scholarly activity that will enhance the School, College and University’s reputation, such as membership of academic bodies and external examining bodies
• Developing novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued.

Lead activities in the Department/ 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:

• To assist where necessary in the processes to gain and maintain professional accreditation for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with relevant professional bodies
• Making an important contribution to the development and running of the Department or School, for example, leading activity on research and/or teaching assessment
• Leading a successful international engagement at School or College level
• Developing and managing staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities
• Making important contributions to the development of the Department’s research and/or 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
• Promoting a culture (including policies and procedures) that embeds equality and values diversity and inclusion
• Leading, serving on and assisting the work of committees and task and finish groups beyond School/ Research Institute, 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. a new research initiative, 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)

• To identify 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
The post holder will be able to demonstrate excellence in experience, skills and competence in at least research, with competence in learning and teaching and management and administration relevant to the School of Pharmacy and disciplines relevant to Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice.
Attributes will include:
• PhD level in a relevant discipline relevant to Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice
• Educational qualifications and experience relevant to a Pharmacy environment or related discipline
• Professional qualifications relevant to Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice
• At least 3 years professionally relevant experience
• Post-doctoral experience in an academic post
• Evidence of training, specialist skills or abilities relevant to Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice and/or other healthcare related areas
• Experience of research project supervision

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

Where appropriate, evidence of success under the following headings:
• High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice
• 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. at School, institutional or external levels
• Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student experience, and/or employability
• Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning
• Experience teaching clinical, professional or practice principles relevant to undergraduate pharmacy students
• Excellent oral presentation skills
• Ability to contribute to development of new teaching programmes
• Relevant postgraduate qualification in teaching and learning in HE or willingness to complete such a qualification
• Experience of being personal tutor and/or mentor

Research requirements
An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:
• High level peer esteem as evidenced by
o Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
o An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
• Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
• Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
• Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University
• Demonstration of a range of practical research skills and techniques appropriate to Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice

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 at a Department/School/College or University level
• Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of a 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

Further particulars can be found here:http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/MDSFPs.pdf

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof John Marriott, Head of School, email: J.F.Marriott@bham.ac.uk

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