Associate Professor (Research and Education)

Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

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Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 03rd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £51,799 to £60,022, with potential progression once in post to £78,265
  • REF: 98609
  • Closes: 01st December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Summary of Role

The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences is a world-leading school that performs cutting-edge and translational research in all aspects of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. This allows us to address societal challenges from multidisciplinary perspectives through impactful research that also enriches our degree programmes.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time Associate Professor in Leadership and Leadership Development who will contribute at a senior level to teaching and administration and either research or enterprise, engagement and impact (EE&I). The role holder 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.

We encourage applications from individuals with experience across all aspects of sport leadership as its development.

About you
You will have a clear research or EE&I vision accompanied by a growing national reputation, and a significant track record of internationally leading research or nationally leading EE&I activities. Your work will have a clear applied element that generates impactful outcomes within sport leadership and the development of leadership. Through collaboration across disciplinary areas within the School and University (e.g. The Birmingham Leadership Institute) and with external partners, you will deliver impactful outcomes within a sporting context and generate income through external funding.

In education, you will be an inspiring educator, able to communicate your work to researchers, undergraduates, sport professionals and the public. You will contribute to programme delivery, leadership, and enhancement in the area of sport leadership and it development, ensuring an excellent educational experience for your students. This will include modules and programmes centred on leadership and its development in settings related to sport, exercise and rehabilitation.

In management and administration, working with colleagues across the University’s Edgbaston campus, you will be expected to contribute to the leadership and management of activities in the Graduate School of Sport and Professional Practice, through which we seek to develop high performing, impactful practitioners in sport, exercise, and rehabilitation. You will also lead and manage areas of activity in the school with the potential for University wide involvement – for example through sustained high value research, knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, and public engagement or similar activities.

The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, having been awarded Athena SWAN Silver status, is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusivity, and therefore welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds to join our global community.

The University of Birmingham holds Advance HE Race Equality Charter and Athena Swan Charter bronze awards and is a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion. Further information about working at the University of Birmingham, including information about employee benefits and childcare provision is at

Main Duties

To contribute at a senior level and on a sustained basis to the leadership and delivery of education in sport leadership and leadership development. Where appropriate, this will include:
• 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 curriculum design at module and programme level to ensure it is contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging;
• Leading the co-ordination of programmes or equivalent activities across the school
• Provide academic leadership for the development, design and co-ordination of Masters, CPD and other educational activities related to leadership and its development.
• Actively engaging students in curriculum design and sharing evidence of “what works”;
• Developing an external profile evidenced through engaging in external quality assurance activities related to teaching, e.g. external examining and engaging with/supporting education in other institutions;
• Playing an important and sustained role in the recruitment and admission of students;
• Leading the development of teaching, learning and assessment policies and strategies;
• Leading substantial and sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer and enterprise in sport leadership that enhances the student experience and/or employability.
• 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 on leadership and its development in sport through original practice-orientated research and scholarship, including other research-related contributions through conference papers and presentations and/or consultancy projects and advice. Where appropriate this will include:
• Making a major contribution to the development of interdisciplinary research activities.
• Leading successful external funding bids which develop and sustain research.
• Publishing leading research that results in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality.
• Providing leadership of research that contributes to the progression of the discipline
• Refereeing and peer review of articles for academic journals and grant applications by research councils and/or other major funding bodies.
• Leading sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer that leads to either policy development at a national or international level, and/or the development of industrial/network links and initiatives.
• Supervision and examination of PhD students, both within the institution and externally.

You will lead and contribute, as appropriate, across a range of EE&I activities:
• delivering significant knowledge transfer activities in partnership with industry, public services, government or NGOs; this could be in the form of contract research, consultancy and/or collaboration
• attracting medium-large scale external funding to develop and deliver innovative and distinctive national (and ideally international) EE&I activities;
• developing and maintaining high level networking links and collaborations, with industry, government, professional and funding bodies;
• shaping debates through expert contributions to media (which may be print, broadcast, online and social media) or policy debate;
• working collaboratively with national (and possibly international) partners, helping to deliver demonstrable impact from research, teaching and other University activities;
• delivering high-quality impact, which may be evidenced through case studies;
• developing and delivering CPD/training/consultancy activities;
• roles on important sectoral bodies eg professional regulators eg chairing accreditation committees on behalf of professional bodies;
• taking up roles on government and research council steering committees, or similar;
• leading on public engagement/outreach activities;
• acting as a mentor to colleagues in the School/Department/College or more widely on impact, engagement etc.

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:
• 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).

• 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

•Doctoral qualification in a research area related to sport leadership and its development.

Demonstrated excellence in at least Research or EE&I*, with competence 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. 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 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
•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

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
oExcellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high-quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
oAn 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, consultancy or other external funding
•Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise activity in sport leadership settings

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 issu

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