Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Education: Early Childhood - 0.6 FTE

York St John University - The School of Education

The School of Education

£32,004 - £48,327 per annum (pro rata)

The School of Education, created in September 2016, is one of the largest Schools in the new University Structure, comprising approximately 1100 FTE students, supported by approximately 40 members of academic staff, colleagues in the School Administration and Placements teams and a School Technician, with further support from an Academic Liaison Librarian and non-established academic staff who provide both unique, professionally-related, expertise and also enable a curriculum offer that is responsive to student demand.

The School of Education curriculum offer spans Foundation Degree to doctoral routes, including a new Professional Doctorate (an ‘EdD’) that commences with its first cohort of part-time students in 2017. We currently offer two Foundation Degrees: Supporting Learning, and Working with Children & Young People; these will be the focus of curriculum review in 2016-17, and we have been working with our existing students (through an innovative Students as Researchers scheme) to propose enhanced and broadened Fd routes from September 2017. Our undergraduate programmes are available for study full- and part-time (and as a third-year progression route for students with an Fd) in Early Childhood Studies; Children, Young People & Families; Youth & Community Work and Education Studies. We also offer several QTS routes including undergraduate Primary Education with QTS, and University- and School-centred Primary and Secondary PGCEs. Within these programmes there is opportunity for students to specialise in the Early Years, either as part of their chosen age range or as a specialist elective module. In addition we offer an MA Education Suite, and both taught- and research-based doctoral routes.

Performance indicators for The School of Education are good. Continuation rates are 95%; over 60% of our undergraduate students gain a First or 2:1 degree and 98% continue into employment or further study (~65% into professional jobs). The demand for our programmes has remained steady (at ~1100 FTE students/year) over the last three years; there is scope, and an appetite, for growth following the creation of the new School and the synergies that are possible through two formerly discrete teams coming together. Student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) for all School programmes averaged at 93%, exceeding the University average of 83% and the HEI average of 86%.

This new position responds to programme(s) growth and an opportunity to develop synergies across the curriculum-offer within the School of Education. The successful candidate is likely to have a doctoral qualification and be an active researcher in the field of Early Childhood/Early Years. The post-holder will teach across our BA(Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme, MA Education programme (in which there is an Early Childhood specialist strand) and contribute specialist knowledge across our range of Primary ITE routes, and may contribute to our Foundation Degree programmes (which requires offsite teaching and twilight sessions). There may be further opportunities, depending on additional areas of curriculum interest and expertise. We are looking to grow the research-supervision capacity within the School, and therefore particularly welcome applications from candidates with taught/research supervision experience at post-graduate level and with, therefore, the capacity to supervise doctoral candidates and to contribute to our new EdD programme (which requires weekend teaching).    

The starting date for this post is January 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants’ supporting statements should be structured to correspond to the criteria in the Person Specification.

The title of Associate Professor may be awarded on appointment, subject to demonstrating the relevant criteria.

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Please visit our web site www.yorksj.ac.uk/vacancies to view further details and to complete our on-line application form.

Interviews will be held on 22nd November 2016