Senior Tutor, Research Degrees 1FTE

Royal College of Art - School of Communication

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, placing at Number One in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 QS World University Rankings. Specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers the degrees of MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of applied art, fine art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 1,800 Master’s and doctoral students and more than 1,000 professionals interacting with them – including scholars, art and design practitioners, along with specialists, advisers and distinguished visitors. 

The REF 2014 results cemented the RCA's position as the UK’s leading university of art and design, with its research gaining more 4* ratings than any of its specialist competitors. Crucially the College is ranked as the most research-intensive art and design research environment to be found in the UK.

The College will also be opening its new creative hub which will be in White City, at the regenerated BBC headquarters in the autumn of 2017. It will be the new home of the School of Communication and all humanities programmes. In this environment, they will develop a purposeful concentration of postgraduate enquiry, ensuring also that close links with the Schools of Architecture, Design and Arts & Humanities in Kensington and Battersea are maintained, as well as with the RCA’s existing partner institutions.

In a rapidly changing world of technological and behavioural shifts, the School of Communication, with its core disciplines of Animation, Information Experience Design and Visual Communication, has been thrown into the centre of an exciting vortex of new possibilities and challenges. Our response has been multi-fold: ranging from the introduction of new staff, to establishing greater cross-disciplinary collaboration and shared expertise between our programmes and with other areas of the College and beyond.

The Senior Tutor, Research Degrees will provide academic leadership for research degree study and supervision across the School, ensuring the achievement of the School’s strategic and operational plans for research degrees, and contributing to the overall growth of the School’s research student community. Working with the Dean, Associate Dean, Senior Tutor (Research Lead), the School’s Heads of Programme and the College's Head of Research Programmes, the person appointed to the role will be responsible for contributing to the intellectual life of the School’s research degree community and for coordinating and contributing to high-quality research degree study, supervision and training across the School.

Applicants should have a doctorate in a relevant specialist field, or evidence of appropriate professional practice or academic achievement and significant contribution as an effective supervisor of postgraduate research students and, through supervision, significant contribution to the advancement of the subject. A recognised international profile in communication design research and extensive knowledge of art and design practice, with a strong interdisciplinary focus, is essential.

To download additional information, and to apply, please visit the website of the RCA’s recruitment partners Society by clicking the 'apply' button below. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday (BST) on Monday 11 September 2017.

Interviews will take place for shortlisted candidates in late September 2017.

An appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references.

The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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