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Academic Mentor (Associate Lecturer)

University of Exeter - Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £28,762 to £36,386 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 5th October 2022
Closes: 2nd November 2022
Job Ref: S76277

This post of Academic Mentor (Associate Lecturer) for the Data Science Professional Apprenticeship programme is available immediately, on a full-time, permanent basis.

Summary of the role

The role of Academic Mentor includes supporting Data Science Professional apprenticeship students to bring together their learning and their workplace by coordinating key stakeholders from the University and the employer with the student. You will join our team of academic mentors who work with leading employers from across the sector and standardised frameworks from the apprenticeship to help students navigate the demands and opportunities of the course. The Data Science apprenticeship aims to develop and embed a skilled Data Science workforce across the country and grow Data Science expertise in the workplace.

As Academic Mentor on the Data Science Professional Apprenticeship programme, you will act as first point of contact for students and their line managers working in a variety of organisations across the country, providing pastoral care and mentoring. Students on the programme study primarily at distance from their places of work and attend the University for residentials lasting 3-4 days each term. Outside this intense in-person campus based teaching, study is via e-learning and online workshops on specific study days. Therefore, the academic mentor role can be compatible with remote online working (within the UK) at the discretion of the line manager.

A large emphasis on the programme is given to workplace activity which contributes a significant part of the credits towards the degree and the award of apprenticeship. You will act as mentor to students and employers relating to this work, addressing questions, explaining processes, monitoring progress and working with the module leads to who will provide academic guidance directly to students when required.

You will sign-post, as required, to module academic leads and welfare and other University services as required. You will conduct face-to-face tripartite meetings at employer sites across the county and second meetings using webinars and other technology. During these tripartite meetings you will develop an enduring relationship with your assigned students and their line managers and review learning progress and challenges. You will contribute to the development of the role and work in close contact with other programme mentors. You may be assigned a complete year group (numbers vary between 50 and 70 students) or work between year groups, as required. You will report to the Director of Education and Student Experience.

About you

For this post you will:

  • Possess a breadth of knowledge pertaining to Data Science or Digital tech industry and be a confident and capable mentor, comfortable and professional when in contact with students and their employers.
  • Ideally, have experience of working with a degree apprenticeship or other work-based learning programme.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

Further information

For further information please contact the Director of Education and Student Experience, Dr Matt Collison M.Collison@exeter.ac.uk

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