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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Product Design Engineering

UWE, Bristol - The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment

The Department wishes to appoint an engaging and inspiring individual to help develop and contribute to teaching, research, and knowledge exchange within the Department.

The principal requirement of the Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Product Design Engineering role will be to engage with the design and delivery of teaching activities within the department, primarily in undergraduate and postgraduate architectural programmes.

Suitable applicants for this post will be able to demonstrate expertise in Product Design Engineering, including; the design and analysis of mechanisms and structures in products, making and developing working prototypes, CAD (ideally Solidworks) and computational analysis of products.

Additionally, they will be able to demonstrate strong understanding and passion for Product Design, particularly, consumer product design, sustainable design and human-centered design and be up to date with current developments industry.

Expertise and experience in specialist technology subjects related to design, such as; physical computing (Arduino, Raspberry Pi or circuit python), mechatronics or generative design (eg Rhino Grasshopper), would also be advantageous.

The successful applicant will be engaged in teaching undergraduate module subjects including; Engineering for Designers, Product Design Engineering, Mechanisms and Structures, Individual Project and in general Product Design studios.

Lecturers / Senior Lecturers have a main focus on teaching excellence. They are experts in leading the design and delivery of teaching that is engaging, innovative and responsive, achieving outstanding student learning outcomes. In achieving high academic standing, reputation and currency, all Bristol UWE academics are expected to develop their careers in a combination of learning and teaching, research, scholarly and/or practice activity, knowledge exchange and external engagement alongside academic leadership and citizenship demonstrating UWE Bristol Values in all activities.

About us: The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment is a centre of academic excellence with an established and respected global reputation. Join our supportive community of experienced teaching staff, passionate researchers and experts in practice.

Our award-winning R Block on Frenchay Campus is home to inspiring facilities, from computer-aided design (CAD) studios to modelling workshops. Hone your craft in a space that won the Royal Fine Art Commission 'Building of the Year' award for Architectural Education.

Thanks to our strong partnership with the Architecture Centre in Bristol, we’ve built connections with leading experts and practices in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Through regular consultation with local, national and international employers, we offer cutting-edge insight.

We’re discovering new ways to create and manage more sustainable buildings, whether they’re in urban, rural, residential, or commercial spaces. Our environmental research underpins all our teaching, encouraging future architects to focus on sustainability from the outset.

Where is this role based?

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed – £300m has been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while we continue to develop incredible new facilities to enhance our offer even further.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations, our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

Bristol is a city that’s famous for its rebellious streak, independent thinking, unique style and edgy creativity. Home to over 460,000 people hailing from 187 different countries – you can find over 91 different languages spoken here, and 45 religions practised. Topping polls on a regular basis, Bristol isn’t just a great place to live, but a great place to work.

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 32,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 4,000 staff from across the globe. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with a strong network of employer and partner connections.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 36th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2022 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables'.

We are an ambitious and values led university. We're focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims. 

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community. We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including: 

  • a generous holiday allowance of 35 days pro rata if part time
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
  • Retail savings via the Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

We also boast an excellent in-house Learning & Development team who provide a wide variety of in-house training courses and development programmes and our Academic Practice Directorate supports our academic colleagues to ensure the highest in professional teaching standards.

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic and female candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Trina Ratcliffe-Pacheco by email:, however, please note that the University will be closed from 23rd December until the 3rd January 2023.

This is a full time, permanent post, working a 100% contract.  This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is important for our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based for all of your time, but when not teaching you can work more flexibly.

We are able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

Please also refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable to prove your right to work in the UK. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to produce your right to work documents at your interview.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

Location: Bristol
Salary: G grade salary scales: £35,333-£42,155 & H grade salary scales: £42,155-£53,353
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 9th December 2022
Closes: 15th January 2023
Job Ref: R05328
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