Heriot-Watt University

Assistant Professor in Accountancy

Heriot-Watt University

Personal invitation to view our Job Brochure here Shaping Together Tomorrow

Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge, relevant research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for innovation, business and industry.

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages. Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort

Shaping Tomorrow Together

The university is running a campaign to identify key academic talent join us across our Edinburgh, Galashiels, and Dubai campuses and across multiple Schools and Disciplines. You will join as an Assistant Professor. This is an exciting campaign to kick off in late 2022 and into 2023. So, we are really interested in hearing from you as we look to you to help us shape tomorrow together.

About our Team

The Accounting & Finance team are part of the illustrious Edinburgh Business School, which has over 49,000 alumni across 158 countries.  Our Accounting & Finance team comprise world-leading researchers and respected academics with professional accountancy experience who come together to form a strong community that is known for pioneering research, applied learning and highly employable graduates.  

Heriot-Watt offers accredited degree programmes at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. At undergraduate level, the Accountancy department offers two main taught programmes:  MA (Hons) Accountancy; and MA (Hons) Accountancy & Finance.  At postgraduate level, the Accountancy department offers two taught programmes: MSc Accountancy; and MSc International Accounting and Finance. 

These programmes are accredited with multiple leading professional bodies and offer students the chance to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in either the accounting and finance professions and industry.  The industry focus of these degrees, and their breadth of accreditations, offer the strongest possible foundation from which students can launch their professional careers. 

As a member of the Accounting group team, you will contribute to teaching Undergraduate, Postgraduate and MBA programmes in accounting, as well as contribute to the groups’ aim in increasing their global visibility through excellent research outputs. This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly collaborative and supportive School and Group, on an upward trajectory. A successful applicant would form part of a Research Centre within EBS, able to contribute to REF submissions and overall research activities while also receiving support and mentoring to enhance their standing in their field.

We are seeking to recruit academics with experience of teaching and research. As part of an international team, you will be able to build strong links with colleagues in Dubai and Malaysia to deliver high quality teaching and learning outcomes.  You will contribute to the development of courses and programmes by innovating in teaching delivery, engaging in faculty administrative roles, and building links with practitioners. 

The role will be based at the University's campus in Edinburgh. Programmes will be delivered in English and so fluency in English is essential. An induction programme will be delivered to all new academic staff on Heriot-Watt's standards and values, and to give practical experience on preparation, delivery, and assessment of teaching. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake teaching and assessment duties on academic programmes.  Support colleagues in the Edinburgh Business School and other Schools at Heriot-Watt University in the delivery of courses and other activities to support the delivery of HWU's aims.
  • Develop relevant materials in appropriate formats for the above programmes.  Contribute to the content, design and delivery of the curriculum, and the quality of teaching and learning, in consultation with colleagues and within the international structures and mechanisms established by the University.  Review teaching design and delivery by obtaining and analysing feedback from students and peers.  Support the accreditation processes of professional bodies.
  • Mentor and supervise students, including PhD students, providing effective, well documented and timely feedback, both formative and summative.  Provide pastoral support, recognising when to refer a student for further support.  Play a key role in the delivery and support of an excellent student learning and living experience at HWU.
  • Develop the level of subject expertise in line with latest development in research, and ensure these developments are reflected in teaching materials and methods. 
  • Build and conduct research in one or more of the School's research areas at internationally competitive levels. 
  • Develop and maintain strong links with business and industry, external organisations and the education sector.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the UK, at other campuses, and with external networks both for the exchange of information, to share learning, and to form relationships for future collaboration. 
  • Undertake a proactive role in promoting and marketing the University, ensuring the effective recruitment of students and the achievement of recruitment targets.  Play a full role in Open Days and other student recruitment events.
  • Undertake leadership and administrative tasks associated with programme planning, preparation for examination boards and progression boards, etc, as instructed.  Participate in relevant committees.
  • Undertake continuous professional development (CPD) and participate in staff development activities.

Education, Qualifications and Experience

Essential criteria

  • PhD in Accounting
  • Demonstrate a promising potential in research and publications in areas such as financial and management accounting, energy and oil & gas accounting, social and environmental accounting, interdisciplinary accounting, and other accounting related fields
  • Demonstrate strong potential to delivering high quality teaching in accounting, with ability to link teaching to research and industry needs.
  • Fluent communication skills
  • Flexibility and initiative

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted up until midnight on 19th February 2023. 

Personal invitation to view our Job Brochure here Shaping Together Tomorrow

Interested applicants must submit via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system: (1) a cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) a full CV; (3) A summary of their scholarship and teaching plans and ambitions; and (4) a list of publications. 

Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities.  Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all.

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers https://disc.hw.ac.uk/ .

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

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