Heriot-Watt University

Assistant Professor in Interior Design

Heriot-Watt University

Job Description

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  

You would join a team where our staff feel part of our achievements. We are proud of our collegiate atmosphere and integrated teaching and research approach, which has helped to build a community of committed academics and highly motivated students.  Our focus on careers delivers results and we have an excellent reputation for graduate employability.  

The global Interior design discipline consists of passionate and dedicated academics from a range of backgrounds, with distinct and diverse specialisms, including interior architecture and design and environmental design. The discipline broadly focuses on the creative and practical design of spaces and environments and is delivered collaboratively within both our Dubai and UK campuses. The team contributes to the delivery of the discipline at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and form active members of numerous professional and educational networks and bodies, relating the success of the fast-growing discipline to a broader network of design educators at an international scale. 

You will actively contribute to the development of the interior design discipline (Which currently includes both BA Hons Interior Design and MA Interior Architecture and Design programmes with future spatial and environmental design type programmes expected to be introduced as the discipline expands and grows) and be experienced in learning, teaching and assessment at HE level. An enthusiastic and visionary academic who will support and encourage students to achieve their full potential, you will have the ability to develop live, collaborative projects and demonstrate a willingness to engage creatively in the wider activities of the School. 

You will be highly professional and a committed team player, flexible in approach with excellent communication, timekeeping and organisational skills and be willing to adapt to the duties associated with the role. 

You will possess a strong understanding of contemporary practice, issues and current debate within interior design, architectural, and/or environmental design professions and practice. This will underpin your passion for enhancing your own practice and will inform you knowledge of the skills and attributes required by graduates for employability. 

Our indicative areas of teaching may include such subjects as construction methods and technology, collaborative design, sustainability, design studio course leadership, and SCQF Level 10 and 11 project supervision, amongst others. 

Our indicative focussed areas of research may include such subjects and fields as sustainability, inclusive design, and health and wellbeing design. 

Key Responsibilities 

Learning and Teaching 

  • Undertake teaching duties in relation to courses appropriate to your area of knowledge (e.g. through practical sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials)  

  • Contribute to the continued development of Interior design discipline at undergraduate and postgraduate level in consultation with the Programme Director of Studies 

  • Undertake scholarly activity related to the effective delivery of the curriculum and develop the level of your subject expertise in line with the latest developments in the interior design, interior architecture, and environmental design industries as appropriate; 

  • Contribute to the design and delivery of the curriculum in consultation with the programme team and within the structures and mechanisms established by the School and University; 

  • Conduct assessment and moderation across the discipline area, ensuring this is rigorous, fair and clear and undertaken within the policies established by the School and University; 

  • Identify learning needs of students and define appropriate learning objectives. 

  • Be responsible for providing effective, well documented and timely feedback, both formative and summative, to students; 

  • Contribute to the monitoring of the quality of learning and teaching through course monitoring and to contribute to quality management and enhancement activities across the Programme, School and University; 

  • Provide appropriate pastoral support recognising the varied cultural backgrounds of the student cohort; 

  • Stay abreast of developments in the pedagogy of Interior design education and to ensure that these developments are reflected in the evolution of the learning and teaching methods employed on the Programme; 

  • Planning, and authoring (or revising) new course material as part of the School's teaching programmes. 

  • Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse and rational thinking. 

Research and Knowledge Transfer 

  • Extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to research and appropriate external activities; This activity should be evidenced through a range of high quality publishable research outputs as recommended and advised by current REF guidance for the Art and Design Unit of Assessment.  

  • Further disseminate research activity using an appropriate range of media for example through external reports, conference presentations, exhibitions of research activity or via short courses for knowledge transfer.  

  • Participation in institutional or inter- institutional collaborative research or involvement with industrial, commercial and third sector organisations and other institutions.  

  • Develop and maintain strong links with industrial partners;  

  • Undertake business development activities and/or consultancy as agreed and directed.  

  • Continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.  

  • Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into the course of study. 

Academic Management and Administration 

  • Undertake administrative duties associated with the programme and course planning, preparation for assessments and for examination/progression boards etc. 

  • Carry out the administration requirements of the role in accordance with normal University processes and procedures 

  • Take a proactive role both internally and externally in promoting and marketing the Programmes and the School 

  • Participate in recruitment and induction to the Programmes with which you are involved, ensuring compliance with the School and University targets 

  • Contribute to income generating activities including assisting with raising sponsorship as well as other activities that will raise the profile of the School 

  • External liaison to benefit subject area and student recruitment 

  • Represent the School in both the national and international context 

  • Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and accreditation purposes. 

  • Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post.  Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve. 

Essential Criteria 

  • We require a minimum Master’s Degree and a PhD  

  • A record of achievement in professional practice commensurate with appointment at this level 

  • Recognised teaching qualification, i.e. PGCert/PGCap or membership/fellowship of higher education academy. Or be committed to achieving this within 2 years of appointment. 

  • Well developed knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice across the discipline and related areas. 

  • Evidence of working within the Interior and/or architectural design industry 

  • Relevant teaching experience and understanding of learning, teaching and assessment at HE level 

  • A strong understanding of Industry needs and the skills required by graduated for employability 

Desirable Criteria 

  • To meet the criteria above 

How to Apply 

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

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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