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Professor, Digital Arts

Manchester Metropolitan University

Location: Manchester
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 1st December 2023
Closes: 1st January 2024
Job Ref: 6168

About us

With over 5,100 staff members, and around 41,000 students – including some 6,000 choosing to study for a postgraduate qualification – we are a big institution with even bigger ambitions. We are proud to be an integral part of the great city of Manchester, and our impact reaches around the globe. We are committed to providing excellent education to transform our students’ lives, and to delivering high quality research with powerful real-world impacts and benefits, as evidenced by our highly successful REF outcome: 30% of our research, across more than 740 academics, has been rated as world leading. And 90% of our research impact is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021).

About the School of Digital Arts (SODA)

SODA represents a £35m investment into the workspaces, networks, teaching and research that will empower the next generation of creative practitioners at the intersection of storytelling, technology and innovation. This interdisciplinary school offers industry informed courses that span film, animation, UX, design, photography, sound design, gaming, Al and more – together with purpose built spaces to collaborate and specialist facilities that include a UX Suite, film studios, green screens, edit suites, sound, music and production studios, a cinema and a gallery. It is ideally placed within a global city that has become a powerhouse of the UK’s digital economy and is widely recognised as a national and international media hub: home to MediaCityUK, the BBC, ITV, and a thriving creative and cultural scene.

In addition to the creative, science, tech and business strengths of a university whose world-leading research is changing the way we live, work, learn and play, SODA also builds on the pioneering interdisciplinary approach and unparalleled heritage of Manchester School of Art, with its history of generating ideas and innovation stretching back over 180 years.

About you

Your in depth understanding and experience within digital storytelling should include immersive and interactive storytelling through virtual production, AI, XR, AR, VR, game engines and/or other emergent technologies. You also have a broad knowledge of practice-based and/or theoretical leadership within the landscape of digital arts, with an in-depth understanding of the latest industry and academic developments and trends in your specialism. Capable of conducting research and supporting the delivery of academic programmes that are rooted in contemporary practices, you are equally enthusiastic about encouraging people to explore future possibilities.

With a good first degree and PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent), plus a PGCE, Certificate of Education or PGCLTHE, you have Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (or commitment to obtain within three years of appointment) and membership of relevant professional bodies. You should also have an international reputation as a thought leader in your field, with evidence of contribution to the development of the discipline, showing impact and influence through conferences, national and international networks and papers.

In addition to substantial experience of innovative teaching, learning and assessment practices, you’ve demonstrated the leadership and organisational skills to lead, manage, train and mentor research teams, staff and students, and the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with a wide range of audiences and stakeholders, including professional, statutory and regulatory and funding bodies.

Further Information

For an initial informal enquiry, please contact Jill Griffiths, Head of SODA at j.r.griffiths@mmu.ac.uk

Closing Date: Monday 1 Jan 2024

Interview Date: Thursday 25 January 2024

 

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