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Lecturer in Visual Communication BIFCA - Fixed Term (Wuhan China)

Birmingham City University – Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Arts

Location: China

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Monday 25 March 2024

The Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art (BIFCA) based in Wuhan, China, is a sector leading collaboration between Wuhan Textile University and Birmingham City University. It is one of only a handful of such partnerships. BIFCA offers a unique cross-cultural experience and provides an excellent environment for innovative teaching.  Students successfully completing their programmes at BIFCA are able to gain a dual award from both BCU and WTU, they can choose between studying their whole programme in China or studying part in China and completing their programme at BCU, starting in year two.

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/international/bifca/our-partnership 

BIFCA has now seen its first graduating students, its teaching commitment is expanding, and we are seeking a lecturer for our Visual Communication area to contribute to its continuing development. The position offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a popular part of China on a 2-year fixed term contract.

About the Role:

We are seeking a Lecturer to teach on our Graphic Communication degree and work as part of a small team of Lecturers, to liaise with colleagues at the partner institute and those at BCU in the UK.  To support the Course and School in the successful delivery of the partnership.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Use appropriate learning, teaching, support and assessment methods and provide feedback to students.
  • Ensure that module design and delivery comply with quality standards and regulations of the university.
  • Supervise student projects and the academic elements of field trips.
  • Monitor student progress and provide support and advice to students as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of engaging learning experiences, supporting colleagues and students.
  • Apply knowledge gained from practice and scholarship to teaching.
  • To contribute to teamwork and build positive and effective working relationships with colleagues at BCU and WTU
  • Willingness to engage in formal staff development activities.

Skills and Experience:

The candidate must be able to demonstrable experience/ expertise (preferably from a background in graphic design) in at least one of the following areas:

  • Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • User Experience 
  • Publishing and Editorial
  • Brand Design & Advertising
  • Packaging Design
  • Interactive design

The applicant will have relevant experience in teaching at HE level within one or more of the areas indicated above. Be able to demonstrate a grasp of the planning, preparation and delivery of teaching materials in a studio-based teaching environment. Knowledge of Adobe Creative suite is essential and its use within a design context.

Candidates would also have to work within a team of fellow academics and technicians and should have good presentation and communications skills, be educated to degree level (or equivalent) level would be required, master’s qualification and professional experience would also be desirable.

Birmingham City University is a diverse place to study, with its origins in the UK's first purpose built municipal art school and many connections to the creative industries.  The home course is in the School of Visual Communication, which is part of the new Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts, which aims to be an art school for the 21st century, transforming the opportunities for our students to work across the creative and cultural industries and beyond.  The BIFCA based course is part of a set of three courses alongside Digital Media Technology and Landscape Architecture, delivered at our Wuhan campus. 

Please note that if you are successful for the role you will need to provide two references in a similar role, with a minimum 2 years, full time teaching experience. 

To apply for this role, please complete the online application and upload a copy of your CV.  Candidates are advised to remove any personal information to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process.

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Birmingham City University is growing in quality and standing, with an academic STEAM agenda at the heart of our ambitions. We are transforming the lives of students and their communities, and want outstanding people to join us in taking us on the next stage of our exciting journey.  

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Birmingham City University has a long heritage of innovation and of making, dating back to our origins in 1843 when we were founded as the Birmingham Government School of Design.  

Our heritage of making through innovation and its application through knowledge exchange, and of creative research and practice, today finds it expression in our STEAM agenda, in our research and enterprise, and in our commitment to challenge-based learning. Working across disciplines, and delivering impactful research and enterprise, interdisciplinarity is at the heart of the continuing transformation of our academic portfolio. 

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Birmingham City University values the quality and diversity of our staff. Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we work with each other. Our core values are we create opportunity, we think differently, and we build community. Our students reflect this rich cultural mix, and we are continuing to work to make sure that this is also reflected in our broader university community.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, continuously reviewing and improving our policies, practices, and procedures to ensure that we are promoting these in all aspects of our operations. We believe that by working together, combining our many different backgrounds and life experiences, we will empower each other to reach our full potential. 

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. We are committed to removing any institutional barriers that our staff and students face and improve the representation, progression and success of staff and students from all backgrounds within higher education.  To demonstrate this, we have signed up to the Race Equality Charter to show our commitment.

Birmingham City University has been recognised for its progress on LGBT+ equality with a Gold award in the Stonewall Index and have entered the Top 100 Employers 2023 for LGBT+ inclusion. Meanwhile, we are Disability Confident (Committed) and are on an exciting journey to advance our University to progress through the Disability Confident scheme.

We are also a Mindful Employer, which means we are committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our staff, and we have also signed up to the Mental Health Charter led by student mental health charity Student Minds.   Furthermore, we are signed up to The Technician Commitment - a university and research institution initiative supported by the Science Council and Gatsby Foundation – aiming to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research.

BCU Values underpin how we work in achieving the ambitions set out in our Strategy and Priorities, and are the principles that unite the way we work together and for our students.

To apply online please click on the 'Apply' button above.

Location: Wuhan - China
Salary: £41,814 to £45,449 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th January 2024
Closes: 25th March 2024
Job Ref: 012024-37
   
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