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Tutor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies – University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh

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Part-time

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures is looking to appoint a Tutor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

This post is required to teach tutorials for Modern Middle Eastern History B, a sub-honours history survey course covering the period 1945 to the present, for 8 weeks, 2 hours per week (total 16 hours guaranteed minimum over semester 2).

Your role will generally be concerned with contributing to elements of teaching within a clear and established programme by provision of tuition in specific areas of a course to groups of students, to further the understanding of key course topics, and assisting students in drawing key learning points out of course materials as well as some additional administrative tasks, principally essay marking.


Please note that these posts are primarily aimed at PhD students (in 2nd Year or above) within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the wider University of Edinburgh.

This is a Guaranteed Hours contract. Hours of work and duration of contract will be discussed at an interview. This post is available from January to May 2019 and will be fixed-term “student experience” contracts.

You will be paid at Grade UE06 at an hourly rate of £15.25-£17.66 plus an allowance for annual leave

Closing date for applications: No later than 5pm (GMT) on 12th December 2018.

Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Head of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, to [email protected]


The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.

Job Purpose

This role will generally be concerned with contributing to elements of teaching within a clear and established programme by provision of tuition in specific areas of a course to groups of usually undergraduate students. A key purpose of the role is to stimulate discussion and debate amongst students on course topics in order to further the understanding of key course topics and assisting students in drawing key learning points out of course materials.


Main Responsibilities

The following items are representative work activities, which may be undertaken by a Tutor at this level:

  • To lead tutorials, within a framework set by others, for groups of students, with specified learning outcomes, in discussing key points from tutorials/lectures and/or course materials within a clear and established programme. Tutorials may take a variety of forms including those appropriate to problem-based learning.
  • To carry out necessary prior reading and preparation on tutorial topics in order to be able to guide discussion and answer queries arising from set exercises.
  • Contribute to identification of topics for discussion and assists in developing reading lists.
  • To undertake marking, under supervision, of assignments and/or exams.
  • To monitor student progress and provides feedback to the student, highlighting to the course organiser any concerns about student performance or pastoral issues.
  • To be aware of any Health & Safety, and welfare issues, and raise any concerns with the course organiser.


Planning and Organising

Within boundaries of set topics, plan how to develop discussion within the tutorial session. The course organiser or course lecturer (as appropriate) will set the broad topics to be discussed at tutorials throughout the semester. In discussion with the course organiser/lecturer, the tutor may suggest additional or alternative topics, different material to aid discussion and small variations to the order of topics.


Problem Solving

Post holders are expected to resolve problems relating to their own teaching activity independently and pass onto Course Organiser, or other appropriate member of staff, more complex issues including concerns relating to students’ health and safety or pastoral issues.


Decision Making

Provided with guidelines on course content by course organiser or lecturer (as appropriate). The tutor has some discretion on how to deliver on topics and which course related materials to recommend. The Tutor should feedback to course organiser/lecturer any concerns e.g. plagiarism, student performance issues, following local School student support guidelines.


Key Contacts/Relationships

  • Course organiser or course lecturer (as appropriate)
  • Undergraduate students
  • School HR team
  • School student support and teaching admin colleagues


Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Depending on the specific area:

Essential

  • Demonstrate a capability to lead groups, which may have been gained through experience as a demonstrator, including explaining concepts in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the topic under discussion to adequately lead the discussion taking account of the needs of the specific group including detailed explanation of how the topic relates to the wider area of study.
  • Tutors will normally hold a degree relevant to the teaching area and have an understanding of the basic principles of teaching, learning and assessment.


Dimensions

Small scale tutorial group/s of, usually, undergraduate students.

Has health and safety responsibility for students through supervision and adoption of the correct processes/procedures


Job Context and any other relevant information

This post is required to teach tutorials for Modern Middle Eastern History B, a sub-honours history survey course covering the period 1945 to the present, for 8 weeks, 2 hours per week (total 16 hours guaranteed minimum over semester 2).

You will be employed on a Student Experience contract and will be allocated a specific number of hours per Course/Semester. In accordance with University policy the total basic paid hours which can be offered to current PhD students is strictly limited. The limit must not exceed 9 hours per week during term-time (414 hours over the academic year). You may be able to take on additional work out-with semester dates as long as this is within the annual limit. The School is formally required to closely monitor all paid hours and must not exceed these limits so candidates should take this into consideration. This is particularly important when individuals undertake more than one paid role within the University and, should you be successful at interview, you would only be eligible to accept hours up to the maximum cap. You will be notified of the hours should you be appointed.

Please be aware that not all courses will require tutors and you will be selected subject to the department’s overall teaching requirements.

In addition to completion of the online application form, candidates should also ensure they attach a supporting letter giving details of their expertise in the subject and current student status with the University of Edinburgh.

Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Head of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, to [email protected]


The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.


Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page submitting an up to date CV and supporting letter. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Closing date for applications: No later than 5.00pm (GMT) 12th December 2018.


Eligibility to Work

In accordance with UK legislation the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained.

For further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes please visit the GOV.UK website


Conditions of Employment


Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE06 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.

Salary

The role is guaranteed hours. It is grade UE06 and attracts an hourly rate of £15.25-£17.66 plus annual leave allowance. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week


The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies is a dynamic department committed to excellence in teaching and research, with a long history of prominence in Islamic Studies and the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East. The department offers a wide variety of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is home to 500 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate students across Arabic, Persian, Turkish and related disciplines, as well as 28 academic and administrative colleagues.

In the recent REF2014, 73% of its research output was judged to be ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.

At Edinburgh, IMES operates in partnership with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre, and has close teaching and research collaborations with a number of departments across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Full information can be found on the website at: www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/literatures-languages-cultures/islamic-middle-eastern

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC)
LLC is one of the largest schools in the College of Humanities and Social Science and is situated in the heart of the main University of Edinburgh campus, in a number of buildings around George Square. It offers a vibrant and dynamic work environment for colleagues and is committed to excellence in teaching and research across the wide range of cultures and languages it studies.

The School delivers over half the College’s undergraduate degree programmes. It comprises five subject areas:

  • Asian Studies
  • Celtic and Scottish Studies
  • English Literature
  • European Languages and Cultures
  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

LLC also has a Graduate School which provides a dynamic and productive home for several hundred postgraduates on taught and research programmes. Our students come from all over the world, and study topics of equally global scope. The Graduate School oversees the administration and delivery of graduate teaching within the five subject areas of the school, and is also responsible for the delivery of innovative transdisciplinary programmes in Film, Media, Translation Studies and Comparative Literature. Situated at the crossroads between teaching and research, it is involved in almost all areas of the school’s activities, so offers a vibrant and stimulating work environment. Full information can be found on the website at: www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/literatures-languages-cultures/graduate-school

LLC also hosts a number of associated research centres – the Princess Dashkova Centre, the Confucius Centre, the Al Waleed Centre and CASAW – which oversee research and which complement the School’s outreach and public engagement initiatives.

Facilities
In the 2014 REF over 70% of the research activity in the School was rated world leading or internationally excellent (3* or 4*). We provide an excellent standard of facilities for colleagues in a recently refurbished and new building, at the heart of George Square.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world’s leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission’s overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we’re particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh
For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world’s leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

University Family Friendly Initiatives

Equality Networks:

Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies
Disabled Staff Network

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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