Job description


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Job Details

Job title: Teaching Fellow in Illustration

School/Support Department: Edinburgh College of Art

Unit: School of Design

Line manager: Prof Sarah Kettley

Job Purpose

We hope that we will attract applicants with a wide range of experience in the diverse practices of Illustration. Applicants will specialise and have a depth of knowledge in at least one field of illustration and ideally have experience in a few others including: children’s books, advertising, concept art, infographics, comics, editorial, reportage, and exhibitions. An ability to teach drawing is required and a good understanding for the teaching of other practices is desirable these may include: painting, print-making, book-binding, digital tools including animation and 3d software.

Course content and assessment are completed through a virtual learning environment and there is a certain amount of admin in running three specific courses to a wide range of university students. We are looking for a candidate who also has good organisation and planning skills as well as being an excellent communicator.

The successful candidates will be expected to develop a broad approach to historical, contextual and theoretical components of Illustration as well as support and contribute to the vibrant practice based studio culture of Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art.

Main Responsibilities
1 Teaching of Illustration to all four year levels of the BA (Hons)
2 Teaching of Illustration to Masters students both on the MA and MFA
3 Administration, assessment, presentation of work at examination period and periodic written feedback to students

Curriculum Design, Content and Organisation

The post-holder will:

• Ensure that course content is relevant, current and consistent with the mission of the School and Programme.
• Ensure that the delivery of courses is organised in such a way as to be appropriate to the resources available and to the learning styles and developmental stages of the students concerned.
• Create and assist with the development of new courses within the ECA and School of Design curriculum.

Learning Teaching and Assessment

The post-holder will:

• Ensure that the learning, teaching and assessment methods employed on the courses delivered for the Programme are appropriate to the resources allocated, the demands of the subject, and the learning styles and developmental stages of the students.
• Plan and manage the assessment of courses to comply with School of Design / ECA / University policy and to ensure students are given constructive and timely feedback that helps them improve.
• Contribute to Assessments, Internal Moderations, Boards of Examiners and their pre-boards as appropriate.
• Undertake such teaching duties as are appropriate to the requirements of the courses delivered and consistent with their area(s) of expertise.

Student Support and Guidance

The post holder will:

• Ensure that students enrolled on the programme and courses are appropriately supported and provided with timely and constructive guidance for their academic development and pastoral care, fulfilling the policies and procedures of the School / ECA / University and utilising appropriate channels and media.
• In liaison with the School Administrators, ensure that information provided to students enrolled on courses is current, accessible and consistent, including:
• Course materials;
• Course Handbooks;
• Student timetables;
• Project briefs;
• Learning materials;
• Feedback on assessment (formative and summative)
• Contribute to information provided to students by the School and the Programme.
• Ensure the maintenance of standards of student discipline and conduct.

Student Progression and Achievement

The successful candidate will:

• Undertake course administration in association with the existing academic staff and in liaison with the School Administrators, ensure that student records are maintained which are current, accurate and constructive, including:
-Attendance records
-Achievement and progression
-Support needs

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• Specialist knowledge in at least one field of illustration.
• Demonstrable ability to design and deliver inspiring teaching, assessment and research supervision.
• Experience of teaching and educational administration in higher/further education.
• Experienced in a range of methods of teaching and delivery of course content.
• Empathic and student-focused.
• Ability to motivate students.
• Ability to work successfully as part of a team.
• Display evidence of being able to organise, prioritise and manage time effectively.
• Ability to provide results and records required by the School of Design in a timely manner.

• Experience of teaching in an art and design school environment
• Experience in making and teaching comics, editorial, reportage, children’s books, advertising, concept art, infographics and exhibitions.
• Ability to teach drawing, painting, print-making, book-binding, digital tools including animation and 3d software.
• Experience of curriculum development.
• Postgraduate teaching qualification.

Job Context and any other relevant information
Further details on teaching programmes, staff research interests, and publications are to be found on the School of Design website (

Informal enquiries should be directed to the Head of the School of Design, Professor Sarah Kettley:

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. 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.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.
The closing date is 5pm (GMT) 9th January 2020.

Right to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 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 right to work please visit our right to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

- Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website

- Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).
Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has
• ended or expired.
• the CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and
• you are either:
o applying for entry clearance from outside the UK, or
o you are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2.
You must wait 12 months before applying again. Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at:

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 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.


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,797 to £40,322 pro rata for 17.5 hours part time each week. 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.

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