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Quality Assurance and Study Abroad Administrator

Grade 6 - £29,089 – £34,090 per annum inclusive of London Allowance (with an expectation the appointment will be made on spine points 21-23)

Location: Bloomsbury, London

Closing Date: Thursday 12th December 2019 

Interview Date: Wednesday 18th December 2019  

Start Date: 27 January 2020 (for six months with the possibility of extension)

Reports To: Departmental Manager
 

Context - History at UCL

UCL History, which dates back to 1830, is consistently ranked as one of the best history departments in the world for quality of both its research and teaching. The department has around 40 permanent academic staff complemented by a team of Teaching Fellows and Graduate Teaching Assistants. All aspects of departmental activity are facilitated and supported by a professional services team of 7. Departmental life is enriched by a number of Research Associates working on specific funded projects. We also host early career researchers.

The department’s undergraduate student numbers are around 600; with a sizable graduate student body of 100 taught graduate students and 60 research students.

Most undergraduates take a BA in History, and we also offer Ancient History, History with a European Language and History with a Year Abroad. Our taught masters degrees are MA in History, MA in European History, MA in Ancient History, MA in Transnational Studies, MA in Chinese Health and Humanity, MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and MA in Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought.

We are based in four fine mid-Victorian town houses. Please note that their design will pose difficulties for individuals whose mobility is impaired.

www.ucl.ac.uk/history

Main purpose of the job

1. To provide administrative support to all curricular development and quality assurance tasks in the department (this includes committee servicing)
2. To support the department’s study abroad and affiliate programme
3. Co-ordinate work around student surveys (module and programme)
4. Departmental Calendar

Duties and Responsibilities
Quality Assurance
  • To service the departmental Consultative and Teaching Committee (CTC). In liaison with the Chair of the CTC prepare agendas, take minutes and maintain list of follow-up actions; liaise with academic colleagues and external examiners on new module proposals; follow through actions relating to module approval (e.g. submission of completed forms and referral to externals and faculty); module and programme amendments and all other business within the purview of the CTC.
  • To co-ordinate completion of Student Evaluation Questionnaires for all modules in the department. These ‘feedback’ surveys are circulated to students via the Moodle e-learning platform. The format of the questionnaires will be determined by the Director of Teaching. The post holder will be responsible for the timely dissemination and collation of all questionnaires – which form the basis of the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).
  • To co-ordinate the department’s Annual Student Experience Review (ASER); providing support to the Head of Department in provision of all the required documentation. The ASER draws together monitoring activities (data review, External Examiner Reports, student surveys, NSS Action Planning) that are extended throughout the year into an annual ‘health check’ exercise for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate taught (PGT) provision.
  • To be responsible for the annual programme and module review (on the PORTICO record system) for each of the department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes of study; on a modular level ensuring all data (such as assessment information) is accurately recorded against modules; and that the diet of modules for the next academic session is accurately recorded on PORTICO.
  • Update the department’s entries in the UCL Module Catalogue.
  • Key Information Statistics. This process takes place in April. All departments are required to provide information, to be recorded on PORTICO, to confirm the number of scheduled contact hours and the number of placement hours for each undergraduate module running in the department.
  • To act as Secretary to both the undergraduate and graduate Staff-Student Consultative Committees (including preparation of agenda, minutes and follow-up actions). Co-ordinating allocation of StARs (student representatives) to departmental committees.
Study Abroad Administration
  • Working closely with the Tutor for the BA History with a Year Abroad and BA History with a European Language to co-ordinate the placements of History Department students who will be undertaking their year of study abroad.
  • Liaison with UCL Study Abroad Office on facilitating arrangements for History students undertaking a year abroad (including, but not confined to, Learning Agreements, Erasmus grant contracts).
  • Ensure outgoing History with a European Language and History with a Year Abroad students complete all the necessary preparatory requirements (prior to their placement) and likewise ensure submission of all required documentation during their placements.
  • Ensure engagement monitoring in place for Tier 4 students on a period of study abroad.
  • Administration relating to the department’s Dartmouth programme.
  • To liaise with the Head of Department, Departmental Manager and Tutors for History with Year Abroad and History with European Language, and the Global Engagement Office, on the terms and provision of existing agreements with partner institutions; and to facilitate the development of any new agreements as required.
  • Maintain all points of information for current and prospective Affiliate, Junior Year Abroad and Erasmus students (notably the web-pages and Moodle). Responsible for the update of the Study Abroad Handbooks for incoming and outgoing.
  • Receive and process all Affiliate, Junior Year Abroad and Erasmus applications to the department. Keep an accurate record and maintain contact with these prospective students, and sending institutions, in advance of their arrival. In liaison with the department’s Communications Officer, and the Faculty Marketing and Communications Team, maintain regular communications to keep prospective students engaged with the department and optimize conversion from application to registration.
Calendar of Events
  • To co-ordinate the preparation of the departmental calendar. The document includes key departmental activities during the year (such as committee meetings) as well as all student-related deadlines (e.g. course-work submission).
Other
  • The post holder will be required to support the work of the wider taught programmes team, most notably during the busy summer examination period. This will include support with mark entry, checking submissions and support with examination boards.
  • To assist as required with Moodle updates.
  • This job description reflects the present requirements of the post, and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder.
  • The post holder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager or Head of Department/Division.
  • The post holder will actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities policies and be expected to give consideration within their role as to how they can actively advance equality of opportunity and good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • The post holder will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.

Full details can be found via the job specification below:



Application Procedure

Applications for the position should be made online at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/ and click on the ‘Current employment opportunities at UCL’ link. Any questions relating to either the post or the applications process should be addressed to Claire Morley, tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1340, email: claire.morley@ucl.ac.uk

Teaching Fellow

Grade 7

Location: Bloomsbury, London

Closing Date: Thursday 12th December 2019 

Interview Date: Wednesday 18th December 2019  

Start Date: Thursday 2nd January 2020

The Appointment: 0.20 FTE

Reports To: Head of Department
 

Context - History at UCL

UCL History, which dates back to 1830, is consistently ranked as one of the best history departments in the world for quality of both its research and teaching. The department has around 40 permanent academic staff complemented by a team of Teaching Fellows and Graduate Teaching Assistants. All aspects of departmental activity are facilitated and supported by a professional services team of 7. Departmental life is enriched by a number of Research Associates working on specific funded projects. We also host early career researchers.

The department’s undergraduate student numbers are around 600; with a sizable graduate student body of 100 taught graduate students and 60 research students.

Most undergraduates take a BA in History, and we also offer Ancient History, History with a European Language and History with a Year Abroad. Our taught masters degrees are MA in History, MA in European History, MA in Ancient History, MA in Transnational Studies, MA in Chinese Health and Humanity, MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and MA in Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought.

We are based in four fine mid-Victorian town houses. Please note that their design will pose difficulties for individuals whose mobility is impaired.

www.ucl.ac.uk/history

Main purpose of the job

The Department of History would like to recruit a Teaching Fellow for the period 02 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, to cover a period of planned staff leave.

The Teaching Fellow will provide teaching and a co-ordinating role on the following Level 5 ‘thematic’ module:

i) Superpower: A Global History of the United States, 1898-1989
How did the United States become the most powerful nation on earth? Popular narratives often stress the exceptionalism of the United States: an apostle of universal democratic liberty, brought out of its nineteenth century isolation because of its unique commitment to democratic liberty. More critical narratives, by contrast, have argued that there was an elite project to turn the United States into a new kind of global empire, one which was profoundly contradictory to the true nature of American democracy. This course will seek to test these conflicting interpretations by exploring the development of US power in the twentieth century, but also to transcend them by showing how the history of US foreign policy can be situated within transnational and global processes. We will examine US diplomacy, international relations, and economic and military interventions overseas. However, we will also explore other kinds of global connections, such as the often outsized role played by specific subgroups within American society whose gendered, racial, class-based and religious concerns transcended national borders. We will look at the development of supranational institutions and ideas. And we will explore the way in which the United States’ increasingly intense engagement with the rest of the world changed the nation at home, whether in terms of the strengthening of the federal state, the transformation of politics and society, or even the reconstruction of the landscape of America itself. This module, aimed at second-year students, is taught by weekly 2-hour seminars (two groups each of c. 15 students). The module is timetabled as follows: Thursdays 09:00-11:00 (seminar group 1) and 2.00-4.00pm (seminar group 2).

Specific teaching duties will include:

  • Convening and teaching this full-year module over the period of the second term (w/b 13 January to w/b 23 March). This will be facilitated by a handover with the current module tutor.
  • In the third term (27 April to 12 June) to act as first examiner for the module. Assessment methods:
    • HIST0079: 2 X 2,500-word essay (50%) and a 3-hour examination (50%)
    • HIST0543 (term 1): 1 X 4,000-word essay (100%) - Term 1 Affiliate students only
    • HIST0543 (term 2): 2 X 2,500-word essay (40/60%) - Term 2 Affiliate students only

Undertake second marking duties as required by the BA Chair Board of Examiners (proportionate to the volume of first marking).

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Teach lectures, seminars, and tutorials for the modules as specified on this job description.
2. Prepare appropriately for teaching each lecture, seminar or tutorial
3. Teach lectures, seminars or tutorials in accordance with the published departmental timetable relating to the relevant modules.
4. Adhere to assigned teaching schedules as closely as possible. Start and end lectures, seminars and tutorials on time. Where rescheduling is unavoidable, inform the Programmes Administrator as early as possible.
5. Report sickness absence to the Departmental Manager on the first day of absence.
6. Prepare and update class materials on Moodle.
7. Liaise with the Director of Teaching about problems encountered within modules.
8. Hold weekly office hours (at least one hour per week) for student drop-in.
9. Mark formative coursework for the named modules, and return this promptly (within the timeframe prescribed by the Director of Teaching), providing students with constructive and comprehensive written feedback.
10. Adhere to the departmental requirement that each student be provided with one-to-one essay feedback (in person).
11. Mark examinations as allocated by the Chair of the appropriate Board of Examiners.
The post-holder is required to undertake a proportionate allocation of second marking/moderation, as determined by the Chair of the appropriate Board of Examiners, in addition to the first marking allocation.
12. Keep a register of student attendance at tutorials.
13. Complete student module reports, where required, for each individual student on a termly basis.
14. Email any student who is absent from a tutorial without excuse.
15. Refer any persistent student absence to the relevant Programmes Administrator.
16. Provide academic guidance to students attending tutorials.
17. Act as a first point of contact for students and refer students as appropriate (e.g. to the Departmental Tutor).
18. Attend UCL training sessions for Teaching Fellows; and attend all required training sessions arranged by the department (as determined by the Director of Teaching).
19. Engage with peer observation of teaching as required.
20. Fulfil appropriate probationary and appraisal requirements.

In addition:

21. The postholder will be expected to carry out any duties as are within the scope and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager, Director of Teaching, Head of Department.
22. The postholder will be expected to actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities policy.
23. The postholder will be expected to maintain an awareness and observation of Fire, Health & Safety Regulations.
24. As duties and responsibilities change, this job description will be reviewed and amended in consultation with the postholder.

Full details can be found via the job specification below:


Application Procedure

Applications for the position should be made online at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/ and click on the ‘Current employment opportunities at UCL’ link. You are required to upload the following documents as two attachments. Attachment 1. a letter of application specifying how you meet the criteria set out above (maximum length 2 pages) Attachment 2. a cv (maximum 5 pages) In addition, please arrange for two academic referees to write confidentially to the recruitment panel, c/o Claire Morley, Department of History, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT. References may also be emailed to claire.morley@ucl.ac.uk Any questions relating to either the post or the applications process should be addressed to Claire Morley, tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1340, email: claire.morley@ucl.ac.uk

 

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