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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Writing for Screen and PerformanceReference
number:IHCA1304 - 1187 Closing Date:12/06/2013 Salary:AC2/3, £30,423 -
£44,607 pa, with opportunity to progress to £48,729 pa Department:Institute
of Humanities & Creative Arts: Division of Drama, Performance and Film
HoursFull time (applications for fractional appointment of 0.6 or above may
also be considered)Start1st September 2013 Duration:Permanent Responsible
to:Head of Division of Drama, Performance and Film Responsible
date:9th July 2013
We are seeking to appoint someone to contribute to teaching and development
of Screenwriting at Worcester. Currently, our undergraduate Screenwriting
course is offered as a Joint Honours course, to be studied in combination
with a range of other humanities & creative arts courses, including Drama &
Performance, Digital Film Production and, from next year, Creative &
Professional Writing. The course recruits well and its scope, and our
ambition for it, have grown significantly over the past two years. We now
wish to make an additional, specialist appointment that will support
further development of the curriculum, possibly to develop a Single Honours
route, and that will contribute to the burgeoning role of teaching and
research in areas of writing within the Institute of Humanities & Creative
The successful candidate will bring to his/her teaching and research
significant, relevant professional experience and success which will
support student and graduate achievement. The appointee will also be
committed to university teaching and engaged with (and capable of engaging
students with) the theoretical and historical framing of writing practices
associated with screen writing and writing for performance. Candidates will
be expected to be able to consider their own writing practices in research
terms (possibly within the context of practice-as-research).
The post holder will be expected to teach across a range of practice-led
and theory modules, to make a distinctive contribution to both
undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development and to develop
industry links, contacts and networks from which students, the
Screenwriting course and the Institute, more widely, may benefit.
As already described, we are looking for a candidate with a track record of
practice in writing for film, TV and/or related contexts. We would
especially welcome candidates also offering established and /or developing
academic research profiles and with experience of academic course
development. The appointee will be asked to take Worcester’s young
Screenwriting course to a next level of development, assuming a leadership
and administrative role within the Screenwriting and Film area, and to
contribute to other appropriate aspects of writing provision.We
particularly welcome applications from candidates offering experience in a
range of the following:
• Writing for film, television and radio
• Playwriting and writing for live performance
• Creative writing
• Screenwriting theory
• Industry practice
As part of the selection process for the post, candidates invited for
interview will be required to provide:
• A short interactive teaching session with students
• A 10-minute presentation to an audience of academic peers on the topic,
‘Illustrate your ideas for the development of Screenwriting at the
University of Worcester’
• An opening 10-minute presentation, to the interview panel, on their
professional practice or research, as part of a longer, formal interview.
The post is being offered as a full-time post, but candidates wishing to
propose appointment on a fractional basis above 0.6 may also be considered.
Screenwriting and the Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts at the
University of Worcester
Screenwriting at Worcester is a rapidly developing area of academic
provision, led by the Division of Drama, Performance & Film in the
University’s Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts (IHCA). The Division’s
portfolio of undergraduate courses comprises Screenwriting, Film Studies,
Digital Film Production, Drama & Performance, Dance and Urban & Electronic
Music Production. Current Screenwriting provision not only offers
specialist modules but also draws on appropriate modules from related
areas. Recruitment to all of the Division’s courses has risen significantly
over the past three years, but there has been particular growth in relation
to courses, including Screenwriting, that are offered for Joint study with
others (including courses located elsewhere within IHCA, such as Animation,
Creative & Professional Writing, Digital Film Production and English
Specialist teaching resources available to Drama, Performance & Film
include a 50-seat screening room, a Digital Arts Centre comprising MAC and
PC computer studios, digital editing suites, a sound studio, two drama
studios and a video studio linked to one of the drama studios (thereby
supporting curriculum and research developments in multi-media and new
performance). The facilities are well equipped to support collaborative,
interdisciplinary research and projects involving performance, film and new
media. There is a developing culture of screenings and thriving, multiple
links with the professional cultural industries via both the Screenwriting
and Digital Film Production courses.
IHCA is one of the fastest growing of Worcester’s six academic Institutes.
It offers undergraduate provision across a wide range of arts and
humanities disciplines. Its work is structured through four academic
Divisions comprising: Drama, Performance & Film; English, Journalism &
Cultural Studies; History & Sociology; Art, Design & Creative Digital Media.
Staff in the Institute played a significant role in the University’s
RAE2008 submission and new appointments in recent years have raised,
further, IHCA’s research aspirations and strengths, supporting the
University’s aspirations to achieve enhanced performance at the forthcoming
REF. There are good numbers of postgraduate research students, and IHCA as
a whole has a lively research culture that draws on the potential for
cross-disciplinary exchange offered by its academic breadth. It has a
dynamic and ambitious approach to making regional, national and
international connections in both academic and professional contexts. Key
foci for development, recently, have been: its postgraduate taught course
portfolio (with two new MAs - MA Digital Media and MA Drama having been
validated within the last two years, and further developments in
discussion); its international research achievement and continuing
development of research culture; and further development of already high
levels of professional/industry engagement and knowledge transfer work in
support of maintaining the currency and success of its taught courses.
Drama, Performance & Film and the Institute as a whole believe that the
conditions now exist to support a further step change in their activity and
aspirations, to which we will look to the post-holder to make a distinctive
contribution - by capitalizing on the existence of both practice-based and
academic modes of enquiry offered by extant courses, and by drawing on the
Institute’s broader portfolio.
The University as a whole, including the Institute of Humanities & Creative
Arts, has an excellent record of providing academic programmes that support
students’ engagement with relevant professional contexts and their capacity
for subsequent employment within them. It therefore values the experience
of professional practitioners with strong and current industry experience.
1. High quality and inspirational undergraduate teaching in Screenwriting.
2. Leading curriculum and other developments in Screenwriting and
contributing to development of the Institute’s academic ‘writing’ portfolio
more widely - to grow the national reputation and standing of its teaching
and curricula, to support student recruitment and to develop graduate
opportunity and achievement.
3. Research and/or knowledge transfer activity in Screenwriting and/or
related programmes within the Institute, resulting in
dissemination/publication of outputs of national/international peer
4. Teaching and leadership of mandatory modules, including supervision of
independent studies and extension modules.
5. Academic administrative duties for the Division and Institute, as
required by the line manager, including attendance at Subject, Divisional,
Institute and University committee and other meetings.
6. Contribution, as appropriate, to commercial, community, short course and
professional development initiatives and projects in the subject.
7. Participation in learning and teaching developments and
income-generating activities as appropriate and agreed by the line manager.
8. All activities associated with an academic post, including preparation
of teaching and support materials, student tutorials, marking, attendance
at committees and meetings, staff development, open days and schools
visits, international activities, widening participation and outreach
activities, and day and summer schools, as appropriate and agreed with the
*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing
demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and
encourage and support staff in their development and training.
*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being
and that of other staff and students.
*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity
and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the
University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.
Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.
1. A first degree or equivalent and a postgraduate qualification in
Screenwriting or a closely related subject.
2. Experience of teaching Screenwriting at HE level and in a university,
and the ability to teach enthusiastically across a range of related
3. Current knowledge and experience of innovative learning and teaching
methods in HE, including e-learning.
4. A developing research profile and emerging track record of
national/international peer esteemed research outputs and/or an outstanding
record of professional practice and clear evidence of scholarly engagement.
5. Experience of working professionally in an area of Screenwriting.
6. The potential to generate successful external research funding bids
and/or bids to enable professional development/projects, and good industry
7. Emerging leadership skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
8. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
9. Ability to use information/communication technology to support
administration and teaching.
1. Prior experience of HE curriculum and course development.
2. A PhD in Screenwriting or related writing for performance research (or
doctoral study in the process of completion).
3. A track record of publication (in its broadest sense)
4. Proven active involvement in relevant subject associations.
5. Evidence of successful income generation in support of research and/or
other forms of relevant activity.
6. An HE teaching qualification*
*Unless a candidate can offer at least three years’ full-time experience of
teaching within higher education, and an accredited teaching qualification
for the higher education environment, or registered practitioner status
with the HE Academy, then completion of the probationary period will be
dependent on the successful completion of the University’s Postgraduate
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Applications from Non EEA Workers: Prospective applicants are advised to
ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.
Further details can be found at the Home Office UK Border agency website at
http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/ and the points based
calculator can be found at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator
Non UK based applicants: further information about options for applicants
who are not located in the UK can be found at the link at the top of this
web page - see Information for non UK based applicants.
Disclosure: This employment is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders
Act 1974. Candidates will be required to declare any criminal convictions,
cautions or bind-overs, including any that would be regarded as spent under
the Act in other circumstances. If you are selected for appointment you
will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a
Criminal Records Check/Barred List Check
Mikel J. Koven
Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
- Juvenal (Satires VI)
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