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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

                                            LECTURER

Further Information for Candidates

THE UNIVERSITY AND THE DEPARTMENT

The University of York is in the foremost group of universities in the UK, with an outstanding
record of teaching, research and training across the scientific disciplines. The University is
consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK based on the 2001 RAE and on HEFCE
research efficiency criteria (Financial Times/Times/Guardian ranking). It is the most research-
efficient university in the UK. The University dominates the top of the national teaching league
tables with Cambridge. The main campus adjoins the village of Heslington, within a mile of the
historic walled city of York.

The Department of Computer Science has a strong research record. In the 2001 Research
Assessment Exercise it was rated as grade 5*: only six UK departments received this grading and is
now, rated 6* (based on the formula of achieving 5* in two successive RAE assessments). In 1996
the Department was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education,
reflecting the quality of its research and teaching, particularly industrial technology transfer.

There are currently seven main research groups: Advanced Computer Architectures, Artificial
Intelligence (including Machine Learning, Inductive Logic Programming and Computational Linguistics),
High Integrity Systems Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Non Standard Computation,
Programming Languages and Systems, and Real-time Systems.

The Department, which is housed in a purpose-built building which was opened in September
1997, has 35 members of academic staff, including nine professors, one reader and ten senior
lecturers. The support staff comprises a Laboratory Manager, seven Experimental Officers, nine
technicians, eleven secretarial / administrative staff, an Industrial Liaison Officer and a half-time
technical librarian. About 50 research associates are employed on research grants and contracts
and there are a similar number of PhD students.

The Department teaches the following degree courses: Computer Science (BEng/BSc) and Computer
Systems and Software Engineering (MEng), which are accredited by both the British Computer
Society and the Institute of Electrical Engineers; Information Technology, Business Management and
Language (BSc/BA), accredited by the British Computer Society; Information Processing (MSc), a
conversion course for students whose first degree is not in Computer Science; Safety Critical
Systems Engineering (MSc), an advanced course for students with a strong background in
Computer Science; Bioinformatics (MRes), an advanced course for students with a strong
background in the Biological Sciences and an advanced MSc course in Software Engineering.
JOB DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND TO THE POST:

The central aim of the Department is to undertake research and teaching of the highest
international standards in Computer Science and related areas. The Department is consistently
ranked among the top five Computer Science departments in the UK and HEFCE has also
designated the Department's teaching as 'Excellent'.

OBJECTIVES OF THE POST:

1.    To contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes
2.    To undertake research
3.    To undertake departmental administrative responsibilities

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.    To contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes
1.1   To prepare and deliver high quality teaching and learning materials
1.2   To ensure that learning materials are available to students on the Department’s web pages

1.3   To prepare and mark examination papers
1.4   To assess student coursework
1.5   To undertake the duties of supervisor to undergraduate students
1.6   To act as an examiner at other higher education institutions (when invited to do so)
1.7   To contribute to the development of new areas of the curriculum and teaching practices and
      the advancement of the subject area

2     To undertake research
2.1   To undertake research in relevant subject areas
2.2   To deliver research papers to colleagues at this and other higher education institutions and at
      national and international conferences
2.3   To publish research in refereed journals, conference proceedings and other publications
2.4   To access research grants and other funding
2.5   To supervise research students
2.6   To write research proposals

3     To undertake departmental administrative responsibilities
3.1   To undertake administrative tasks within the Department as determined by the Head of
      Department (e.g. member of a committee or working group, admissions tutor, etc).


The post holder will also be required to undertake any others duties commensurate with the level
of the post.
RELATIONSHIPS AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:

The post holder will report to the Head of Department
The post holder will work closely with other members of teaching and research staff in the
Department of Computer Science, other University Departments and External Organisations.
PERSON SPECIFICATION

ESSENTIAL AND DESIRABLE CRITERIA FOR THE POST

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

                               Essential                      Desirable

Qualifications                 Relevant 1st degree and
                               PhD

Knowledge                      Knowledge of developing
                               areas in computer science

                               Knowledge of the needs of
                               students

Skills/abilities/competences Ability to undertake             Ability to undertake
                             research at a national level.    research at an
                                                              international level
                               Ability to make a
                               significant contribution to
                               the output of a large
                               research group.

                               Ability to generate
                               research income.

                               Ability to provide pastoral
                               care to undergraduate
                               students

                               Ability to teach on
                               undergraduate and
                               postgraduate courses.

                               Ability to develop new
                               areas of the curriculum.

                               Ability to contribute to the
                               administrative work of the
                               Department of Computer
                               Science.
Experience                     Experience of supervision      Experience of teaching on
                               of research students           undergraduate
                                                              programmes

Personal Attributes            Commitment to continuing
                               professional development

                               Demonstrable
                               commitment to equal
                               opportunities
SALARY AND TERMS

Salary will be within the Lecturer salary range £xxx - £xxx per annum.

The candidate appointed may, immediately upon starting employment, join USS - the
Universities’ Superannuation Scheme, which involves a personal contribution of 6.35% of salary
and a University contribution equal to 14% of salary.

Staff who do not have the equivalent of three years’ full-time teaching experience will be expected to complete
the York Certificate of Academic Practice (YCAP).

INFORMAL ENQUIRIES

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of Department/nominee by telephone (+44 (0)1904
432732). Additional information is also available on the Department's web pages at
http://www.york.ac.uk

HOW TO APPLY

Please send X copies (1 copy for each panel member and 1 copy for the Personnel and Staff
Development Office) of the following:

•       Application Form
•       Letter of Application - in the letter of application, please highlight how you believe you
        meet the essential and desirable criteria outlined in the Person Specification above;
•       full Curriculum Vitae, including the names and addresses (and e-mail addresses wherever
        possible) of three referees.

together with one copy of the following forms:

•       Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
•       Additional Information Form

to:     The Personnel and Staff Development Office
        University of York
        Heslington
        York
        YO10 5DD.

Please note that e-mailed applications will not be accepted, except in specific
circumstances, at outlined in the accompanying Guidance for Applicants e.g. for an
applicant with a disability.

A statement giving details of any unspent criminal convictions or any criminal proceedings
pending against you and/or any spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings for
posts which are exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act should be placed in a separate
envelope marked ‘ROA’ and sent to the Personnel & Staff Development Office with your
application. You may attach any other information to this statement which you believe may
improve understanding of the details you have disclosed
The closing date for receipt of applications is X.

The University will assume that it is free to approach referees at any stage unless the candidate
states otherwise in his/her application (i.e. candidates who wish a referee or referees to be
approached only with their specific permission and/or if they were called to interview, are asked
to state such requirements explicitly alongside the details of the relevant referee(s)).

It is anticipated that interviews for the post will be held on X date and certainly no later than two
months after the closing date for applications. If you have not been invited for interview within
that time scale, we should like to thank you for the interest you have shown in working for the
University, but you should assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.
Applicants who are short-listed for interview will be sent details of time and venue as soon as
possible.

The University regrets that due to the volume of applications received, it is unable to give feedback
to applicants who are not short-listed for interview.

As soon as reasonably practicable after the interviews have taken place the Personnel and Staff
Development Office will write to the successful candidate offering him/her the post. Whilst we
try to notify unsuccessful candidates in as effective and efficient manner as possible, sometimes the
process can take rather longer than is ideal because of the need to recall candidates for a second
interview or because of staff leave and other absences. We apologise for any delay and
inconvenience caused in these circumstances.

In accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act (1996), if you are successful in your
application for this post you will be required to provide, before you start work at the University,
appropriate documentation to evidence that you are legally entitled to live and work in the UK. If
you are offered this post further details about this requirement will be enclosed with the formal
written offer of employment.

Should you have any queries regarding your application, please do not hesitate to contact the
Personnel & Staff Development Office (tel: 01904 434835).

                                          *** *** *** *** ***

                With the compliments of the Personnel & Staff Development Office
Example Further Particulars

UNIVERSITY OF YORK
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

                       ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE UNIT
Course Secretary (MA in TEYL/Japanese Courses)



                              Further information for applicants

The English as a Foreign Language Unit is a small but very active unit which provides a
wide range of language training and teacher development services inside and outside the
university. It currently has 4 full time teaching staff, including the Director and Assistant
Director, two secretaries (a Unit Secretary and an MA secretary) and a technician. There
are also around 12 part-time tutors. The Unit is based in the Language Centre, in the centre
of the campus, next to Central Hall and the lake.

The MA Secretary will report to (and work closely with) the Assistant Director, but liaise
with the other Unit staff. The job will mainly involve three of the Unit’s areas of work: (1)
the MA in Teaching English to Young Learners (by Distance), (2) contract courses for
students from Japanese universities and (3) secondary- and primary-level EFL teacher
development courses. The major tasks with these areas are as follows:

MA in TEYL
The MA secretary handles enquiries from potential students, maintains a database of
students and student progress, prepares documents and packages of materials to be sent
to students, helps with the administration of the summer 2-week intensive courses,
processes/records student assignments and books advertisements. The secretary also
handles the organisation of the weekend Annual International Seminar in TEYL, in July.

Courses for Japanese institutions and Teacher development courses
The work is essentially similar for both types of course. The primary tasks are to liaise
with the Course Director, with relevant York University sections/ departments and with
the overseas institution, to answer enquiries, to prepare documentation such as lists and
timetables, to book trips and visits, to help and attend course receptions and to keep a
record of costs involved.

Special features of the post and the requirements of the post
Part of the work involves liaising with a broad range of people, and the Secretary
supporting a course is frequently seen by students as a first line of help. Candidates must
accordingly have excellent interpersonal skills and telephone manner plus a sense of tact
and diplomacy. A knowledge of, and sensitivity towards, other cultures is also important.

One core part of the job is the maintenance of accurate records, which can be accessed
rapidly and from which regular reports can be made. Some records are kept on paper, so
good filing is important. Other records are computerised. The programmes currently used
are MS Word, MS Works and Excel, with Works being used for databases and some form
letters. Candidates must therefore have excellent organisational skills and good IT skills to
RSA III level (or equivalent).

At a general level, EFL Unit courses are run by teams of teaching and support staff, and
the secretary must be able to work well as part of a team. At the same time, the job
requires the ability to work with minimal supervision at times and to be able to exercise a
measure of personal judgement and initiative. The secretary must be flexible enough to be
able to respond to emergencies, for example by getting appropriate help fast, and/or by
rescheduling previously timetabled tasks,

As a large part of the Unit’s work takes place over the summer, it is essential that
candidates are able to work during July, August and much of September and take
holidays at other points in the year.

Experience of (1) working with distance education programmes in higher education and
(2) host family networks would be particularly desirable.

Salary

The salary will be within the range £xxxx to £xxxx per annum, on grade X of the scales for
Administrative and Related Staff.

In accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act (1996), if you are successful in your
application for this post you will be required to provide, before you start work at the
University, appropriate documentation to evidence that you are legally entitled to live and
work in the UK. If you are offered this post further details about this requirement will be
enclosed with the formal written offer of employment.

How To Apply

The closing date for applications is X date. Completed application forms should be
returned to the Personnel & Staff Development Office, University of York, Heslington,
YORK YO10 5DD.

It is anticipated that interviews for the post will be held on X date. If you have not been
invited for interview within that time scale, we should like to thank you for the interest
you have shown in working for the University, but you should assume that on this
occasion your application has been unsuccessful. Applicants who are short-listed for
interview will be sent details of time and venue as soon as possible.

The University regrets that it is unable to give feedback to candidates who are not short-
listed for interview. For some posts we can receive more than one hundred applications
and the reason why an applicant is not short-listed is often because there were a large
number of applicants, rather than because of any deficiency in the individual’s
application. Short-listed applicants may seek feedback, although again the reason why
candidates are unsuccessful is rarely because of any failing on their part that may be dealt
with by remedial action, but rather that there was an outstanding individual amongst the
excellent candidates invited for interview.

As soon as reasonably practicable after the interviews have taken place the Personnel and
Staff Development Office will write to the successful applicant offering him/her the post.
Upon receipt of formal written acceptance of the post we will write to notify unsuccessful
candidates. Whilst we try to do this in as effective and efficient manner as possible,
sometimes the process can take rather longer than is ideal because of the need to recall
candidates for a second interview and reconvene interview panels and/or due to routine
disruptions caused by leave and other absences. We apologise for any delay and
inconvenience caused in these circumstances.

Should you have any queries regarding your application, please do not hesitate to contact the
Personnel & Staff Development Office (tel: 01904 434842).

                                       ♦♦♦ ♦♦♦ ♦♦♦

                With the compliments of the Personnel & Staff Development Office
Person Specification

Course Secretary

                                  Essential                    Desirable
  Qualifications                  ‘C’ at GCSE level (or        BTEC in Business
                                  equivalent) in 5 subjects    Studies or NVQ level II
                                  Word Processing RSA
                                  Stage III (or equivalent)

  Knowledge                       office procedures            knowledge of and
                                  cultural awareness           sensitivity towards
                                                               other cultures

  Skills/abilities/competencies   ability to set up web        ability to set up
                                  pages                        spreadsheets
                                  ability to use               ability to set up
                                  spreadsheets (input data     databases
                                  and generate reports)        ability to design a
                                  ability to use databases     website
                                  (input data and generate     Customer care skills
                                  reports)
                                  time management skills
                                  organisational skills
                                  ability to file accurately
                                  ability to communicate
                                  effectively with people at
                                  all levels
                                  ability to work under
                                  pressure
                                  ability to work as a team
                                  member

  Experience                      a minimum of 2 years’        Experience of working
                                  experience of working in     in a busy office
                                  an office environment
                                  word processing
                                  experience equivalent to
                                  RSA III

  Personal Attributes             Willingness to take
                                  holidays outside summer
                                  months of July, August
                                  and most of September

				
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