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					UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
SCHOOL OF SPORT, PERFORMING ARTS AND LEISURE

EMPLOYEE SPECIFICATION (to be derived from Job Description/PERS001)

JOB TITLE: Reader in Leisure Industries

ESTABLISHMENT NO:

DEPARTMENT: Leisure Industries (includes: Event & Venue Management,
Hospitality, Sport Management, Tourism)


     ATTRIBUTE                        ESSENTIAL                               DESIRABLE
1.   Standard of General              Strong academic profile.                Familiarity with specialist
     Education                        Good honours degree.                    applications such as
                                      IT competence in essential              SPSS, QSR NVivo 8.0
                                      packages such as MS Office

2.   Academic                         PhD in relevant subject
     Qualifications

3.   Professional                     Demonstrable evidence of
     Qualifications                   research and teaching experience
                                      in HE.

                                      Relevant professional experience
                                      in the Leisure Industries.

4.   General Skills/
                                      Excellent interpersonal and
     Experience
                                      organisational skills;
                                      Effective communication skills
                                      (written and oral) with clear ability
                                      to represent the School, both
                                      internally and externally; flexible
                                      and able to respond positively to
                                      a changing agenda
                                      Ability to lead staff in building
                                      research capacity
                                      Creative vision for the
                                      development of learning and
                                      teaching; evidence of developing
                                      innovative pedagogical
                                      approaches.




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5.   Specific                         Evidence of                          Experience of developing
     Skills/Experience                management/leadership                and using technology in
                                      responsibilities in HE               learning, teaching and
                                      Experience of managing inter-        research
                                      disciplinary research teams
                                      and/or projects.                     Experience of overseas
                                                                           teaching, learning or
                                      Experience of work-based
                                                                           research
                                      learning and employability
                                      agenda in Higher Education
                                      Proven record of success in
                                      learning, teaching and the
                                      supervision of postgraduate
                                      student work
                                      Experience of curriculum design
                                      and the use of technology in
                                      support of learning
                                      Ability to respond to the changing
                                      agenda of UK and Transnational
                                      HE, and to demonstrate
                                      enthusiasm in engaging with its
                                      challenges


6.   Specific Qualities                                                    Experience of working
                                      Knowledge of current issues,
     related to a particular                                               collaboratively with other
                                      major research paradigms and
     position                                                              HEIs and/or external
                                      methodologies in the Leisure
                                      Industries.                          agencies in research
                                                                           projects.
                                      Current research of national
                                      significance, with a considerable
                                      record of dissemination and
                                      publication
                                      Recent and relevant teaching
                                      profile in the Leisure Industries
                                      Ability to review, lead and
                                      implement the department’s
                                      research strategy and advance
                                      the research work of the School
                                      Success in grant applications and
                                      income generation through
                                      research funding councils,
                                      industry or charitable
                                      organisations
7.   Other                            Commitment to the promotion of       Ability to work in a multi-
                                      Equal Opportunities                  disciplinary teaching and
                                                                           research team.




Issued by:     Dean of School John Pymm                 Date of Issue:10 November,
2011



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THE UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
SCHOOL OF SPORT, PERFORMING ARTS AND LEISURE

ACADEMIC JOB DESCRIPTION

POST:                    Reader in Leisure Industries

LOCATION:                Walsall Campus, but the post holder may be required to work
                         on other campuses of the University, or, from time to time, in
                         locations determined by client requirements. Overseas work
                         may be required from time to time.

GRADE:                   UW11

ESTABLISHMENT NO:

1.      ORGANISATION CHART

        Reports to:      Associate Dean (Research)

        Post Holder:     Reader in Leisure Industries

2.      CONTACTS

        Internal:        Dean of School; Associate Deans; Head of Department;
                         Central Services; Division Staff; School Administrative Staff;
                         Campus Management; Campus Learning Centre; Campus
                         Registry; academic colleagues; students, including
                         researchers where appropriate; Campus Staff. Graduate
                         School

        External:        Wide range of clients including both potential students and
                         researchers; Local Authorities and local/regional/national
                         agencies; SMEs and other employers, other groups as
                         required by the Head of Department.

3.      PERSONAL SPECIFICATION

        The postholder will be an enthusiastic and enterprising individual with a
        current research profile relevant to the Department of Leisure Industries’
        portfolio. He/she will be able to make a positive and significant contribution to
        the strategic direction of the Department (including deputising on occasion for
        the Head of Department), and lead the continued development of research
        and income generation.

        The postholder will contribute to the Department’s undergraduate and
        postgraduate teaching and supervision of masters and doctoral studies and
        will lead the school-wide development of work-based learning.
        He/she will hold a PhD in a discipline relevant to the department’s subject
        areas and will have an enthusiasm for learning and teaching and will have
        dissertation supervision experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level,
        ideally having supervised MPhil/PhD students to successful completion.

        With a keen knowledge of the context of research and consultancy in the
        Leisure industries, the postholder will have developed a significant research


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       profile and demonstrate experience of leading research projects and/or
       teams. He/she will have experience in securing research funding, and in
       writing grant applications for external agencies; they should currently be
       managing (or co-managing) a significant research project and/or have
       consultancy income generation experience.


4.     PURPOSE OF THE POST

       The post has five main foci:

                   to lead the department’s research strategy, the expansion of its
                    research profile and the capacity of the staff team to maximise
                    research outputs

                   to develop the department’s consultancy work and lead bids for
                    external funding

                   to contribute to learning, teaching and assessment of undergraduate
                    and postgraduate modules within the department’s portfolio and to
                    develop innovative approaches to the delivery of the taught provision.

                   to deputise for the Head of Department as necessary

                   to lead and co-ordinate the School’s work-based learning policy and
                    strategy.


       The postholder will also work collaboratively with the Professors and Readers
       in the School in leading and promoting the School’s research strategy.



5.     MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

       Specific responsibilities

          i.        To support the continuing development of an active research culture
                    within the department and to raise its research profile regionally,
                    nationally and internationally
          ii.       To be a major catalyst in the development of applied research
                    (consultancy) in the department and the School, actively seeking
                    opportunities and pursuing research funding applications in order to
                    lead the writing of bids that generate and expand research and third
                    stream activities.
         iii.       To produce high quality research and disseminate it through
                    appropriate mechanisms (e.g. books, peer-reviewed journals,
                    international conferences)
         iv.        To supervise appropriate numbers of postgraduate dissertations and
                    research degree student theses, but not so many as to reduce the
                    total amount of undergraduate teaching or undergraduate project
                    supervision


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             v.   To contribute to the teaching / leadership of modules in Leisure
                  Industries, and curriculum development in the department / school; to
                  undertake the role of personal tutor
            vi.   To lead the development of the taught postgraduate portfolio in
                  Leisure industries
        vii.      To act as Course Leader for at least one postgraduate taught award or
                  equivalent for which hours are included in the Reader’s overall
                  allocation
        viii.     To make a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the
                  Department;
            ix.   To deputise for the Head of Department on occasion
             x.   To lead the development of work-based learning across the School
                  and within the Department
            xi.   To contribute actively to the committee structure of the School, as
                  directed by the Head of Department, Associate Dean (Research) or
                  Dean

       General responsibilities

       The post holder will, in the context of the University of Wolverhampton Code
       of Practice:-

       i.         Support the School and University Mission Aims in respect of the
                  continual improvement of quality; Equal Opportunities; Widening
                  Participation; and effective Health and Safety policies;
       ii.        Establish new learning strategies delivered via up-to-date, facilitating
                  and enterprising teaching methods, taking account of the need to
                  generate high-level skills of self-evaluation in students; flexible and
                  distance learning techniques; student orientation including: negotiated
                  learning; learning contracts and alternative methods of assessment;
       iii.       Contribute actively to updating the content and methodology of
                  Subjects and awards;
       iv.        Participate in the examination, monitoring and process review
                  procedures of both the School and, if required by the Dean, other
                  Schools within the University;
       v.         Attend punctually for teaching commitments; mark and return student
                  assignments promptly;
       vi.        Work as a member of various teams such as: Admissions, Awards;
                  Marketing and participate in other projects such as curriculum
                  development or project grant applications;
       vii.       Undertake such other tasks within the level of the post as may be
                  required by the Dean of School or members of Executive.

The make-up of duties may vary from year to year, and will be determined by the
Head of Department in consultation with the post holder, and will be reviewed
regularly through the Appraisal Scheme and in discussion with the School Executive.
Ultimate responsibility for the duties undertaken rests with the Dean of School.




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6.     OTHER FEATURES OF THE POST

       The post holder will be required under the terms of his/her contract of
       employment with the University to participate in a staff appraisal scheme,
       which includes an element of observation of teaching at the point of delivery.

7.     DATA PROTECTION ACT (1984)

       The post holder will need to have regard to the above legislation and will, at
       all times, bear in mind his/her responsibilities under the above Act. Attention
       is specifically drawn to the need for confidentiality in handling personal data
       and the implications of unauthorised disclosure.

8.     COMPUTER MISUSE ACT (1990)

       The post holder will need to have regard for the provision of the Computer
       Misuse Act 1990 and in particular to take such steps as may be necessary to
       prevent unauthorised access to computer material (Section 1) and the
       unauthorised modification of computer material (Section 3).

9.     HEALTH AND SAFETY

       The post holder may be expected to undertake emergency first aid training.
       The post holder will be responsible for health and safety in the area under
       his/her control on a day-to-day basis, and must ensure, as far as is
       reasonably practicable, that he/she is familiar with all relevant Health and
       Safety legislation and recommendations and that these are observed within
       his/her areas of responsibility. Attention is particularly drawn to the existence
       of the University’s policy statement on health and safety at work, copies of
       which have been displayed on notice boards in the University (further copies
       may be obtained from the Personnel Services Department). Any accident in
       the post holder’s area must be entered in the accident book.

10.    HOURS OF WORK

       The nature of teaching posts is such that staff are expected to work such
       hours as are reasonably necessary in order to fulfil their duties and
       responsibilities. It would therefore be inappropriate to define the total hours to
       be worked in any week. A reasonable norm, however, having regard to the
       contractual position of other senior staff in the University, would be thirty-
       seven, although this should not be regarded as a minimum or maximum.
       Direct teaching responsibility should not exceed eighteen hours in any week
       or a total of five hundred and fifty hours in the teaching year. The 550 hour
       annual maximum will not, however, be exceeded except by mutually agreed
       overtime.

11.    THE SALARY

       The salary will be in accordance with the Reader/Principal Lecturer Scale,
       which ranges from £46,278 - £53,650 pa (UW11). Salaries are paid monthly
       in arrears through the BACS System directly into a bank or building society
       account.




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12.    HOLIDAYS

       The annual leave entitlement is 35 working days, pro rata for proportional full-
       time staff. This is in addition to the statutory holidays applicable in England,
       local discretionary holidays and days when the University is closed in the
       interests of efficiency. Academic staff are entitled to 24 days of self-managed
       research and scholarly activity (SMRSA).

13.    TERMS & CONDITIONS

       In determining terms and conditions of employment, the University has regard
       to recommendations made through the appropriate national negotiating
       framework. Full terms and conditions of service are available from Personnel.

14.    DISCLAIMER

       This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time when it was
       drawn up. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the
       general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed.




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