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   University of Huddersfield

 School of Art, Design and Architecture


           Department of Art




Photography and AV Technician


         Further Particulars

       Vacancy Reference: 4384


            December 2009



            Closing Date:
           25th January 2010


       Proposed Interview Date:
        w/c 22nd February 2010




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Background Information

The University of Huddersfield’s roots go back some 160 years. Throughout its history the
university has been committed to meeting the needs and aspirations of its students. This
remains its key focus. We are a successful, popular and innovative modern university that
offers a wide range of education and training and we are proud of our achievements. The
University of Huddersfield has a student population of over 23,000 undertaking a wide range of
courses covering the wealth creating, cultural and social welfare aspects of our economy. It
employs nearly 700 full-time academic staff, over 500 part-time academic staff and about 800
administrative, technical and support staff. Turnover is over £120m.

In the first National Student Survey we scored more highly than any other university in West or
South Yorkshire. In the 2006 survey we were the top “new” University in the country, according
to the Times Higher compilation. We were the top ranking University for teaching quality among
all post-92 UK Universities in the North of England in the Times Higher Education Supplement
League Table in May 2005. In the 2008 survey the University led the country in the subjects of
History, Initial Teacher Training, Tourism and Transport where Huddersfield students voted it
the top UK University – an astounding 99% of History students are satisfied with their course.
Also in the top ten nationally, and leading the field in Yorkshire, were Huddersfield courses in
Accountancy, Building, Food Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Politics.

All subjects inspected by the QAA since 2000 have achieved the highest teaching quality rating
available. The QAA Audit in 2006 confirmed “complete confidence” in the University’s teaching
programmes and the future management of academic standards.

In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the university submitted over 100 staff in 12
subject areas. A third was graded as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’ and three-
quarters was assessed as ‘internationally recognised’ and ten subjects – Chemistry,
Computing, Education, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Work, Sociology, English, History,
and Music – had some of its research that was identified as being ‘World Leading’ or
‘Internationally Excellent’.

The University has a history of close involvement with industry, business and its cultural
community. The extent of that involvement is probably best illustrated by the fact that in terms
of its headcount it has the second highest proportion of sandwich students and the highest
proportion of sandwich and part-time students in the North of England. The University connects
with the world outside the campus, with links to a broad range of companies and organisations.
Our connections help us to keep our courses relevant to the world of work and ensure our
students have good employability skills.

The University’s vision is “To be an inspiring, innovative University of international renown” and
its mission is to “To deliver an accessible and inspirational learning experience, to undertake
pioneering research and professional practice, and to engage fully with employers and the
community”. We draw our students from a broad range of school leavers and postgraduates as
well as those seeking learning opportunities throughout their lives, from both the United
Kingdom and overseas. We celebrate diversity and tolerance and promote independent
thought, employability and personal achievement. The University focuses on providing
opportunities for all, especially groups not currently well represented in higher education.

Part-time provision (over 7,500 students) plays a significant part in the process of widening
access. The friendliness and professionalism of the staff and the pleasant environment, both
identified as strengths in the recent student survey carried out by an external market research
company, are also key contributors to the University’s success in this area.



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The University’s staff are involved in scholarship, research and reach-out activities. It wants to
attract and retain the best staff, provide opportunities for them to remain professionally engaged
and up-to-date, create opportunities for graduate study, disseminate knowledge for the benefit
of society and produce meaningful case study material for the undergraduate curriculum. We
were one of the first universities in the country to achieve institutional recognition under the
Investors in People Award in 1999 and have maintained that standard through the subsequent
four reviews. The University was particularly pleased to note a statement from the assessor of
the last accreditation in November 2008 which said “the University now must have one of the
strongest HR functions in HE”. We are committed to the development and support of our staff.
In the Quality of Working Life Survey, looking at satisfaction and well being of our staff, the
University of Huddersfield had higher scores across all six factors than the Higher Education
benchmark, showing lower levels of stress and greater satisfaction with working conditions then
the benchmark data.

In summary, the University celebrates diversity and tolerance and promotes independent
thought, employability and personal achievement. It provides opportunities for all, especially
groups not currently well-represented in higher education. The University connects with the
world outside the campus, with links to a broad range of companies and organisations. Its
connections help it to keep its courses relevant to the world of work and ensure students have
good employability skills.



A profile of our students (excluding our collaborative partners)

- 57% are female;

- 68% are mature (>21);

- 68% are full-time (FT/S) and 32% are part-time (PT);

- 97% are UK/EU and 3% are overseas students;

- 83% are undergraduate, 17% are post-graduate ;

- 18% of all students are on sandwich courses;

- 19% declare themselves as non-white.

The University of Huddersfield takes pride in managing itself effectively. Its culture is one of
collaboration and support with a governance structure that reflects its academic diversity, and
devolved responsibility but a common institutional purpose. The University is composed of
seven academic Schools, each led by a Dean, and a number of services. The Schools are:

   •   Applied Sciences (12% of FTE);
   •   Computing and Engineering (10% of FTE);
   •   Art, Design and Architecture (14% of FTE);
   •   Education and Professional Development (9 % of FTE + 6% CPCET));
   •   The Business School (16% of FTE);
   •   Human and Health Sciences (22% of FTE);
   •   Music, Humanities and Media. (10% FTE).




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The nine main services are:

   •   Computing and Library Services
   •   Estates and Facilities
   •   Financial Services
   •   Human Resources
   •   International Office
   •   Marketing, Communications and Student Recruitment
   •   The Registry
   •   Research and Enterprise
   •   Student Services
   •   Vice-Chancellor’s Office.

The University operates a devolved structure that trusts staff to take responsibilities for their
areas of activity. The funding allocation to Schools is made in direct proportion to what they
earn and the allocation to services varies according to the changing nature of their duties in the
context of the total income available.

University Campus Barnsley and University Campus Oldham

The University has a campus in Barnsley and one in Oldham, both established in 2005. It was
awarded about £12m of funding from HEFCE’s Strategic Development Fund, from the regional
development agency Yorkshire Forward and from the European Regional Development Fund
for a trans-regional project to develop these two new higher education centres. The University
aims to increase opportunities for higher education in the two towns that currently have low
participation rates and student numbers are planned to increase to up to 4,000 in total over the
next ten years.

Huddersfield

The University is located close to the centre of the thriving West Yorkshire town of
Huddersfield. Huddersfield has an extensive range of new retail and social developments with
many new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Near to areas of outstanding natural beauty
publicised in TV programmes such as “Last of the Summer Wine” and “Where the Heart Is” we
are also in easy reach of Leeds and Manchester. Both are just 45 minutes by road and with
quicker access via the regular cross Pennine rail service. Surrounded by a number of attractive
villages in the Holme and Colne valleys and within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak
District and the major urban centres of Leeds and Manchester; the cost of housing compares
very favourably with other regions in Britain. The choice of where to live is outstanding. The
town is well known for its musical traditions, including the world famous Huddersfield Choral
Society and the internationally renowned Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. The
Lawrence Batley Theatre and a large sports stadium host various cultural and sporting events
respectively.

Our striking town centre campus straddles the refurbished Huddersfield Narrow Canal and
offers extensive views of the wooded Pennine foothills. The campus combines both new and
historic buildings. The University has won Civic Trust Awards for the imaginative refurbishment
of historic mill buildings for the teaching of Computing, Engineering and Architecture. A
purpose-built Students’ Union and new Media and Drama facilities are examples of the recent
build. A dedicated Arts and Music building was completed in 2008 and a new Business School,
due for completion in 2010, is the latest development in an ambitious construction and
refurbishment programme.

University of Huddersfield
Queensgate, Huddersfield, UK, HD1 3DH


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The School of Art, Design and Architecture

The School name reflects the breadth of the School’s curriculum and the evolving philosophy
and interdisciplinary nature of the creative industries. In September 2007, the School was
structured into three departments, each having a cognate group of disciplines in which identity
and specialist support is developed. Each department is responsible for developing the highest
levels of academic excellence, research and knowledge transfer and has responsibility for
undergraduate and postgraduate provision so that shared and innovative practices in teaching
and learning will be implemented across departments and will engage staff and students in a
sense of belonging and the exchange of ideas.

The University Campuses at Oldham and Barnsley are integrated into the departmental
structure.

Collaborative activities include St Helen’s College, Huddersfield Technical College, Kirklees
College, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and Caritas Bianchi, Kowloon, Hong
Kong.

In 2008 the School moved Fashion, Creative Imaging, Multimedia and Business Design
courses into a purpose built specialist creative arts building (CAB) which is a flagship building
for the University and the School. At a cost of £14 million it provides exceptional resources for
staff and students, exhibition space and forms the heart of the School’s management. The
School also has excellent space in other buildings all located within easy proximity of each
other. Architecture is housed in an award winning converted mill, Textiles and Contemporary
Art are based in refurbished buildings opposite CAB (completed summer 2007). Other moves
in 2008 enabled the School to operate in three zones to allow for spatial cohesion and to
provide the best learning environment for the three departments.

Significant challenges over the next three years include:
   • Introduction of additional income streams
   • Smooth estates moves to ensure appropriate accommodation for the School
   • Leadership in the new Art, Design and Architecture pedagogy and its impact on
        workloads supported by effective structures and processes
   • Review of overseas activity
   • Working towards a 2011 business plan


Department of Art                     c500 students

 Communication Arts BA (Hons) Graphic Design
 & Design           BA (Hons) Illustration
                    BA (Hons) Contemporary Arts
                    BA (Hons) Advertising Design
                    BA (Hons) Graphics Top-up
 Digital Media      BA (Hons) Multimedia Design
 Design             BA (Hons) Animation & Motion Graphics (subject to validation)
                    BA (Hons) Photography
                    BA (Hons) Virtual Reality Design with Animation
 University Campus  BA (Hons) Interdisciplinary Art & Design FT/PT
 Barnsley
 University Campus      FdA Multimedia
 Oldham                 BA (Hons) Digital Arts Practice Top-up




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Department of Design                  c800 students

 Fashion                BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Marketing, Manufacture & Promotion
                        BA (Hons) Fashion, Design with Textiles
                        BA (Hons) Fashion Design Top-up
                        BA (Hons) Fashion, Media & Promotion
                        BA (Hons) Costume with Textiles
 Textiles               BA (Hons) Textile Crafts
                        BA/BSc (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors
                        BA (Hons) Surface Design for Fashion & Interiors
                        BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Buying, Management, Retailing



Department of Architecture            c700 students

 Architecture           BA/BSc (Hons) Architectural and Interior Design Foundation Programme
                        BA (Hons) Architecture/Architecture (Home/International)
                        DipArch/M Architecture (Home/International)
                        BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
                        MA Architecture
                        MSc Sustainable Architecture
 Interior Design        BA (Hons) Interior/Exhibition & Retail Design
                        MA Spatial Design
 3D Design              BA/BSc (Hons) Product Design
                        BA (Hons) Transport Design
                        BA (Hons) 3D Design: Fine Products & Creative Enterprise
 University Campus      FdSc Construction FT/PT
 Barnsley               BSc Construction Top-up
 University Campus      FdSc Construction FT/PT
 Oldham                 FdSc Architectural Technology & Interior Design FT/PT
                        BSc (Hons) Construction & Project Management FT/PT

Technical, administrative and secretarial support is provided by a team of 25 technicians and
20 administrative/clerical staff. As well as the secretarial and administrative support located in
the departmental offices, there are central core School services, such as Finance & Planning,
School Office and Marketing & Recruitment which have cross-School responsibilities alongside
School-specific teaching and learning resources. Teaching & Learning Resources include the
Art, Design and Architecture Resource Area which is a reference point for Design futures,
archives and research; the Technical Reference Bureau for Architecture and Design: the use
and proliferation of Blackboard ULE, a loans service and CAD&IT support.

Computing and printing is a School support service that works across departments, as well as
providing particular specialist support to disciplines.

Further technical support is provided by skilled technicians in workshops relating to the
curriculum and includes extensive resources in Fashion, Textiles, 3D, Model-making and
CAD&IT. The School operates out of six buildings in co-located zones that focus on the
departments and the ability to maximise high level investment whilst at the same time offering
students the opportunity to work across departments.




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School Mission Statement, Values and Characteristics

The mission of the School is to foster the next generation of creative practitioners, who will
maximise their contribution to the cultural, social, and economic well being of society. We
believe that creativity is the currency of our time and it has no boundaries.

All graduates of the School will have well developed creative, technical and cognitive skills as
well as business knowledge and understanding. All graduates will understand their own
position in relation to the ethical and sustainable drivers of our society.

We passionately believe in providing a dynamic and interactive learning community which
allows students and staff to nurture develop and exploit their creative talents towards their own
professional intent. At the heart of our provision is an ideas led approach to creative risk,
exploration, questioning, entrepreneurship and collaboration towards the pursuit of the most
innovative and creative work.

Our students are ready for employment and or further study by the unique way we structure our
courses to reflect the way in which the creative industries work, thereby offering students a
multitude of experience in real life situations. We work closely with employers and professional
statutory bodies to ensure currency of the curriculum at all times.

School Values
We value:
   •      creativity as the currency of our time and that it has no boundaries
   •      the development of core creative skills, concepts and business awareness that can
          be applied in a variety of creative industries contexts
   •      being able to provide a high quality learning environment that is contemporary and
          supportive
   •      being able to work collaboratively within the creative and cultural industries in the
          pursuit of entrepreneurship, innovation and curriculum currency
   •      being able to develop skills needed for lifelong learning and the continued study
          within the School
   •      the importance of the knowledge base of all our staff and their ability to transfer that
          knowledge to others
   •      reflective and critical approaches to the exchange of ideas within an equal
          opportunity context including the understanding of cultures, diversity, individuality
          and creative practices
   •      the ability to make a difference to the society in which we live and work.

School Characteristics
   •     Innovation and risk in relation to creativity
   •     Artist/designer as a leader
   •     Individuality, creativity, skill, talent
   •     Diverse and rewarding careers
   •     Overarching aim to make better lives for people through solutions to problems
   •     Responsible and socially aware outcomes
   •     Emerging and defining trends and issues
   •     Ideas driven – linked to commercial contexts (Work in a wide contextual, theoretical
         and business context)
   •     Cross disciplinary knowledge (virtue of the estate)
   •     Dynamic and interactive environments and exchange of ideas
   •     Creative arts based
   •     Flexibility of teaching and learning styles.




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Organisation Chart
SCHOOL OF ART, DESIGN and ARCHITECTURE


                                               DEAN
                                              Emma Hunt



    Head of             Head of             Head of          School Quality &         Marketing &
   Department          Department          Department         Administration          Recruitment
      ART               DESIGN           ARCHITECTURE           Manager                Manager

Joseph McCullagh      Penny Macbeth      Richard Fellows      Alison Bamford           Diane Ayre



                                                                                   Creative Enterprise
Art Academic Staff   Design Academic      Architecture     Course Administrators
                                                                                       Manager
                           Staff         Academic Staff     in each Department


                                                                                      Placement
Technician Team      Technician Team     Technician Team     Executive/Quality
                                                                                     Employability
    Leader               Leader              Leader            Support Staff
                                                                                        Officer



 Postgraduate            Technical          Quality &        Health & Safety         Marketing &
Academic Leader      Reference Bureau       Standards       Equal Opportunities    Recruitment Team
                                                                Disability


   Research &           Teaching &                          Finance & Planning      Web and Image
  Postgraduate           Learning                            Staff/ASIS Officer    Bank co-ordinator




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JOB DESCRIPTION


Job Title             Photography and A.V. Technician

Grade                 5

Reports to            CAD & IT Team Leader

Job Function

To assist with, and facilitate the effective and efficient running of the photography facilities
within the School. Including the provision of support to students in the use of photography and
studio equipment. To provide support and assistance with image capture across a wide range
of digital technologies used with the School.


Main Duties


   1. To be responsible for the safe and effective use of photographic and AV equipment
      within the assigned area and to ensure that advice and assistance is given to students
      and staff.

   2. To be responsible for demonstrating and assisting students and staff on the use of
      equipment within the photography studio and A.V. media.

   3. To advise and assist students with practical and technical issues relating to
      photographic A.V. equipment and applications.

   4. To develop support materials under the direction of academic staff or Team Leader.

   5. Under the direction of the Team Leader, to provide support for developmental projects
      within the team to ensure their integration into School operations to meet the needs of
      academic programmes.

   6. To ensure that arrangements for equipment maintenance, repair and replenishment of
      stock are in place and make the necessary arrangements to ensure that facilities are
      maintained at a satisfactory operational standard.

   7. To manage bookings for the Photographic Studio.

   8. To assist the Team Leader with the maintenance of the local asset register in the area
      of assigned responsibility in accordance with university procedures.

   9. To maintain and develop relevant subject area knowledge in the area of expertise and
      to keep abreast of developments and changes within the industry which are relevant to
      the technologies supported.

   10. To undertake any other duties pertinent to the grade of the post that might from time to
       time be requested.




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Person Specification
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
                                   Attributes                                     Essential   Desirable          Evidence
 Experience
 Experience of working in a wide ranging photographic studio environment            Yes                    Application / Interview
 Experience in the use and support of photographic design-related software as
 identified below                                                                   Yes                    Application / Interview
 Experience of working within a support or service environment                                  Yes        Application / Interview
 Experience of working with specialist hardware and software tools relating to      Yes                    Application / Interview
 digital imaging (cameras/scanners etc), digital printing technologies and
 colour management.
 Qualifications/Training
 Degree, professional qualification or equivalent hands-on relevant experience                  Yes             Application
 in either
             •   a design related subject or
             •   teaching & learning/training environment
 Special knowledge and abilities
 Advanced knowledge of at least 3 of the following design related packages:         Yes                    Application / Interview
             •   Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and Aperture,
 Understanding of the requirements from academic programmes.
 Awareness of current developments in related areas of photography, CAD &                       Yes        Application / Interview
 IT and digital printing.                                                           Yes                    Application / Interview
 Communication
 Able to communicate effectively, face to face, by telephone or in writing with     Yes                   Application and interview
 people at all levels within the University – academic, support, students and
 people outside the University – professionals, resource providers
 Ability to communicate solutions to complex problems that are both theoretical                 Yes       Application and interview
 and practical




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Further Details

If you would like an informal discussion about this post please contact:

Bill Bennett - telephone: 01484 472837
Email w.bennett@hud.ac.uk



Further details about the University are available from our web site www.hud.ac.uk.

Further details on the local area including education and childcare services, can be obtained
from the local authority web site www.kirklees.gov.uk.




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