Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University

Academic Skills Adviser - Full Time, Permanent

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Academic Skills Adviser - Full Time, Permanent

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£36,024 - £44,263 per annum


Excellent Benefits Package

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Edinburgh Napier University is an enhancement-led institution, committed to enabling students to thrive as learners through high quality teaching, research, and professional practice. We are delighted to be part of an institution recognised as #1 Modern University in Scotland (THE World University Rankings 2023) and #1 University in Edinburgh for Overall Student Satisfaction (NSS 2020, 2021 & 2022) and one of the leading universities in Scotland for graduate employability (GUG 2021), as well as being a truly international University with 20,000 students from over 110 countries.

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive support to all students, the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement (DLTE) is currently seeking to appoint a full-time Academic Skills Advisor to support the student learning development journey, meet students' individual learning needs and contribute to the planning, development and facilitation of the programme of academic and study skills workshops and online resources.

The Role:

As someone with experience of working with students in the Further or Higher Education sector, you will have the opportunity in this role to use your exceptional teaching and presentation skills to provide an inclusive service of group tutorials and one-to-one academic skills guidance to under-graduate and post-graduate students on and off-campus.

You will be in an excellent position to use your experience of gathering, collating and interpreting data on training and development needs to plan, develop and deliver online/face-to-face presentations, interactive tutorials and online resources for our Academic Skills portfolio, working closely with other members of the team and programme/module leaders across the university to provide open and integrated academic skills sessions tailored to a diverse range of students.

Your experience of collaborative working will be well received and utilised, and you will be joining a small group of advisers dedicated to helping students understand and adjust to the expectations of studying at university- level.

As someone with the ability to relate to and understand the needs and aspirations of a wide range of students, you will make a truly positive difference in students' academic development by offering inclusive, accessible academic and study skills guidance to help them develop as effective, independent learners and achieve their full potential.

What we will need from you:

  • A post-graduate qualification in Education or related discipline
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • Experience of working with students in the Further or Higher Education sector; online and face to face
  • Experience of delivering guidance and academic support to individuals and groups
  • Experience of gathering, collating and interpreting data
  • Ability to relate to and understand the needs and aspirations of a wide range of students
  • High level of commitment to inclusive teaching and reflective practice
  • For a full role description and comprehensive list of duties, please click here.

    Benefits we offer:

    Edinburgh Napier University is a forward-thinking institution, home to forward-thinking people, inspired by the world around us. Join us and you will find that we offer support and recognition wherever due, as well as fantastic benefits such as an attractive pension with employer contributions of 20.8%, a minimum of 36 days holiday as well as annual pay reviews.

    There are professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. For more information about our wide range of benefits, click here.

    Additional information:

    Salary: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum (Grade 5)

    Closing Date: 11.59pm on 26th November 2023.

    Interviews will be held on week commencing 4th December 2023.

    Edinburgh Napier is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels proud, confident, challenged and supported and are holders of Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Diversity Champion status. Please see here for more information.

    Job details


    Academic Skills Adviser - Full Time, Permanent


    Edinburgh Napier University


    United Kingdom


    November 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    November 26, 2023

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    About the employer

    Established in 1964, the Edinburgh Napier University is a publically-owned institution for higher education in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded as Napier Technical College, the institution started operating with 800 students enrolled for courses like cabinet making, chemistry, engineering, and boat building.

    It was granted the university status in the year 1992 as Napier University. Institution's name was changed four times before it finally adopted the current title in 2009. Named after John Napier, the designer of the decimal point and logarithms, the university is affiliated to MillionPlus.

    The university has three campuses: Sighthill, Merchiston, and Craiglockhart. The Sighthill Campus serves more than 5,000 students and staff of the Schools of Applied Sciences and Health & Social Care. Facilities include life-like hospital wards, a clinical skills suite, sports science labs and [EN]GAGE sports center. The Craiglockhart Campus houses the law and business schools and buildings of Craiglockhart Hydropathic Hospital. It also incorporates an extensive library, two lecture auditoria, language, and multimedia labs.

    University's third campus in Merchiston is home to the Schools of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Arts and Creative Industries. It also includes a 500-seater Computing Centre, a computer games lab, a newsroom, TV and radio studios, and State-of-the-art music studios. The university library renders a wealth of printed and digital resources for teaching, learning, and research. The residences are close to entertainment hubs, shopping complexes, and recreational centers. Also, they are well-connected to university campuses via public transport.

    The university has nearly 19,500 students studying with Edinburgh Napier across our three campuses in Edinburgh and through transnational education overseas. There are around 3,500 international students from 140 countries at the university. The academic structure of the university is divided into six specialist schools and Institutes of Research and Innovation. The university offers a plethora of programs in accounting, education, law, arts, applied sciences, engineering, business, tourism, management, health, social service, and computer science. It also extends a range of courses in creative studies such as graphic design, music, communication, publishing, filming, acting, and product design. Students can pursue different degree programs on-campus or online.

    Edinburgh Napier has academic partnerships with several universities in China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and other countries of the world. These partnerships facilitate students and faculty exchange programs for enhanced learning and international exposure.

    The university maintains a comprehensive list of its alumni and takes pride in honoring their accomplishments. Notable names in the list are Shehzad Afzal (Screenwriter and Film Director), Alan Fisher (Al Jazeera's Senior Correspondent), Neil McIntosh (BBC Online's Managing Editor), Jim White (News Presenter), Kaberi Gain (Author), Jamie Mayer (Former Rugby Player), Jayne Baxter (Scottish Politician), Neil Poulton (Scottish Industrial Designer), Moray Callum (Automobile Designer), Tavish Scott (Scottish Politician), Kyle Traynor (Scottish Rugby Player), Catriona Shearer (Journalist), Amanda Hamilton (Entrepreneur and Broadcaster), Alex Salmond (Scottish Politician), El Mafrex ( Lyricist and Singer) and David Hamilton (Australian Tenor).

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