Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University

Lecturer in Games Design

United Kingdom

Closing in 44 days

Lecturer in Games Design

Full Time - Permanent - High Wycombe

Salary - £37,099 - £41,732

Buckinghamshire New University is an ambitious, modern university that is always open to fresh ideas and thinking. We believe in the transformative power of education, and in doing the right thing by our students, people and local community. That's why our BNU community is a special place to work and study, and where people who want to make a difference can contribute and succeed.

Our University's DRIVE values and are at the heart of all that we do. We are united in being dynamic, responsible, inclusive, visionary and empowering to ensure that we provide the best experience to our learners and offer excellent service to our partners and to each other as colleagues. Our commitment to these values is unwavering and they are central to our mission. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you require.

BNU continues to experience rapid growth in student numbers, making us one of the fastest-growing higher education providers. This is an exciting time to join the University as we invest significantly in estate developments and welcome Jay Blades MBE as our inaugural Chancellor.

This exciting role within the School of Creative and Digital Industries is for a Lecturer in Games Design to teach on our BSc Games Development and BA 3D Game Art programmes. We are particularly looking for talented individuals with industry level experience in:

  • Unreal Engine
  • Unity
  • Maya
  • 3ds Max
  • Please note, knowledge of coding and or blueprints would be an advantage.
  • You will be expected to teach at our High Wycombe campus, our teaching base at Pinewood Studios and online.

    What we offer:

  • a generous holiday entitlement (35 days per annum, plus bank holidays & closure days)
  • training & development support opportunities
  • contributory pension scheme
  • discounted gym membership for our on-site gym
  • a range of staff discounts with major retailers.
  • Please click here to see our wide range of benefits available for employees. Please click here for our behavioural based interview question bank. Please click here to view our employee handbook.

    If you have the qualities and attributes representative of the University's values and ambition, we would be delighted to hear from you.

    For further information about this role please contact Rob Penhaligon via email [email protected]

    All applications are to be made in full and online. All our hiring managers undergo inclusive recruitment training.

    Closing Date: 7 April 2024

    Interview Date: w/c 15 April 2024

    If you are successful in securing an interview for the role, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

    At Buckinghamshire New University equality of opportunity and diversity is at the heart of all we do and fully integrated into our values. Our aim is to create an inclusive environment where everyone thrives and feels a sense of belonging. We are committed to diversity and welcome applications from different backgrounds and experiences.

    Buckinghamshire New University is a Disability Confident employer and as such you will be given the opportunity to declare a disability as part of the application process.

    The University is also committed to achieving the Race Equality Charter.

    Location

    High Wycombe

    Contract Type

    Permanent

    Salary Range

    £37,099 - £41,732

    Hours per week

    37

    Closing Date

    07/04/2024

    Ref No

    1479

    Job Description

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    Job Title: Lecturer in Games Design

    School: Creative and Digital Industries

    Grade: AC2

    Location: Relevant University campus as advised, with travel to other campuses as required

    Responsible to: Deputy Head of School or designee

    Job Purpose:

  • Teach and support students by adopting a learner-centred approach, delivering a first-class student experience.
  • Undertake research, professional practice and enterprise activity as outlined within the BNU Academic Framework
  • Be a team-player and contribute to the wider work of the School and University
  • Practice an inclusive approach and support building an inclusive university community where people can be themselves
  • Main Duties & Responsibilities of the role:

    Education:

  • Undertake research-informed teaching in the subject discipline managing all aspects of curriculum delivery and the associated student experience to the highest standards in accordance with the University's requirements and the TEF.
  • Undertake associated activities in connection with the courses taught including personal tutoring; student recruitment; assessment, review and evaluation.
  • Achieve student satisfaction – demonstrating a commitment to ‘customer focus' and contributing to the achievement of strong NSS results.
  • Demonstrate inclusive practice in curriculum design and delivery. Work to eliminate attainment gaps.
  • Contribute to Open Days, school, college and partnership links and the marketing and promotional work of the Department and/or School.
  • Support students in supervising placements, learning in practice, internships and work-related activities.
  • Deliver pastoral care to, and project supervision of, students.
  • Plan and deliver the curriculum using appropriate media, including the use of Digital technologies.
  • Provide effective feedback, support and guidance to students, which promotes improvement of performance.
  • Engage in professional development activities (e.g., CPD, attendance at conferences) relating to teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Research and Professional Practice:

  • Conduct research and scholarly activity of relevance to the lecturing role and/or area of professional practice and aligns own research with their teaching and learning
  • Engage with relevant business and professional networks to promote teaching and learning and research in a professional context.
  • Engage in professional development activities (e.g. CPD, attendance at conferences) relating to research, enterprise and/or the relevant profession.
  • Maintain and foster the high reputation of the University in practice partner settings.
  • Contribute to the REF and KEF and to internal and external research and enterprise strategies, as applicable.
  • Leadership and Management:

  • Demonstrate involvement in the support and development of Graduate Teaching Associates, contributing to the recruitment and mentoring of new colleagues, as appropriate.
  • Adhere to and promote the BNU Values and advance Equality Diversity and Inclusivity for students and colleagues.
  • Liaison and Networking:

  • Participate in relevant internal and external networks
  • Promote and market the work of the University in the subject area.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of education quality and thinking in the field by being involved in quality assurance, external decision-making bodies, groups and subject associations.
  • Comply with relevant legislative and other requirements (e.g., the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR; Health and Safety; UKVI; and Equality and Diversity) in all working practices
  • Such other duties temporarily or on a continuing basis, as may reasonably be required.
  • For roles with line management responsibilities:

  • Line management responsibilities including recruitment and selection, performance management, professional development, motivation, health & safety and wellbeing.
  • For roles with supervisor responsibilities:

  • Supervisory duties including motivating and supporting team members, giving direction and feedback and ensuring adequate staffing cover.
  • PERSON SPECIFICATION

    A = Application T = Test/Presentation I = Interview

    Education, Qualifications & Training

    Means of Testing

    First degree in a relevant field

    A

    Evidence of recent scholarship and/or continuing professional development relevant to the post

    A

    Recognised HE teaching qualification and/or Fellow of the HEA or evidenced commitment to achieving within two years

    A

    Knowledge & Experience

    Expert knowledge in discipline/field

    A/I

    Evidence as an active researcher and delivery of high-quality research and scholarship

    A/I

    Sustained contribution in research active communities

    A/I

    Supervising research students to completion

    A/I

    Peer review and undertaking research related activity in partnership with other HEIs

    A/I

    Strong track record of research outputs (including REFable work as appropriate)

    A/I

    Contribution to subject association; learning society or professional body.

    A/I

    Proven experience of working effectively within a team

    A/I

    Skills

    Excellent presentation skills

    A/I

    Digitally able and proficient in Microsoft tools

    A/I

    Highly effective communication skills

    A/I

    Special Requirements

    A willingness and ability to work in off-site locations and across all University campuses, as required

    A/I

    A willingness and ability to contribute to University Open Days (which may fall on Saturdays)

    A/I

    Behavioural INDICATORS

    The BNU Behaviours Framework (BBF) is a framework for all University staff that sets out the key behaviours that exemplify the DRIVE values and ethos of the University. The nine categories provide a clear steer on behavioural expectations that will help support a step change in the performance and culture of the University. The three key behavioural indicators for this post are as follows:

  • Making every contact count by providing the best quality service to all our customers (Internal Customers, Students and all our Stakeholders). Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to improve customer services.
  • Working collaboratively and across boundaries with others in order to achieve objectives.
  • Recognising a valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.
  • Location

    High Wycombe

    Contract Type

    Permanent

    Salary Range

    £37,099 - £41,732

    Hours per week

    37

    Closing Date

    07/04/2024

    Ref No

    1479

    Job details

    Title

    Lecturer in Games Design

    Employer

    Buckinghamshire New University

    Location

    United Kingdom

    Published

    February 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 07, 2024

    Job type

    Lecturer

    Field

    Arts and Culture,Computer Science,Business and Economics

    About the employer

    Buckinghamshire New University is a well-recognized public university, which is known for imparting quality education to students from all across the world. This institution of learning dates back to 1891 and was established as the School of Science and Art. Since then, it has been re-invented as the High Wycombe College of Technology and Art, the School of Science and Art, the Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education and the Wycombe Technical Institute. From 1999 until 2007, the institution served as a university college and was later announced to have gained the status of a university. All the campuses of the university are well-facilitated with amenities needed for a conducive learning environment. This is the institution that received a Gold accreditation for Corporate Social Responsibility in the year 2018. This standard of accreditation recognized the positive impact that the institution's staff and students made to improve the environment.

    At present, there are a total of four campuses that are operated by the university. These impressive campuses are located in the towns of Uxbridge, High Wycombe, and Aylesbury. High Wycombe Campus serves as a thriving base for applied healthcare research and nursing students. A major development of this campus was undertaken by the university with a large structure, the Gateway Building. It features a fine mix of commercial-standard facilities such as a fitness center, labs, drama studios, sports hall, music recording studios, cafe, conference rooms, and others. Moreover, it has a motion capture system along with green screen facilities. At Buckinghamshire New University, there is a range of accommodation including managed houses, halls of residence and the student village to extend convenience to the students.

    There are several undergraduates, postgraduate and professional courses featured by the institution for the students to choose from. Also, the university offers courses that are rare in British universities. One such course is Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training, which offers an opportunity for the students to study for a professional pilot's license. There are innovative courses like Music Management and Film and Television Production. There is a course available in Animation and Visual Effects. Buckinghamshire New University is one of the few universities that have created a degree in Policing.

    Additionally, it is one of the leading providers of nursing students in London. Apart from being popular for academic excellence, the university is also known for its notable alumni network. Some of the distinguished personalities of the alumni network of the institution include singer Rebecca Stephens, artist John Bolam, actor Chris Joyce, model, and actress Veronica Carlson and many others.

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