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£38,205 to £54,395 pro rata per annum – Grade 7/8
Lecturer in Optometry
Based in the Faculty of Health, the School of Health Professions has something for everyone interested in health and care-related professions and is committed to shaping our students into the best health professionals they can be. The School offers a unique interdisciplinary learning environment, where students can benefit from excellent skills and research laboratories, research-informed teaching, stimulating practice placements and teaching delivered by professionally registered academic staff. The School is proud of the commitment to student voluntary work, staff–student partnership, strong professional values and our record of student achievement and student satisfaction. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment help students maximise their potential and develop their core skills, preparing them to embark on exciting and rewarding careers. The School holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award demonstrating the University's ongoing commitment to advancing gender equality and success for all.
The Optometry Programme, within the School of Health Professions at the University of Plymouth, is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our group and be part of our teaching and research activities.
You will work as part of the Optometry team to provide innovative teaching including; the design and preparation of teaching materials, course planning and delivery, and assessment. We are proud to be ranked as one of the top programmes for student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey.
As well as teaching you will be part of our Eye & Vision research group where you have the opportunity to engage with collaberative research both with the optometry team and the wider university. Non-reseach active applicants will be considered as our school has a track record of developing our staff though taught research programmes or part time PhD.
Please note, it is typical for applicants with no prior lecturing experience to start towards the lower end of the advertised scale.
For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Phillip Buckhurst at [email protected] or via telephone (01752 588884).
The successful candidate may be required to obtain an ATAS Certificate prior to this research being undertaken.
This role will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check plus a Children's Barred List and Adults Barred List check.
Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.
Interviews are likely to take place on Tuesday 12th March 2024 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.
This is a part-time position working 22.2 hours per week (0.6 FTE, 3 days per week) and is fixed-term to cover a period of maternity leave which is anticipated to be for approximately 12 months.
Flexible working options including job share will be considered.
We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.
The Faculty of Health holds two Silver Athena Swan Awards and the University holds a Bronze Athena Swan Award which recognises commitment to supporting gender equality within higher education.
Staff appointed within the Faculty of Health may be able to join the NHS pension scheme subject to eligibility criteria.
The University of Plymouth has a strong interdisciplinary research ethos which is supported by our three strategic Research Institutes; the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Earth Institute, and the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research. As a member of our academic community, you'll be expected to contribute to our recognised research strengths. Working holistically across the University, you will be challenged to innovate, collaborate and deliver impactful research contributions as part of a systems thinking approach to addressing today's global challenges.
The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity & adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages
We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.
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Lecturer in Optometry
University of Plymouth
February 07, 2024
March 04, 2024
About the employer
The University of Plymouth is a public university that was established in 1862 as a polytechnic institute. The institute gained the status of a university in 1992 and is also the first contemporary university to start a private medical and dental school. It is affiliated to ACU, EUA, CHUC, and Universities UK. The university has academic collaborations with several renowned institutes including GSM London, Highlands College, Weymouth College, Strode College, City of Bristol College, and Exeter College.
Notably, the main campus of the university dwells at the center of Plymouth. It includes academic buildings, libraries, laboratories, and student residence halls. The main campus is home to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business, Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Health, as well as the University of Plymouth Students’ Union. The North Plymouth campus hosts the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences. The Roland Levinsky Building, a 9-story structure, houses a public art gallery, digital media suites, and three performance rehearsal studios.
The Charles Seale-Hayne Library with 24x7 accessibility houses more than 350,000 books, e-books, journals, and additional resources for research, learning, and teaching. The primary mode of transport in the campus involves cars and two-wheelers. Also, the nearest railway station is just a few minutes’ walk from the campus.
The academic structure of the university is organized into faculties, each of which comprises a number of schools that offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral-level degree programs in various disciplines. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and business offer degrees in English, art history, architecture, fine art, photography, media arts, dance, theatre, and music. Plymouth Business School is part of the University of Plymouth's Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and the School offers undergraduate and postgraduate (masters) degrees, is research active, and works in partnership with industry and organizations across the world. The Faculty of Health comprises the former University of Plymouth Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and offers degree programs in social work, and medical sciences. The Science and Engineering Faculty offers degrees in mathematics, computing, environmental sciences, and also professional diving.
The University of Plymouth is a three-time winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, most recently in 2019 for marine microplastic pollution research. The university has over 19000 students and 2,500 staff members. The student population of the university comprises of 3,000 international students from 100 countries. In addition to that Over 4,500 students per year benefit from placements and work-based learning.
The university has many distinguished alumni who are leaders and have received awards in their fields. The alumni list of the university includes Sebastian Clover (the youngest sailor to cross the Atlantic Ocean), Monty Halls (A Wildlife Presenter at BBC), Jane Wilson-Howarth (Physician and a Travel-Writer), Mandy Chessell (Computer Scientist), Clare Nasir (Meteorologist), Darren Jones (MP for Bristol North West), and Jaka Aryadipa Singgih (Indonesian Politician and Entrepreneur).