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Senior Lecturer in Illustration inc. Academic Course Leader role

Vacancy Details

Salary: Grade 8 £39,152 - £49,553 per annum
Job Type: Academic
Closing Date: 01/10/2021
Date Posted: 12/14/2020
Reference: A1176


The School of Arts at the University of Gloucestershire is looking to appoint a talented illustrator with a real flair for leadership, teaching and research to the Senior Lecturer post of course leader for BA Illustration.  

You will be a practicing illustrator with a national (international) profile in relation to illustration and a depth of knowledge of critical theory and contemporary illustration practice and its contexts. You will also have a track record of enhancement and innovation in relation to developing an outstanding learning experience for students.

The School of Arts in Cheltenham has a proud history of Art education stretching back to 1852 and we continue to pride ourselves on our support for students in developing their employability alongside their academic, creative and personal growth through innovative pedagogy and real-world engagement. Our portfolio of exciting creative undergraduate taught courses includes a broad range of Art, Design and Photography courses across our campuses in Cheltenham as well as Performing Arts courses at our Gloucester campus.  The Illustration courses and facilities are located in the beautiful Francis Close Hall Campus in Cheltenham.

The undergraduate Illustration course has drawing and narrative illustration as key drivers, embeds contextual understanding and theory within its curriculum and has a strong focus upon professional development to encourage collaborative and sustainable practice.  The course offers traditional printing and bookbinding alongside Risograph and contemporary digital approaches to illustration. 

You will need to be skilled in teaching and supporting illustration students at undergraduate level, as well as postgraduate level, and will be expected to contribute to research in the school toward the next REF exercise. The school has a research focus around practice as research which includes drawing and contemporary illustration practice. Alongside our undergraduate Illustration course, we offer full and part-time postgraduate study leading to MA, MPhil and PhD awards. Potential to supervise MPhil/PhD students will be considered an advantage, as will experience of course-leadership and/or curricular development, and substantial experience of teaching.

Keeping Cheltenham at the forefront of art education, the Illustration department runs the prestigious Cheltenham Illustration Awards which annually attract entrants from around the globe, publish work as Pittville Press, and exhibit annually at a range of high-profile events including the London Book Fair and Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême. Illustration practice is supported through theoretical and critical studies, dedicated studio spaces, extensive printmaking facilities and exhibition spaces including our Hardwick Gallery.

The University of Gloucestershire offers excellent facilities and benefits to staff, including generous holiday entitlements, pension schemes, and training and development opportunities.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Kim Furrokh, Academic Subject Lead for Arts courses:

Closing date: Sunday, 10 January 2021

Interview date: Tuesday, 26 January 2021


The University understands the benefits of recruiting a diverse range of people and we select the best possible on merit alone.  We welcome applications from under-represented sections of the community.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader, guaranteeing to offer an interview to anyone who meets the definition of disability set out in the Equality Act 2010 and who meets all of the essential criteria contained within the person specification.

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