Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence with a strong focus on the student experience. Bangor University’s research was ranked highly in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), with 85% judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). The University has been consistently successful in the National Student Survey and regularly features amongst the UK’s top 10 Universities for student satisfaction.
We are seeking dynamic individuals for the above part-time permanent posts to deliver teaching, supervise and facilitate the academic work of medical students undertaking the innovative Cardiff University C21 North Wales Medicine programme at Bangor University. Successful candidates will have a unique and exciting opportunity to support development of the independent North Wales Medical School programme, planned to commence in 2024 (subject to GMC approval). They will strengthen local, regional and national stakeholder relationships, and contribute to medical educational research. These are leadership roles, coordinating the work of colleagues in specified areas of educational responsibility (to be agreed on appointment).
You will have a primary medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council and hold a medical Royal College postgraduate diploma in a relevant clinical discipline, or equivalent. You will have full registration, or eligibility for this, on the GP/Specialist registers of the General Medical Council, with a licence to practise. You will hold a recognised postgraduate educational qualification (or eligibility to undertake this with a commitment to pursue on appointment) and an experienced clinician and practising GP, Consultant or Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctor.
The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable.
These posts are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.
Salary on the appropriate All Wales Clinical Academic Scale or GP Educator scale pro rata, dependent upon qualifications, clinical and educational experience. No clinical sessions are included, and the roles offered do not attract any clinical commitment or similar additional clinical pay awards.
The postholders will be responsible to the Medicine Programme Lead and Executive Head of School.
This role will be located on campus at Bangor with occasional travel to our clinical training sites and Wrexham campus. Through our Dynamic Working framework , there will also be the option to spend some time working remotely (although remaining in the UK) to support work life balance, which will be discussed further with candidates at interview.
Fractional appointments and Job Sharing arrangements will be considered, and this will be discussed with candidates at interview.
Informal enquires can be made by contacting Professor Michael Larvin, Executive Head of the School of Medical and Health Sciences, e-mail: [email protected]
Committed to Equal Opportunities
Our mission is for a research-led University of and for North Wales, providing transformative learning experiences and nurturing a positive impact on society regionally, nationally, and internationally driven by our ‘Strategy 2030’.
In 2022 the University was rated as the Top University in Wales in the ‘Student Crowd’ awards, Top 5 UK University in the ‘WhatUni? Student Choice Awards’, Top 20 in the National Student Survey, Top 20for Teaching Quality in the Sunday Times Good University Guide, and 10th of 153 UK Universities in the ‘People and Planet’s Most Sustainable Universities’ ranking.
Across the University, research and teaching are closely inter-linked: almost all academic researchers teach, ensuring that our students benefit from the knowledge created by our research. In REF2014, 77% of Bangor’s research was scored as 4* or 3*. In the most recent REF2021, this increased to 85%, with 40% of research considered 4*/world-leading and 45% rated as 3*/internationally excellent.
The College of Human Sciences comprises the School of Medical & Health Sciences, the School of Human and Behavioural Sciences and the School of Educational Sciences. The College has well established formal links with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. This enables an integrated approach to developing research, training, medical and healthcare education that serves the needs of North Wales.
The School of Medical and Health Sciences is the focus for interprofessional medical and health and social care education and research at Bangor University. The School offers a career-spanning portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, short courses for healthcare and allied professionals and a range of research opportunities. The School comprises over 200 staff, supporting more than 1,300 students across medical, health and social care programmes. The School’s portfolio of professional programmes continues to expand, with new programmes in Dental Hygiene and Pharmacology commencing soon, with the independent North Wales Medical School programme (planned to commence in 2024, subject to GMC approval)and a new Pharmacy (MPharm) programme currently in development. We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.
The School’s mission is to champion and promote excellent medical, health and social care science, research, scholarship, teaching and learning, quality and values with people who use services, practitioners, and stakeholders; to promote language and cultural competence relevant to local, national and international partners, and to provide an inclusive culture and environment for staff and students within the School.
Building on the strengths of Bangor University and Cardiff University higher education provision, the Cardiff C21 North Wales Medicine programme is delivered at Bangor University through a collaborative approach, creating an excellent medical educational environment that exploits the unique characteristics of the region. The programme includes state-of-the-art campus facilities for basic science, clinical simulation and skills training. Clinical exposure is gained across an extensive network of General Practices, primary, community and secondary care facilities across North Wales in close collaboration with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Students gain a rich experience across urban, rural and remote healthcare settings that reflect the spectacular geography of the region.
Plans for the successor, independent North Wales Medical School programme are progressing well, aiming to commence from 2024 onwards (subject to GMC approval). The new programme will closely follow the current Cardiff C21 North Wales programme, with Cardiff University School of Medicine acting as the contingency partner required by the GMC. At present, we deliver Years 2 to 5 of the CardiffC21 programme, and our intake consists of a mix of graduate entrants who complete a ‘catchup’ summer school before joining by direct entry students who have successfully completed Year 1 studies in Cardiff. From 2024 all 5 years of the North Wales Medical School programme will be delivered at Bangor University. During Years 1 and 2, students build a solid foundation of medical science using a case based learning approach, along with clinical skills and simulation training and early patient contact sessions. This prepares students for Year 3, which consists of an innovative longitudinal integrated clerkship based in a General Practice, with students living within and contributing to a local community. Years 4 and 5 comprises clinical rotations in hospital and primary care, in preparation for initial employment as NHS employment as Foundation House Officers. The C21 North Wales programme commenced in 2019, and the first class is due to graduate in June 2023.
Purpose of the Job
The postholders will be primarily responsible for delivery of the C21 North Wales Medicine programme delivered at Bangor University in conjunction with Cardiff University, and in planning and implementing the successor, independent North Wales Medical School programme. The postholders will be in leadership positions and expected to hold a specific responsibility for the programme, subject to qualifications and experience. They will also be expected to engage with and undertake a range of academic, administrative and professional roles within the School, for example, personal tutorship, module leadership and dissertation supervision. Partnership is a key theme within the School, and the successful candidate will work with colleagues, students, service users and providers across the NHS and other key stakeholders. There will be opportunities to contribute to improvements in health and social care provision for the people of North Wales and beyond.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Supervising and facilitating the academic work of students, primarily for the current C21 North Wales Medicine programme.
- Ensuring delivery of research-informed teaching within curricular requirements.
- Developing materials to support teaching and learning, including new modules/components, new pedagogical approaches including simulation and digital approaches, creating student interest, understanding and enthusiasm.
- Planning, preparing and delivering lectures, tutorials and small-group teaching and learning for students with a variety of backgrounds, learning styles and class sizes.
- Providing advice, guidance, academic and pastoral support to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and acting as a personal tutor to a number of students· Motivating students to be proactively engaged in their learning and providing meaningful and constructive feedback on the quality of their studies.
- Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student selected components and projects.
- Contributing to the development and marking of assessments and portfolios.
- Reviewing modules and programmes and supporting quality assurance mechanisms.
- Keeping abreast of new professional, clinical specialty, educational and related social, economic and technological developments, ensuring that teaching reflects current best current practice.
- Pro-actively undertaking appropriate educational research and pedagogical evaluation.
- Producing evidence of scholarship related to learning and teaching developments in refereed journals and/or books, articles and/or conference proceedings.
- Developing collaboration across subject and disciplinary boundaries, especially in facilitating interprofessional education activities.
- Contributing to knowledge transfer and impact activities, including where appropriate the development of projects with commercial impact.
Leadership and administrative:
- Co-ordinating the work of colleagues to ensure that specified areas of responsibility within the programme are led, organised and delivered effectively (leadership role(s), dependent on qualifications and experience, to be agreed on appointment).
- Contributing to the promotion of the School, College and University, including marketing of programmes, Open Days, and participating in school and college link activities and other initiatives.
- Improving skills and knowledge in learning and teaching pedagogy, assessment and feedback, e.g. acting as a mentor for the School’s postgraduate certificate in Medical Education and Practice programme, or other similar educator development initiatives.
- Playing an active role in mentoring less experienced members of staff within the School.
- Contributing to School management, participating in the administration of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
- Addressing the quality of the undergraduate and postgraduate student experience and student retention.
- Participating and conduct of performance reviews and developmental activities.
- Provide cross-cover and support to other academic leaders as designated by the Executive Head of School.
- Provide regular reports of academic and operational importance to the Programme Lead.
- Participate in operational and strategic administrative projects within the School.
- Contribute to the development of new educational initiatives, as part of the School’s and the University’s mission objectives.
- To undertake any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role, as designated by the Executive Head of School.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
• To maintain a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/herself and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions.
• To comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments• To comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts
• To comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
• In addition to Bangor University’s policies, rules and regulations, the post-holder must be aware of and comply with Cardiff University academic regulations, quality assurance, governance, ethics, IT and relevant local Human Resources policies in relation to the C21 North Wales Medicine programme.
- A primary medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council.
- A medical Royal College postgraduate diploma in a relevant clinical discipline, or equivalent.
- Full registration, or eligibility for this, on the GP/Specialist registers of the General Medical Council, with a licence to practise.
- An experienced clinician and practising GP, Consultant or Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctor.
- A recognised postgraduate educational qualification (or eligibility to undertake this with a commitment to pursue on appointment).
- Eligibility for recognition by Advance HE as a Senior Fellow (UK Professional Standards Framework descriptor 3) within 3 years of appointment.
- An additional Masters or Doctoral level qualification in a relevant subject area
- Evidence of substantial experience in clinical practice, to demonstrate breadth and depth of varied knowledge and skills required to teach on clinical programmes.
- Experienced and established in delivering undergraduate and postgraduate clinical teaching.
- Evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g. teaching profile, peer observation, student feedback, teaching awards etc.).
- Experience with innovative approaches to the design/development, delivery and assessment of clinical teaching and learning.
- Experience of contributions to the wider student experience, e.g. recruitment/ retention initiatives, student welfare and preparation for employment initiatives.
- Evidence of involvement in academic quality assurance arrangements, e.g. validation panels, examinerships.
- Evidence of scholarship relating to learning and teaching through publication in referred journals and/or books, articles and/or conference proceedings.
- Ability and commitment to innovate in clinical teaching and learning
- Demonstrate workload prioritisation and working to deadlines.
- Work effectively as part of a team and on own initiative.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrable digital skills, including use of Microsoft Office suite or equivalent.
- Experience with virtual learning environments and learning management systems e.g. Blackboard.
- Ability to develop and use digital teaching materials.
- Evidence of external networking and profile-raising (e.g. member of, or advisor to, regional or national organisations).
- An appreciation of the bilingual context of health and care delivery and Higher Education in North Wales.
- Able to travel between campus locations in Bangor, Wrexham and the clinical sites if required.
- This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.
- The ability to communicate in Welsh – if applicants are not able to speak / write in Welsh at present, there are many opportunities to learn if the successful candidate wishes to do so.
- Understanding of the local socio-economic and cultural landscape.
The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally.
We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.
All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.
All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements *** If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements: -visas”>https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas
Please note that we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the right to live and work in the UK legally. When applying for this post you will be required to explain the basis upon which you believe you will be able to live and work in the UK legally on the commencement date of the role should your application be successful.
Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.
Disclosure & Barring Service
This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.
As Bangor University meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions. DBS checks will be updated every 3 years.
Candidates should note that the University uses an external Umbrella body to process DBS checks. As such you should be aware that, if successful in your application, your name and e-mail contact details will be shared with the Umbrella body in order that they may contact you to start the application process.
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