Professor in Practice

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

The Professor in Practice is a new concept in the James Watt School of Engineering which provides an exciting opportunity for industry experts to integrate academic scholarship with their deep knowledge of professional practice.  The Professor in Practice should have documented and substantive experience as a practitioner in their respective field and understand the specific practical needs, attributes and applications required for graduates upon completion of their undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme. The Professor in Practice will be expected to provide knowledge and leadership from their professional discipline within industry and business, facilitating the integration of industrial/business aspects into the education and research programmes of the School contributing to an enhanced student experience.  Professors in Practice will typically hold dual roles inside and outside the University, with significant time allotted to both academic and professional tasks.   These flexible roles are available on a part-time basis between 0.2 and 0.5 FTE.

Main duties and responsibilities

1.  Make a leading contribution to the evolution and implementation of the School’s impact strategy, taking advantage of personal experience and connections across the technology industry sector to nurture partnerships.

3.  Raise awareness within the University on public engagement, policy formulation and commercial strategies.

4.  Contribute to income growth derived from Knowledge Exchange and commercialization opportunities and related activities.

5.  Contribute fully to strategic initiatives and partnerships in knowledge exchange and innovation with industry, government and third sector bodies.

6.  Develop collegiality across the School by building effective internal and external networks and collaborations that support the development and mentoring of academic staff.

7.  Provide a leading and industrially-relevant contribution to the ongoing development and design of the curriculum in a manner than supports a research-led, industry aligned and scholarly approach to student learning and assessment in the associated discipline and profession.

8.  Use industry innovation and developments to ensure that course content supports the skills and attributes required within the Engineering sector, keeping up-to-date with new initiatives ensuring alignment with evolving accreditation criteria.

9.  Deliver high quality industry-informed teaching on relevant courses and supervisions of student dissertations.

10. Represent the School/College/University on key external bodies and at external events (regional, national and international).

11. Make a substantial contribution to the life of the School through active involvement on its committees and working groups and by enhancing teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

12. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

13. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9,10 or 11 (Ordinary/Honours Degree, Post Graduate Qualification, Masters Degree), or equivalent, including being professionally qualified in relevant discipline, with a broad range of professional leadership experience in strategically important specialist areas.

A2 Extensive specialist knowledge and expertise/depth of knowledge in the associated discipline with substantive professional industrial experience.

A3 Comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of research issues and debates, both nationally and internationally, and future direction of research and teaching in the subject area.


B1 Chartered Engineering and membership of associated professional bodies.



C1 Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage at all levels across the University and beyond, including policy and practitioner communities.

C2 Demonstrably excellent presentation skills.

C3 Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collegiality and collaborative working.

C4 Proven ability to foster collaborations with colleagues across the University and with external stakeholders as appropriate.

C5 Proven time management and organisational skills.

C6 Proven project and people management skills.

C7 Ability to integrate into a multidisciplinary environment.



E1 Evidence of a significant leadership role that will contribute to the academic mission of the University (e.g. new innovations; implementing research-based improvements in professional practice or impact in a specific discipline).

E2 Significant leadership contribution to activities that have changed practice and will contribute to the academic mission of the University (e.g. professional guidelines or review groups).

E3 Contributions to outreach or public engagement that advance the understanding of the discipline.

E4 Leadership in facilitating delivery of College-led research strategy and activities.

E5 Significant experience of research and participation within large international collaborations.

E6 Evidence of managing research projects to completion.

E7 An established and internationally-recognised reputation for high-quality knowledge exchange in Technology Entrepreneurship.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the  Management, Professional and Administrative, Senior Administrative Group, Grade 10.

These flexible roles are available on a part-time basis between 0.2 and 0.5 FTE and are fixed term for up to 3 years, in the first instance.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

3 A flexible approach to working.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community


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