Lecturer / Senior Lecturer - Criminology and Cybercrime

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About Arden University

We are a private UK University offering blended and online distance learning options, based in the UK with centres across the UK and Germany.  We are an aspirational University with ambitious plans to disrupt the HE sector through our passion for innovation. Having already earnt a reputation for delivering outstanding impact, convenience and relevance to our Graduates and Employers our vision is to become the first choice University for career-focused lifelong learners worldwide.  

There has never been a more exciting time to join Arden University, as we expand into new disciplines and locations. We have launched our 5-year Strategic Plan, which signals our clear intention to be a “digital first” university that delivers an outstanding experience to students around the globe, whatever their career stage. 

Interested? Then read on to hear more about our exciting opportunities. 

Salary £36,000-£50,000, Remote but based in the UK

The Department & Role 

To lead, develop and monitor postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, ensuring high levels of student outcomes. This includes associated operational administration, curriculum development and quality management and enhancement (including accreditation by relevant professional institutions where appropriate). Senior Lecturers work with the Dean, Heads of School, Principal Lecturers and Lecturers to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of programmes in accordance with University strategy, policies and procedures and undertake research and scholarly activity. Senior Lecturers have academic leadership responsibilities which typically involve a combination of the following, in discussion with their Head of School/Principal Lecturer:

  • Responsibility for a programme or suite of associated named awards/programmes
  • Module leadership of several large, core modules covering specialist subjects including: cyberterrorism; digital surveillance; ethical hacking; digital forensics; and policing of cybercrime.
  • Overall responsibility for a year group or cohort within a large programme
  • Line management of Lecturers (who may themselves lead modules). 

Key Activities and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate and promote high levels of digital literacy in teaching and use of resources.
  • Be a positive role model to staff and students, in their approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. Challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in critical discourse.  
  • Ensure teaching is research-informed, up to date and enables students to develop high levels of subject knowledge and skills for graduate level employment.
  • Ensure that the content, methods of delivery and learning materials meet defined programme learning objectives. 
  • Design and/or lead the development of teaching material for undergraduate, postgraduate level programmes, short courses or CPD.
  • Support the development of new course proposals (and creation of new programmes and modules) within the School/Faculty Work in accordance with University policies and procedures to drive high quality assessment design and implementation as required. Ensure efficient and effective processes of marking and moderation for all module assessment items, liaising closely with module leaders. 
  • Undertake the full range of teaching duties in agreement with the Head of School.
  • Ensure high levels of student engagement and outcomes on the programme
  • Undertake effective ongoing review and enhancement of the programme; for example, as Programme Leader, complete the AMR and ARAP, (which involves analysis of student outcomes data) ensuring all Module Leader reports are completed, Chairing the Course Committee, liaising with the External Examiner and ensuring effective actions are in place in response to student feedback and complaints; as Module Leader complete module leader reports to a high standard. 
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaborations.
  • Join external networks to share information and identify potential sources of funds or opportunities for collaboration. 
  • Support the University in furthering its national and international reputation in innovation and teaching excellence through contributions to scholarly debate and discussion.
  • Develop links with relevant professional bodies and academic groups.
  • Contribute to (and chair as required) relevant internal committees and working groups; attend examination boards
  • To engage with and drive validation and programme review in response to university and external needs.
  • Support the University with the preparation of proposals and applications to external or internal bodies for funding, contractual or accreditation purposes where opportunities arise. Support the University in the development of its research and scholarly activity and culture.
  • Manage annual workload allocation of academic staff contributing to the programme, with support and guidance from the HOS or Principal Lecturer as required, working with Academic Services.
  • Liaise with other Arden University services to ensure resources available are appropriately deployed.
  • Manage own workload to ensure all deadlines are met Contribute to the effective management and administration of the School by performing duties allocated by the Head of School; for example, admissions, timetabling, examinations, and assessment of progress and student attendance. 
  • Line manage module leaders and lecturers, recruiting, monitoring and supporting the development of team members to ensure that individual contributions are maximised and high levels of professional and academic standards are maintained.    
  • Observe Lecturers’ teaching in line with the University policy and process
  • Manage staff issues (e.g. disciplinary or other performance issues) in line with policies and procedures, referring to Principal Lecturer/Head of School where needed.
  • Collaborate with academic colleagues on areas of shared interest e.g. course development, curriculum changes, collaborative or joint research projects. 
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify and respond to the diversity of students’ needs.  Use listening, interpersonal and pastoral care skills to deal with sensitive issues concerning students/staff and signpost to/provide appropriate support as needed.  

Skills and Experience Required 

  • Recognised HE Teaching Qualification and /or Advance HE Fellowship at FHEA/SFHEA level or commitment  to gain within 12 months of appointment
  • Masters’ Degree or equivalent professional qualification/professional experience in a relevant subject area.
  • PhD is essential and PhD in Cybercrime is desirable. 
  • Research and/or teaching experience of one or more subject specialisms: cyberterrorism; digital surveillance; ethical hacking; digital forensics; policing of cybercrime. 
  • Recognition from external stakeholders/agencies i.e. PSRBs, external examination, a consultancy.
  • Ability to develop and enhance existing programmes, modules or short courses to ensure currency and high levels of student outcomes.
  • Ability to assess and organise resource requirements and deploy them effectively. 
  • Ability to contribute to broader management and administrative processes. 
  • Understanding of relevant University HEI procedures and policies (e.g. quality and governance) and industry standards; ability to manage own area accordingly.
  • Ability to design course materials and to plan, organise and carry out an assessment of programmes within an agreed quality framework.  
  • Ability to liaise effectively with individuals and teams across the University. 
  • Ability to build positive relationships with students and colleagues, to create optimal conditions for student success. 
  • Understanding of relevant University HEI procedures and policies (e.g. quality and governance) and industry standards; ability to manage own area accordingly.
  • Significant and successful experience of assessment processes at different HE levels (for example, use of a range of assessment types, creation of assessments, leading marking, moderation and feedback at levels 3/4-7).
  • Significant and successful track record of teaching, learning and assessment practice in a relevant discipline /subject at different HE levels.
  • Knowledge and experience of reviewing, modifying, developing and enhancing curriculum and programmes to ensure QAA benchmarks and professional, employer and sector expectations are met to a high level. 
  • Experience of enhancing student satisfaction and outcomes; experience of analysing associated data and formulating sound actions.
  • Experience of working effectively as part of an academic team, for example as a module leader, and leading successful delivery of projects through collaboration/working with others. 
  • Evidence of CPD to develop knowledge and teaching capability (teaching methods and approaches
  • Experience of enhancing student satisfaction and outcomes; experience of analysing associated data and formulating sound actions.
  • A developing profile in research and scholarly activity within a relevant subject.

We value all our colleagues and invest in their development. We also have a great colleague benefits package that you can tailor to your families needs. This includes;

  • 30 days annual leave
  • Christmas closure
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Pension Plans
  • Health cashback schemes and much more

To embark on a career at Arden, start the application today. 

Application deadline - Sunday 10th October 2021. 

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