Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator


London College of Communication
Design School
LCC - Elephant and Castle, London UK
Grade 6
£50,961 - £61,398


Full time - 37 hours per week

6 March 2024 23:55


The opportunity

Critical and Theoretical Studies (CTS) occupy a central position across the Design School and underpin all UG courses with a framework of critical, contextual and theoretical thinking which supports an international and diverse body of students in becoming confident in the research, analysis, critique and presentation of complex theoretical ideas and contexts linked to their emerging design interests.

Reporting to the CTS Lead, the CTS co-ordinators are responsible for the co-ordination of CTS teaching, curriculum development, and on-going scholarship within a programme. The post-holder will work collaboratively within the CTS team and liaise with UG course leaders, deploying specialist expertise to develop pedagogy and the curriculum in innovative and critical directions, and will be expected to undertake:

- Pedagogic and curriculum development that stimulates thought and practice which challenge the canon of the Design disciplines represented in the School with the aim of promoting diversity, inclusivity and responsible design thinking.

- Develop CTS delivery to enhance the relationship between contextual research and studio practice to meet the needs and individual interests of diverse and international student groups.

- Responsibility for a group of undergraduate students’ pastoral support, progress and attendance, maintaining records and liaising with course teams and colleagues at Programme level as appropriate.

The role offers an exciting opportunity to take an active role in the development of the CTS curriculum as the Design School works to embed key principles and shared values centred on Sustainable Design Futures and Social Justice, as suggested by the Responsible Design Framework, and the opportunities presented by recent advances in Digitally Enhanced Learning models.

About you

You will be someone who can combine teaching and assessment experience at Higher Education level with knowledge and critical understanding of the social, cultural, environmental, political and economic issues that shape contemporary design practices and theoretical discourses. You will have a background in design or architectural history, material or visual culture studies, or associated fields.

You will be able to apply innovative digital approaches to teaching and learning and be able apply your own research, including pedagogic research, to the development of learning and assessment practice and innovative approaches to course development and delivery. You will have an ability to motivate a team effectively, setting clear objectives to manage performance, and to collaborate and work within teams across different professional groups.

What we offer

To recognise the hard work of our staff and their contributions, we provide a wide range of benefits – please check our careers site/Canvas for further information as conditions and exclusions apply:

▪ at least 31 days of annual leave in addition to bank holidays.
▪ generous defined benefit pension schemes (LGPS/TPS}.
▪ flexible working and family-friendly policies for improved work-life balance.
▪ 2 days of paid volunteering leave for a UK registered charity.
▪ discounts including TOTUM, gyms, nursery and private healthcare insurance.
▪ continuous learning and development opportunities including free UAL Short Courses.
▪ season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, free counselling via EAP and more! 

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world. 

Our culture

We have become one of the world’s most international Universities, welcoming over 22,000 students and 6,000 staff from 130 countries. And, as a global university, staff and students learn from different cultures and perspectives, which leads to new conversations and innovative work. At our very core, everything we do seeks to challenge the status quo by driving social purpose and standing up for what matters.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds including those who may feel underrepresented in the workforce due to their socioeconomic circumstances such as those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) backgrounds. We aim to be a university where everyone can be themselves and are supported to reach their full potential.

With our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we are proud to be a Race Equality Charter (REC) member to help us reduce barriers that negatively impacts B.A.M.E. staff, a Stonewall Diversity Champion to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are valued at work, a Disability Confident Scheme Committed employer and member of the Business Disability Forum which help us to improve the lives of disabled people in the workplace. 

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