Senior Teaching Associate

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The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) delivers high quality and distinctive educational programmes for adult learners, predominantly studying on a part-time basis, for either personal enrichment or professional development. ICE aims to ensure that the expertise and resources of the University of Cambridge are made available to all students, irrespective of their previous educational achievements.

We wish to appoint a part-time (0.5 FTE) Senior Teaching Associate, on an open-ended basis, to play a central leadership, teaching and course management role in delivering the Master of Studies (MSt) postgraduate degree programme in English Language Assessment.

Reporting to the Director of Academic Programmes, the Senior Teaching Associate will have overall responsibility for students' academic and pastoral experience. They will work to shape the curriculum of the MSt in English Language Assessment as well as innovative new online Micro masters content, oversee the cross-University course delivery team, liaise with course administrators, interface with Cambridge colleges and coordinate the ongoing evaluation and improvement of the course and ensure the very highest academic quality and professional standards.

The MSt is offered by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education in partnership with Cambridge University Press & Assessment, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, and Cambridge Language Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Centre. The first MSt cohort complete their studies in December 2023, with the second MSt cohort due to start in January 2024, and a third cohort in October 2024. Please note that there may be scope to increase the FTE fraction or to bring in additional academic resource to support the Senior Teaching Associate role once recruitment to Cohort 3 is confirmed later in 2024.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to make a major contribution by shaping world-leading postgraduate education in this area, led and informed by the expertise of researchers and practitioners from across the University of Cambridge.

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field and be able to provide evidence of excellence in teaching. In addition, the role-holder will have experience in the development of pedagogic materials and in English language assessment and will demonstrate an interest in language education policy. They should take a highly collaborative and partnership-based approach to their work.

The post holder would be expected to be based on-site at Madingley Hall and central Cambridge for a minimum of 40% of their contracted hours, to include residential teaching blocks, course meetings, line management meetings and committee work.

Candidates should be able to take an interdisciplinary approach and to identify collaborative opportunities within and beyond the university where appropriate. Alongside strong interpersonal and communication skills, the successful candidate will also have an understanding, enthusiasm and flair for engaging academically with a broad spectrum of colleagues and students, be a strong team player, and demonstrate commitment to the principles and delivery of continuing education. Intercultural awareness will be an important attribute for the successful candidate.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Claire McCafferty, email:

Questions about the application process may be directed to:

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 December 2023 at 1200 GMT. Initial interviews are expected to take place online on Wednesday 20 December 2023.

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Please quote reference EA39502 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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