Senior Lecturer in Medical Education (Assessment)

Cardiff, Wales
74,393 - 96,583
Nov 10, 2017
Dec 01, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type

Senior Lecturer in Medical Education (Assessment)
Centre for Medical Education
School of Medicine
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

Following the appointment of the Dean of Medical Education the Centre for Medical Education are now seeking to appoint to this important leadership role.  

We are looking to recruit an experienced medical educator to support the development, delivery, and evaluation of a high quality programme of assessments.  The Senior Lecturer in Medical Education (Assessment) will have responsibility for supporting in-course and clinical assessments and offers the opportunity for an established leader to implement curriculum innovations to ensure the learning environment at Cardiff stands out as nationally and internationally excellent.

Reporting to the Clinical Assessment Lead, the Senior Lecturer in Medical Education (Assessment) will support all in course and clinical assessment activity ensuring delivery of a research informed assessment programme that adheres to current curricula requirements.

They will also develop and implement innovative and appropriate assessment techniques and materials which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst our students.

Key performance measures for the role will include sustained achievement of overall satisfaction scores of >90% in the NSS and >80% satisfaction in the Assessment and Feedback category of the NSS Survey; producing and implementing a forward looking assessment strategy addressing local and regulatory requirements which ensures continuous progression and evolution of the curriculum and its assessment.
The Senior Lecturer in Medical Education (Assessment) will contribute to education scholarship and faculty development to further enhance the quality of medical teaching in the University.

We are looking for an experienced medical educator with substantial teaching experience. You should also be able to demonstrate your academic leadership experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level.  You should have demonstrated success in implementing teaching innovations with a growing international reputation for teaching excellence. You should have experience of developing an enabling and inclusive teaching and learning environment for students and of teaching innovation in course development and design.

If you would like to discuss the role on an informal basis please contact Dr Liz Metcalf, Clinical Assessment Lead on or Dr Lee Coombes, Director of Assessment on

This role is part-time 40% (15 hours) available immediately and is open-ended.

Salary £74,393 - £96,583 Clinical D6 (Senior Lecturer Scale) (Pro Rata per hours worked)

Date post advertised: Friday, 10 November 2017
Closing date: Monday, 11 December 2017

Cardiff University is currently undertaking a pre-employment checking pilot scheme across limited areas of the institution.  Under this pilot scheme, this post has been identified as being subject to the following pre-employment checks:
•Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS);
•Occupational Health Check (OH).
Further information about pre-employment checking can be made available upon request.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received
Cardiff 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 who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


Job Description:
Job Purpose

To support the development, delivery and evaluation of a high quality programme of assessments to provide students studying within the Centre for Medical Education with a world class medical education.  The role holder will have responsibility for supporting in-course and clinical assessment leads in all aspects of the assessment programmes delivered by the School.

It is envisaged that this role will be key in developing and quality assuring knowledge assessments, but that it will also support the development and quality assurance of clinical assessments.

To actively develop and undertake research-informed teaching (and activities relating to teaching), including the development, delivery and evaluation of the undergraduate Medical Degree Programme, Medical Pharmacology BSc, Intercalated BSc and Postgraduate Taught (PGT) programmes of study within the School. 

To supervise and support undergraduate & postgraduate students and to carry out academic administrative duties within the programmes as required.

To pursue excellence in research-informed teaching and inspire and enable others to do the same.



• Support all in course and clinical assessment activity - ensuring delivery of a research-informed assessment programme that adheres to current curricular requirements, whilst also developing and implementing innovative and appropriate assessment techniques and material which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.

• Support the quality assurance of all in course assessments e.g. blue printing, leading question writing, training and recruitment of patients and examiners, etc.

• Identify and pro-actively lead opportunities for curriculum innovations and enhancements, including;

• Implementing new units of teaching & learning and new programmes of study where appropriate.

• Developing the structure of existing modules and units of study within programmes and using evidence-based approaches to enhance the impact of teaching/pedagogical methods and innovations as appropriate.

• The review (on a regular basis) of course content and materials, with mapping to programme specifications, Learning Outcomes, Quality Assurance Agency subject benchmarking and/or professional accrediting bodies such as the General Medical Council.

• Supervise & facilitate the academic work of students including undergraduate Medical & BSc students and postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

• Carry out work associated with MBBCh & BSc assessments (i.e. the setting and marking of papers and providing constructive feedback to students).

• Provide pastoral care and academic support by acting as both an Academic Mentor for MBBCh students and a Personal Tutor for BSc students.

• Supervise the work of PGT & PhD students, co-supervise postgraduate research (PGR) students and act as a PGR progress review panel member as required.



• Pro-actively undertake and lead appropriate educational research, pedagogical evaluation and scholarly activity, leading to publications in high quality professional and scholarly journals.

• Participate in national and international conferences, seminars and other academic and professional forums to disseminate the results of one's own scholarship.

Additional Information:
Job Description Continued



• Support the implementation of the School's assessment strategy through the application of expertise in pedagogical thinking and research, developments in government policy, and factors impacting on Higher Education, making best use of available technology ensuring compliance with the requirements of professional and statutory bodies.

• Provide academic leadership by co-ordinating the work of others to ensure areas of degree courses are organised and delivered effectively.

• Be involved in the Centre/Institute- level strategic planning and contribute to wider strategic planning processes in the University.

• Provide opportunities for staff development aimed at improving skills and knowledge in learning and teaching pedagogy, assessment and feedback, e.g. to act as a mentor within the University's Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PgCUTL) programme, or any other similar such educator development initiatives.


• To participate in the administration of the School, including committee work, and the pastoral care of undergraduate and postgraduate students of Cardiff University;

• Responsible for ensuring that University policy and procedures and legal duties are applied and that appropriate risk assessments are undertaken, necessary actions are implemented and staff within your area are fully conversant and trained in respect of their Health and Safety obligations;

• To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate

• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to, and which will enhance performance in the role of Senior Lecturer;

• Undertake and lead operational administrative responsibilities as requested/determined by Head of School and/or senior management team.

• Engage effectively with stakeholders (be they industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc.), regionally and nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the School's profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional, national and international profile.

• Other duties occasionally that are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.
IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria
It is the School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 6260 BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

Person Specification:
Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. MBBCh / equivalent Primary Medical Qualification and GMC Registration

2. Postgraduate qualification in Education / Teaching or similar qualification (or relevant experience)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

3. Substantial teaching experience at undergraduate/postgraduate level, demonstrating teaching innovation in course development and design.

4. Established national (and growing international) reputation for teaching excellence, educational innovation and learner empowerment/enablement, within the fields of science and medicine.

5. Proven ability to design, deliver and continuously develop units of study across the School's teaching programmes, thereby contributing to the educational development of the University.

Pastoral, Communication and Team Working

6. Excellent communication and IT skills, to include the ability to present complex and conceptual basic science topics clearly and confidently to others, using high level skills and a range of media.

7. The ability to provide appropriate pastoral and academic support to students by appreciating the needs of individual learners and their circumstances.

8. Proven record of academic leadership and high levels of management skills (as applied to course or taught component direction.)


9. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team working within a specified educational field.

10. Experience of developing an enabling and inclusive teaching and learning environment for students and of teaching innovation in course development and design.

Desirable Criteria

1. Subject specialist knowledge in assessment

2. Evidence of collaborations with other Higher Education Institutions and/or Industry.

3.  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

4. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School.

5. Proven record of taking responsibility for academically related administrative projects.