Principal Lecturer – Practice-based Learning and Simulation – RGU05652

January 8, 2023

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Job Summary

At Robert Gordon University (RGU) we are proud of our excellence in education and research and we are offering an opportunity to join our great team as Principal Lecturer to our Practice-Based Learning and Simulation Team. RGU is an innovative, inclusive, and ambitious University, focussed on the impact of its demand-led teaching and research.

The School of Health Sciences aims to provide dynamic and transformational teaching, learning and research that makes a significant contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of local, national and global communities. We pride ourselves on producing people-centred, capable and professional graduates who positively impact on the lives of individuals and the health of society.

You will lead the practice-based learning team in the development and delivery of practice-based learning experiences, simulation and student-led service learning experiences. Supporting the Academic Strategic Lead and Dean of School you’ll have delegated line management responsibilities for practice-based learning lecturers and any other delegated sub team and assume accountability for their performance. This will involve effectively developing and deploying staff and co-ordinating the work of the teams.

What we can offer you:

  • Although a full time position, part time and job-share contracts may also be considered
  • A permanent position with competitive salary, excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance.
  • An option for hybrid working in line with our HR policy.
  • You will be supported to engage in scholarship and research for your professional and personal development.
  • We are an equal opportunities employer.
  • We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and to the sustainability of our environment.

Degree qualified in either Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Occupational Therapy or Dietetics and with an appropriate professional registration, you’ll be experienced in virtual and real Practice based learning in a University setting and be a competent leader. A relationship builder, you will have led and actively participated in internal/external networks, professional bodies, committees, national working groups and external partnerships.

RGU’s ultra-modern campus, located on the outskirts of the vibrant and prosperous city of Aberdeen, offers a superb place to live, work and develop your career. This is one of the most impressive university campuses you’ll find anywhere in the world, with first-class educational infrastructure and outstanding sporting and leisure facilities set against a stunning rural backdrop on the banks of the river Dee. A relocation package is available to assist with your transition to the area.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

This post is subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit:


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Academic Strategic Lead.

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Assistant Project Officer and Practice-based learning lecturers.

PURPOSE OF POST: Ongoing leadership and development of practice-based learning experiences, simulation and student-led service learning experiences. This post will predominantly be responsible for leadership and co-ordination and development of practice-based learning, simulation and student-led service learning experiences across the subject areas of Dietetics, Occupational Therapy Physiotherapy and Diagnostic Radiography, however will involve other subject areas within the School as appropriate.


Lead, develop, plan and manage practice-based learning for placements, simulation and student-led services across School subjects to ensure alignment with the University Strategy, University Key Performance Indicators, and any requirements of PSRBs and other relevant external bodies.

Oversee the development of practice based learning experiences, simulation and student-led service learning experiences, ensuring appropriate consultation and liaison with relevant stakeholders, including clinical partners, academic colleagues, students and other partners.

Undertake responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and future developments of the practice-based lecturing team i.e., in line with the School Strategic Plan.

Develop, in conjunction with the relevant subject Principal Lecturers, coherent staff development plans to maintain requisite staff expertise in delivery of practice-based learning and simulation, and present these to the Dean of School, Senior Team, or relevant Academic Strategic Lead.

Contribute to the co-ordination and compilation of School level reports for practice-based learning and liaise with key stakeholders.

Attend and contribute to local and national meetings regarding virtual practice-based learning and simulation.

Delegated line management responsibility of practice-based learning lecturers, appraising staff performance including EPRs, day-to-day management (timetabling, workload allocation, annual leave approval, sick leave processes etc.).

Ensure the team are effectively communicated with in terms of wider School information.

Undertake responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and future developments in line with the School Strategic Plan.

Carry out teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, field trips, practicals etc.), and associated assessment duties, or as otherwise required by the Dean of School/Academic Strategic Lead.

Participate in the promotion and marketing of the School and its courses to local, national and international clients, including student recruitment activities.

Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate practical projects. Engage with other staff in and out with the University, in research and professional activities relevant to the post.

Develop and maintain personal expertise in specialist subject areas.

Provide academic and personal guidance for students.

Perform other duties as assigned by the either Dean of School or Academic Strategic Lead.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

BSc (Hons) or MSc (pre-registration) in Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Occupational Therapy or Dietetics with an appropriate professional registration.


Significant experience of aspects of development and delivery of Practice based learning in a University setting.

Experience of design and delivery of virtual practice-based learning and simulation experiences.

Significant experience of staff co-ordination.

Engagement with relevant external professional body/TLA organisations.

Experience of providing leadership relating to teaching activities.

Experience of managing and implementing projects and strategic initiatives.

Experience of managing deployment, performance and development of staff. Demonstrable authority in communicating the UK-based higher education context, in particular the relationship between key University KPIs, policies and requirements, and the broader obligations placed on institutions by government, etc.

Evidence of leading and participating actively in internal and external networks, professional bodies, committees, national working groups and external partnerships.



Behaviour 1: Communication – Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Team Development – Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities

Behaviour 3: Service Delivery – Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

Behaviour 4: Teaching and Learning Support – Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 5: Decision Making – Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

Behaviour 6: Pastoral Care and Welfare – Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress and dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters