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Subject Leader MFA and BA Hons Craft Practices

£42,000 per annum plus excellent benefits
Full Time - 35 hours per week

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JOB TITLE                                   Subject Leader MFA and BA Hons Craft Practices

DEPARTMENT/DIVISION              School of Arts

LOCATION                                      West Dean College – Chichester Campus

SALARY                                          £42,000 per annum FTE

HOURS                                           37 hours per week



Under the supervision of the Head of School of Arts and in collaboration with the other Craft Practices Subject Leaders, lead the day-to-day organisation and delivery of the core common units across the Craft Practices programmes, MFA, BA and FdA. Coordinating dynamic, coherent, and appropriate learning across disparate craft disciplines, particularly at MFA and BA level.

Teaching and Assessment

  • As directed by the Head of the School of Arts and in collaboration with the other FdA Subject Leaders, plan and manage the MFA and BA Craft Practices courses including responsibilities such as cross-curriculum unit leadership, coordination of visiting lecturers and participation in the day to day delivery of the programme
  • Ensure that programmes are delivered in accordance with the regulations and requirements of the College and validating body.
  • Lead and participate in assessment procedures and provision of student feedback in accordance with the College Assessment Policy.
  • Undertake continuous professional development, scholarly activity and research in order to maintain currency of subject knowledge and teaching.
  • Maintain contacts with academic and professional experts in relevant fields.

Student Support and Information

  • At the beginning of each term/semester ensure that students know and understand what is expected of them within the individual units of study and in relation to their content, method of delivery, deadlines and method of assessment.
  • Lead the coordination and updating of the programme intranet/VLE ensuring learning materials and timetabling information are available and up to date.
  • Organise and provide academic tutorial support to MFA and BA students.
  • Liaise with the Academic & Student Services staff to ensure that students receive an appropriate level of pastoral care and support and ensure that appropriate action is taken where students’ progress is unsatisfactory.
  • Liaise with library staff to ensure the acquisition of relevant reference books and trade publications related to the subject area.


  • Assist in the recruitment of students through involvement in marketing activities including Open Days and the interviewing process when required.


  • Participate under the direction of the Head of School of Arts in quality assurance processes including annual monitoring and committee work.
  • Participate in the induction of visiting lecturers and take responsibility for the supervision of their work as required by the Head of the School of Arts.
  • Liaise with the Head of Technical Resources in respect of equipment and Health & Safety issues.
  • Ensure that relevant Health & Safety legislation is adhered to.
  • Organise and participate in external study trips where required in consultation with the Head of School of Arts and in collaboration with the other Subject Leaders.
  • Attend and contribute to College and Foundation meetings as required.
  • Represent West Dean College at selected external events and conferences in agreement with the Head of School
  • Undertake all other reasonable and College-related duties as may be required from time to time.

The statements in this job description are intended to describe the essential nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be all responsibilities or qualifications of the job.

This job description is subject to regular review in consultation with the post holder.

The Person

To be successful in this role you will need to have demonstrable prior experience in course management and leadership, alongside experience in academic and or practical craft production and associated professional practice.

Knowledge and experience in one of the specialist craft areas would be an advantage. Candidates must possess a good understanding of contemporary theory and practice relevant to the field and be able to demonstrate a professional approach to practice and high standards of professional conduct. Experience and current research practice is desirable.

This role requires good communication skills, with the ability to collaborate, inspire and build relationships with colleagues, students and the broader community.

The Benefits

In recognition for all your hard work and dedication, we can offer you:

  • 38 days holiday per year pro rata
  • Nest or Scottish Widows Pension (Matching up to 7.5%)
  • Life Assurance
  • Company Sick Pay (10 Days FTE)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 25% off retail and restaurant
  • 50% off short courses
  • Salary sacrifice schemes: cycle to work
  • Free parking on campus

Closing date: Monday 8th July 2024

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