Lecturer in Construction Management

Aberdeen, UK
Closing date
14 Oct 2020

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Job Summary
We are pleased to advertise an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join the academic team of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, contributing to teaching, research, and consultancy, and to the future development of the School. This post offers considerable opportunity for a dynamic, collaborative, and adaptable individual.

An experienced professional with either a PhD in a related subject area or substantial industry experience, you will augment the School's academic team through the provision of expertise in the area of construction project management. In particular, we are looking for someone with knowledge in construction project risk management, construction technology, organisational behaviour and information management in construction. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to other areas of the curricula, especially with respect to collaborative learning engaging multiple disciplines.

In addition, an ability to contribute to the knowledge transfer agenda including the areas of sustainable development, digitisation in the construction industry, and / or offsite manufacture, would be of particular value. You will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across the School's programme of Architecture and Built Environment courses, and will actively participate in research and commercial opportunities arising.

You will hold membership of the CIOB, RICS, or equivalent, and will actively participate in the school's research endeavours. In addition to this, you will be responsible for the effective operation and development of nominated components within designated courses, including our Graduate Apprenticeship honours degree in Construction for the Built Environment. Teaching is expected to be informed by research, scholarship, and industry experience (depending on background).

A strong understanding of the contemporary construction industry and current procurement and project management practices is essential, all within the context of the progressive digitisation and automation of the industry. Understanding of sustainable practices, and developments in this field, is also of central importance.

The research activity of the School, to which new appointments are expected to contribute, is considered central to its success as a progressive, informed, and collaborative academic community. The School has four clusters of research interest and activity, these being Digital Cities and Society; Housing, Pedagogy, and Project Management. These are strongly aligned to RGU's strategic priorities, including Energy Transition, Digital Cities, Big Data, Community Engagement, and Teaching and Learning excellence.

The School can provide appropriate mentorship and support in teaching and learning pedagogy and to enable those with industry backgrounds to contribute to its research endeavour.

The School performs a central role in many important external networks and it is expected that new appointments will further extend these in supporting the growth of collaborative and income generation possibilities.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit:

Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.
Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience will be placed on the first point of the scale, although consideration will be given to a market supplement (reviewed bi-annually) for those with specific industry experience.
Job Description
RESPONSIBLE TO: Designated Member of the Senior Team

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across the School's programme of Architecture & Built Environment courses.


Actively contribute to the implementation of the school teaching and learning, research, and income generation plans and strategies, and positively participate in relevant staff development activities.

Play an active and constructive part in:
Actively contributing to course provision through preparation and delivery of materials, conducting assessments, and liaison with students, staff, employers and mentors as necessary. (Please note that Masters awards and courses delivered as part of the University's Graduate Apprenticeship programme require aspects of delivery throughout the summer months).

Carrying out other designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and distance learning, workshops, field trips, studio work, etc.) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by Course Leader, Line Manager, or Head of School. This applies to Undergraduate, Postgraduate, or Corporate delivery, and includes activities such as:
  • Curriculum design and review
  • Planning and implementing innovation in teaching & learning
  • Planning and implementing novel assessment strategies
  • preparing for / actively participating in QAA and professional body accreditations
  • preparing for / actively participating in Subject reviews

Ensuring that the Course / Module design and delivery achieves KPI targets and appropriate quality standards through effective Course / Module leadership (i.e. National Student Survey, Student Achievement Rates, Student Evaluation Questionnaires, Employability statistics)

Liaising with the Course Leader and key team members as necessary to:
  • Identify and proactively address areas where current provision is in need of revision or improvement, with particular regard to maintaining 'currency' relevant to the student cohort(s) and professional requirements.
  • Respond positively to day-to-day student feedback and modify approaches to delivery where appropriate
  • Set, mark and assess student coursework & examinations, & provide feedback to students to agreed deadlines using a variety of methods
  • Supervise student projects, field trips and, where appropriate, placements
  • Participate in developing, preparing, and reviewing of teaching materials, and provide tutorial and personal guidance for students.
  • Actively pursuing individual or collaborative research, according to plans agreed at departmental level. Produce high quality outputs, supervise research students, establish externally funded research projects, disseminate own work to staff and students, etc.).
  • Working individually or collaboratively, identify sources of funding and actively contribute to the process of securing external funds for agreed research activities.
  • Extending, transforming and applying knowledge acquired from Research and scholarship to teaching and appropriate external activities.
  • Contributing to consultancy work by undertaking delivery of teaching within the UK & overseas, as may be required by contracts entered into by the University, and subject to the University's Risk Assessment procedures.
  • Undertaking appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc) as may be required.

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Person Specification

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

PhD in related subject area (or demonstrably close to PhD completion) and / or substantial industry experience and expertise

Honours degree in a design or construction related discipline.

Membership of the CIOB, RICS, or equivalent.


Strong knowledge and understanding of the contemporary construction industry and contemporary procurement and construction project management methods is essential, all within the context of the progressive digitisation of the industry, and increasingly sustainable practices.

Specialist knowledge in some or all of the following areas is required: areas such as construction project management, risk, leadership and team working, as well as Building Information Modelling (BIM), off-site fabrication and digital production, and / or emerging sustainable practices. Additionally, the ability to relate theory to practice is essential.


Previous academic experience or industrial experience in relevant area.

Evidence of published research outputs and/or engagement with funded research work, or a significant depth of professional practice experience and learning from which research or commercial / consultancy opportunities can be developed.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

A Masters level qualification in a related subject area.


A developing body of research publications in recognised peer-reviewed journals, and a demonstrable knowledge of research funding streams and applications, or a body of work that may be translated into commercial / consultancy activity and / or peer-reviewed research outputs


A track record of external engagement, as you will be expected to fully engage with research and external networking activities in the School.

Prior experience working in a higher education institution in a subject allied to the built environment.

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 - Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support.

Behaviour 3 - 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 4 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers' expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

Behaviour 5 - Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings.

Behaviour 6 - Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation.
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