Subject Coordinator – Languages

  • Làn-ùine / Full-time
  • University Of Glasgow, Dumbarton Road, Glasgow
  • Posted 7 months ago
  • Tha seo dùinte do thagraichean ùra / Applications have closed
  • Tuarastal / Salary: £34,520 - £38,833 p.a.
  • Cùmhnant / Contract: Open-ended
  • Uairean san seachdain / Hours per week: 35

argyllandbuteUniversity of Glasgow

Job Purpose

To be responsible for the delivery of language courses (and associated programmes) within Short Courses, including their design, development and organisation in line with Short Courses strategy and policy. Languages currently offered include Arabic, Dutch, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. The postholder will provide academic management and coordination, including identification of potential new courses and programmes, and will have line management responsibility for all part-time tutors associated with the delivery of language courses (and associated programmes). They will be responsible for ensuring the language courses operate on a successful commercial basis as well as providing a high quality educational experience.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Plan, organise and deliver teaching and assessment activities for a range of courses across multiple different languages, predominantly credit-bearing at SCQF level 7.

Be responsible for the recruitment of sufficient part-time tutors to ensure timely delivery of all courses (and associated programmes). Oversee all aspects of human resources management in relation to the part-time tutors associated with the courses, including recruitment, performance management, management of attendance and staff development. Monitor course delivery and approve time sheets submitted by part-time tutors.

Ensure all part-time tutors are provided with up to date and accurate information about teaching on the courses, for example dates of teaching blocks, examination dates and deadlines, dates of Boards of Studies meetings etc.

Oversee curriculum development and course and programme proposals to ensure both effective learning and teaching and financial viability.

Undertake teaching and associated teaching activity as required.

Be responsible for the design and development of effective assessment processes. This includes the preparation of assessment materials and samples of students’ work for the external examiner, compiling data on students’ performance, liaison with the external examiner, and attendance at all relevant exam boards. Subject Coordinators are also expected to moderate and/or second mark assignments, and to ensure that tutors meet all deadlines relating to assessment set by Short Courses. When required, assist in the identification of potential new external examiner appointments.

Ensure the provision of effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students which supports their learning.

Organise and manage the courses to ensure successful recruitment in line with Short Courses’ financial targets.

Attend meetings and events as required, including Management Group, Academic Planning and Management Group, routine quality assurance meetings such as Scrutiny Group and Boards of Examiners meetings, and Short Courses and External Relations away days and training events.

Ensure effective development, monitoring and evaluation of the courses (and associated programmes) in line with the University’s policies and processes. This includes preparing course and programme approval documentation, undertaking annual course monitoring and any other annual or periodic quality assurance and quality enhancement activities in order to enhance the student learning experience.

Undertake regular liaison with the Marketing Manager to identify opportunities for marketing, recruitment and profile-raising, for both the language courses and Short Courses as a whole.

Encourage the use of technology to enhance the student learning experience.

Support the University’s strategic ambitions in relation to engagement, in line with the University’s Strategic Plan:

Undertake any other duties as assigned by the Director, Short Courses or their nominee.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 or 11 (honours degree/postgraduate qualification) or equivalent.

A2 Sufficient knowledge and understanding of the subject area(s) and of course development, organisation and management to deliver successful courses (and associated programmes) in the subject area(s).

A3 Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply policy, practice and procedures relating to the development, organisation and management of courses in higher education.

A4 Commercially aware and able to deliver income-generating activities in line with financial KPIs.


B1 Professional teaching qualification or working towards one.


C1 Ability to initiate, plan and deliver a high quality programme of courses.

C2 Proven people management skills.

C3 Excellent organisational skills.

C4 Analytical and problem-solving ability.

C5 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written), with the ability to interact constructively with a wide range of individuals.

C6 Relevant IT skills which promote the efficient delivery and organisation of teaching.

C7 Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team.

C8 Negotiating and influencing skills.

C9 Self-motivation and resilience.


D1 Ability to deliver teaching across the subject area(s).


E1 Experience of the design, organisation and management of teaching programmes related to the subject area(s).

E2 Experience of planning and progressing work activities within professional guidelines or organisational policy, applying initiative and independent judgement.

E3 Experience of effective staff management in an educational context, including the management of performance.

E4 Experience of teaching and assessment in a relevant subject area.


F1 Experience of teaching in further or higher education.

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