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  1. Role Details

Vacancy reference


Job title:

Staff Tutor based in South West (Bristol)

Reports to:

Locality Lead


£39,324 to £46,924

Terms and conditions:




Duration of post:


Working hours:

Full Time


based in South West (this role will become a home worker after 31 January 2017)

Closing date:

5.00pm on 24 November 2016

Type of application form accepted:

Covering Letter, Application Form and CV

Number of referees required:


Unit recruitment contact:

Helen Jackman

  1. Summary of duties

Staff Tutors play a vital role in the provision of the Open University’s supported open learning model of education. They appoint and develop the Associate Lecturers and Programme Tutors, who provide support to Open University students, and they quality assure academic and practice learning. This post will include responsibility for the management of the Social Work Degree in The OU in the South East. Applicants should therefore have relevant experience that sustains their credibility in this role as well as the more specialised experience and skills required to effectively support delivery of the Social Work Degree. The successful candidate should be Social Work qualified and preferably have a sound knowledge of the delivery of Social Work education. 

You will be part of with the Health and Social Care team based in the London and the South East Centre. This team is part of an experienced group of Faculty staff who work in the twelve Regional/National Centres. . Initially the post will be located at regional centre for The Open University (OU). As a result of changes in the OU, this role may become that of a homeworker for the OU.

Staff Tutors are full members of the academic staff of the Faculty of Health & Social Care HSC) and are responsible in this respect to the Executive Dean, via their line manager. They are expected to contribute to the presentation of Faculty courses. There is an entitlement to study leave once they are established in post.

The post holder will be expected to:

  • Make recommendations on the appointment of Associate Lecturers (both module tutors and programme tutors) in conjunction with other regional staff, having regard to the importance of high quality tutorial provision and quality of practice learning;

  • Act as line manager for a team of Associate Lecturers, providing appropriate information, support, appraisal and, where necessary, performance management interventions with a view to ensuring the quality delivery of the Faculty’s modules and programmes;

  • Organise appropriate tutorial provision in accordance with the guidelines decided by the University and Faculty and subject to special conditions that may exist within the region;

  • Assist in the quality assurance of correspondence tuition and other elements of Associate Lecturer work through University processes including monitoring, visits to online forums and tutorial visits;

  • Assist in the quality assurance of practice learning, including monitoring of the work of Programme Tutors and the organisation of briefings for Practice Assessors;

  • Advise the Faculty on the content and teaching strategies of modules and programmes in the light of feedback from tutors and students, with particular emphasis on the Social Work programme;

  • Take responsibility for the overall management and delivery of the Social Work Degree in the area including ongoing liaison with representatives of sponsoring agencies and working with colleagues to ensure compliance with external regulatory requirements;

  • Undertake marketing and external relations activities across the region to promote the Social Work Degree and other Faculty provision;
  • Monitor, or assist modules teams in monitoring, grading and correspondence tuition related to student assignments assessed by Associate Lecturer staff;

  • Develop an existing academic profile through research and/or contributions to modules and programmes developed within the University;

  • Contribute to the Faculty’s research and scholarship portfolio by developing and implementing a personal research/scholarship plan in accordance with the Faculty’s Research and Scholarship Strategy;

  • As required, offer advice and support to students and advise designated members of staff on the progress and special needs/problems of individual students;

  • Represent the Faculty and the Open University in the region on relevant external committees and groups;

  • Assist in the implementation of the academic policies of the Faculty within the region;

Undertake other duties within the University and the region as required.

  1. Person specification

Requirements (E = Essential/ D = Desirable)

Education, qualifications and training


  • A good first degree (upper second or higher);

  • A professional qualification in Social Work and experience in supporting practice learning;


  • A higher degree and potential to develop a research profile

Knowledge, work and other relevant experience


  • A sound knowledge and understanding of current issues of Social Work education, including requirements of the Social Work Degree;

  • Commitment to continuing personal development and updating in the field of Social Work, social care and health;

  • A sound understanding of the needs of adult learners;

  • An ability to promote quality services to students, in particular through the academic management and appropriate staff development of Associate Lecturers and evaluation of HSC provision in the region;

  • An ability to work co-operatively in teams;

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, together with a capacity to undertake relevant initiatives independently;

  • Good organisational skills and the ability to plan effectively and to prioritise a varied workload;

  • An ability to promote the Faculty’s courses and programmes to individuals and to corporate customers and to develop and support local partnerships;

  • A demonstrable capacity to support the professional development of colleagues;

  • A commitment to equal opportunities policies and to the development of EO practice;

  • An ability to use IT for communication and administrative purposes and to support and monitor the use of IT for pedagogical purposes;

  • An ability to write clearly and to deadlines;


Personal abilities and qualities


  • A willingness and ability to travel around the region and to Milton Keynes, and to work some evenings and weekends.


  1. Role specific requirements e.g. Shift working

5. About the unit/department

Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

The Open University has embarked on a period of transformational change and in August 2016, restructured into four new Faculties, each comprising a number of Schools. The new Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies is based in Milton Keynes and in a number of regional and national offices, with our Student Support Team located in Nottingham. The majority of our 35,500 students are in the UK but the Faculty also has students in the Republic of Ireland, continental Western Europe and elsewhere in the world.  The Faculty’s curriculum comprises programmes at undergraduate, Masters and doctoral levels.

School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

The School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care is one of three Schools within the Faculty. It is characterised by a vigorous intellectual life fostered through shared research/scholarship interests, collaborative teaching, and a strong external focus. The School has three distinct but inter-related areas of curriculum: Health and Social Care, Nursing, and Social Work. The School is committed to making a difference to health and social care practice and to working in partnership with key stakeholders. The School’s mission is to transform lives through health and social care education and research. Our teaching materials are underpinned by the excellence of our research as well as high quality scholarship in the area of teaching and learning that focuses on the delivery of an excellent student experience. Students of the School have won prestigious awards including, for example, the Scottish Association of Social Workers student of the year award and the Royal College of Nursing Student Nurse of the Year Award in Northern Ireland.


The University has been developing and delivering supported open learning in the field of health and social sare for over 40 years. Our materials are highly respected and we have become one of the largest providers of educational opportunities and learning solutions in this sector. Our practice-focused curriculum and emphasis on meeting the need of the health, social work and social care workforce, makes us very different from other, more traditional academic units. The School:

  • Supports a large student population of approximately 11,000

  • Offers a diverse range of open modules and qualifications in the field of health and social care that are relevant to practice and the work place

  • Is the UK’s largest provider of part-time social work training

  • Has a unique pre-registration nursing programme which offers a work-based qualifying route for healthcare support workers across the UK

  • Works in partnership with employers to provide learning programmes that meet their changing needs. Over 50% of its students are currently sponsored by employers, mainly in the NHS, social services and the voluntary sector

  • Has a research community committed to promoting the synergy between research/scholarship and learning and teaching

  • Is strongly committed to the principles and practice of equality, diversity, widening participation and to the pursuit of social justice.

The School develops open and distance learning materials for multi-disciplinary and multi-professional use, qualifying and post-qualifying routes, and vocational training. Modules and study materials cover a wide range of subject areas including social work; nursing; community care; working with children, young people and families; youth justice and law; public health; care management; mental health; dementia care and end-of-life care; communication in health; and mentorship and leadership.

Whilst most of the School’s curriculum is open to all, we currently offer two professional qualifications – a degree in Social Work and a degree in Nursing (adult or mental health) that are available to students who are sponsored and supported by their employers.

Research and scholarship

The School has a strong track record in applied health and social care research. We are funded by the Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC), the National Institute for Health Research and a wide range of trusts, charities and commercial organisations. In REF2014, 69% of our research submitted to UoA22 (Social Work and Social Policy) was judged to be world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 73% of our research was assessed as 4* or 3* for impact and 75% for research environment.

We continue to develop and invest in research and have a particular interest in:

  • the role of innovative methodologies for health and social care research

  • the study of normative/non-normative life-course trajectories, and the impact of these on experiences of health, care and wellbeing.

Our research is currently organised into five broad research themes: Ageing and later life; Children, young people, parenting and families; Death, dying and bereavement; Living with disability and long-term conditions; and Reproduction, sexualities and sexual health. Most of our staff work within, or across, these themes. Staff in the School are listed on the editorial boards or hold editorial responsibilities across more than 25 academic journals.

The School is committed to making a difference to health and social care practice and works in partnership with research users in all of our activities. We have a lively postgraduate community on campus and a busy international research events calendar.

The School is continuing to grow its enterprise and knowledge exchange activities through the development of long-term, strategic external partnerships and maximising the impact of our research through effective communication, supported by our busy events schedule.

Collaborations with the BBC

Over the past few years the School has been involved with a number of high quality popular broadcasts, developed in collaboration with the BBC. These have included Great Ormond Street, a three part series looking at the running of the hospital and the decisions made in the treatment of children; Back to school with the Hairy Bikers following an intergenerational project in a community in Oxford; and The Big C and Me a three part series following a number of people who were diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment. School staff were also involved in the award winning film How to die; Simons Choice which tells the dramatic and poignant story following one man’s decision to end his life at a suicide clinic.

  1. How to obtain more information about the role or application process

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application please contact Roger Davis, Associate Head of School Nations and Regions on +44(0)131 549 7917 or email:

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact Helen Jackman on 01908 332247 or email: A guide on how to apply can be found:

7. The application process and where to send completed applications

Please ensure that your application reaches the University by:

5.00pm on 24 November 2016

Post it to:

Name/Job title:

Helen Jackman, Staffing Assistant




Room 113, Horlock Building
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

Post Code:


Or e-mail your application to:

8. Selection process and date of interview

The interview panel will be chaired by:

Roger Davis, Associate Head of School, Nations and Regions

The other members of the interview panel will be:

To be advised

The interviews will take place on:

To be advised

The selection process for this post will include

To be advised

We will let you know as soon as possible after the closing date whether you have been shortlisted for interview. Further details on the selection process will also be sent to shortlisted candidates.

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

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