Appointment of the Professor in Midwifery Education and Programme Lead for BSc (Honours) Midwifery

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of innovative midwifery education, develop programmatic research and to have a significant impact on the direction, strategy, objectives, and results of the university and to deliver a sector-leading student experience.

We are seeking a Professor or experienced Associate Professor in Midwifery Education to join the Division of Midwifery, to deliver an outstanding teaching, learning and university experience for our students and to play a pivotal role in the Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group, one of six research groups within the School.

Reporting to the Head of School you will undertake education leadership, research and teaching within the School of Health Sciences. We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic individual who may be an established Professor or may be looking to step into their first Professorial role or, join the School as an Associate Professor on a development track to becoming a full Professor.

At a time of unprecedented change in higher education and in the wider world, the University of Nottingham is a thriving institution with a global reputation for excellence, providing exceptional research-led education and an outstanding student experience.

We are committed to appointing individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, lived experiences and cultures, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups to consider applying for this opportunity.

You can find out more about the university and the role on this site. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be pleased to discuss the role with you in confidence and their details can also be found on this site.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Professor Aimee Aubeeluck
Acting Dean and Head of the School

Midwifery at Nottingham

The Division of Midwifery offers a dynamic, values based midwifery degree course. We have created an integrated programme structure that supports our students to become confident independent learners and practitioners.

Programme highlights

  • We offer a student-centred curriculum that prepares competent, autonomous practitioners with highly developed practical skills
  • Fully accredited by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI)
  • From year one, students will follow a number of women during pregnancy, birth and beyond
  • Students have the opportunity to complete the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) pathway
  • We have an outstanding reputation for teaching and research excellence which is reflected throughout the curriculum. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, our nursing and midwifery research was ranked 8th for impact

Our undergraduate midwifery course:

The three year degree programme has been designed for those who wish to complete the requirements for an honours degree as well as eligibility for registration as a midwife.

You can find out more here.

We work in partnership with healthcare providers across Nottinghamshire. You can find out more about the Integrated Care Board here.

The role

Professor in Midwifery Education and Programme Lead for BSc (Honours) Midwifery

Job reference:
AQ1599

Job title: Professor/Associate Professor in Midwifery Education and Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Midwifery
Job family and level: Research & Teaching Level 7 or 6 (T&CL)
School/Department: School of Health Sciences
Location: QMC

Purpose of the role

We are seeking to add a Professor or Associate Professor in Midwifery Education to our Midwifery staffing portfolio who will bring experience and strategic expertise to the team. The Programme Lead aspect of this role is a three year rotation with an underpinning and permanent level 7, Professorial (or level 6, Associate Professor) academic contract.

The role holder will have a teaching and curriculum leadership emphasis and will be expected to make a significant impact on midwifery education and work in a multi-professional capacity across the School. They will have strategic oversight of the design, development and teaching on the overall midwifery curricula, support the development of academic standards and policies and contribute to the enhancement of teaching and learning across midwifery and the School of Health Sciences. They will horizon scan, setting the direction of travel for the midwifery portfolio, networking locally, nationally and with stakeholders such as HEE to ensure our programme(s) are at the cutting edge of Higher Education.

They should have a Professorial/Associate Professor profile of educational grant capture and scholarly outputs of national and international reach. Once rotated out of the Programme Lead they would be expected to support other colleagues in developing their scholarly activity and academic profiles.

During their term as Programme Lead and beyond, they will be expected to be a role model, supporting and developing colleagues within the team.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary accountabilities and responsibilities expected to fulfil the role.

Lead curriculum – 20% of time per year

As Programme Lead:

  • Strategically oversee the design, development and review of the overall curricula, taking into account subject benchmarks, professional body requirements and professional competencies.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of teaching in curriculum specialism by being involved in quality assurance and other external decision making bodies, such as industry, charities and/or government bodies.
  • Make a major contribution to the development and implementation of Department/School and Faculty level teaching and learning strategy; contribute to the development of strategy for the University.

Assure – 5% of time per year

  • Lead the development and clarification of academic standards for the subject area.
  • Work with the School Lead for Quality Assurance and Director of Admissions to integrate the School and Programme quality assurance frameworks within the University’s overall framework (e.g. for the validation and revalidation of courses, student admission and assessment), responding to regulatory requirements.

Teaching, Learning and Support – 20% of time per year

  • Lead the development of consistently excellent approaches to teaching and course delivery that enable students to achieve the best outcomes. Ensure the appropriate deployment of enabling technologies and work to achieve consistency across all courses and programmes within the midwifery and the school.
  • Develop and promote the use of valid and reliable assessment methods.
  • Generate income for the institution via leadership of high quality programmes attracting high tariff students.
  • Deliver and contribute to excellence in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, supporting student learning.
  • Act as personal tutor to undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.
  • Act as an academic assessor and link lecturer for students on clinical placements.
  • Supervise and examine Postgraduate Taught and Research students within area of expertise.*

* Eligibility to supervise extends to any member of staff currently undertaking research in the relevant discipline (Quality manual).

Enhance & Engage – 20% of time per year

  • Lead on enhancement in strategic priority areas in relation to midwifery knowledge. Work with colleagues across the institution to embed best practice underpinned by scholarship and critical inquiry.
  • Engage proactively in the scholarship of teaching and learning, taking an evidence-based approach to curriculum development and implementation of new pedagogies. Undertake critical inquiry into, and evaluation of, teaching practice and student learning behaviour and academic attainment, disseminating the results of this work both internally and externally in order to bring about positive change.
  • Engage with theory and practice to continuously develop teaching and curriculum for academic unit and university through developmental activities, student evaluation and peer observation.

Internationally – 5% of time per year

  • Support the university and faculty’s strategies for Global Engagement, including through developing and sustaining international collaborations.
  • Contribute to work/initiatives at UNNC and University of Nottingham Malaysia, as appropriate.

Scholarship – 30% of time per year

  • Act as the principal investigator on major scholarly projects.
  • Interpret findings, review and synthesise the outcomes of scholarly activity and apply to teaching practice, where appropriate.
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing national and international reputation. Disseminate and explain scholarly activity through publication, conferences or similar events.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Skills

Essential:

  • High level analytical capability to facilitate conceptual thinking, innovation and creativity.
  • Proven ability to plan and lead the delivery of teaching programmes, and to develop sources of funding.
  • Proven skills in coaching and developing others in best practice techniques.

Knowledge and experience

Essential:

Achievement in teaching as shown by:

  • A record of excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching; evidence of innovation in curriculum development, course design and course delivery; commitment of delivery of quality services to students.
  • Involvement in the development of policy and administrative matters within the Faculty and University.
  • A growing name in midwifery, with a national reputation and capability to act as a role model in the areas of teaching, consultancy and management/administration as appropriate.
  • A national scholarly profile of grant capture and impactful outputs of Professorial or Associate Professor standing.
  • Experience in pastoral care and motivation of students at all levels.

Desirable:

  • In depth knowledge of specialism to enable the development of new knowledge, innovation and understanding in the field.
  • A thorough understanding of University management systems and the wider higher education environment.
  • Representation on regional, national and international enterprise organisations and conferences.

Qualifications, certification and training (relevant to role)

Essential:

  • Scholarly active and high level of teaching or curriculum leadership experience, normally supported by relevant PhD.
  • HE teaching qualification or recognition against UKPSF.

Statutory, legal or special requirements

Essential:

  • Registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Satisfactory Enhanced disclosure obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As part of this, we welcome a diverse population to join our work force and therefore encourage applicants from all communities, particularly those whose protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, are not well-presented in our current staff body.


The University is a signatory of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). As such we commit to focus on the scientific content of publications (where requested or provided as part of the recruitment and selection process) as a basis for review of quality, and consideration of value and impact of research conducted, rather than any proxy measures such as Journal Impact Factor.

Expectations and behaviours

The University has developed a clear set of core expectations and behaviours that our people should be demonstrating in their work, and as ambassadors of the University’s strategy, vision and values.

The following are essential to the role:

  • Valuing people: Role models the highest ethical standards to cultivate a collaborative workplace that develops talent and enhances wellbeing, whilst also balancing the needs of the various stakeholders.
  • Taking ownership: Translates the vision into a strategy for own area, enabling people to take the right action for the wider organisation. Can resolve complex problems, balancing the needs of varied stakeholders.
  • Forward thinking: Always has the overall strategic goal in mind, manages to stimulate agile and forward thinking in others, motivating them and giving them the confidence to drive for continuous improvement.
  • Professional pride: Goal is to be best in class; ensuring this can be achieved in line with long term strategy regardless of short term challenges. Supports people to do what is best for both the organisation and the department.
  • Always inclusive: Promotes how collaboration and positive partnerships are essential to success, constantly looking ahead to explore how to involve other potential stakeholders.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences provides high-quality and innovative teaching in a research-intensive environment that benefits our students, our patients and the public.

Our shared endeavour is to protect and improve human and animal life through education, training, research and knowledge exchange.

We work closely with our local NHS and other healthcare providers, veterinary practices and industry, to achieve our ambitions and bring relevance and real-life impact to our teaching and research.

The faculty is a truly exciting place to study and work as together we are making a real difference to healthcare outcomes.

You can find out more about the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences here.

The faculty has four schools focused on teaching, learning and research in specialised healthcare and science subjects.

About us

The University of Nottingham provides an exceptional research-led education and an outstanding student experience. Our global outlook and pioneering heritage has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia – home to 11,500 of our 46,000 students – and cemented our position among the world’s best universities.

The University of Nottingham has award-winning campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia and hosts a global academic community in all three countries. The university has an institution-wide commitment to embedding an international dimension across all our activities enabling us to produce graduates who are empowered to excel in a challenging global environment and deliver genuinely world-class research.

Our reputation for world-class research has yielded major scientific breakthroughs such as Nobel-winning MRI techniques, drug discovery, food technologies and engineering solutions for future economic, social and cultural progress.

Already ranked among the UK’s leading universities and global polls for research excellence, our reputation for world-class research has been further enhanced with the results from the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) assessment reaffirmed the University of Nottingham’s position among top universities in the UK for research power. Out of 157 institutions the University of Nottingham was ranked 7th for research power, which takes into account impact, research quality, critical mass and sustainability.

The university boasts four UK campuses, with a further Castle Meadow campus set to open in the city centre next year. With established woodland, landscaped gardens and period buildings set around a large boating lake, Nottingham’s flagship 300-acre University Park Campus is one of the largest in the UK. It is widely regarded as one of the country’s most attractive campuses, with a record 14 Green Flag Awards.

Built on the site of the former Raleigh factory, the 65-acre Jubilee Campus was opened by the Queen in 1999, where its series of lakes are home to a variety of wildlife, and provide storm water attenuation and cooling for the buildings. The 110-acre Sutton Bonington Campus is 10 miles south of University Park Campus in countryside on the border of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Its rural location makes an ideal home for the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, which opened in 2006.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are vital for our student and staff community (including all apprentices studying with us). We support a wide variety of activities, from short-term working groups focused on specific issues to wider initiatives to help develop training for all staff. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and People, Professor Katherine Linehan, is responsible for helping shape our EDI and People strategy, and ensure that best practice is shared with everyone. You can find out more about EDI at Nottingham here.

A partner in collaboration

Nottingham is a founding member of the Russell Group of universities in the UK, and a member of Universitas 21, a grouping of leading universities from around the world through which we continue to find new ways of collaborating across borders, such as the annual U21 Ingenuity Challenge.

Our new university strategy articulates the vision, values and goals that are shared across our global community and will guide our research, teaching and operations over the long term. It was the result of an extensive consultation with staff and students on all our campuses, providing us with an ambitious and positive approach.

That spirit of collaboration underpins our new civic agenda – Universities for Nottingham – which will harness the collective will of the county’s biggest institutions to deliver economic, social, health and environmental benefits to residents. On campus, we seek to foster equality, diversity and inclusion with a new action plan to help dismantle structural racism in our systems and institutions. A new Access and Participation Plan will help to support and nurture potential in the undergraduates of the future.

Our strategy

You can read about our strategy here.

Employability

The University of Nottingham is ranked 66 in the world and 10 in the UK for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.

Nottingham is also the second most targeted university by the UK’s top employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2022 report by High Fliers Research.

Find out more

You can find out more about the University of Nottingham and our award-winning campuses here.

The City of Nottingham

Central within the East Midlands, Nottingham is a vibrant and prosperous city with something to offer everyone. It is one of the UK’s leading retail centres and has a huge variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, which attract people from all over the UK. Culturally, it has good theatres, an arena which attracts both national and international performers and a range of historical interests relating to subjects such as the lace industry, Lord Byron and DH Lawrence. Nottingham is also known for sport, being the home of  Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham Forest and Notts County Football Clubs, the National Water Sports Centre and the Nottingham Tennis Centre. There is a good network of roads with easy access to the M1 and the A1, a fast frequent rail service to London and other major cities. Nottingham East Midlands Airport is only eighteen miles away.

The city is set within a county of outstanding natural beauty which includes Sherwood Forest, Wollaton Park, lively market towns and wonderful historic buildings. In addition to the two universities, there are excellent schools and colleges available.

To find out more on the city of Nottingham, please click here.

Terms of appointment

The salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate, based on experience and within the university’s agreed pay scales.

The university offers a wide range of employment benefits – you can read more here.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University of Nottingham. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Elliott Rae on +44(0)7584 078 534 or elliott@andersonquigley.com; or Imogen Wilde on +44 (0)7864 652 633 or imogen@andersonquigley.com.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 9th December 2022.

To apply, please submit a full CV which should include:

  • educational and professional qualifications
  • full employment history
  • academic/research profile
  • current salary, including any relevant benefits
  • the names and addresses of two referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages of the selection process and not without prior permission from candidates

You should also include a personal statement that explains why you are a suitable candidate for the role and how you meet the person specification criteria (maximum two pages).

Please follow this link to complete an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1599.