Appointment of the Professor of Medical Education

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the role of Professor of Medical Education at the University of East London (UEL).

UEL is a vibrant and diverse university located in Stratford and Royal Albert Dock, at the heart of the industrial and creative shift east. Our Vision 2028 is an ambitious 10-year strategy that will position the University at the forefront of careers-led education – a springboard for the jobs, innovations and opportunities of the future. We are committed to advancing knowledge and driving innovation for positive change for people and the planet.

Having established a strong profile in the education of future health workers, we now want to develop a profile in medical education. Given the continuing calls for the further expansion of medical student numbers, we are considering the potential for a medical school at UEL, as well as exploring other options that will enable us to make a unique and highly valued contribution to medical education.

We are seeking to appoint a Professor of Medical Education to lead the academic development of our offer in medical education. Reporting to me and working closely with the Dean of the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, the Professor will shape of the University’s offer in medical education and provide effective leadership to the teams involved in the development, delivery and review of the University’s offer.

You will be clinically qualified, registered and in good standing with the GMC and will be in clinical practice (or clinically active within the last five years). You will bring an excellent understanding of medical education, the requirements of clinical education and assessment in contemporary and emerging clinical practice, and the application of best practice and research findings to medical education. You will bring experience of leading curriculum development in medical education, the delivery of medical education and research leadership including PGR/PhD supervision.

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

If you have the skills and experience we are looking for and are committed to innovative medical education, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Professor Neil Johnson
Dean of Medical Education

About us

The University of East London is a vibrant and diverse university located in Stratford and Docklands. Our goal is to become the leading careers-focused, enterprising university in the UK, one which both prepares our students for the jobs of the future and provides the innovation to drive that future sustainably and inclusively.

The University has been pioneering futures since 1898: from the 2nd Industrial Revolution through to where we are now, the 4th. We work with global organisations to make our courses entrepreneurial, creative and inspirational. Wherever our students want to work – in business, technology, teaching, arts, media, science, sport or the public sector – they will have the skills necessary to adapt to the world of tomorrow, and to be the leaders and pioneers of today.

The University has commenced the 4th year of its transformational 10-year Vision 2028 strategic plan led by our Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Amanda Broderick, to advance Industry 4.0 careers-first education. We have a clear route-map to provide a springboard for the jobs and opportunities of the future; drive diversity in the 4.0 talent pipeline, working in partnership to promote talent wherever it is found; and to create an inclusive and sustainable green future.

As one of the most socially inclusive and international universities and comprising one of the most diverse staff populations in the UK (50% of our professoriate identify from black or minority ethnic backgrounds), we are hugely proud of our track record in reducing inequalities (ranked 1st in the UK & 2nd globally, Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings, 2020) and our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of Vision 2028.

Our ambition is captured in the four strategic objectives of Vision 2028:

  • Future Graduate: to increase participation, engagement, progression and successful completion of life-changing, life-long education.
  • Future Professional: to address industry and community skills gaps, increasing access to and acceleration of graduate-level employment.
  • Future Life: to increase the economic, social and cultural impact of our education, applied research and enterprise activity to the communities we serve.
  • Sustainability: to increase financial, physical, digital, environmental and human resilience, maximising value, reducing waste and incentivising behaviour.

Key Information:

  • UEL has campuses in Stratford and Docklands, within easy access of central London.
  • UEL has over 17,000 under-graduate and post-graduate students from over 130 different countries studying on UEL awarded programmes.
  • UEL has an annual revenue in excess of £150m.
  • UEL has more than 1,400 staff.
  • UEL has six schools:

You can find out more about our University on our main website here.

About medical education at UEL

About the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

The School of Health, Sport and Bioscience (HSB) is a leader in providing hands-on, experience-led teaching across multiple disciplines in biological and chemical sciences, healthcare and sports.

The School of Health, Sport & Bioscience currently has four departments with a range of professional programmes. The main departments are:

  • Allied and Public Health
  • Nursing
  • Sport
  • Bioscience

The range of departments highlights the range of courses on offer within the School and we are proud to work collaboratively with our NHS partners to look at new ways of working. The School is one of the leading organisations for developing courses that lead to new roles in healthcare, including the nursing associate role and deployment. The School is growing and will expand with the development of Occupational Therapy, Advanced Clinical Practice and Physicians Associate as well as bespoke CPD programmes.

The challenge

Having established a strong profile in the education of future health workers, UEL now wishes to develop a profile in medical education.  We are currently exploring exactly what form this should take.  Given the continuing calls for the further expansion of medical student numbers we are actively considering the potential for a medical school at UEL, but we are also exploring other potential options. Nevertheless, we are confident that the combination of the University’s values, history and setting will, together, enable UEL to make a unique and highly valued contribution to medical education.

We are looking for an individual and innovative approach to help us deliver this goal.

Reporting to the Dean of Medical Education and working closely with the Dean of the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience the Professor of Medical Education, who will be a doctor registered and in good standing with the GMC, will lead the academic development of our offer in medical education. They will be expected to work with the School Dean and the Dean of Medical Education to finalise the shape of the University’s offer in medical education, to drive the development of each component of that offer and to provide effective leadership to the teams involved in the development, delivery and review of the University’s offer.  This is expected to include the development (or revising) of curricula for medicine and other professions such as Physician Associates and Advanced Clinical Practitioners, the establishment of an innovative ‘Professional Development’ offer that reflects the needs of doctors, other clinical staff and employers locally, nationally and internationally, and the development of clinical and academic faculty. The postholder will ensure that inter-professional learning is promoted in all aspects of the University’s offer.

The postholder will work closely with, and where necessary will establish new links between, the University senior management, relevant academics and external parties, which will include NHS providers, NHS Primary Care Networks, NHS England and other higher education establishments as necessary.  The successful applicant must be able to build strong and purposeful internal and external stakeholder relationships and fully understand the needs of academic and relevant commercial processes.

The postholder will undertake teaching and supervision in areas that reflect their professional expertise.  They will join the School’s Senior Leadership Team, taking responsibility for leading and managing in areas set by the School Dean.

Ideally the person appointed will have a particular interest in the application of technology and artificial intelligence to health and medical education, and the ability to evaluate their application using a rigorous academic approach, but this is not an absolute requirement.

Given the importance of this project to the University, performance against expectations on the project plan and key milestones will be regularly and closely monitored by the University Executive Board and the Board of Governors.

The role

Professor of Medical Education

Job reference:
AQ1601

Job Title: Professor of Medical Education
Service: School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
Campus: Docklands, Stratford, USS (flexible working arrangement as per UEL Flexible Working Policy)
Responsible to: Jointly accountable to the Dean of Health, Sport and Bioscience and to the Dean of Medical Education
Duration: Permanent
Hours: Full-time (with the expectation that the postholder will maintain clinical work up to a maximum of 0.4FTE as part of their role)

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

The principal roles of the Professor will be the leadership of curriculum development, the building and leadership of a strong academic team, and the establishment and maintenance of the very strong external relationships that are needed for the successful delivery of a clinically-based course.

Specifically, the Professor of Medical Education will:

  • Lead the development, approval and organisation of all aspects of the University’s offer in medical education; this will include taking direct personal responsibility for the development of key elements of the offer. Depending on the final offer, this is likely to include student recruitment and selection, course content and delivery, assessment, pastoral support and teacher development.  All elements of the offer should reflect the agreed priorities and values of the University, promote good practice in medical education, evolve in response to emerging findings and needs, and meet the standards set by the relevant regulatory and/or professional bodies;
  • Build an academic and joint clinical-academic team that will work effectively and collaboratively to deliver all elements of the University’s medical education offer to the highest standards;
  • Contribute directly to teaching, supervision and assessment at all levels that reflect personal area(s) of expertise (including face-to-face and online tuition and participation in distance learning programmes) using a variety of modalities (including simulation and technology-enhanced learning;
  • Contribute to other educational developments being taken forward by the University;
  • Provide leadership to and contribute personally to research and evaluation in the field of medical education (and, where appropriate, in related fields in the School and University), leading to measurable outputs of high quality;
  • Lead and contribute to income generation, including the provision of consultancy and the establishment and maintenance of links with external organisations, in the field of medical education; and
  • Support the development of academic staff.

Working with others:

  • Set appropriate cultural norms, particularly those required to ensure that the highest standards of equality, diversity and inclusion are upheld and to position medical education effectively and collaboratively within the organisation;
  • Build the very strong external relationships required for successful delivery of clinically-based courses;
  • Ensure that the all requirements set by the relevant regulatory and/or professional bodies are met; and
  • Work in a safe and healthy manner, always ensuring compliance with statutory and University health and safety requirements.

And, as part of the relevant senior team:

  • Build and maintain links with key partner organisations, including other higher education providers;
  • Take responsibility for leading and managing agreed areas of the work of the Faculty, including representing the School on internal and external committees as agreed with the Dean;
  • Contribute as required to the delivery of other aspects of the work of the University, including responsibilities in relation to excellence framework submissions and evaluations;
  • Undertake such reasonable duties as may be requested by senior management of the School and of the University.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Qualifications

  • Clinically qualified, registered and in good standing with the GMC.
  • In clinical practice (or clinically active within the last five years).
  • Higher academic qualification in medical education (desirable).

Knowledge/understanding:

  • Excellent understanding of the specific requirements for medical education including the role of NHS/healthcare organisations, the requirements of clinical education and assessment in contemporary and emerging clinical practice, and the application of best practice and research findings to medical education including those associated with the use of technology to support learning.
  • Understanding of the core values of UEL and the implications for medical education at UEL, particularly those relating to widening participation in medicine and related fields.

Experience

  • Substantial personal role in leading major curriculum development in medical education and the associated quality assurance processes with evidence of success, including the integration of simulation, technology and inter-professional learning
  • Leadership of delivery of a significant element of a medicine course.
  • Evidence of research leadership including PGR/PhD supervision.
  • Scholarly contributions in a relevant field.
  • Evidence of research grant capture in a relevant field (desirable).
  • Evidence of effective contribution to the development of other medical educators (desirable).
  • Acknowledged as advisor/consultant in a relevant field (desirable).

Skills and Abilities

  • The ability to relate effectively to, motivate, teach and assess students using a range of techniques (including online and distance learners) and to perform pastoral functions successfully.
  • The inter-personal skills required to influence appropriately, and to motivate and negotiate satisfactory outcomes with colleagues including initiating and maintaining effective relationships with external bodies and stakeholders relevant to medical education (including the GMC and NHS).
  • Very good ability to lead and motivate teams of academic and clinical staff to achieve effective educational outcomes.
  • The ability to generate high-quality written and oral documentation relevant to medical education.
  • Acknowledged personal expertise in the application of technology to health and/or to medical education with the ability to take an academic approach to their evaluation (desirable).

Personal attributes

  • Enthusiasm for the development of medical education using innovative approaches in a new setting.
  • Strong commitment to reflective and collaborative professional practice and to patient safety in the design and delivery of medical education.
  • Strong commitment to inter-professional learning.
  • Strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Terms of appointment

Salary
The salary is dependent on experience and will be negotiated with the preferred candidate.

Annual leave
This role is entitled to 35 days’ annual leave plus public holidays.

Pension schemes
Academic employees of UEL automatically join the Teacher’s Pension Scheme on commencing employment.  As part of this scheme you are eligible on retirement for a tax-free, lump sum payment, together with an annual, index-linked pension.  Academic employees may choose to opt out of this scheme and instead opt to join the UEL Retirement and Savings Plan.  This plan is a generous non-contributory defined contribution scheme which offers a 10% employer contribution without employee contribution, matching employer contributions on a ratio of 1.5 : 1 up to a maximum additional employer contribution of 6%, and the same ill health salary protection and death in service benefits as provided by the defined benefit scheme.

Family-friendly policies
We have a flexible working policy, tax free childcare vouchers and generous maternity, adoption, parental and shared parental leave policies.  You can also access an onsite nursery at our Docklands Campus, the Children’s Garden run by NEWTEC and a number of nurseries local to our Stratford Campus.

Travel
The University campuses offer easy access to public transport and are just 30 minutes from Central London. The Stratford campus is just a few minutes’ walk from Stratford Station, a major transport hub. Docklands Campus has its own Docklands Light Railway Station, Cyprus. In addition, interest-free season-ticket loans and bicycle loans are offered to all staff, and there is also car parking available subject to application for a parking permit.

Staff development
We are strongly committed to developing the skills and careers of all our staff. Annual staff development reviews and personal action plans are designed to enable staff to develop their careers, and are supported by an extensive range of courses and events.

Other benefits include:

  • Eye care vouchers
  • Occupational health service
  • Prayer rooms
  • Wide range of catering facilities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme – professional subscriptions, bicycle loans, childcare vouchers

You can find out more about working at UEL here.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University of East London. 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: Imogen Wilde on +44 (0)7864 652 633, imogen@andersonquigley.com or Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534, elliott@andersonquigley.com

The closing date is 18th December 2022.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of two pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you meet the person specification.
  • Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of two referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.
  • Please follow the link to complete an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1601

Timetable

Closing date: Sunday 18th December 2022
First round interviews and final interviews January 2023