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Preliminary Year Senior Tutor in Mathematics and Computer Science

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Ningbo, China

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) is now seeking exceptional scholars to join us as Preliminary Year Senior Tutor in Mathematics and Computer Science.

About CELE

Since the development of the Nottingham-Ningbo campus in 2004, the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) has aimed to promote high-quality EAP teaching in its structure and support of academic programmes delivered in China. With over 110 academic staff, the CELE operation at UNNC is now one of the largest of its kind in the world and is currently supporting students on UNNC Preliminary Year, pre-sessionals, summer schools and in-sessional language and academic skills support programmes.

About You

The Preliminary Year Senior Tutor in Mathematics will be responsible for the management of staff and Maths/Computer Science modules, reporting to the Director of Education and Student Experience (Content) and working closely with other senior tutors and managers in the Centre for English Language Education. The Senior Tutor may typically have module convener responsibility for one or more taught modules, and as such, will be actively involved in issues around curriculum design, delivery and assessment. The Senior Tutor may also have a leadership role in knowledge exchange provision and the organisation and delivery of summer activities related to their subject. They would ideally have a proven track record of effective project management and academic leadership in one or more of these areas. The successful candidate will also directly line manage teams of up to 10 individual academic staff and is responsible for carrying out classroom observations of teaching, as well as conducting annual staff performance reviews.  Delivery of teaching on credit-bearing Preliminary Year Content courses will also be required.

Main Responsibilities:

  1. Taking a lead role in the expansion and management of area of specialism in Science & Engineering programmes of study. Taking overall leadership on key projects as required and proactively contributing to the achievement of the Centre s and Campus strategic objectives.

  2. Taking a module convenor role where required on CELE programmes. To co-ordinate the work of colleagues to ensure modules are delivered to the required quality standards and there is equitable access to resources and facilities.

  3. Liaising with the Head of Centre, the Directors of Education and Student Experience and other members of the management team in supporting the delivery and ongoing development of CELE programmes.

  4. Undertake and take responsibility for administrative duties such as recruitment, admissions, timetabling, examinations, student attendance, and placements.

  5. Line managing a designated number of academic staff, carrying out teaching observations and conducting their annual performance reviews. Coaching and supporting colleagues in developing their teaching techniques and leadership skills. Acting as a mentor to colleagues with less experience and providing advice on personal development.

  6. Teaching up to a maximum of 9 hours per week (to agreed standards from a given syllabus) on credit-bearing and/or support Academic Content courses, as required, keeping abreast of the subject matter and modern teaching methods. Finalize all Mathematics & Computer Science exams/assessments/results.

  7. Working week to also include approx. 9 hours of teaching preparation, marking and feedback/consultations as required, and other administrative duties relating to teaching (assessment, standardisation, report writing, attendance of regular course and general meetings).

  8. To participate in the assessments and to act as invigilator in such examinations as required. Pastoral and academic care of students via an established personal tutorial system.

  9. Engage in scholarship of teaching and learning in relation to own discipline and/or establish a national reputation in discipline. To take part in and contribute to staff development activities consistent with continuous professional development.

  10. Be responsible for and comply with the University s quality assurance standards and procedures. Be responsible for the safe conduct of work within work area and teaching responsibilities ensuring that the academic unit's arrangements for compliance with the University Safety Policy are implemented.

  11. Represent section, School, Department or Faculty on relevant working groups and committees. Interact with international campuses/partners to strengthen teaching collaborations and knowledge exchange. Participate in outreach and community engagements on behalf of the School and University. Participation in recruitment processes for academic teaching staff.

Person Specification


  1. Master degree or equivalent in Mathematics, Computer Science, or equivalent.

  2. Ability to analyse student needs and evaluate provision of teaching programmes, with curriculum and materials development experience. Ability to prioritise, allocate and oversee activity within a team, and to manage, support and evaluate the performance of others.

  3. Organisational awareness and the ability to work constructively and collegially with a diverse body of staff under pressure to meet project deadlines.

  4. English as a first language or equivalent English language competence, with excellent oral and written presentation skills.

  5. Proven IT and/or multimedia skills developed in the context of e-learning projects. Excellent IT and analytical skills, including ability to handle complex data.

  6. Substantial teaching experience and proven team management within a Science & Engineering context. Substantial experience of management within a Higher Education context.

  7. Expertise in curriculum, syllabus and materials design, plus extensive teaching and professional experience in these areas.

  8. A good practical understanding of institutional needs analysis and the ability to successfully manage this process across a range of academic disciplines.

  9. Academic project management at a senior level. Experience of developing teaching and assessment materials in relevant academic content.

  10. Development of and participation in recruitment processes for academic teaching staff. Knowledge of quality assurance mechanisms within a Higher Education context.

  11. Ability to use a range of delivery techniques and technologies to inspire and engage students. Ability to manage resources and an understanding of management processes.  Ability to build relationships and collaborate with others, internally and externally.


  1. PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, or equivalent.

  2. Evidence of ongoing professional development within the field of Mathematics (e.g. appropriate professional memberships; attendance at conferences; publications and presentations).

  3. Strategic organisational awareness and ability to identify opportunities for increased co-operation within the wider organisation.

  4. Knowledge of quality assurance procedures in a transnational context. Knowledge of Moodle or similar VLE.

  5. Experience of implementing university policy and strategic aims at centre level.

  6. High level analytical capability to facilitate conceptual thinking, innovation and creativity. Skills in counselling, pastoral care and motivating students.

Your Remuneration, Benefits and Support

Successful candidate will be offered a three-year contract that may be extended by mutual agreement. We are committed to providing competitive employment packages while supporting the wellbeing of our staff to help them reach their full potential. We offer international highly competitive salary package and you will have a range of benefits and entitlements, including accommodation allowance, insurances, schooling support, home flight, relocation & repatriation support, and paid annual leave. You will be offered a wider range of Chinese talent schemes application opportunities based on the eligibility of application.

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to submit their applications via the application link before 6 May 2024 which should include the following:

  • a cover letter

  • an up-to-date CV

Informal enquiries may be addressed to David Anstey, Centre Operations Director, at If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Office,

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