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New Academic External Adviser – Education, Childhood and Youth (Undergraduate)
We are seeking to appoint a new External Adviser (Education, Childhood and Youth) for the Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport Board of Study in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at The Open University.

The key responsibilities of the EA are set out below:

  • to attend the meeting where Quality Monitoring and Enhancement (QME) is considered by the Board of Studies in December each year, and other additional meetings as requested by the Chair of the Board of Studies (not likely to exceed 3 meetings each year);
  • to advise the Board of Studies on the currency and validity of the modules and qualifications within the curriculum area of the Board of Studies, and to advise on new curriculum developments in the area covered by the post holder.
  • to attend the meeting where the Quality Monitoring and Enhancement (QME) is considered by the Board of Studies and other additional meetings as requested by the Chair of the Board of Studies (not likely to exceed three meetings each year);
  • to contribute to the QME process by annually submitting a report on the continued validity of each qualification within the Board of Studies, following the Annual Quality Review process, by 31st January.
  • to advise the University, as appropriate, on the requirements for the Board of Studies qualification(s) and, jointly with the Board, to consider the appropriateness of the modules within its qualifications, in particular the compulsory and core optional modules and their contribution to the aims and learning outcomes of the qualification(s);
  • to advise on changes to existing qualifications and on the development of new qualifications within the Board of Studies. For professional external advisers this also includes the relevance of the curriculum to industry or profession, and to the development of student employability where applicable;
  • to submit a report at a key stage in the development of new qualifications, ensuring standards and quality of the programme are appropriate;
  • to contribute to the Periodic Quality Review (PQR) process by providing critical commentary to the University on the way that quality and standards are managed.

External advisers should meet the following criteria:

  • They should be experienced in their field and should normally be a current professor, reader or senior lecturer at a Higher Education Institution within the UK. For those qualifications with a strong vocational or professional focus an additional expert adviser may be appointed;
  • They should be familiar with current developments in the field of study concerned and through this experience, be able to make national comparisons about standards;
  • They should be familiar with the context for UK quality issues, including the QAA Quality Code and any relevant subject benchmarks;
  • They should have understanding and experience of current practice and developments in teaching, learning and assessment in Higher Education.

Conflicts of Interest
The following are considered to be ineligible for appointment as external advisers:

  • current and former members of OU staff, including Associate Lecturers, before a lapse of five years from the end of their employment;
  • visiting academic staff during and for a year after the end of their visit;
  • all contributors to the materials of the core modules of the qualification;
  • those individuals who are currently external examiners or external assessors for modules/module groups contributing towards the core of any of the qualifications managed by the Board of Studies;
  • Those who have reached the maximum term of four years as an external adviser (including any time as an external examiner or assessor for modules managed by the Board of Studies), until a break in service of 2 years has elapsed.
  • Individuals who have previously acted as external examiners or external assessors for modules/module groups managed by the Board of Studies in question, may be appointed as an external adviser, as long as they do not exceed the overall maximum term of involvement with the Board of Studies (four years) without a break in service of at least two years.

This role carries a fee and travel/expenses will be paid.
For more information regarding the role please email WEL-ECYS-PROGRAMMES@open.ac.uk in the first instance.

To apply please write no more than 500 words outlining your experience and suitability and attach a current CV.
Please submit your application to: WEL-ECYS-PROGRAMMES@open.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th June

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