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 Professor in Primary Education:


 19 October 2009 | visits 870

University of Worcester

University of Worcester - Institute of Education

Reference number: IE0906

Closing Date: 2009-11-02

Salary: Professorial minimum is £48,000 pa; level on appointment to be agreed with the Vice Chancellor

Hours: full time

Start Date: January 2010, or as soon thereafter

Duration: permanent

Responsible to: The Head of the Institute of Education

Interview date: The dates reserved for the selection process are 12, 13 November and 1 December 2009; candidates will be required to attend on one of these dates only.


The University has long been noted for the high quality and innovative character of its provision in Education and we continue to be at the fore-front of new and exciting developments. As a ‘Grade A’ primary initial teacher training provider, Ofsted recognises the outstanding quality of all aspects of our teacher training. In this context, the Institute of Education is seeking to appoint an exceptional individual to support our vision within the University in relation to the primary phase of education. In particular, the post holder is expected to enhance the quality of the Institute’s academic provision within both its taught and research programmes and influence the delivery of excellent, evidence-based, relevant education.

The University of Worcester is a vibrant and progressive University, which is set to grow significantly over the next five years. As the only University in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, it enjoys particularly strong links with education, business, creative arts, health and social care communities. It is a major centre for the education of teachers, nurses and midwives in the region and enjoys high quality work in these specialist areas.

The Institute of Education (IoE) is one of six Institutes within the University and is committed to providing excellent teaching, research and consultancy relevant to today’s workplace. In particular, Institute staff work very closely in partnership with schools, child care providers, children’s centres, Children’s Services; Specialist schools/colleges and academies and Colleges of Further Education and others to deliver inspiring education to meet workforce and community needs. We host the DCSF STEMNET funded STEM support provision in the IoE and its work is fully integrated with our wide range of activities involving schools, business and industry.

The IoE has a multi-professional research profile and staff work closely with public, independent and voluntary sector organisations. Staff in each of the five academic Centres (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education, and Education and Inclusion Studies) within the Institute are actively engaged in knowledge transfer, research and publications across professional boundaries and often with a practice-based focus. We have achieved and successfully completed several externally funded research projects including EU funded Leonardo da Vinci projects. The IoE’s research portfolio includes joint management of the International Research Centre for Children’s Literature, Literacy and Creativity with its very strong international profile. We have very close links with other Institutes, developing and delivering a wide range of programmes jointly.

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