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Associate Dean of Research, Scholarship and Enterprise

Location : guildford, london Employment type : PART_TIME Expires : 2024-07-26 Department : Academic Enhancement

ACM is a specialist music education provider with students on a range of FE and HE programmes in
Music Performance, Creative Artist, Production, Technical Services, Business and Games
Development. Our creative and dynamic environment blends academic excellence and
professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.

ACM’s Vision:
ACM will incubate potential and talent, supporting the personalised development needs of our
students to facilitate a structured path from education to employment.
We provide a safe and supported space where creative talent and imagination can flourish in a
caring environment. Barriers to learning are identified through a holistic and person-centred
approach to unlock the potential of the individual, enabling personal growth through professional
and academic development. Our core aim is for our students to enjoy lifelong sustainable careers
underpinned by applied learning and a specialist, cutting-edge curriculum.
Therefore, our vision is to not only be the leader in applied, industry-connected, creative arts
education but to also be the leader in care and support for mental health and other traditional
barriers to learning, thereby driving up the standards expected within higher and further education.

ACM’s Mission:
To provide an immersive student experience, with a curriculum which is connected to the industry in
real-time, based on a learning-by-doing ethos. Our core aim is to build confidence and self-
awareness, providing students with the skills necessary to recognise and take opportunities.
Ultimately our mission is to enable students to fulfil their potential and enjoy a sustainable career
within the creative arts industry.

Main Remit: To expand the research and scholarly presence of ACM both nationally and internationally in
line with sector expectations; to develop ACM research and scholarly standing so that it matches, and
eventually supersedes, that of direct competitors. To inaugurate an inclusive environment where all staff
are supported to develop research and scholarly practice in line with ACM values and priorities.
Duties & Responsibilities (TBC) may include:
• Update, revise and/or reshape current Research, Scholarship and Enterprise(RSE)strategy (leading
on research aspects, whilst working alongside industry counter parts to ensure close
assimilation/links with enterprise);this will involve short-,medium- and long-term initiatives.
• Develop system of CPD support for research-active, or aspiring research-active, staff members(This
might include annual appraisals, mentorship and general support; advice on publication,
conference presentation and help to improve ‘visibility’ asa music-based researcher).
• Lead and/or assist with academic conference organisation, including liaising with other academic
institutions and/or industry sector counterparts for larger-scale events; thus, building further
connections and partnerships with external stakeholders.
• To regularly survey all staff RSE activity; to ensure marketing are kept abreast of any staffRSE
activity/achievements to improve visibility in this area.
• To chair a RSE committee
• To setup and manage an annual/bi-annual RSE ‘seed-funding’ initiative (in conjunction with RSE
committee and ACM values),whereby small grants can be applied for/awarded to staff to conduct
pilot/initial research activity; this will establish incentive for staff to develop their practice whilst
simultaneously helping staff to better understand national expectations of scholarly activity within
• To support staff working at level7 (e.g. those delivering Applied Research module) in curriculum
design appropriate to this level, to ensure students are better equipped to conduct/fulfil practice-
based-/as- research more inline with broader HE expectations. This may include staff observations
and feedback, general curriculum review and/or training(as appropriate).
• To ultimately build a research culture such that ACM is best positioned to (potentially) submit to
REF, post Uni-status awarded.
• To continue to be research active; to publish and/or present own research internationally; and to
stay abreast of the national and international research terrain.
  • Salary: Competitive in line with sector (ACM grade 7/8 depending on experience)
  • Location: London & Guildford – part remote
  • Start Date: 16th September 2024
  • Contract:Permanent
  • Hours: 0.4 FTE
All ACM staff work to the same values which are:

Inclusivity – To empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, to maintain accessibility, and provide an
inclusive organisational culture.
Supportive environments – To provide environments that support personal and professional development through a holistic
approach and bring the benefits of the creative arts to the wider community.
Agility and innovation – To provide an inspiring organisational culture that embraces innovation through openness, flexibility,
creativity and self-evaluation.
Connectivity – To recognise the benefits of working closely with industry and others, to embrace new technologies,
and to provide meaningful opportunities, in order to enhance learning.

This job purpose reflects the core activities of the post. As the Department and the post-
holder develop, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties for which the post is
responsible, and possibly to the emphasis of the post itself. ACM expects that the post-
holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work.  This could include
undertaking relevant training where necessary.  Should significant changes to the job
purpose become necessary, the post-holder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a
revised job purpose.

ACM withhold the right to extend or draw short the application deadline based on number of applications submitted.

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