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Games Academy Lead

Location : birmingham Employment type : FULL_TIME Expires : 2022-05-27 Salary: £44,706

ACM is a specialist music and games education provider 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 that 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.  


Working under the games pathway lead, this role will work from the ACM Birmingham campus to drive the growth of its game development FE and HE programmes which are launching in September 2022 and subsequently supporting its staff, students, facilities and equipment in addition to lecturing responsibilities across our existing programmes ensuring the standards and quality are met reflecting our existing campuses.

ACM Tutors play a critical role in achieving excellent, measurable, quality results in the education sector for all of our students.


Main Responsibilities 

  • Working with the Programme Lead, Centre Director and other stakeholders aid the strategic growth of the programme
  • Involvement in the recruitment and assessment of new tutors for the allocated campus
  • Working closely with the pathway lead to ensure programme delivery and its operation runs effectively 
  • Support the staffing for the campus university open days and student auditions across FE and HE
  • Conduct academic and pastoral responsibilities of students within the allocated campus.
  • Support develop internal and external networks for the benefit of the programme
  • Providing reports as required to appropriate stakeholders
  • Support the teaching and assessment objectives of ACM through high-quality classroom delivery and innovative assessment 
  • Contribute to assessment briefs, standardisation and marking in line with current ACM academic practice 
  • Develop teaching materials, resources and module content for delivery across ACM 
  • Maximise the use of technology (including the VLE)  in teaching and the development of compelling curriculum content, leading and teaching modules as appropriate 
  • Participate in training in line with the professional development frameworks and partners frameworks 
  • Maintain high levels of awareness around safeguarding and when needed follow the safeguarding procedure 
  • Participate in the tutor forum and module team meetings as required 
  • Review own contribution and student module feedback to ensure own continuous development 

Benchmarks for Higher Education: 

  • External Examiner role for another HE institution programme in their field 
  • Published work in academic or professional texts 
  • Course design and delivery 
  • Instructional Design for Continuing Professional Development 
  • Leadership roles and/or membership in Professional Associations in their field eg FRSA, MMF, AIM, PRS, MU, etc 
  • Current combination of Professional and academic experience  
  • MOOCs 
  • Research Fellowships  
  • Industry or Civic Awards 
  • Creative Enterprise development 
  • Creative Industries Researchers and Consultants 

Essential Person Specification 

  • As a minimum, a related undergraduate qualification 
  • Ability to teach using a range of techniques (e.g. including small and large group work, utilising blended learning techniques) 
  • Some understanding of safeguarding 
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Strong organisational and reporting skills 
  • Ability to work on own initiative, prioritising and managing time effectively 
  • Awareness of the current issues impacting Higher/Further Education and the role that teaching plays

Software Skills

  • Game engines (Unity Engine, Unreal Engine 4)
  • 3D software experience (3DS Max, Maya, Zbrush, Mudbox, Substance 3D) 
  • 2D software experience (Adobe suite) 
  • Version control software experience (GitHub, Plastic SCM)
  • Project management software and collaborative tools experience (Jira, Trello, Confluence)   

Theoretical knowledge

  • Game Design theories
  • Narrative design
  • Project management methodologies and frameworks
  • Visual design theories
  • Game development workflows and pipeline
  • Audience theory 

Desirable Person Specification 

  • PGCE or other postgraduate qualification
  • Experience with VR, AR, MR technologies 
  • Experience in curriculum and assessment design and creation 
  • Safeguarding experience or qualification
  • Relevant developer experience in the games industry   


All ACM staff work to the same values which are: 


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. 


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. 

Professional and academically strong standards 

To provide state of the art professional environments, to inspire determination and enthusiasm, and ensure high professional and academic standards 


Please be aware all ACM staff must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Check prior to starting. This will need to be renewed once every three years. 


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. 


We reserve the right to close recruitment processes prior to the date shown based on number of applications

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The Academy of Contemporary Music
The Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SB

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