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Senior Lecturer (Business)

Location : ACM Guildford Employment type : FULL_TIME Expires : 2021-11-19 Salary: £45,000

ACM is a specialist Creative Industries education provider with approximately 2,200 students on a range of FE and HE programmes in Music Performance, Creative Artist, Production, Technical Services and Business. 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.


You will teach music or related disciplines to students studying within the Academy of  Contemporary Music. You will have completed a postgraduate qualification in a  related area and have a considerable industry/academic profile. You will have  extensive teaching using a range of techniques (e.g. including small and large group  work, utilising blended learning techniques). Your duties will be to lead on the  creation of content of modules related to your specialism, to lead and teach modules  related to your specialism, as well as contribute to other project modules within the  Academy. As a senior member of the academic team you’ll be expected to mentor  and lead early career staff.

As a Senior Lecturer for the Business and Innovation pathway at the Academy of Contemporary Music you should have a considerable understanding of the current music and wider creative industries developments in areas such as AI, data and analysis particularly in relation to the curation, consumption and marketing of music.  You should also have an understanding of the wider impact of these factors in relation to the developing digital landscape creative industry entrepreneurs find themselves and the technological challenges they face. You will be expected to teach music or related disciplines to a wide range of students. You will have completed a postgraduate qualification in a  related area and have a considerable industry/academic profile. You will have  extensive teaching using a range of techniques (e.g. including small and large group  work, utilising blended learning techniques). Your duties will be to lead on the  creation of content of modules related to your specialism, to lead and teach modules  related to your specialism, as well as contribute to other project modules within the  Academy. As a senior member of the academic team you’ll be expected to mentor  and lead early career staff.

This role will be based between ACM Guildford and ACM London with work being undertaken at both sites, ability to travel to both campuses is vital.



Knowledge Exchange, Research and Scholarship

  • To supervise student projects at a pathway level including field trips and, where appropriate, placements
  • Build the reputation of the Academy through scholarly and industry related  practice 
  • Lead on the knowledge exchange projects across the institution

Lead on the completion of grant funding with support from executive colleagues

Lead and manage pathway wide projects involving multiple stakeholders

Programme Delivery

  • Undertake teaching delivery within the pathway, and within other pathways, as is appropriate.
  • Work with timetabling, module leader and other staff colleagues to determine the delivery methodologies of modules within the pathway on a termly basis. 
  • Ensure modules are appropriately staffed and resourced, assisting Faculty Operations and HR colleagues in resolving matters of absence and depping that occur, in compliance with ACM’s related policies and procedures in this area.
  • Ensure the pathway is delivered appropriately to support a continuous student experience
  • Ensure that academic and professional standards are upheld by students and staff on programme, liaising with colleagues where intervening action is required.
  • Ensure all students and staff receive appropriate support to succeed in their programme.
  • Support the development and implementation of ACM’s teaching and learning strategy particularly the use of Canvas
  • Participate as a member of ACM committees and working groups as required

Quality Assurance and Reporting

  • Analyse a range of data available to evaluate the student experience and implement any appropriate attainment and retention objectives.
  • Provide a regular weekly update to the Academic Board on the delivery of the pathway, identifying items of particular impact and/or risk.
  • Ensure all tutors and module leaders are observed as a minimum once per year, and any new tutors once in the first term of teaching.
  • Complete the annual monitoring report for the pathway/programme incorporating and collating any feedback from module leaders.

Student Acquisition

  • Work with marketing, quality and academic colleagues collaboratively to agree an assessment (by way of submission/audition/interview) process for entry onto programmes pertaining to the pathway, on an annual basis.
  • Work with marketing and other colleagues to ensure that all students are placed on programmes pertaining to the pathway by way of a triage process that aims to match students’ interests and capabilities, as is appropriate.
  • Collaborate with marketing and other colleagues to develop strategies for student recruitment to the programme.

Programme Design and Development

  • Ensure the content for the programme is up-to-date and relevant.
  • Ensure any feedback from operational meetings, the annual monitoring report, NSS and external examiner(s) are considered and incorporated (as appropriate) into the continuous development of the programme.
  • Collaborate with the Marking and Assessment Standards team to ensure assessment methodology for modules pertaining to the pathway is appropriate and that all tutors are working as per ACM’s requirements in this area.
  • Work with key stakeholders to embed industry opportunity into the curriculum design.
  • Lead an annual review with other staff within the pathway of course delivery, facilities, equipment, software, student feedback etc across modules pertaining to the pathway



Essential Qualifications

  • An undergraduate qualification in a related subject 
  • Postgraduate qualification in a subject specialism or equivalent  experience
  • A teaching qualification in Adult / Higher Education or Senior Higher  Education Academy Fellowship, or a commitment to undertake  qualification whilst in post

Essential Experience

  • Experience of supporting undergraduate students 
  • Experience of curriculum design and development 

Essential Skills

  • Awareness of the current issues impacting Higher/Further Education and the role that teaching plays
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge 

Desirable Qualifications

  • An internationally recognised output as either an academic or industry practitioner. 


Personal Qualities 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • An eye for detail 
  • Collaborative team player 
  • Strong organisational and reporting skills 
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines 
  • Comfortable in a fast paced environment 
  • Ability to work on own initiative, prioritising and managing time effectively 


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.


ACM reserves the right to close job adverts earlier than the advertised end date where required based on volume of applications. 


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HR and Recruitment Team
The Academy of Contemporary Music
The Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SB

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