Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Contact address:
Blanchardstown Road North, Dublin 15 D15 YV78



Closing date:

Role Overview:

The Department of Humanities is now seeking to establish a panel of suitably qualified candidates with experience in the area of Applied Social Studies/Social Care, who are eligible for registration with the Social Care Registration Board.

Experience and qualifications in the following areas would be valuable; Psychology, Sociology, Research Supervision, Professional Social Care Supervision and Development, and Placement Supervision, with the expertise and interests to complement and further develop the activities of the School.

The preferred applicants will have a strong research record; will be able to demonstrate a commitment to course development both full-time and part-time; and will be in a position to play a significant role in the application and development of innovative teaching and learning methodologies in Humanities education.

The position calls for a highly motivated and experienced individuals who will contribute to the development, implementation and delivery of courses in the School of Humanities.

The appointees will play an active role in the academic direction of courses including teaching, research, academic assessment and academic administration.

Principal Accountabilities:

The tasks and duties of the post will include:
The appointee should carry out such duties as are assigned in accordance with collective agreements arrived at from time to time and authorised by the Minister of Education & Skills including but not limited to:-
Teaching such assigned classes as deemed appropriate by management of the University, day or evening, up to six hundred and thirty hours per annum including supervision of post-graduate students where appropriate. There will be a norm of eighteen class contact hours per week, which may be varied from sixteen to twenty in consultation with the lecturer. Where a lecturer is supervising a Tutor/Demonstrator, a reduction in teaching hours will be applied on the basis of one-hour reduction per three hours demonstration/tutorials supervised

Carrying out assessments, monitoring and evaluation of examinations work, and providing an academic and consultative support to students in their learning activities

Providing academic input on existing and new courses and course development

Engaging in research, consultancy and development work as appropriate

Participating in committees appropriate to courses and meetings convened by management

Maintaining appropriate records and making available information as required by management

Engaging in promotion including student recruitment as appropriate

Participating in development, implementation and maintenance of academic quality assurance arrangements

Participating in appropriate activities necessary to the development of their Department/School and the University

Directing and supervising the work of Tutor/Demonstrator and taking academic responsibility for the academic standards of this work

The performance of these duties will require attendance in addition to class contact hours during the normal working week. The appointee shall carry out lawful instructions of the President or authorised Officer and comply with the requirements and regulations of the Minister for Education & Skills.

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the appropriate mix of knowledge, experience, skills, talent and abilities as outlined below:

- A first or second class honours degree with Psychology / Applied Social Studies as a major component or an approved equivalent qualification (Essential)

- Fluent written and spoken English (Essential)

- Successful candidates will ideally also have a relevant higher qualification (Masters or PhD) or equivalent professional qualification

- A postgraduate qualification in Teaching and Learning or similar

- Knowledge of programme development and implementation

- Candidates should be familiar with areas from fundamental skills through to NQAI Level 9 topics


- Three years’ appropriate experience subsequent to obtaining an honours primary degree in a relevant discipline (Essential)
- Specialist experience in the areas of: (Essential)
o Psychology
o Sociology
o Working with vulnerable groups
o Research Supervision
o Professional Social Care Supervision and Development
o Social Care Placement Supervision
o Challenging Behaviour
o Communications and Collaboration

- Demonstrable teaching experience
- Demonstrable experience of academic course administration, proven track record in teaching innovation and engagement

- Relevant industry experience

Skills, talents & abilities:

- Strong organisational skills and proficiency in MS Office

- Excellent communication skills both oral and written. Communication with students is particularly important

- Experience of e-learning education management systems such as Moodle

- Flexible and ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team

- An enthusiastic team player with the ability to network with colleagues and other stakeholders.
- Good communication and problem solving skills

- Evidence of self-reflective practice

Terms and Conditions of Employment:

A full statement of terms and conditions of employment will be given to the successful applicant in accordance with the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 and 2001.

The main terms and conditions of employment are as follows:

Tenure:The post is being offered on a permanent whole-time basis.

Location:This post is currently located in TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus.

Salary: The Assistant Lecturer Salary Scale is:
• €41,533 – €51,502
• €37,482 – €51,502 (New Entrants)
Appointments will be made at the appropriate point on the appropriate scale. Salary may be adjusted from time-to-time in line with Government pay policy.

Hours of work: This is a whole time post. In addition to teaching hours (up to 18 hours per week), attendance is required from Monday to Friday.

Application Form Applications will be accepted through the online recruitment service at A CV will be required in addition to the application form. All correspondence from the University regarding your application will be by email. Please ensure that the security filters on your email provider will accept emails from TU Dublin.
Please note applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to make a presentation as part of the selection process.

Closing Date The closing date for applications is 5pm 22nd February 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

For queries regarding the post or the application process, please contact Linda Fitzpatrick at (01) 885 1102 between 9.30 and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email

Further Information for Candidates

Canvassing will automatically disqualify.
Late applications will not be accepted.
You are also advised that you can only submit one application per competition. Should you have any issues with your submission, please contact us.
Shortlisting of applicants may take place, on the basis of information supplied in the application form.
It is University policy to seek two written references, which are to the satisfaction of TU Dublin from your referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer. Candidates are advised to please ensure the nominated referees are aware of this requirement.
TU Dublin is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the employment policies, procedures and practices, which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the travelling community.
TU Dublin operates a policy of Garda Vetting & Disclosure of Criminal Convictions. All applicants will be asked to disclose criminal convictions and will undergo Garda Vetting as part of the selection process.
Persons appointed to a whole-time position within the University are required to furnish:
a) Undergo a satisfactory pre-employment medical examination by a medical practitioner nominated by the University;
b) Provide a passport (if a passport is not currently held, a birth certificate and a form of photographic identification is required);
c) Proof of PPS Number (e.g. social services card);
d) Qualifications: the successful candidate will be required to submit parchments of Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other professional qualifications.

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