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Lecturer in Physical Activity Health and Wellbeing

posted May 31, 2017, 2:40 AM by Ben Jane   [ updated May 31, 2017, 2:41 AM ]
Job reference: CVPT040B
Date posted: 25/05/2017
Application closing date: 07/06/2017
Location: Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, Edinburgh
Salary: Grade 8 £36,672 - £46,414 (with possible progression to £52,219)
Job category/type:School of Health Sciences
Hours 0.4 FTE 14 hours per week
Contract Basis: Fixed Term Contract - 12 months
Disclosure Check: Basic Disclosure Check
Location: Musselburgh

Original online posting 

Job description: 

Role/Subject Specific Information

The role of lecturer is based in the Division of Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography within the School of Health Sciences.  The role holder will contribute to the planning, review and delivery of learning and teaching in Physical Activity for health and wellbeing, Exercise Prescription and Vocational training for Exercise professionals as part of the BSc (Hons) Physical Activity Health and Wellbeing programme. This programme sits within the Subject Area of Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences (DNBS).


We are planning to become a recognised REPS training provider for the level 2, 3 and 4 exercise instructor awards and the post holder will be required take a key role in securing this recognition.


The Centre for Heath, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research located in the Division, is very active in research and knowledge exchange. It is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to the outputs of this Research Centre. The academic staff are dynamic and innovative in their approaches to learning, teaching, and research as well as knowledge exchange, and currently there are a high number of postgraduate and doctoral students within the Subject Area.


The Division is committed to providing academic programmes that integrate academic and practical based study to enable health and wellbeing practitioners, scientists and health care professionals of the future to have a high intellectual and practical ability.  The Division sits within the School and one of the goals of the School is to manage the operational delivery of high quality teaching and learning, research, consultancy and commercialisation activities.  Within the school, the Subject Area of DNBS will work to an annual operational plan, which will provide its priorities, focus and direction for each planning year. 


Role purpose

Contribute to teaching and facilitate learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Contribute to programme development/writing of modules to be integrated within the curricula, including development of external professional networks to support the students

Engage in research/knowledge exchange activity

Investigate and develop commercial activities

To take independent decisions regarding student issues

Use initiative, experience and knowledge to solve problems

As an active member of the team, contribute to building team morale and to be supportive and encouraging of others

Provide regular pastoral and welfare care for students


Principal duties or Key objectives

Deliver teaching, fostering debate and encourage the development of intellectual reasoning and rigour with students within the Subject Area

Engage in relevant research/knowledge exchange activity

Develop commercial activities

Participate in curriculum development and design

Develop and participate in networks within the institution and externally

Provide pastoral care to both undergraduate and postgraduate students 

Contribute to the running of the Division as appropriately directed by the Head of Division


Person Specification - Essential   



Hold or working towards a higher degree in Human Physiology, Exercise Science, Coaching or similar.


Exercise instructor holding Level 4 REPS or equivalent Exercise instructor qualifications


Hold the Assessor and Internal Verification qualifications required for REPS recognition.


 Good communication skills


Experience in the use of Information technology      


Evidence of team working     


Established organisational and  problem solving skills




Person Specification - Desirable


Experience of learning and teaching in a Higher Education , or Further Education Institution


Experience of teaching and assessing REPS or equivalent courses. 


Work experience - personal trainer, fitness instructor or similar;


Experience working with clients from a variety of backgrounds including children, older people, those with long term conditions, socially deprived or hard to reach groups. A working knowledge of exercise for health and GP exercise referral schemes.


Working knowledge of a virtual learning environment



Proven decision making ability


Use of Microsoft office and statistics packages