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Course Director - Reproductive Health

Requisition ID:  25257

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  17-Mar-2023


Salary: £88,364 to £119,133 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 02 April 2023


The Role


Accountable to the Board of Medical Studies, through the Office of the Director or Deputy Director of Medical Studies, to manage the delivery and assessment of the Reproductive Health courses in Years 3 and 5 of the MBBS curriculum. The Reproductive Health courses are an important part of the programme, integrating primary and secondary care. The postholder will work closely with the Sub Deans for Years 3 and 5, alongside primary and secondary care colleagues delivering the courses.  


Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Frauke Boddy, MBBS Sub Dean (Year 5) via


For more information about the Faculty of Medical Sciences please visit here.

For more information about the School of Medicine please visit here.


The School/Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Interviews will be held on the 17th April 2023


Key Accountabilities
•    The Course Director’s role is to ensure the equality of teaching, learning and assessment for all MBBS students undertaking this course within the Regional Medical School
•    To plan, organise and manage the course across all sites to ensure it is fit for purpose and to ensure equivalence of student experience. This includes process and resource planning
•    To work effectively, and in partnership with the designated local leads within the Local Education Providers and including Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), to deliver the courses to the agreed learning outcomes
•    To be dedicated exclusively to the Newcastle MBBS programme
•    To understand the whole curriculum, where this course fits, and build on prior learning in the development of the placement
•    To link with years 1 – 5 Year Leads and Course directors for years 3-5, to ensure the courses integrate with other elements of the programme
•    To act as a point of reference in respect of the placement for teachers, and where appropriate students, through the Local Education Providers (LEPs) leads
•    To contribute to the regular creation and review of the examination question banks specifically in relation to the particular placement either in writing or at meetings, to ensure the learning outcomes for the placement are being appropriately assessed
•    To contribute to the clinical and professional assessment processes for the placement and the programme as a whole, including involvement in the standard setting process
•    To quality monitor and ensure standardisation and uniformity of any in-course assessment for the course across the Regional Medical School
•    To co-ordinate and quality monitor learning materials used within the course, including those uploaded to the virtual learning environment
•    To contribute to the review of content of shared learning materials, and placement documentation within the required timelines to ensure the students receive them in a timely manner
•    To actively contribute to curriculum development meetings and other quality monitoring/management meetings as appropriate.  To contribute to the agenda for meetings to ensure the relevance of topics discussed
•    To engage with regional medical school leads and other Course Directors to ensure horizontal and vertical integration
•    To work with the Sub-Dean for Staff Development to ensure clinical teachers are appropriately trained for their role, both on-line and face to face


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Knowledge of the MBBS curriculum and where the course fits into it
•    Knowledge of the relevant subject areas delivered in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 of theMBBS curriculum
•    Knowledge of NUMed and how the relevant courses are delivered and outcomes met
•    Understanding of curriculum development and assessment
•    Successful leadership experience
•    At least two years teaching/ assessment experience on the MBBS programme

•    Recognition of teaching and or leadership though membership or fellowship with HEA, AoMEd, FMLM or equivalent bodies
•    Evidence of successful leadership within medical education


Attributes and Behaviour
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to work collaboratively and across organisations
•    Ability to manage change


•    Be on the General Medical Council Specialist (any recognised speciality)/ GP Register or equivalent level of experience, and in a substantive senior clinical role

•     A recognised teaching qualification (Course Directors will be expected to work towards this if not achieved by the time of appointment)



Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 25257