Curriculum Leader, Data Science

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
20 Sep 2019
07 Oct 2019
Job Level
Lecturer, Manager
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Contract basis - Fixed Term - 2 years (with reviewed extension up to 5 further years in line with DDI Programme Life cycle

Edinburgh College is recruiting a Curriculum Leader – Data Science.  This is a shared resource to work with colleagues across the Colleges in the city region (Borders, Fife, Edinburgh, West Lothian). This exciting and valuable new role arises from the UK and Scottish Government’s substantial investment in Edinburgh and the South East of Scotland (SES) Data Driven Innovation City Region Deal. The role will report to the Curriculum Portfolio Manager – DDI Skills Gateway (currently being advertised).

The Prime Minister and First Minister announced the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal on 7th August 2018. Few other City Region Deals in the UK have involved such a prominent role for a College. Innovation and Skills are key components of the deal. The Data-Driven Innovation Skills Gateway reflects an inclusive growth ambition, seeking to make the region the leader for developing data literacy skills across its population. Working in partnership with the city region Local Authorities, Colleges, other HE institutions, The Data Lab and third sector organisations.

As a Curriculum Leader in Data Science you will enhance our curriculum innovation programme capability, leading and developing interdisciplinary programmes of work for delivery and to develop staff CPD skills in Data Science.

You will contribute to and support with new Associate Degree courses, Apprenticeship courses and a variety of bespoke course development to widen access and inclusion, liaising with a variety of stakeholders connected with the local authorities and the 3rd Sector. 

Specifically you will contextualise learning from areas such as Data Analytics, Data Visualisation, Data Security, Machine Learning, A.I. and apply this knowledge to real life practical applications of learning in all Faculty areas, in order for learners to become confident Data Citizens and Data Workers for the future.

What is data-driven innovation?

The inclusion of Data-Driven Innovation with the City Regional Deal reflects the growing importance of data in economic growth, social change and public services.  Through high speed data analytics, our ability to capture flows of data and understand what they tell us is bringing better and faster capability to identify trends and behaviour across many sectors leading to improved services for consumers and citizens.

What we can offer you

An exciting opportunity to work on this ambitious and ground breaking skills project, nurturing the Data Workers and Citizens of the future.  As Curriculum Leader, you will working within a vibrant and committed learning and teaching team, supporting innovation in the delivery of the future curriculum of the Colleges using modern models of delivery to a wide range of learner backgrounds.

We have great benefits at Edinburgh College, with generous annual leave (62 days), a career average pension scheme and access to other benefits like cycle to work. We also have great on-site facilities including a gym, pool, training restaurants, shops and canteens plus you get to be part of a unique organisation which contributes to improving the lives of others.

Edinburgh College is committed to equality of opportunity and to a culture that respects difference. We welcome and support everyone, including people of all ages, disabilities, ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, marital status, religions/beliefs, sexual orientations and those with pregnancy/maternity status. The College is signed up to the Disability Confident scheme.

What you can offer us

You may work on a range of topics including digital health, sensors, robotics, digital marketing and fintech. There will inevitably be crossover with developing other skills such as creativity and digital literacy; it is anticipated that the role-holder may have a variety of experience within Education and course development environments.

Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline, you will have excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate an effective contribution to team working.

Please see the person specification for a full breakdown of the essential and desirable criteria.

The successful candidate may be required to work at any Regional College campus.

Closing Date:  7 October 2019

Scheduled Interview Date:  28 October 2019

Please apply via the link.