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Teaching Associates for Creative Writing (3x roles Part Time 0.5 fte, Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education is seeking to appoint three Teaching Associates to contribute to its flourishing and rapidly developing portfolio of award-bearing and short course creative writing programmes. The successful applicants will join the Institute as it launches exciting initiatives, including the new University of Cambridge Centre for Creative Writing.

The ideal candidates will be writers with an established record of publication who have broad experience of teaching creative writing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We seek applicants with experience in long and short form fiction, but also welcome applications from established writers of poetry, creative non-fiction and journalism, and those who write for screen (film and television), stage and radio.

The three positions are part-time (50% FTE) for a fixed term of two years in the first instance.

The successful applicants will have a proven track record of curriculum design and assessment in creative writing. They will have a student-centred approach to teaching and experience of supervising students from diverse backgrounds. They will be familiar with the latest developments in teaching creative writing, including online delivery, and will enjoy being part of a close-knit teaching team but will also be capable of leading courses and initiatives. Experience of teaching adults and mature students is desirable and a commitment to lifelong learning essential.

Ideally, they will have a higher degree, preferably a doctoral-level in a relevant specialist subject area, and a track record of recent publications. They will be committed to maintaining and developing knowledge of their own subject area.

They will have extensive connections in the world of publishing and academia and the ability to promote the Institute's reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching creative writing both in the UK and abroad.

Through collaborative partnerships across the Collegiate University the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) develops and delivers high-quality, differentiated, academic courses for professional development and personal enrichment to a diverse range of adult learners. ICE is based in the magnificent setting of Madingley Hall, four miles outside Cambridge and set in grounds designed by Capability Brown. Our staff of c. 150 consists of academics, administrators and the Hall team. ICE's teaching is further supported by c. 300 part-time tutors and examiners.

We currently offer c. 600 courses a year which include day schools, residential weekend courses, fully online courses, intensive summer programmes for international students, bespoke courses, award-bearing sub-degree courses and part-time Master's degree courses. At present there are approximately 4,500 student enrolments each academic year.

Full details of the role and requirements can be found in the Further Information document at the link below.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Midge Gillies at: Other questions about this vacancy or the application process may be directed to

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter (the length of which must not exceed two A4 sides) together with the details of three referees in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please include details of referees who you are willing for us to contact before an interview if invited.

The closing date for applications is 09 July 2017. Interviews will be held on Monday 17 July 2017.

Please quote reference EA12428 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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