Job Description

Associate Academic in Law (Online) - Ref: 4252

University of Derby Online Learning


Various rates of payment

(Permanent - Variable Hours)

Work Pattern: Part-time, flexible, depending upon number of students to be tutored. 50 hours for delivery of standard module.

Closing date: 22 June 2014

Responsible To

Academic Lead

Interviews will take place via Skype.

The University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) is dedicated to providing structured and supported online learning degree courses to students who require more flexible study options. By combining the best quality university teaching and the latest online delivery techniques, we continue to be a leading UK university of online learning.

We are seeking to recruit Associate Academics in Law to work remotely and play a key role in our academic team. If you have experience of teaching and supporting learners in an online environment to undergraduate or postgraduate level and are looking for a flexible way of working, then you may be the very person we are looking for:

Please visit our website at for more details about our programmes.

Successful candidates will be required to attend an online tutor induction, for which payment is made, before being assigned to any modules.

The post holder will be responsible for providing academic guidance and support for learners studying online. Tutors will be expected to be academically competent to teach and facilitate the learning of students at the appropriate level, create a supportive learning environment and promote and engage in a ‘community of practice’ within the learner group. The post holder will be expected to work closely with colleagues in University of Derby Online (UDOL) to ensure a high quality learning experience for all learners.

Principal Accountabilities

1. To be the first point of contact and to facilitate the learning activities for an assigned number of students as set out in the Schedule of Work

2. To utilise appropriate teaching, learning and support techniques to create an academically challenging environment that supports learners in their development

3. To upload learning materials onto Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as appropriate

4. To be responsible for giving formative and summative feedback as required within the module teaching and learning assessment strategy

5. To mark learners work in accordance with the module requirements and the University’s assessment regulations

6. To take a pro-active approach to the support and guidance of students to enable them to successfully meet relevant milestones

7. To monitor and report on the progress of learners and, where, appropriate evaluate the need for additional support in consultation with the Academic Lead
8. To contribute to The University’s Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement process by providing feedback on the module, its content and delivery mechanisms in order to contribute to the continuous development of the module

9. To participate in an induction programme and engage with staff development and other professional development opportunities as required

10. To keep abreast of latest developments in teaching, learning and online techniques

11. To refer specific queries and concerns to the UDOL Customer Service and Operations team in a timely manner

12. To participate in online open days as and when appropriate

13. To adhere to University systems and procedures and ensure that you have a working knowledge of the University’s academic regulations

14. To undertake any other reasonable duty commensurate with the level of responsibility of the post

Work Pattern e.g. number of hours worked and which days:

Part-time, flexible, depending upon number of students to be tutored. 50 hours for delivery of standard module.

Person Specification

Short listing will be carried out by assessing suitability against the criteria set out in the person specification, as far as it is reasonable to do so before interview.

  • A higher degree (or equivalent qualification) in Law or comparable work experience - Essential
  • Teaching Qualification - Desirable
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) - Desirable
Experience and Knowledge
  • Recent experience in the use of an Online learning environment as a learner / tutor - Essential
  • Substantial experience of working independently and / or remotely - Essential
  • Knowledge of the UK legal system - Essential
  • Proven track record of successfully delivering required outcomes - Essential
  • Post graduate and/or professional experience in Law - Desirable
  • Experience in the delivery, support and assessment of learners in an Online environment - Desirable
  • A knowledge of Higher Education structures and systems - Desirable
Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to teach and to facilitate learning at the appropriate level - Essential
  • Ability to successfully work to deadlines - Essential
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal talents - Essential
  • Ability to take a pro-active approach to student engagement and to work with learners from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds - Essential
  • Ability to communicate clearly and in an appropriate manner in an online environment - Essential
  • Ability to use information and communication technology in the teaching and support of Online learners - Essential
  • Ability to create a supportive environment that encourages a ‘community of practice’ with learners to facilitate their learning and enhance their learning experience - Essential
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other e-tutors - Essential
  • Ability to provide innovative and inspirational e-Learning sessions coupled with the skills to make an impact with students - Essential
Personal Qualities, Values and Behaviours
  • Understanding of and a commitment to equality and diversity - Essential
  • To have an organised approach to work - Essential
  • Willingness to undertake appropriate training and development and to travel to designated tutorial centres if required - Essential
  • Wide range of interests in Law - Essential
Special Requirements
  • Willingness to work flexibly which may include evening and weekends to meet the needs of the learner - Essential
Work Pattern

Part-time, flexible, depending upon number of students to be tutored. 50 hours for delivery of standard module.