[Job, Edinburgh] Uni Edinburgh, RSC Regional Coordinator Scotland, ??30-36k, clos 9 Jan 2013

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I'm not quite clear what the salary is as there seems to be some discrepancy between the listing in the 'search all jobs' results page (I've excerpted the relevant job and slotted it between dashed lines below) and the more detailed information further down which starts at 30.4 and goes up to 36.2, which is a few hundred quid more… numbers are highlighted in scary red bold.


University of Edinburgh / Royal Society of Chemistry
Regional Coordinator Scotland

The RSC manages nine Regional Coordinators across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In partnership with universities or other (higher) education providers, these nine positions support and promote the work of the RSC's Education Department, key stakeholders and partners, and develop valuable contact networks. The Regional Coordinators support RSC strategy to raise awareness and understanding of the role and value of chemistry, to ensure people are equipped to practise chemistry competently and to promote the teaching of the chemical sciences at all levels.

The Regional Coordinator Scotland will be employed by and based at the University of Edinburgh.

Day to day activities
To coordinate, at a regional level, the activities of the RSC's Education Department and develop strong and effective networks of contacts. The role holder will increase engagement with those teaching chemistry, studying chemical sciences and involved in employing chemical scientists at all levels.

For more information and to apply, please visit the University of Edinburgh's website. Application deadline is 9th January 2013. Applications sent to the RSC will not be accepted.



Royal Society of Chemistry Regional Coordinator Apply
Vacancy Ref : 007988 Department : Chemistry
Grade/Pay Scale : Ue07 (??30,122 – ??35,938) Position Type : Full Time
Date Posted : 17-Dec-2012 Closing Date : 09-Jan-2013
Employment Category : Fixed Term ?? ??


The following details come from the page linked below – Jo

Royal Society of Chemistry Regional Coordinator
Vacancy Ref: : 007988 Closing Date : 09-Jan-2013
Contact Person : Professor Colin Pulham Contact Number : 0131 650 4756
Contact Email : c.r.pulham@ed.ac.uk
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to support and promote the work of the Royal Society of Chemistry???s (RSC) Education Department in Scotland.

You will be a highly organised individual who has excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and a track record in effective team working.

Based at the University of Edinburgh, you must have a good understanding of the Higher Education systems across the UK and especially in Scotland, and be able to engage with a range of stakeholders, including school teachers, academics, careers advisors, employers and government agencies.

You should have a degree in Chemistry or equivalent.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position located within the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

The post is available immediately and is a fixed term contract with an end date of 31st December 2015.

Job title: Royal Society of Chemistry Regional Coordinator
School/Support Department: Chemistry
Line manager: Prof. Colin Pulham (Director of Teaching)

Job Purpose
The post will support and promote the work of the Royal Society of Chemistry???s (RSC) Education Department and will develop valuable contact networks. The post supports the RSC???s strategy to raise awareness and understanding of the role and value of chemistry and to ensure people are equipped to practise chemistry competently. The Regional Coordinator will sustain recently developed networks and will demonstrate and promote existing RSC educational resources. The Regional Coordinator will also be responsible for piloting or trialling new resources and will showcase these new resources to the established networks.

The post is available immediately and is a fixed term contract with an end date of 31st December 2015.

Main Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

1. Increase engagement with and enhance confidence of those teaching chemistry in schools (20%)
Undertake school visits to engage and inform teachers of the resources and facilities provided by the RSC, with a target of 20 visits each year. Work to ensure uptake and engagement with the RSC Chemistry for Our Future programme as well as all other RSC curriculum and enhancement and enrichment materials. Trial curriculum resources to evaluate their effectiveness and/or make school visits to ensure dissemination of information and best practice.

2. Increase interest of 16-18 year olds in studying chemistry (15%)
Organise and coordinate local ChemNet events to provide study and career information to young students. Promote Chemistry @ Work events to school students to provide them the opportunity to appreciate the place of chemistry in everyday life. Coordinate with projects run and developed as part of the National HE STEM Programme to promote enthusiasm and engagement for the study of chemistry at HE level.

3. Maintain interest and retention of post-18 year olds studying chemistry (10%)
Coordinate with projects run and developed as part of the National HE STEM Programme to promote enthusiasm and engagement. Provide support material for easing the transition to university and retention of students.

4. Ensure that all parties interested in the study or teaching of chemistry at all levels are well informed and have ready access to useful resources (10%)

Establish networks of local contacts in schools, universities, industries and other education stakeholders. Broker relationships between all education stakeholders.

5. Assist with the promotion or coordination of events and activities considered to align with the strategic interests of the RSC (20%)
Assist and perform other tasks as may be reasonably expected from the RSC.

6. Report and evaluate activities and events undertaken at regular intervals and upon request (5%)
To evaluate and report on activities undertaken, progress against targets and attendance at events.

7. Raise the profile of the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh (20%)
Use a range of methods and media to highlight the achievements of the School of Chemistry in research and teaching.

Planning and Organising
Examples of the way the postholder requires to plan and organise the work include:
organisation of events involving school pupils and school teachers
maintain diary of key events and deadlines
plan and organise events aimed at developing links with key partners

Problem Solving
Examples include:
Addressing organisational issues associated with visits
Building alliances with influential people internally and externally
Adapting approaches to the wide range of stake-holders
Using a broad range of expertise and knowledge of subjects outside the organisation to the benefit of the RSC and the School of Chemistry
Actively maintains and develops knowledge about key developments in areas of expertise; establishes processes or routines to regularly obtain business intelligence on new trends, technologies and developments
Effectively influences within and outside own area; engages with the beliefs and opinions of others at a senior level; interprets and explains complex, critical or sensitive ideas

Decision Making
Makes decisions based on availability of resources (such as budget, people, equipment, time)
Manages small budget and makes decisions about priorities for expenditure
Sets priorities for targeted events
Makes decisions about how best to showcase and implement RSC educational resources

Key Contacts/Relationships
Director of Teaching in School of Chemistry; RSC HE STEM Programme Manager; RSC Regional Coordinators in other regions; outreach and education professionals within Scottish Government, schools, HEIs and FEIs, and local industry.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
The post holder requires a degree in chemistry or equivalent. An understanding of higher education and a breadth of knowledge across the whole education system in the UK is required. A good understanding of Government requirements within the school and higher education system is also needed.

An understanding and some experience of the requirements of employers of chemists is desirable.

The post holder must have a detailed understanding of customer requirements including those of school teachers, school students, HE academics and support staff, HE students, careers advisors, employers, government and its agencies and non-government bodies.

Job Context and any other relevant information
The RSC are running nine Regional Coordinators nationwide. In partnership with universities or other (higher) education providers, these nine offices support and promote the work of the RSC???s Education Department and develop valuable contact networks. The regions referred to are as defined by the RSC???s Membership Department (http://www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/Regions/index.asp)

On a small number of occasions, the post holder will be expected to work evenings and weekends in order to engage with particular groups.

Informal Enquiries
Informal enquiries about the post should be addressed to Professor Colin Pulham, tel: 0131 650 4756, or email: c.r.pulham@ed.ac.uk

Conditions of Employment

The post is available immediately and is a fixed term contract with an end date of 31st December 2015.

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For Further Information http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/human-resources/policies-guidance/conditions-service


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of ??30,424 – ??36,298 pa for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

Application procedure

All applicants should apply online at www.ed.ac.uk/jobs The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments. Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter with contact details for two references.

If you do not have access to a computer, you can call our recruitment line on 0131 650 8126.

We anticipate short-listed candidates will be considered for interview within 3 weeks after the application deadline. If you have not been invited for interview by this date, your application has not been successful.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
This post is subject to registration with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme, for regulated work with children and/or protected adults as appropriate. Employment in this post is conditional on the successful post holder being able to obtain/holding PVG scheme membership. The successful candidate will not be permitted to commence employment until this has been confirmed.
Information provided will be kept confidential and individuals will not be discriminated against unnecessarily due to non relevant offending background. If you require further information on the PVG scheme please visit: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/pvg_index.html

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/human-resources/recruitment/eligibility-immigration

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

The School of Chemistry
The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history. The first Chemistry Professor was appointed to the Chair in 1713 and the Edinburgh University student-run Chemical Society is regarded as the oldest chemical society in the world. The School is run as a single academic unit with about 45 academic staff, a similar number of professional support staff, about 200 research students and post-doctoral workers and a first year intake of about 135 Chemistry undergraduates.

The School of Chemistry at Edinburgh holds a Gold Athena SWAN award, in recognition of excellence in science, engineering and technology employment in higher education relating to supporting women in Science.

Research and EaStCHEM

Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh has over ??33M of current research grants and an international research reputation. The research school together with its sister school from the University of St Andrews form EaStCHEM. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008, EaStCHEM is joint 4th in the Grade Point Average (GPA) metric and first in the UK when staff numbers are factored in (known as the power ranking).

This world-class centre for chemistry has four research groupings: the Chemistry/Biology Interface; Experimental and Theoretical Chemical Physics; Molecular Synthetic Chemistry; and Materials Chemistry. Many academics are involved in more than one research area and this breadth of activity is also indicated in our research interactions with our EaStCHEM partner and other disciplines.

World class research support facilities are available, including recently refurbished laboratories, a full suite of high- and low-field NMR instrumentation, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, fermentation suite and the EaStCHEM Research Computing Facility.

College of Science and Engineering (http://www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering)
The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is one of the largest and highest-ranked science and engineering groupings in the UK. He
aded by Professor Lesley Yellowlees, CSE comprises seven Schools (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy). Informatics is located in the University???s Central Area near George Square, with the other six 2 miles further south at the King???s Buildings. The College has over 2,700 academic and support staff, and educates some 6,000 undergraduates, 800 taught postgraduates and 1,500 research students. It is in the front rank of UK university science and engineering groupings for research quality and income (??130M in 2001/12), and is a key player in many European and international research collaborations.

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008
In the 2008 RAE over 600 research active staff were returned. 96% of the College submission was of international quality in its originality, significance and rigour with 66% of the submission being rated internationally excellent.

The University of Edinburgh
For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They???ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible.

We still do. The latest Research Assessment Exercise highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence.

As a member of staff you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 22 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 500 undergraduate and 160 postgraduate courses to over 30,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 11,700 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university we are an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation.

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