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Part-time Tutor: Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

The closing date for applications is 28 June 2021.

Part-time Tutor: Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

The University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) offers two part-time Level 7 accredited courses for working professionals focusing on ‘sustainability leadership for the built environment’.  We offer a Postgraduate Certificate and a Master of Studies degree.  Our students are typically mid-career and are seeking to grow their capabilities to contribute to a radical shift to a sustainable future by leveraging their professional expertise.

We are currently looking to engage with a specialist with expertise in ‘engineering for a sustainable built environment’ as a contract-based tutor on our programmes.  The ‘tutor’ role is a one-year commitment, and is available on a rolling basis, if mutually agreeable. The current overall contract value is in the region of £5-6k. 

Key aspects of the role include:

  • attending three residential days in Cambridge in total, spread across the three year 1 workshops to provide individual and group supervisions;
  • supervising two individual assignments for up to 6 students and facilitating a year-long group project aligned to the role holder’s area of interest;
  • providing support for the above, both at the workshops and remotely; 
  • marking individual and group assignments; and
  • working under the direction of the Course Director and sharing best practice with the course team and other tutors to ensure high-quality learning and student satisfaction.

Successful candidates will be members of at least one of the following professional institutions:

  • The Institute of Structural Engineers
  • The Institute of Civil Engineers
  • The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation
  • Charted Institution of Building Services Engineers

Successful candidates will also be either:

  • experienced business professionals with some interests and experience of academic programmes or research; or
  • academics or researchers who work regularly with business and industry or who have had industry experience. 

They will be qualified to at least a Master’s level and, preferably, PhD, and have an affinity for and/or experience with research and academic assessment.  We welcome and invite interest from all suitable candidates.

Under usual conditions, a substantial portion of the contracted hours – primarily assignment marking and student support between workshops – can be undertaken away from Cambridge, although a physical presence in Cambridge is required for key team meetings and during course workshops.  Under current global pandemic conditions, it may be necessary perform the role fully remotely; however we are keen to build longer-term relationships with tutors who will be able to be physically present in the future.  When local travel is required, reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Tutors are contracted for one year for the job responsibilities described above but may have opportunities for additional ad hoc work. This includes the potential for delivering a limited amount of content teaching and chairing/facilitating sessions around their field of expertise. The supervision and assessment of Master’s dissertations (PhD required) and/or industry case studies for students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business. Third marking assignments that require it.  Additional work is contracted on a fixed-fee basis depending on the nature of the task.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Course Director:

To apply, in the first instance please prepare your professional CV (with names and details of two referees) and a supporting statement of no more than 500 words outlining your interest in this opportunity.  Please clearly specify your related subject(s) of expertise to the sustainable built environment and include details of your professional institutional membership(s).  Please also highlight any relevant experience in higher education teaching and learning environments.  Documents should be emailed to:

The final closing date for applications is Wednesday 28June 2021.  However, applications will be reviewed upon submission and we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if suitable applicants are identified.  Consequently, we recommend that you submit your application well in advance of the closing date, and as soon as possible during the recruitment process.

Please note: Tutors are not employees of the University but receive a Temporary Worker Agreement for their services from the Institute before each course begins.

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