Temporary Senior Tutor (18-2022)

Hours per week: Part Time, 21.000 hours per week
Contract Type: Fixed Term (05 September 2022 to 28 Febuary 2023)
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £37362 to £49384  per annum pro rata
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 20 July 2022
Interview Date: 09/08/2022

Who We Are

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global leading institution for research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.  We are ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings, together with the University of Sussex. We are also ranked best international development policy think tank.

Our Vision

Our vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where people everywhere can live their lives free from poverty and injustice. We contribute to this by transforming the knowledge, action and leadership needed through our world-class research, learning and teaching.

Our Values

We aim to ensure that our core values based on respect, resourcefulness, excellence and inclusivity are reflected in the environment we work in. 

Our Commitments 

•           Upholding climate and environmental justice 

•           Reducing extreme inequities 

•           Fostering healthy and fulfilling lives 

•           Nurturing inclusive, democratic and accountable societies 

Our Priorities

•           Collaborate across sciences, sectors and communities to do research that brings about progressive change

•           Build future leadership for development

•           Champion the use of evidence for social and environmental justice

•           Work with partners to expand international research and mutual learning networks for development

•           Create a sustainable, resilient and equitable institution.

For more information go to: www.ids.ac.uk


Job Description

IDS is seeking to recruit a maternity leave replacement Senior Tutor to undertake the following four key roles: for tutoring IDS seminars; providing support for the IDS-run online distance learning modules of the MSc in Sustainable Development; meeting with students put forward for misconduct and marking for both the online and IDS MA degrees.

This tutor will take seminars for the Ideas in Development module, working under the general direction of the module convenor, e.g. regarding attendance, teaching methods, assessment methods and procedures, course evaluation methods and keeping of appropriate records. The Tutor will be responsible for the preparation and delivery of seminars and associated essential administration, in order to ensure a continuous and productive learning experience for the students.

This tutor will work with the module convenors to ensure the appropriate delivery of the online modules, e.g. organisational work required for the modules (organising live sessions, putting students in small groups for assignments etc), overseeing students contributions to discussion boards, engaging with students’ responses and responding to queries or passing these on to module convenors etc.

Where necessary, the role will involve meeting with students whose work is put forward for misconduct, providing moral support, explaining to them why their work is being investigated and how to ensure that this does not happen going forward.

The role will also provide support and back-up to the IDS MA degrees and modules, in the form of marking a range of different kinds of assessments (MA term papers, dissertations, etc.) and where necessary undertaking marks checking and moderation.

Online Distance Learning Module: MSc Sustainable Development
This module provides the epistemological foundations of development studies, mapping the historical evolution of key ideas and the political, socio-economic and cultural influences on them. It highlights the deeply contested nature of development and the different insights that academic disciplines such as economics, gender studies, anthropology, sociology, geography and political science have contributed to the evolution of development thinking. Students will reflect on their own motivation and positionality and how these influence their interpretation of the meaning and goals of development.

Overall Duties
The Tutor will be responsible for the organisation of, and response to, the ‘apply’ components of the online module and associated essential administration, in order to ensure a continuous and productive learning experience for the students.

The Tutor will also be responsible for marking assignments, in conjunction with the module convenors.

Key responsibilities:
• Preparation – understanding the weekly themes and exercises and being able to engage with these as required by students
• Teaching – responding to discussion forums in the ‘apply’ component of the online module and responding to queries;
- organising and supporting ‘live’ sessions
- providing feedback to students in relation to unassessed work
• Pastoral and Academic support – meeting with students whose work is investigated for misconduct to provide support and explain the principles of academic writing
• Associated administration – participation in essential meetings; completion of all necessary administrative requirements.
• Marking – having a overall grasp of the required assignments and being able to guide students where necessary.
- familiarity with the marking criteria and marking requirements, timely marking, completing the feedback form/rubric, using appropriate marking criteria and descriptors, agreeing grades,
- participation in the marking of group assignments (if necessary)
- marking a range of term papers for different modules
- if necessary, marks checking and internal moderation for modules.

The work will take place between September 2022 and February 2023, some of this work will be online. This work will involve meeting with students and with other markers, or Convenors at IDS. Some of this can be online. When needed, IDS will provide shared work space for the Tutor and small meeting rooms can be booked.


Person Specification

Skills and experience
Selection Criteria Description Essential [E] or
Desirable [D]
by *
Educational qualifications
• PhD degree in Development Studies, Political Science, Sociology, or a related social science discipline. E A/I
• An understanding of key ideas in international development. E A/I
• Relevant knowledge of IDS research, topics and approaches. D A/I
• Excellent networking and communication skills.
• Fluency in both spoken and written English.
• Excellent, spoken and written communication abilities for a range of audiences.
• Training and facilitation skills.
• Research or experience related to key themes in development in low- and middle-income countries.
• Familiarity with the Key Perspectives module.
• Teaching experience.
• Experience in supervising and marking dissertations.
• Willingness and aptitude to learn skills in online distance learning.
• Good work organisation and time management skills, working to strict deadlines.
• Ability to work as part of a team or unsupervised on own initiative as occasion demands.
*A - Application I - Interview

Information to Candidates

Benefits At IDS we offer a number of additional benefits to staff. These include:

The successful candidate will be based at the Institute of Development Studies on the University of Sussex campus. The University of Sussex is located 10 minutes away from the lively and cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton on the UK South Coast, 60 minutes away from central London, 30 minutes away from London Gatwick Airport and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Sussex South Downs. Situated between the sea and the South Downs, Brighton is one of the most vibrant and unique cities on the South Coast, for more information please go to http://www.visitbrighton.com/

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form.