Course Leader – MA Performance: Writing

Vacancy ID: 8033
Main Location: CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Hours: 22.2
Contract: Fixed Term
Salary: £28,2720 - £34,062.60 per annum (£47,120 - £56,771 pro-rata)
Closing date: June 1, 2022 11:00 am

The role

We are looking for a dynamic, highly skilled and experienced academic practitioner to join the Performance Programme team. As the Course Leader for MA Performance: Writing, you will play a key role in the leadership, management and teaching of the course, managing resources and people. You will play a key role in the programme, undertaking teaching, assessment, unit management and curriculum development. You will input into programme management and the ongoing development of future strategy. You will work closely with colleagues from the Programme, Academic Support, Student Services and the college community.

 The MA Performance: Writing course aims to develop the student's creative abilities to generate and produce innovative work that explores the boundaries of contemporary writing practice. The course develops student capabilities and competencies relating to their awareness of the dramaturgical and presentational skills needed to write for a range of different media, including the stage, film, television, audio and a variety of digital outlets. In terms of intention, the media covered on the course includes Audio (radio, podcasts, and sound scape/sculpture), Digital (web series, games [console and mobile], and Virtual Reality), Screen (Film, TV) and Stage (theatre, found space, site specific, community).

This course is designed to accommodate for student engagement with the activities of the Shared Campus international partnership. This network generates opportunities and practices for intercultural and transnational academic co-operation. The role of Course Leader will include responsibility for contributing to working relationships with colleagues and projects across the Shared Campus network.

Why choose us?

Central Saint Martins is a world-leading centre for arts and design education.  Its reputation stems from the creative energy of its staff and students. The vision for CSM commits us to social equality, climate justice and public commons. The Performance programme at CSM explores the boundaries of the discipline and associated realms. This is a diverse and energised teaching and learning community where all are active as creative professionals and researchers. The team are comprised of emerging and established academics practitioners who bring together a breadth of influence and new creative insight to inform and enhance an ambitious vision for the discipline area that is firmly committed to social purpose, fairness and cultural representation. Students and staff are continually alert to new ideas, and are curious and restless in developing beyond the expected norms of their subject; emerging work is at the forefront of its area.  

MA Performance: Writing is an established and long-running course that has been rapidly evolving and changing to align with the emerging strengths of the full range of endeavour across the Performance portfolio of courses at CSM. The Performance programme takes a radical, interdisciplinary, experimental and frequently collaborative approach to creative making. The work produced is political, critical, free-thinking and inclusive.

Having recently been relaunched following a name change from Dramatic Writing to Performance: Writing, this course is positioned to better support an expanded range of writing practices that cuts across diverse media and platforms and, thereby, best represents the challenges and opportunities faced by creative writers engaged with the full breadth of performance making and exploration.

Our student body and teaching team come from a wide range of personal and professional perspectives. As a community, we are deeply committed to the idea that diverse environments are the most creatively vibrant. We actively celebrate difference, encourage adventure, and care about communities of practice and activism.

Your Profile

Before completing an application form, candidates should please download the candidate information pack and the job description/person specification for the role and read the full list of requirements and selection criteria before applying, as this will be the criteria on which your application will be assessed.

We’re looking for someone who has have an in-depth understanding and personal experience of teaching and facilitating creative practices in performance practices relating to writing and writing for performance practices. You will be expected to have experience of managing teams, budgets, content and complex activities in an HE setting. Creative and highly motivated, you’ll be able to take up the challenges of enabling diverse student cohorts to explore their practice from and within their own individual context. 

This is a course delivered on campus and online. As such, you will need to demonstrate familiarity with methods and practice that demonstrates effective practices of online teaching and learning delivery as well as in person. In addition, the course offers students the chance and opportunity to work co-operatively and with others from beyond their discipline or area of concern. The post holder will be expected to demonstrate experience of managing and delivering a curriculum that offers both breadth and challenge extending beyond established orthodoxies. 

UAL is committed to addressing the under-representation of staff from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, using our student profile as a reference point.

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, an attractive salary and pension plus a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity. If you have any queries about this role please contact the CSM Resourcing Team on: 0207 514 7885 or

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

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