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Reader Intersectional Digital Practice (Industry Focus) (3423)

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) is recruiting a Reader in Intersectional Digital Practice with an Industry focus.

Manchester Metropolitan University has been a pioneer in modern education since its origins in 1824. Manchester Metropolitan sits in the top 200 young universities in the world, with 85% of its research rated as ‘world-leading’. The University is proud to have recently gained a TEF Silver award and has ambitious plans for the future.

Building off the institution’s overarching ambition, the Manchester School of Art continues to push the boundaries of developments across the arts and creative industries. Based in the heart of Manchester, with close links with the growing creative and digital sector. The School is a pioneer in experimentation and creative learning and is now in the process of redesigning its Media provision in order to respond to industry needs. The School of Digital Arts is Manchester Metropolitan’s response to and an investment in screen-based business and technologies. It will create a digital skills powerhouse that will host a diverse programme of degree apprenticeships, Continuing Professional Development, work-based training, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and resources. It will build on the award winning strengths of the Manchester School of Art, and bring together creative and craft disciplines, technical and scientific skills, industry partnerships and global research to train the next generation of talent, who will ensure that the UK continues to compete on an international scale.

Manchester is a globally recognised centre for broadcast TV, film, radio, digital media and IT. The city is renowned for initiatives such as the Manchester International Festival. The new School will work closely with key cultural and industry partners including: Red Productions, BBC, ITV and HOME to ensure that Greater Manchester has the skills base needed to support its continued growth as a centre of cultural capital and creative innovation. It is estimated that the School could generate an annual boost of £13 million for the local economy. The School has been awarded 14.9 million of Government funding, through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, matched by Manchester Metropolitan.

The Reader in Intersectional Digital Practice will help ensure that SODA has appropriate, high-level input into curriculum development and delivery by cultural producers and creative industry professionals from under-represented and/or marginalised backgrounds. The Reader will work on industry-based digital projects as part of the SODA team, influencing strategy on a day-to-day basis and having key, industry-focused targets to achieve. The Reader will build impact around activities that aim to highlight marginalised voices in SODA, whilst also developing a long term sustainable model for Readers in Intersectional Digital Practice. This role requires a candidate who will lead on culture change as an advocate for new technologies and innovative stakeholder relationships inside the university and the wider technology sector.

The applicant should demonstrate innovative thinking in curriculum design and delivery, as well as the development of research and knowledge exchange opportunities with industry. Experience with devising and/or executing diversity and inclusion strategies is essential.

To apply: Please attach your CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.


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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Salary:
    Grade 10 (£51,034 to £59,135)
  • Closing Date:
    2 May 2021
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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