Lecturer in Dance: Unit Leader (MA Dance: Participation, Communities, Activism)

Company: The Place

Location: 17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY

Level: Unit Leader

Salary: The full-time equivalent salary for this position is £42,295 per annum, equating to £16,918 per annum to this part-time role.

Contract Type: This is a 2-year, fixed-term, part-time contract (equivalent to 16 hours per week). These hours are inclusive of a one-hour paid lunch break each day. Your hours of work will be agreed with the line manager. The working days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Closing Date: 15 Jul 24

Job Description:

Our new MA Dance: Participation, Communities, Activism course is reaching the end of an inspiring and successful first year of delivery, a year which has seen this pioneering course establish itself as a trailblazer of new ideas and initiatives on the fields of community and activist dance practice.

Our student body has a wide international spread, and we are likewise seeking to recruit a colleague with an extensive practice in a country of the Global South. Most of the work and teaching will be online and can be done from anywhere in the world. The MA is for students who want to develop a socially engaged dance practice which addresses the urgencies of our times. Students join a global community of artists and researchers working at the intersection of community dance and arts activism.

This course explores the potential of movement and dance to contribute to the creation of sustainable social structures, to support individuals and communities to rehearse and perform collective actions and to challenge systemic inequity. This Lecturer in Dance will act as a Unit Leader across different strands of the programme and will be a member of our globally diverse Curatorial Team which shares a collective responsibility for the course development, curriculum, recruitment and content, with Course Leader, Jo Parkes.

We are looking for someone with an extensive community/activist dance practice in a country of the Global South to join the inspiring team delivering this postgraduate course. This role can be worked remotely and so holding a residence in the UK is not required, though some infrequent visits to our London, UK site may be required. Please note that while its students and teachers are from around the globe, teaching and learning on this course is done in English.


Placing the student at the centre of the provision, this post holder will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking teaching, unit management and tutoring within the MA Dance: Participation, Communities, Activism.
  • Being part of the collective leadership structure of the MA, sharing decentralised responsibility for areas of the development of the course and its curriculum with Jo Parkes, Course Leader.
  • Overseeing the assessment process within the course design in line with academic standards of postgraduate study.
  • Enhancing student learning and attainment by offering high quality innovative teaching and learning support within the curriculum.
  • Contributing to professional practice and research within the study of participatory, community and activist dance, including curating and contributing to public events.
  • Playing an active role in promoting Student Health and Well-Being Supporting the delivery of the mission and vision of The Place, upholding its values as a dynamic, world-leading cultural organisation.


  • In depth knowledge of the professional field of community/participatory dance and dance activism as it manifests in various geographical and cultural contexts.
  • In depth understanding of discourses and contextual research supporting dance artists working for change around the world.


  • Teaching skills both live and online.
  • Ability to support/mentor individuals.
  • Organisation/production skills.


  • Extensive participatory/community/activist practice situated in a country of the Global South.
  • Innovative, creative approaches to working in the online space as a place of creative exchange as well as informational delivery.
  • Postgraduate qualification or equivalent professional experience.


  • Works effectively within a team and as an individual to achieve set objectives.
  • Plans, prioritises, and manages resources effectively to achieve short and long-term objectives.
  • Contributes to advancing professional practice research or scholarly activity in own area of specialism.


  • Understanding of postgraduate level assessment standards in Higher Education.


  • Communicates effectively verbally and in writing, adapting the message for a diverse audience in an inclusive and accessible way.


  • PhD or Postgraduate Research qualification.
  • Experience of teaching at a conservatoire level/within Higher Education/professionally/vocationally.


  • Builds partnerships between educational contexts, networks, artists and professional organisations.


  • In consultation with other academic and managerial staff at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) alongside colleagues at The Place: CURATORIAL TEAM
  • Work with the other Curatorial team members and Jo Parkes (Course Leader) to develop, deliver, and evaluate areas of the curriculum content including a decolonial approach to curriculum development, collecting and recommending resource materials, evaluation and assessment.
  • Contribute to recruitment activities and the recruitment process. Represent the course at public events, sharing learning, research and reflections with the field(s).


  • Engage in subject, professional, and pedagogical innovation supporting curriculum development and planning within LCDS.
  • Lead on the delivery of elements of the curriculum, including the pedagogic development and delivery of the elements of the course.
  • Lead on the logistic planning of the delivery of elements of the course, including liaising with other internal faculty and external guest teachers, including booking and contracting guests, developing and communicating schedules, booking spaces etc.
  • Develop innovative and effective learning content for live digital platforms, imaging and delivering formats which use technology for embodied creative exchange as well as informational or discursive teaching/learning.
  • Make an active contribution to the Periodic Programme Review.
  • Ensure the required learning resources are in place for the unit, managing budgets where relevant.
  • Oversee unit assessments and ensure students are briefed and prepared appropriately.
  • Mark, coordinate, edit, and give feedback on student assessments in a timely fashion, working with other teachers who contribute to the unit.
  • Contribute to the completion of unit evaluation and reporting processes.
  • Ensure effective liaison with, and organisation of student representatives for the Unit.


  • Deliver high-quality teaching and learning, as appropriate to the unit plans and your areas of expertise.
  • Innovate in the field of international co-creation online, discovering with staff and students of the course formats of encounter, learning and exchange which allow international collaboration without travel.
  • Support student learning through regular tutorials as required.
  • Monitor student attendance and report concerns to the Course Leader and the Director of Registry and Student Wellbeing.
  • Oversee assessment panels and processes as required across the course.
  • Curate professional development and research seminars across the course in line with the course design and rationale.
  • Undertake supervision of academic work.
  • Attend course related meetings, examination boards and wider team meetings as required.
  • Maintain a professional level of subject expertise by being aware of relevant developments.
  • Support and extend LCDS’s existing links with those in professional practice as appropriate to the development, enhancement and delivery of the programmes.


  • Undertake any duties required as part of the recruitment process including teaching/leading admissions activities, assessment of candidates, interviews, administration, attending outreach or similar events and viewing/assessing video submissions.
  • Work with the Communications department to tell the story of the MA internally and externally.
  • Contribute to the development, delivery and continuous evaluation of the MA Dance: Participation, Communities Activism recruitment strategy ensuring compliance with the Access and Participation Plan aims and targets.
  • Contribute to the Internationalisation Strategy and build links with international organisations and alumni for recruitment purposes.


  • Act as a Personal Tutor to provide academic and pastoral care to students and signposting and seeking help from specialists where appropriate.
  • Undertake appropriate training to keep skills up to date and current (Mental Health First Aid, Prevent, Safeguarding, Togetherall, etc.).
  • Work with colleagues to support students with disabilities or other special needs, adjust teaching materials and methods, seeking expert advice where required.
  • Take responsibility for the Health and Safety of students and others conducting risk assessments as need and seeking expert guidance where relevant.


  • Engage in relevant independent research and scholarly activity to inform and enhance curriculum design and student experience.
  • Work with the Development Team to actively seek external funding sources for this activity.
  • Undertake a programme of Continuing Professional Development for review at annual appraisal.
  • Mentor and support colleagues with less experience (including hourly paid staff) providing advice and guidance to their teaching practice and personal development.
  • Participate in external networks relevant to your specialism (e.g. Dance HE).
  • Maintain a good level of IT proficiency in order to produce online assessment reports, Google Classroom materials and other written materials, and to undertake training as required.
  • Promote cultures of external engagement, collaboration, and enterprise within the course and amongst the student and staff community.
  • Foster collaborative exchanges with other departments across The Place, including Public Programmes, Classes and Courses and Creative Learning.


  • Attend and actively participate in LCDS Meetings, Place Committees and University of the Arts London Committees as required.
  • Undertake health and safety duties and responsibilities appropriate to the role.
  • Work and liaise with others with respect.
  • Carry out all duties with regard for The Place’s Equity and Inclusion Principles, Equality and Diversity Action Plan, Anti-Racist Action Plan, and Widening Access and Success strategies.
  • Maintain a level of professional conduct in relation to attendance, time management, sickness/absence reporting, internal and external communications and completing workload allocation documentation.
  • Support and contribute to the course, the school and The Place’s external profile.
  • Maintain an awareness of The Place’s employment policies.
  • Fulfil any other duties as may be reasonably required by the Director of Dance Studies.