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Sessional Clinical PBL Tutors

Lancaster Medical School
Salary:   Salary: Sessional rate of £155.76 per session (session = 2 hours)
Closing Date:   Friday 07 August 2020
Interview Date:   Friday 14 August 2020
Reference:  A3048

In response to increasing student numbers, Lancaster Medical School wishes to appoint a number of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Tutors. Lancaster Medical School is a young medical school, and part of the Faculty of Health and Medicine, in a high-ranking, forward-looking university. Lancaster University is one of the top ten UK universities (The Complete University Guide 2018) and the Times International University of the Year 2020.  

The position of PBL tutor involves working with small groups of students to facilitate their learning across all four curricular themes:  Medical Sciences; Population Health; Health, Culture and Society; and Professional Practice, Values and Ethics.  Accordingly, we are looking for candidates that can demonstrate knowledge of some or all of these areas, and facilitate understanding of their application in healthcare.  3rd and 4th Year PBL is facilitated by clinical tutors so a Primary Medical Qualification is essential. Experience of delivering higher education is beneficial.   

PBL modules run over two weeks and are spread throughout the academic year. In week 1 of a PBL module, students will have one 2 hour session ‘opening’ the PBL case, and in week 2 of a PBL module, students will have one 2 hour ‘feedback’ session.   Therefore, for each PBL group there are four hours of PBL over a fortnight.  Total hours of work for PBL tutors differ depending on how many modules the tutor facilitates.  There is some scope to negotiate dependant on your level of commitment and which year of study would be most appropriate for you.

You will work in collaboration with the other PBL tutors and staff in Lancaster Medical School.  In addition to facilitating PBL modules, you will be expected to engage in the ‘Support and Development’ Programme for PBL tutors which includes activities such as peer review.

We welcome applications from those holding a Primary Medical Qualification, who are interested in medical education, and enthusiastic about working with small groups of students. Prior experience of delivering PBL is not essential as training will be provided.

These posts are paid on a sessional basis and subject to annual review.  The posts will commence in September 2020 and the online training course must be undertaken in advance of the start date. 

Applications should include a short CV (no longer than 4 pages) and a covering letter. To arrange an informal discussion about the vacancies, please contact Dr Dawn Goodwin (email:

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