Deputy Provost GDIC

Job Description – UCD Global Engagement – University College Dublin, Ireland

UCD and South China Agricultural University (SCAU), located in the city of Guangzhou in China, received Chinese Ministry of Education approval in April 2020 to establish a joint international college, delivering dual degrees, in a newly formed college, the Guangzhou-Dublin International College of Life Sciences & Technology at South China Agricultural University (GDIC). The current GDIC dual degree programmes are:

i) BSc Biological Sciences,
ii) BSc Horticulture,
iii) BSc Food Quality & Safety,

with up to 60 students entering each programme per year, with the first intake in September 2020. The operational model is that UCD and SCAU share module delivery across the 4 stages of each programme, with individual UCD staff spending a semester per annum at SCAU to deliver their modules. Delivery of UCDs programmes in GDIC requires experienced leadership in the parallel development of appropriate programme structures, student supports, quality assurance and delivery strategies that will ensure coherence with UCD policy and quality.

The Deputy Provost GDIC role is a key UCD role for programme delivery (including delivery of up to three modules), educational strategy, quality assurance and academic administration for the joint venture with SCAU. The Deputy Provost GDIC will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day delivery
and quality of academic programmes and will be accountable to the Provost for academic matters pertaining to all aspects of UCD degrees. The Deputy Provost GDIC will work in collaboration with the SCAU Vice-Principal (Student Affairs) on a day-to-day basis to ensure the effective delivery, assessment
and reporting of the academic programmes. Given the nature of the role the post holder will spend up to 180 days in Guangzhou including one Teaching Semester to facilitate their own teaching contribution to one or more of the programmes.

The Deputy Provost will also belong to one of the UCD constituent Schools of GDIC – UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science or UCD School of Biology & Environmental Science – through which they will manage their research and teaching activities. While the reporting line for this individual will be to
the GDIC Provost, they will also be responsible to their Head of School (or nominee) for research and teaching responsibilities.

In addition to their own teaching and managing GDIC affairs, in collaboration with other UCD and SCAU colleagues, the successful applicant will be expected to engage in scholarly research leading to peer reviewed publications and other academic outputs. To align with the academic disciplines in GDIC it is
anticipated that the successful applicant will have expertise in at least one of the following areas:

• Biodiversity and Ecosystems Ecology
• Applied Environmental Microbiology
• Plant Biology
• Animal Biology and Evolution
• Food and/or Amenity Horticulture
• Bioinformatics
• Plant/Animal Genetics
• Food Chemistry / Toxicology / Authenticity
• Food Microbiology and Safety
• Sustainable Human Nutrition and Food Security
• Food Processing
• Precision/Sustainable Horticulture
• Controlled Cropping Environments/Vertical Farming

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 25th May 2021.
For further information and to apply, see UCD website or contact

BSc Biological Sciences
BSc Horticulture
BSc Food Quality & Safety
Dublin (Ireland)