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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


The University of Cambridge Architecture Department has teamed up with University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) to create a new professional Architect Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship course will commence teaching its first students in September 2020. It will provide an exciting and accessible alternative pathway for early-career professionals seeking to gain the Part II and Part IIII (ARB/RIBA) qualifications. The tuition fees are fully paid by the employer, and the students will work throughout, coming to Cambridge for series of block release residential sessions which are designed as a portfolio of Master Classes taught by leading practitioners. Each annual cohort of 20-30 apprentices will be taught in the Architecture Department, with students becoming full members of Queens’ College Cambridge.

We are now seeking a highly motivated, well-networked and experienced architect to lead and facilitate the Apprenticeship. The appointee will be the Course Leader for the Postgraduate Degree Apprenticeship in Architecture. The successful candidate will play a central leadership and management role in ensuring that the new Master’s level apprenticeship (FHEQ level 7 – Part 2 and Part 3) in Architecture is of the very highest academic quality and meets professional standards, commensurate with the University of Cambridge’s reputation as one of the world’s leading seats of learning.

The post holder will become part of the teaching-active staff of ICE. ICE delivers high quality and distinctive educational programmes for adult learners, predominantly studying on a part-time basis, for either personal enrichment or professional development. The Course Leader will be closely supported by ICE’s quality assurance, apprenticeship administration, course administration and marketing infrastructure.

The appointee will also align closely to the Department of Architecture and work with Architecture Practices to ensure that participating employers meet their commitments to deliver the work-based learning of the apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship is fully integrated with the provision for architecture education in the Department, the Course Lead will also work closely with the Head of Department, the Faculty Board and the Degree Committee for Architecture. The post holder will additionally be expected to deliver the third-year course in Professional Practice in the architecture Department and to become actively involved in the Department.

The successful candidate will be educated to higher degree level in Architecture (MArch or equivalent) and most hold full UK professional accreditation (ARB/RIBA Part III). They will be an experienced architect, able and interested in teaching management practice and the legal aspects of the course. The candidate should also have experience teaching design studio. A demonstrable interest in developing new professionally focused courses is essential. Alongside strong interpersonal and communication skills, the candidate will also have an understanding, enthusiasm and flair for engaging academically with a broad spectrum of colleagues and students and a clear commitment to the principles and delivery of continuing education.

The post is offered initially on a 1.0FTE (or possibly a 0.8 FTE, if that is preferred), three-year fixed term contract basis at Grade 9 on the University pay scale (appointments are typically initially made at the lowest point on the Grade). The post holder will be primarily based at Madingley Hall (four miles west of the City of Cambridge) and will be expected to undertake national travel to visit partner practices and their apprentices in the workplace.

Further information about the course and the position is available at the link below. Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to the ICE Director of Academic Centres, Dr Corinne Boz ( Questions about the application process may be directed to:

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: . This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter (the length of which must not exceed two A4 sides) with the details of three referees in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 01 December 2019.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 12 December 2019 at Madingley Hall.