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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), based at Madingley Hall, offers a vibrant and diverse array of courses for personal enrichment and academic and professional development. Courses range from non-award-bearing courses, many of which are open-access, to innovative part-time Master of Studies (MSt) degrees. Around 300 ICE panel tutors, across a variety of academic disciplines, make a vital contribution to the quality of teaching, learning and student support.

We are currently seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals with expertise in teaching Sociology in higher education to join our expert panel of hourly-paid, part-time sessional tutors. The panel tutors will undertake a variety of allocated roles on the Undergraduate Certificate in Sociology (2023-2024) such as: the development and delivery of online teaching; study skills support for students; conducting marking and providing feedback on assignments; and participating in team meetings to help develop the curriculum.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Sociology is a part-time, award-bearing course taught entirely online at FHEQ level 4 and carries 60 credits. It is composed of three units covering: an introduction to the history, insights, and value of Sociology; social inequalities including social stratification, gender, and ethnicity; and contemporary issues in Sociology and social policy (the life course, education, and health inequalities). Therefore, applicants should have experience of teaching and supporting students online, comprehensive skills in the development of synchronous and asynchronous teaching resources, and an excellent understanding of sociological theory, research methods and expertise in a range of disciplinary fields.

Successful candidates will usually be PhD qualified professionals with experience of curriculum development and undergraduate teaching in established UK university settings. They will also have a comprehensive understanding of curriculum design and assessment within the QAA framework. Preferably, they will have a postgraduate teaching qualification and experience of teaching diverse cohorts of undergraduate students in an established university setting. A student-centred approach and an interest in supporting adult students from a broad range of educational backgrounds is essential.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: Nigel Kettley by emailing

In the first instance, please submit your professional CV (with names and details of two referees) and a supporting statement of no more than 400 words outlining your interest in this tutoring opportunity to:

The final closing date for applications is Sunday 11 September 2022. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 19 September 2022.

Panel Tutors are not employees of the University but receive a Temporary Worker Agreement for their services from the Institute before their course begins, subject to the necessary Right to Work checks.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.