Job as an OCR Moderator
A great opportunity presented itself recently, which is to take up the position again, as an External Moderator for the OCR. In 2012, whilst working as a technical demonstrator and PTHP Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, I took on two other external positions. One was with the Open College of the Arts (OCA) as a distance learning tutor on the photography BA(Hons) course and the other was with Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) as an external moderator. My work load at the University of Portsmouth and OCA rapidly increased, so I decided to leave OCR; although it is considered a seasonal job, I did not want to sacrifice the quality of my work. However, at a recent internal assessment event at the OCA, I caught up with another colleague, who also works for the OCR; as it transpired, OCR were calling out for GCE A Level and AS Moderators. So I contacted them and applied for the role and now I will be moderating a potential eight centres this June; this is based upon completing the required retraining in May.
After fourteen years within Higher Education, this will be a great opportunity to strengthen my engagement and involvement with this qualification level. Once sufficient experience is gained, I could consider applying for a moderator position with the UAL; this will be logical, as it will strengthen my practice and my awareness of current trends and practices within other FE institutes.