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STUDY PROGRAMME VACANCIES

As we approach the start of the new academic year, we are sending a message out to members regarding opportunities to engage in the MW study programme.

We would really appreciate your involvement. As most MWs will attest, working with students is one of the most enriching and invigorating activities within the IMW and we hope you will find these roles of interest.

If you have questions about any of these roles please contact Sarah Harrison (Head of Study Programme and Development).

SEMINAR COORDINATOR ROLES (EDCOM)

We are seeking expressions of interest from members for to take on the seminar coordinator roles. The seminar coordinator is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the seminar (including putting together the team of MWs, the topics and speakers for plenary and afternoon tasting topics and the coordination of field visits).

We are seeking seminar coordinators for the following seminars.

  • Rust (Austria). This is a stage one seminar, which is taking place on 8-15 January, 2023. This position replaces Rod Smith MW.
  • Seattle (USA). This is a stage one seminar, which is taking place on 6-10 February, 2023. This position replaces Mary Gorman McAdams MW.
  • Odney (UK). This is a stage two seminar, which is taking place on 6-10 February, 2023. This role focuses on supporting the practical only students. This position replaces Barbara Boyle MW.
  • Napa (USA). This is a stage two seminar, which is taking place on 13-17 February (date TBC), 2023. This position replaces Mary Margaret McCamic MW.
  • Adelaide (Australia). This is a stage one and stage two seminar, which is taking place on 29 January – 3 February, 2023. This role supports Annette Lacey MW.

Successful applicants would shadow the current coordinators for the current academic year (2022-23) and would need to be available to attend the seminar on the dates listed. They would then take up the role themselves in the 2023-24 academic year. The role is a three-year position, and the coordinator sits on the IMW’s education committee which meets three times a year (twice via video conference and once in London at the end of June). An honorarium is paid for this role.

Expressions of interest should be submitted via the form here, detailing why you believe your experience, both professionally and with the MW study programme, would be a good fit for the role. It would also be helpful to include details on your existing commitments and how you would be able to devote the time required. Expressions of interest should be received by 11 September. If you have any queries regarding any aspect of these roles, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

WINE COORDINATOR ROLE (EDCOM)

We are seeking expressions of interest from members for to take on the wine coordinator role. The wine coordinator is responsible for designing the question papers and choosing the wines which will be shown on the study programme (including all seminar papers, course days and the stage 1 assessment). This role works closely with the head of practical education and with the exam team to ensure that the question and wines are suitable and with the head of study programme and development who sources the required wines. Once all wines are chosen, the wine coordinator will lead a tasting of all papers, over two days, to check that the questions and wines are suitable.

Successful applicants would shadow the current coordinator for two academic years. They would then take up the role themselves in the 2024-25 academic year. The role is a three-year position, and the coordinator sits on the IMW’s education committee which meets three times a year (twice via video conference and once in London at the end of June). An honorarium is paid for this role.

Expressions of interest should be submitted via the below form, detailing why you believe your experience, both professionally and with the MW study programme, would be a good fit for the role. It would also be helpful to include details on your existing commitments and how you would be able to devote the time required. Expressions of interest should be received by 11 September. If you have any queries regarding any aspect of these roles, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

CO-OPTED EEB MEMBER

The admissions committee was established based on recommendations of an EEB study to coordinate and oversee the IMWs global admissions processes separately from the education process. Its objective is to provide the study programme with highly qualified and informed students who have both a high likelihood of success in the study programme and exam and meet the IMW’s non-exam criteria for membership (including integrity, trade participation, ethical standards etc). As part of its oversight, the committee reviews its processes annually for quality, adequacy and sufficiency and reports to EEB.  

An opening has arisen as part of the committee’s natural succession planning and we are looking to recruit a member based in UK/Europe to complement the existing members who are based in Australasia and the Americas. Experience in exam or education would be helpful but is not required.

The committee meets via video-conference five to six times a year for around one to two hours at a time. However, members should expect to devote 20-30 hours of their time in July/August during the admissions process.

Expressions of interest should be submitted by the below form, detailing why you believe your experience, both professionally and with the MW study programme, would be a good fit for the role. It would also be helpful to include details on your existing commitments and how you would be able to devote the relevant time required to fulfil the role in question. Expressions of interest should be received by 11 September. 

ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER

As part of its charter to encourage a diversity of voices, the IMW’s Education and Examination Board (EEB) welcomes any of you to apply for one of three one-year open slots for co-opted EEB members (2021-22 academic year). Any Member is welcome to apply, especially those currently involved in the admissions, education or examination processes and/or with perspectives that provide diversity to EEB and its current ex-officio members.

For information, EEB is a sub-committee of the IMW’s Council and is:

  1. An umbrella over the Admissions, Education and Examination Committees, providing the conduit for communication of Council policy and for reporting to Council of the conduct of the admissions process, the study programme and the annual examination.
  2. Responsible for upholding the integrity and the standard of the examination, education and admissions processes, a responsibility which it executes via the Admissions, Education and Examination Committees.
  3. Responsible for the development of education and examination policy at the operational level, ensuring that it aligns with Council policy resolutions. When appropriate, it recommends new policies or amendments to existing ones to Council for approval.
    The term for co-opted members on EEB runs concurrently with our academic year (September to August).

The Committee traditionally meets four times a year, twice in person in London (in November and June). Full details on the role and remit of EEB are available in the Members’ area of the website. To read it please go to Institute Governance > Committees > Education and Exam Board.

To apply for a position on EEB, please follow this link and register your interest by 11 September, with a brief statement (no more than 250 words) on how your experience will bring benefit and diversity to EEB and why you wish to be considered for a co-opted role.

Previous co-opted Members of EEB have been:

2015-16
Emma Jenkins MW  
Natasha Hughes MW
Peter Marks MW 

2016-17
Caro Maurer MW 
Peter Marks MW 
Vicky Burt MW 

2017-18
Alison Eisermann MW
Beverley Blanning MW
Cees van Casteren MW

2018-19
Jean Reilly MW 
Ken Mackay MW 
Sarah Knowles MW

2019-2020
Emma Symington MW
Fongyee Walker MW
Nova Cadamatre MW

2020-2021
Andrea Pritzker MW
Heidi Mäkinen MW
Linda Jotham MW

2021-2022
Annette Lacey MW
Christine Marsiglio MW
Wendy Cameron MW

SUPPORT WITH DELIVERY OF THE MW STUDY PROGRAMME

The successful delivery of the MW study programme relies on the contribution of a range of MWs who support across several different activities. We are lucky that well over 100 Masters of Wine are already involved in some way, either as a mentor, a marker/examiner, a committee member, by supporting students at seminars and course days or providing support to candidates preparing for their research paper (RP).

Further detail is provided below. If you do not currently undertake any of these activities and would be interested in supporting the study programme, please complete this form by 11 September

Mentoring
On joining the programme, each new MW student is allocated a Master of Wine mentor. The role of a mentor is to provide insight, support and guidance to students. The relationship is student-led, and mentors are not expected to mark papers or set tastings. Students normally retain their mentor from one year to the next, but throughout the year mentees or mentors can change.

Assignment marking
Students in stage one and stage two of the study programme can submit assignments throughout the year for which they receive feedback from a Master of Wine. Students submit theory, tasting and research assignments and we are looking for additional markers to review assignments and provide constructive and timely feedback to students. There are four submission opportunities throughout the year, with markers being typically allocated between four and eight papers to mark per submission round. There is a fee paid for each assignment marked.

Research paper advisors and examiners
The research paper (RP) is the third part of the MW exam and was introduced in 2015. As part of the process, an RP candidate is allocated a Master of Wine who acts as an advisor while the candidate is formulating their research proposal and final paper. The advisor is required to submit the final paper to the IMW on the behalf of the candidate, so needs to work closely with the candidate throughout the process. Once an RP is submitted for examination, it is reviewed by two MWs who have also acted as advisors for different papers. This helps to ensure that advisors have an appreciation of the standard required for a RP to be successful. Research topics and methodologies can be wide ranging, but all associated with wine. Topics with a focus on historical events or periods, arts, psychology, philosophy, technical, sociological and contemporary issues have all been successful RPs. There is a fee paid to RP examiners for each RP examined.

Course days
Stage one and stage two students have the option to attend course days as part of their preparations for the MW exam. Course days usually comprise a full 12-wine blind tasting paper and debrief followed by a theory workshop. The wines and questions are set by EdCom and the theory topic/activity is coordinated by the course day coordinator. Course days run throughout the academic year, in London (at the IMW’s offices), New York, Napa and Sydney. An honorarium is paid for each course day.

Seminars
Students in stage one and stage two of the programme are required to attend a seminar which aims to prepare them to undertake the S1A / the stage two closed book exam. MWs who attend the seminars to support will run tastings sessions, provide students with detailed feedback and run theory workshops. Please note that the impact of the pandemic may mean that seminar locations change or that we need to offer different locations or remote options to students. 

Introductory courses
Every year we run a range of two-day introductory courses across the globe. Run by MWs, these courses introduce prospective MWs to the MW study programme. Attendees will learn about the MW approach to the exam syllabus with a special focus on the writing and tasting skills required to become a Master of Wine. The class will include several tastings of different wines from different regions of the world.