Lecturer, School of Education job with DURHAM UNIVERSITY


school of education

7th grade: – £34,304 – £40,927 per year
Fixed Term – Full Time

Contract duration: 12 months

Contract hours per week: 35

Closing Date: 06 August 2022, 06:59:00

Durham University

Durham University is one of the best universities in the world, boasting a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place to base your career. Our strengths in the arts and humanities, science and social sciences rank us among the top 5 UK universities and top 100 global universities, with our world-renowned students and scholars at the heart of delivering our work revolutionary. As part of our ambitious strategy, we are growing and look forward to welcoming your application.

About Durham University

As one of the leading universities in the UK, Durham is an amazing place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world tackling global issues and making a difference in people’s lives.

The University is located in a beautiful historic town where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the largest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate university, Durham recruits exceptional students from around the world and offers an unparalleled student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London and 1.5 hours south of Edinburgh, County Durham is an area steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of urban, suburban and rural residential locations. If you would like to know more about the University, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/

education school

The School of Education is one of the UK’s top education departments, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and the employability of our students. Ranked second in the UK in REF2021, the School of Education is a vibrant community of scholars, with members at all career levels, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars pursuing innovative and critical research agendas, and future leaders establishing such profiles. The multidisciplinary nature of education as an academic discipline is reflected in the diversity of areas of expertise and research represented at the School of Education. This diversity is reflected in our internationally recognized thematic research groups: assessment, evaluation and educational effectiveness; Durham University Evidence for Education (DECE), higher and further education; psychology and education; intercultural and comparative education; Pedagogy and Curriculum.

The role

Applications are invited for a Lecturer in Education who can support the delivery and development of high quality teaching, learning and assessment of a range of Psychology in Education modules at the level of undergraduate and postgraduate.

Teaching Fellowships provide the opportunity to gain valuable experience for those just starting out in their academic careers and the University is keen to maximize the benefits for as many people as possible. The position of lecturer will involve a significant teaching load, which may extend into the summer period, and there may be a related scholarship and the opportunity to perform administrative tasks related to education and pedagogy.

The position is fixed term only and there are no plans for the position to be extended beyond this fixed term.

Successful candidates will ideally be in post by September 2022.

The University provides a working and teaching environment that is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Applicants will be required to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Main responsibilities

  • Teach modules in appropriate learning environments at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, demonstrating a growing awareness of different approaches and methods of teaching and supporting student learning;
  • Demonstrate ability to manage own teaching and to design, plan and write teaching materials;
  • Lead aspects of modules and contribute to modules led by others by collaborating with colleagues on course development;
  • Develop and deliver an inclusive program and actively contribute to an inclusive community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated;
  • Seek and consider feedback on teaching and engage with others in CPD;
  • Supervise undergraduate students and, if applicable, be part of a doctoral supervision team;
  • Contribute to the teaching skills of colleagues, for example by giving a seminar to colleagues or by engaging in a constructive discussion on a seminar;
  • Establish internal contacts and participate in networks to exchange information;
  • Begin to engage in scholarship (the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines), for example developing online educational resources;
  • In addition to the study council, membership in certain departmental committees and membership in professional bodies;
  • Supporting students, evaluating academic performance and providing feedback, handling student disciplinary issues and complaints;
  • Effectively and efficiently undertake any administrative role assigned by your Head of Department.
  • Contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful work environment, inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • Engage in broader citizenship to support the department and the discipline at large.
  • Engage in continuous professional development by completing relevant training and development courses.

How to register

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Jens Beckmann – Head of Psychology and Education Group (j.beckmann@durham.ac.uk). All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University vacancies site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/

Applications are especially welcome from women and black and minority ethnic applicants, who are underrepresented in academic positions at the University.

What to submit

All applicants are invited to submit:

  • a CV and cover letter that details your experience, skills and achievements in meeting (or potential to meet) the criteria set out below.
  • a statement about your aspirations as a Teaching Fellow in terms of what motivates you, what you would like to accomplish, and your general approaches to teaching excellence and innovation (maximum 2 pages).

We will notify you of the status of your application at various points in the selection process, via automated emails from our online recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk mail folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Next steps

Assessment for the position will normally include an introduction to school staff and students followed by an interview, and we expect assessments and interviews to take place in July/August.

Person specification

Candidates applying for a Grade 7 position will have recently completed or will be completing their PhD and, although they may have limited direct experience of the requirements of the position, they should describe their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or they have the potential to achieve the objectives below Criteria:

Essential criteria:

  • A good first degree in education or psychology.
  • A PhD (or close to submission) in education or psychology or related field, or equivalent demonstrable practitioner experience which may include appropriate certification and/or membership in a relevant professional body.
  • University-level teaching and examination experience with positive student feedback.
  • Experience contributing to the development and delivery of high quality teaching and/or learning assessment, including the design and creation of successful learning environments and programs.
  • Demonstrable ability to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic department and/or discipline.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in successfully developing innovative teaching methods for the design/delivery of high quality instruction.
  • Successful work experience in an administrative role within an organization or department.
  • Experience of high quality individual supervision of students.
  • Evidence of work undertaken (or to be undertaken) in preparation for teaching and keeping abreast of developments in the field, such as:
  • active membership and involvement with a professional body;
  • demonstrable innovation in educational practice;
  • publication in a scholarly journal or relevant professional publication;
  • Attend and present internal and/or external seminars or at a regional conference; and or
  • Development of material/curriculum for wider use in a department.
  • Applicants may or should have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of HEA.

DBS requirement: Please note that the successful candidate will be required to disclose DBS.


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