Job Details

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Fantasy and Children's Literature

Reference Number
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
Job Family
Research And Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

**Please see attached job description for the grade 9, Senior Lecturer. Can you state on your cover letter what position you are applying for.** 

To undertake high-quality research and research supervision in Fantasy and Children’s Literature within English Literature in the School of Critical Studies in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in English Literature and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To develop and sustain individual / joint research projects of international standard and demonstrable impact in the School, Centre or relevant Unit of Assessment and to pursue and secure external funding for the same through successful grant application to Research Councils and other funding bodies.
2. To contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile of the relevant Unit of Assessment, School and College, including maintaining a track record of high quality publications and demonstrable impact.
3. To participate fully in the School, College and University’s research culture and to attend and participate in appropriate research seminars/conferences.
4. To be responsible for the supervision and training of postgraduate, Masters and doctoral students and to ensure their effective development in line with University and (where relevant) funder guidelines.
5. To participate in the design, review, organisation, delivery and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities in accordance with the School’s programmes, including the delivery and development of cross teaching and employability initiatives.
6. To participate fully in the assessment process (using a variety of methods and techniques) and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning.
7. To undertake School/College level administration as directed and supported by the Head of School or VP Head of College.
8. To provide student support at College level, normally through acting as an adviser.
9. To work effectively in co-operation with colleagues in the School, College and University as a whole.
10. To develop research and where appropriate teaching initiatives, which support the School and College Knowledge Exchange agendas.
11. To engage in professional development as appropriate.
12. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision

In addition, for appointment at Grade 8:
13. To sustain internationally leading research activity in the subject area, including a portfolio of future and existing projects and publications.
14. To play a leading role in the planning, organisation, and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities within the School.
15. To play a lead role in the School’s ongoing development and review of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning and employability.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1. PhD in a relevant subject area.
A2. Up-to-date knowledge of research within a relevant area which enhances and expands existing areas of expertise within the School/College.
A3. A developing international research profile appropriate to academic experience.


C1 Evidence of outstanding achievement as a teacher and researcher appropriate to academic experience.
C2 Ability to demonstrate originality and innovation in scholarship.
C3 A publication record with demonstrable evidence of 3*/4* quality.
C4 Ability and willingness to provide quality and innovation in teaching and assessment over a range of topics in the School/College in line with current School and College agendas.
C5 Excellent communication and presentation skills (including high level of proficiency in English).
C6 Relevant IT skills in support of research, teaching and administration.
C7 Self-motivation and ability to work independently or as part of a team.
C8 Capacity to enthuse and motivate students and colleagues.
C9 Time management skills.

In addition, for appointment at Grade 8 - essential:
C11 Track record of initiating, planning and delivering high-quality research and scholarship in the subject area.
C12 Track record of teaching and supervising beyond research specialism.


E1 3-5 years research experience, at least two years of which must be postdoctoral.
E2 Publication record and research profile which has the ability to enhance relevant subject areas standing internationally and which would enhance any future University submission to national research assessment exercise(s).
E3 Experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the relevant subject areas.
E4 Experience of teaching in a range of HE situations (from lectures to small-group seminars).
E5 Relevant administrative experience (e.g. conference organising, student support, course administration etc.
E6. Some experience in attracting external research funding.
E7. Experience of postgraduate, Masters and PhD supervision appropriate to academic experience. Where academic experience is gained outside of the UK the ability to demonstrate equivalent experience may be consider.

In addition, for appointment at Grade 8 - essential:
E9 At least 3-5 years postdoctoral experience.
E10 Experience in evaluation and review of teaching and assessment.
E11 Experience of postgraduate teaching in relevant subject area(s).
E12 Experience and recurring success in attracting increasing levels of external research funding.
E13 Increasing levels of PhD and PGR supervision, appropriate to academic experience. Where academic experience is gained outside of the UK the ability to demonstrate equivalent experience may be consider.

Job Features

Planning and Organising
Participating fully in a team of research-active staff.
Researching and publishing work of the highest quality in appropriate outlets
Preparing and presenting applications for research funding
Planning and organising research meetings, seminars and conferences
Supervising postgraduate, Masters and doctoral students
Supervising, where appropriate, postdoctoral research assistants
Actively contributing to University/College/School research strategy
Contributing to international and national research developments
Providing leadership in designing programmes and courses, and in delivering teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students
Undertaking assessment and delivering feedback to undergraduate and postgraduate students
Organising knowledge exchange and outreach activities as appropriate

Decision Making
Decisions on research methodology and submission of grant applications
Decisions on placement of research output
Decisions on programme/course content and teaching and assessment methods
Decisions on short-term and longer-term research objectives for postgraduate students
Contributing constructively and positively to University/College/School decision-making on research and teaching
Prioritising workload in accordance with agreed School/College strategy.
Taking responsibility for organisation of resources, as appropriate.

Internal/External Relationships
Head of Subject, Head of School, Head of College and University officers to ensure that strategic objectives are met
Academic colleagues for information exchange to facilitate effective research and teaching.
Research students/postdoctoral researchers to oversee and advise on research
Undergraduate and postgraduate students to optimise their learning
Administrative staff for exchange of information relating to delivery of research and teaching

Key researchers in the field
Key practitioners
Relevant governmental and non-governmental organisations
Research Councils, charitable bodies and other external sources of research funding
General public/media

Problem Solving
World-class research is a key aspect of this post, including solving research problems at the forefront of the field and the development of new ideas, methods and research projects
Resolving issues regarding research funding
Resolving issues arising in pursuit of research objectives
Assisting research students to resolve problems regarding their research
Assisting undergraduate and postgraduate students to resolve problems regarding their studies
Resolving issues arising in performance of administrative functions
Proposing, imaginatively, strategies and negotiating alternative arrangements in response to strategic challenges in research, teaching and service

Standard Terms & Conditions

The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8, £34,520 - £38,833 / £42,418 - £49,149 per annum, depending on experience..

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.
Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

Probation Period

The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide for you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career.

Information on the programme can be found on our website at:

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy ref: 020893, closing date: 9 May 2018


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