Senior Lector in Swahili

SOAS University of London - Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Salary Range - £34,957 - £41,136 pro rata per annum inclusive of London Allowance

Part time (17.5 hours per week – 0.5 FTE)

The role and its responsibilities

Required to start in September 2017, this is a part-time post to convene and teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Swahili as well as participate in the teaching activities of the Department.

The appointee will be required to convene courses, deliver lectures, conduct tutorial sessions, conversation classes, guide students in language lab sessions, conduct oral/aural exams with other colleagues, contribute to the teaching of MA and research students in Swahili and play an active part in developing the field of Swahili studies.

Skills and experience

It is essential that applicants have a relevant qualification (minimum requirement: BA in Swahili), together with expert knowledge and teaching experience in Swahili language, literature and culture. Experience and excellence in teaching Swahili language are essential.

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Alena Rettová,, or call 020 7898 4372.

Competitive Benefits Package:

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

About the Department of the Languages and Cultures and SOAS

The Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa houses the UK’s largest concentration of scholars devoted to the study of African languages and other forms of cultural expression in sub-Saharan Africa. This collective expertise furnishes us with a capacity for teaching and research that is without parallel elsewhere.

SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and celebrated its Centenary in 2016.

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Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 15 May 2017

Please note that it will not be possible for SOAS to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.  

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