Lecturer in Life Sciences (Academic Support)

University of Hertfordshire - School of Life and Medical Sciences

The School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire is seeking to appoint a full-time permanent Lecturer to offer academic student support in areas such as literacy, field and lab work and pastoral care. This post is open to applicants with an academic background in any of the disciplines in Life and Medical Sciences (Biosciences, Geography & Environment, Nutrition & Dietetics, Psychology, Sports Studies and Sciences, Pharmacy/Pharmacology). The successful candidate will contribute to a new academic support unit within the School to promote the enhancement of the educational experience of students. In addition, they will offer support to staff to engage in effective pedagogic activities principally focusing on student engagement and communication. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the teaching, supervision and assessment of students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and to engage in research and other scholarly activity, within their area of expertise. As the role is student-facing the appointee will be supportive to students in the role of a pastoral and personal tutor.

You should have experience as a teacher and researcher in higher education, and the ability to effectively engage with students. An interest in HE pedagogy, particularly relating to academic support, is essential.

We are seeking candidates with a professional approach to academic administration as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. You should be able to demonstrate effective pastoral skills, the ability to develop new initiatives and to work constructively as part of a team.

Experience in lab work, field work and/or consultancy would be an advantage.

Qualifications required


  • Postgraduate degree in cognate area
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or willingness to achieve this within 6 months of appointment                     


  • Membership of a professional body
  • PGCE (or equivalent)

Prospective applicants may contact Dr Phil Porter, Associate Dean Education (Student Experience) (Tel: 01707 285091; Email: p.r.porter@herts.ac.uk), or Mrs Ali Cain, Associate Dean Education (L&T) (Tel: 01707 286480; Email a.e.cain@herts.ac.uk) for an informal discussion about the post.

Start date: August 2017

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.

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