Research Fellow: Art and Public Engagement

University of Hertfordshire - School of Creative Arts

College Lane Campus

Salary: £32,004 - £38,183 per annum dependent on skills and experience

Grade: UH7

FTE: This is a full time position working 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

Duration of Contract: 5 year fixed term contract from September 2017

Qualifications required:

The successful candidate will have a PhD in curatorial practice, contemporary art history, cultural history/studies or a related discipline.

Description of the research activity and area

The appointed candidate will be expected to work with colleagues in the School of Creative Arts to generate high quality research and facilitate community engagement and public benefit from our research in the fine and applied arts across a wide range of activity from performance and video to photography, painting and sculpture. A central component of the post comprises work with University curators and academic staff to help facilitate public engagement and research impact. It is expected that the candidate will have an established track record of academic publications in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals or equivalent in the field of contemporary arts practice or a related discipline, to enable them to make a full contribution to the University’s submission for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The appointed candidate will be expected to have an understanding of research and research impact with the context of the Higher Education sector; experience of working in the galleries/museums/ cultural sector, particularly in the field of public engagement in the culture and the arts, and an awareness and understanding of policy in the field of arts and cultural organizations at local, national and international levels.

The candidate will work alongside academic colleagues in the School of Creative Arts and UH Galleries in the publication and preparation of journal articles, catalogues, conference presentation as well as contributing to conferences and symposia, and will play a central role in facilitating public engagement and research impact. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will also make an appropriate contribution to research supervision and some teaching in the School.

Skills and experience

The successful candidate will have experience working in the field of fine-art practice and related disciplines in a public/university gallery or museum setting with an emphasis on community and public engagement. The candidate will have an excellent knowledge of trends in contemporary art practice and related disciplines, and a sound understanding of the museums and galleries sector both regionally and nationally. Skills in the use of digital platforms and social media as tools for education and public engagement is also an advantage, so too an understanding of the imperatives around research impact in a university setting. The successful candidate will have experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals and disseminating research, and will have worked on funded projects either in a museum and gallery setting, or research funding in the arts and humanities in a University setting. The successful candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills in both spoken and written English, and be able to establish good working relationships with colleague and external stakeholders.

We particularly encourage applications from women as they are under-represented within UH in this discipline.

Contact Details: Dr Steven Adams, School Of Creative Arts Email: or Tel +44 (0)1707 285330 

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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