Reader (Knowledge Management)

Manchester Metropolitan University - Languages Information and Communications

Average weekly working hours: 37.00


The Department of Languages Information and Communications provides undergraduate, postgraduate, short and professional courses in modern foreign languages and cultures, linguistics, English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The department is also home to expert journalism, information and communications academics providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of information, library and information management, digital media, web development, communications and multimedia journalism.

The Section’s history goes back over 70 years, since its foundation in 1946 as the Manchester Library School, and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, recently the university achieved Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Library and Information Management is currently ranked 8th in the Complete University Guide (CUG) 2017 and in the latest Research Assessment Exercise more than 65% of its research was graded as of international quality.

You will be working in the dedicated, energetic and passionate Information & Communications team delivering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and specifically (but not exclusively) on the MSc Information and Data Management and MA Library and Information Management within the Department Languages, Information and Communications. We work collaboratively with the library and information professions and digital and creative industries, in addition to developing research and knowledge exchange partnerships across different sectors.

The team is looking for a Reader in Knowledge Management and Journalism to support these programmes and to engage in research and knowledge exchange across the Information and Communications Section and the Multimedia Journalism Section, working closely with colleagues both within and across Sections, Departments and Faculties, providing multi- and interdisciplinary contexts for teaching and learning.


The Reader in Knowledge Management (exact title to be confirmed upon appointment) will provide research and knowledge exchange leadership to staff in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications, specifically the Information and Communications and Multimedia Journalism Sections, in order to achieve institutional goals. This will involve teamwork and flexible co-operation, supporting the Head of Department and Section Leader through effective management of staff and targeting of resources to ensure high performance and sustainability.

You will be expected to maintain an internationally-excellent / world-leading personal research profile including being REF-returnable and generating research project income. You will lead and teach on relevant programmes, including supervising research degree students, and lead others in the development of innovative and challenging curricula that meet the current and future needs of students and employers.

For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of this role, please contact the Section Leader, Jill Griffiths (

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess a high level of specialist expertise in one or more of the following fields: 1) Knowledge management and digital assets; 2) Data Science and Big Data; 3) Information and Data Literacy, including Digital Rights; 4) Cultural sustainability within an information context.

S/he will hold a PhD in a relevant area and have experience of preparing written reports of results of research and publishing articles in high quality journals, presenting at national and/or international research meetings, preparing successful proposals and applications to external bodies and securing funding, experience of information sector contexts and working environments and of supervising research student work.

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