Senior Lecturer/Programme Director for Gerontology and Ageing Studies

Swansea University - School / College – Human and Health Sciences

Fixed term 2 years

Main Purpose of the Post

To deliver its top 30 ambition Swansea University is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer with excellence in research in the College of Human and Health Sciences.

This is an opportunity for a candidate with research and academic potential and interest in Ageing Studies and Gerontology to develop their career at Swansea University. The successful candidate will be expected to expand their own research in line with the strategic goals and aims of the Centre for Innovative Ageing and the University. They will need to develop a portfolio of funded projects, as well as fruitful interactions and collaborations with industry and others. The post holder will seek to operate at an international level and publish research in the respected journals.

The post requires the successful candidate to manage the postgraduate programmes in gerontology and ageing studies, to contribute to teaching and graduate supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate level across the College (when required) in addition to college and organisational management responsibilities.


The Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research and scholarship across the University’s Academic Colleges. It hosts CADR – a pan-Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (see below).

The CIA is the only one of its kind in Wales, identifying gaps in ageing research and generating new interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of ageing. The CIA has achieved international recognition for its work in social gerontology as a collaborating centre of excellence and a global leader in research by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG). We have world-leading expertise with Burholt and Keating members of the EU Cost Action (ROSEnet) on Social Exclusion in Old Age, and Keating leads the Global Social Initiative on Ageing (IAGG). Professor Vanessa Burholt is an elected member of the Ministerial Advisory Forum on Ageing, a Senior Research Leader for Health and Care Research Wales, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Dr Paul Nash, Dr Charles Musselwhite and Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby sit on the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee. In addition, Dr Deborah Morgan is the President of the Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) section of the British Society of Gerontology.

Members of the Centre work collaboratively with other centres in the UK, Europe, Africa, the USA, Canada, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand as collaborators, consultants or advisors for international projects.

Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)

The CIA hosts the Health and Care Research Wales-funded Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR). CADR draws together academics across Wales along with policy-makers, practitioners from health and social care, business, third sector and charities to expand capacity in ageing research, increasing impact and reach. During 2016-2017 the Centre was awarded £23.4M in research funds.

The Centre for Aging and Dementia Research (CADR) is funded by the Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales. Our mission is to develop a world-class integrated research centre spanning multi-disciplinary activity and developing areas of expertise from biological, through psycho-social and environmental to social policy in ageing and dementia. We aim to improve the lives of older people through the integration of research policy and practice. Through a series of work packages and cross cutting themes we….

Closing date: 11pm on 9th November 2017

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