Lectureship in the History of Modern Britain

University of Birmingham - School of History and Cultures

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £39,993 to £47,722, with potential progression once in post to £53,690 a year

We are looking for a historian to help consolidate our expertise in the history of modern Britain in its global context. The chronological and geographic parameters of the position are broadly conceived, though we are interested in applicants working on the 19th or 20th century and whose work will complement our existing strengths (research interests of staff are available on the History Department website). In all events, candidates’ research should be well-situated within the context of global history, and should ideally complement our strengths in at least one of the following key research areas for the School: mobilities, subjectivities, temporalities, materialities, global networks, and state, society, and conflict. We define British history broadly and especially encourage applications from historians working comparatively or who place Britain in imperial, global, European, or other transnational context. In the context of modern British history, we would be particularly interested in historians working on minority communities, race, migration, or imperial and post-imperial contexts.

The appointment would be expected to consolidate and expand our UG teaching provision, expand PGT and PGR recruitment and work with one or more of our research centres (Modern British Studies, West Midlands History, Modern and Contemporary History) to bolster History’s research strength and intellectual community. The successful candidate will contribute to courses at undergraduate levels C, I and H in History and to contribute to our postgraduate programmes. As part of their undergraduate remit, the successful candidate will be expected to provide an Option and Special Subject on their subject of expertise, as well as contribute to core modules on modern history more generally. They will be expected to participate in our plans for the REF and TEF, and help to increase our postgraduate recruitment, ideally contributing to the further development of our existing MA programmes as befits their expertise (MA in Modern British Studies; MA in Contemporary History; MA in Global History; MA in West Midlands History). 

There are opportunities in the School of History and Cultures with respect to:


  • developing and consolidating existing research interests within the School of History and Cultures, with a view to publication of high-quality research
  • initiating and participating in broader, cross-School initiatives, both multi-/inter-disciplinary and with historians working in other Schools of the College of Arts and Law, and/or elsewhere in the university)


  • contributing to existing undergraduate courses (special subjects and more generally) and development of both new courses and programmes,
  • taking a full part in the consolidation and development of postgraduate work, building on initiatives developed by our Centres (e.g., MA Modern British Studies; MA in Contemporary History; MA in Global History; MA in West Midlands History)

Skills and experience:

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Excellent publications record demonstrated by a sustained series of existing and forthcoming publications at a high scholarly level.

Expected start date September 2018

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Elaine Fulton or Professor Sabine Lee at the Department of History, School of History and Cultures, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.  Email: e.k.fulton@bham.ac.uk; s.lee@bham.ac.uk

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