Lecturer (Youth Justice)

Manchester Metropolitan University - Name External Value Sociology

The Department of Sociology is seeking to appoint two lecturers to contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We are seeking applications from those with specialisms in the broad area of youth justice. The posts will align with the work of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), and as such, experience of working with/carrying out research with children and young people is essential. Established in 2014, MCYS is an interdisciplinary research centre located in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (see http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/mcys/). It aims to be a centre of expertise for the use of participatory research with children and young people. We would therefore particularly welcome applications from those with experience of using participatory and/or creative research methodologies. The work of MCYS exemplifies the university’s commitment to innovative pioneering research, research-informed teaching, as well as increasing social mobility and widening participation.  

These roles represent an opportunity to join a large, vibrant and research-active department. Research in the department is built upon a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches and to critically engaging with a social world undergoing constant change. In the Sociology REF 2014 submission, more than two thirds of research was ranked either ‘internationally leading’ or ‘world leading’, and Sociology was ranked in the top-10 Sociology submissions for impact.

The roles provide an opportunity to become key members of MCYS. Over the last three years, MCYS has generated over £800,000 of external income developing research and knowledge exchange projects that mobilise participatory and creative methodologies. This income has come from a range of highly prestigious funders, including: the ESRC; the AHRC; the Leverhulme Trust; as well as a range of government bodies. In particular, you will contribute to the Centre’s Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP). GMYJUP comprises of Man Met, the Youth Justice Board and the 10 Youth Justice Services across Greater Manchester. It provides an innovative, ground-breaking model linking effective practice, research capabilities and collaborative approaches – supporting Greater Manchester to lead the way nationally in collaborative approaches to delivering effective practice in youth justice.  

You will have a background in the broad area of youth justice. You will effectively and enthusiastically prepare and deliver original teaching materials informed and led by your personal, published research, as well as your wide-ranging experience in the field. You will deliver, therefore, high quality, engaging and inspiring teaching in keeping with our team’s culture; benefitting your students, supporting your colleagues, and strengthening our collective reputation. You must also be a scholar with a recognised record of achievement in research as demonstrated by publications that are REF 2021 eligible and world-class in terms of originality, significance and rigour. You will have experience in, or a clear plan for, applying for external grants and building external partnerships. As a collegial team-player you will have the ability to mentor and nurture the talents of others to the benefit of the Department and University as a whole.

We must note that we cannot consider applications from candidates not yet in possession of a PhD or equivalent (e.g. DPhil, or EdD) in a directly relevant area. Evidence of a strong showing for REF 2021 is also required. For an informal discussion please contact the Head of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, Prof. Hannah Smithson (h.l.smithson@mmu.ac.uk).  

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