Research Fellow in Language Policy

Queen's University Belfast - School of Arts, English and Languages

This post is available for 20 months to work on a AHRC-funded project on ‘Foreign, indigenous and community languages in the devolved regions of the UK: policy and practice for growth.’ The research project forms part of the AHRC Priority Area Leadership Fellowship in Modern Languages held by Professor Janice Carruthers. It focuses on Language Policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in relation to foreign language learning, indigenous languages and community languages; and will incorporate an element of international comparison.

The research programme for this post will have a strong emphasis on policy regarding the learning of foreign languages, particularly those taught widely in the UK higher education system. The successful candidate will work closely with policymakers in a range of fields. They will conduct research, produce original publications and assist in the organisation of conferences and policy workshops, the latter in collaboration with researchers on the OWRI MEITS project. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and research experience within the area of language policy in relation to modern foreign languages.

The successful candidate will be mentored by Professor Janice Carruthers (email: and will be associated with the School of Arts, English and Languages.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A PhD (or be about to be awarded) in a relevant field.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience (which may include doctoral study).
  • Experience of academic writing for publication.
  • Ability to manage workload and to work independently and with others as directed (including conference organisation).
  • Ability to contribute to broader management and administrative processes.
  • Ability to collaborate with non-academic partners.

Informal enquires may be directed to Dr Daniel McAuley (

Anticipated interview date: Monday 4 June 2018.

Salary scale: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (potential to progress to £42,418 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution).

Closing date: Wednesday 16 May 2018.

For full criteria and to apply online, visit For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.

Fixed-term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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