Clinical Lecturer (HE)

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Job Description

Clinical Lecturers teach students at further or higher education institutions. Teaching usually takes place during the day between 9am and 6pm although some lecturers are also required to teach in the evenings. Lecturers divide their time between classroom hours and preparing for teaching or meeting students privately. Clinical Lecturers also spend part of their working week in a hospital environment, sometimes being jointly employed by a medical institution and a university. They may work in any field of medicine.


  • Delivering large group lectures to between 20 and 200 students
  • Delivering small group teaching to between 1 and 20 students
  • Course design
  • Lecture/seminar planning
  • Marking assessed work
  • Keeping student records of achievement
  • Undertaking clinical duties in an hospital or clinic

Salary and Conditions

  • Starting salary is usually c. £30,000 - £53,000 in the UK.
  • Permanent positions are available but many staff are employed as part-time or on temporary contracts.
  • Permanent staff can opt into a final salary pension scheme (Teachers Pension Scheme). Sick pay allowance varies from institution to institution but is often more generous than the private sector. Maternity and paternity leave also vary from institution to institution.
  • Staff can join the University and College Union.

Entry Criteria

Most clinical lecturers will have a PhD and some experience of working in a practical medical environment. They will have a very good bachelor’s degree: a first or upper second class.

Clinical Lecturers are sometimes expected to do a teaching qualification soon after they start, run by their own university. This is done part time while working. An example of this is the Diploma in Post-Compulsory Education.

Career Path

There are steady annual salary increments. After c. 5-7 years a lecturer is usually eligible for promotion although this can be sought earlier in special cases. The next scale is senior lecturer, principal lecturer, reader and professor.

To increase promotion chances lecturers are advised to be research active, publishing their work in journals and books and attending conferences, and to be innovative in their teaching practice.

Major employers

HE clinical lecturers are mostly employed in publicly funded universities or HE colleges where there is a medical specialism, of which there is a great variety. Oxford and Cambridge are the most prestigious, followed by research-based institutions such as the Russell Group. The post-1992 group of universities, which used to be Polytechnics, also employ many lecturers. There is one private university in the UK, based in Buckingham. Every large town or city in the UK now has its own university. Clinical Lecturers may also be partially employed by hospitals, NHS trusts or private medical facilities.

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