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Lecturer - International Development

University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences School of Government and Society

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th August 2019
Closes: 22nd September 2019
Job Ref: 81876

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677. With potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year

Job Purpose

The International Development Department (IDD) is looking to appoint a lecturer in the area of International Development, with willingness and ability to teach introductory modules in international development and economics to undergraduate and postgraduate students within the department. 

IDD has a reputation for excellence in postgraduate teaching, research and policy advice, with expertise in areas including the politics of development, aid policy and relations, political analysis and leadership, post-conflict reconstruction, democracy and development and environment and development. The department was formed over fifty years ago and delivers postgraduate teaching on campus and via distance learning, in international development and public administration, and has a vibrant mix of overseas and UK/EU students. 

IDD will be launching undergraduate programmes in 2020 and the successful applicant will play a role in preparing for and delivering teaching in these programmes. 

Main Responsibilities 

  • teaching and examining courses at a range of levels, on campus and via distance learning;
  • planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same;
  • planning and publishing high quality research, including winning financial support;
  • project managing research activities, and/or supervising other research staff;
  • supervising and examining PhD students, both within the institution and externally;
  • providing expert advice to staff and students within the discipline;
  • applying knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding;
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of benefit to the College and the University.
  • developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely;
  • contributing to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School;
  • leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
  • advising on personal development of colleagues and students;
  • making a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups);

 Person Specification  

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications or working towards
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Fiona Nunan (Head, IDD): 

Closing date: 22nd September 2019                           

Reference: 81876

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit  Please quote Job Ref 81876 in all enquiries.

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