Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice

University of the West of Scotland – School of Education and Social Sciences

Paisley Campus

1 post: Permanent/Full time (35 hours per week)

We are pleased to announce that we are recruiting for a full-time Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice to join the academic team within the School of Education and Social Science on the UWS Paisley Campus. You will join a dedicated and diverse team who strive to continuously inspire our students and the wider University community – and, through modern teaching and impactful research, continue to deliver innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

We welcome candidates with experience in leadership, development, and coordination of programmes, having experience in supporting, managing and advising colleagues and students in research and Higher Education. The School of Education and Social Sciences is a multi-disciplinary School and the successful candidate will contribute to cross/interdisciplinary working and programme design and development to support positive results in attainment, student retention, experience and graduate destinations. Candidates will possess developed capabilities in team leadership and collaborative working, strategically engaging with senior leadership and university objectives, and will be committed to high professional standards in all areas of responsibility.

We welcome candidates with a PhD in a relevant discipline as well as research and teaching experience within the fields of Criminal Justice and Criminology. We are seeking expertise in two or more of the following, ideally with a comparative and global perspective: policing; cyber-crime; criminological theory and practice; research methods; international criminology and zemiology; human rights and social justice; migration /race and ethnicity; and green crime and globalisation.

A PhD in a relevant discipline and track record of successful research and higher education teaching, are essential. Our ideal candidate will have experience of subject development and teaching with a diverse student body, engagement with external stakeholders, using technology to enhance online learning, and the principles of digital education. You will be able to evidence research experience and research or practice outputs commensurate with career stage along with a critical understanding of research methods and theoretical issues relevant to the field of Criminal Justice.

The University of the West of Scotland is committed to supporting your personal development and providing an inclusive working environment. UWS has an Athena SWAN bronze award, is a disability confident employer and welcomes other under-represented groups, as such we particularly encourage applications to support our diversity agenda.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • Relevant PhD qualification;
  • Higher Education Fellowship or equivalent or be in preparation for same;
  • Experience of learning, teaching and assessment within Higher Education;
  • Appropriate evidence of external engagement which is clearly in line with the School’s priority areas for the future (e.g. external engagement in terms of research, or knowledge exchange, or engagement with professional bodies or other external organisations);
  • Have experience of developing and delivering modules across the areas of Criminal Justice, particularly in the areas of interest mentioned above;
  • Experience of hybrid delivery of learning and teaching and of use of authentic/real-world assessment approaches;
  • Commitment to delivering high quality teaching and supporting an outstanding student experience.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Claire Harkins, Deputy Dean, School of Education and Social Sciences by email: 

About us

UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings). University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others. 

The School of Business & Creative Industries at UWS is a vibrant community, delivering innovative learning and teaching alongside a rapidly developing research and enterprise profile. You will join a supportive and motivating team, where you will be part of a multicultural, multidisciplinary community of scholars and students from around the world. Students benefit from our strong links with industry, and the world-class research that underpins our courses, delivered on each of our five campuses and through many partners across the globe. Find out more about our School of Business & Creative Industries.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 35 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 23% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Free gym membership
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities

Further information, including details of how to apply are available at

Interview date: To be confirmed

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520