Lecturer in Education - Learning for Sustainability

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

Ayr Campus

Full-time: 35 hours per week

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of the country’s largest modern universities and aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social, and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond. UWS has a distinctive multi campus portfolio, with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire, London and Paisley and over 100 international partners.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the School of Education and Social Sciences – Division of Education for an enthusiastic Lecturer in Education (Learning for Sustainability).

Self-motivated and able to work across teams, you will develop and teach modules focused on Learning for Sustainability across Early Years, Initial Teacher Education and Community Education with a focus on the three main areas of Learning for Sustainability. This post also involves undertaking and growing research around Learning for Sustainability. The post holder must be registered or be eligible to register with either the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council or Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland.

The post is full-time and based at the Ayr campus. You will need to travel to other campuses, and internationally, where required.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • An undergraduate qualification in a relevant subject
  • A postgraduate qualification in the area of education/learning and teaching
  • Registration with either the GTCS, SSSC or the CLD Standards Council for Scotland
  • A knowledge and understanding of contemporary pedagogies in the area of Learning for Sustainability.
  • Evidence of experience in designing and delivering co-creative and active learning and assessment
  • Familiarity with online learning environments and the principles of digital education

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 Education & Social Sciences at UWS combines sector-leading education provision with strong expertise in social science teaching and research in the west of Scotland and beyond. You will join a supportive and committed team, playing a crucial role in the School’s commitment to social justice and making a difference locally, nationally and internationally. Our students benefit from innovative, practice-focused and research-informed courses, and deep-rooted partnerships with leading organisations across the world.

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

For further information, including details of how to apply please visit our website.

Interview date: Wednesday 24th January 2024

Please note that the university is closed from Friday 22nd December to Monday 8th January. If you have any queries during this time, then reach out to the recruitment team via and a member of the team will respond upon our return.

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.