Senior/Lectureships in Law (Teaching and Research)

United Kingdom
Dec 04, 2017
Jan 08, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

Birmingham Law School wishes to appoint a number of people at lecturer and senior lecturer levels to add to our diverse and stimulating intellectual community.

The successful candidates will be excellent teachers and scholars, holding or close to completing PhD or equivalent qualifications in law or a cognate discipline, and with ambitious scholarly agendas that complement and expand current strengths in the School.

We especially welcome applicants who will teach on the core, and ideally whose research relates to core undergraduate subjects including public, criminal, tort, equity and trusts, land law, legal theory, company law, commercial law (broadly construed), contract, and EU law. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate outstanding research performance and potential, as well as superb teaching. In exceptional situations, we may appoint candidates who establish a sustained and successful record of excellence in teaching and pedagogical enhancement, and who can contribute to leadership in the delivery of our educational mission, but who are not engaged in intensive non-pedagogical research activity. As well as teaching and research activity, post-holders will be required to undertake administrative tasks at a level suitable to the appointment.

Birmingham Law School is is a diverse, civic and global law school. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in research and teaching, and to supporting academic work that is influential in and beyond the academy. Our scholarly community includes academics pursuing doctrinal, comparative, critical, socio-legal, interdisciplinary and empirical work and all methodological approaches are welcomed and supported. Our current research centres include the flagship Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, through which we also provide extensive clinical legal opportunities to our students.

We are proud of the diversity and excellence of our student body, and committed to enabling students to develop into independent researchers and thinkers throughout their time with us. We are also proud of, and committed to furthering, the diversity of our staff body, and we welcome applications from candidates of all genders, backgrounds, and identities who wish to become part of our scholarly community. We are one of the world's Top 100 Law Schools and consistently named as one of the UK's best Law Schools.

As a member of Birmingham Law School, those appointed to these posts will join a lively and flourishing School where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership, challenging and rewarding teaching, and a collegiate and highly ambitious scholarly community of scholars and students.

For further information please contact Professor Robert Lee, Birmingham Law School, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.
Telephone: 0121 414 5864, Email:


Person Specification

Skills and Experience – Lecturer

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels



  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • 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



  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • 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


Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes


Skills and Experience – Senior Lecturer

Demonstrated competence in Research; Learning and Teaching; and Management and Administration; and excellence in at least two of these areas.


Research requirements

An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:

  • High level peer esteem as evidenced by
  • Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
  • An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
  • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University


Learning and teaching requirements

An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality. The teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship. Evidence of success under the following headings:

  • High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the discipline
  • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and stimulates learners’ natural curiosity
  • Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes; approaches to learning; the development of learning resources
  • High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e. in the Department/School or College and/or externally
  • Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student experience, and/or employability
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning


Management and administration-related requirements

Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives. Evidence of success under the following headings

  • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g. exams officer)
  • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University
  • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks


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