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Senior Lecturer/Reader in Scots Private Law

School: Law
Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Staff Category: Academic
Reference Number: 203402
Reports to: Head of School
Grade: 9/10
Salary Range: Senior Lecturer 51,630.00-58,089.00
Reader 59,828.00-63,463.00
Contract Type: Open Contract
FTE: The hours required to fill the duties of the post
Closing Date: Sunday, 28th April 2019

Job Advert

For over 50 years the University of Strathclyde Law School has been educating lawyers who want to make a difference to today's world. We focus on learning with impact and want our students not only to have the best classroom based experience but to learn how to deal with real clients in a rapidly changing world. Our research has similarly been rated best in Scotland for intensity and our staff are among the top experts in their fields.

Due to our rapid growth trajectory and ambitions for the future, we are seeking a range of talented individuals to augment our current staffing profile. One of our key strategic areas for appointment is in Scots Private Law and we are looking to appoint academics who specialise in one or more of the following areas: Family Law, Property Trusts & Succession, and Obligations. It is our intention to make three appointments within Scots Private Law, within either academic or teaching roles. All appointment levels will depend upon the skills and experience of the candidate.

The appointee will lead a research programme of international excellence and will lead the teaching programmes in relevant subject areas. They will contribute to the collegial, supportive and energetic research culture in the law school.

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline, have a sustained track record of high quality published research, and of securing funding. Candidates should possess relevant teaching experience including experience of managing and developing large scale teaching programmes.

For this role, the appointment grade will be dependent on the skills and experience of the candidate.

Job Description

Brief Outline of Job:
To lead a research programme of national/international excellence; to lead the design, development and delivery of a range of teaching programmes and undertake student assessment activities; to lead professional and knowledge exchange activities; and to carry out senior administrative tasks assigned by the Head of School.

Senior Lecturer - Main Activities/Responsibilities

Main Activities/Responsibilities:
  • Lead individual and collaborative research activities, building on an established and distinctive programme of research and disseminate results through regular and sustained publications in high impact journals, books and conference proceedings.
  • Lead and manage the design, development and delivery of a range of teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including leading curriculum review and enhancement activities, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning.
  • Lead and secure, as Principal- or Co-Investigator, proposals to appropriate external bodies for research funding and manage grants awarded.
  • Manage research groups as project leader, providing leadership, support and guidance to research staff and students and academic colleagues as appropriate.
  • Design and manage processes in relation to student assessment, examination and feedback activities.
  • Lead the development of knowledge exchange activities by, for example, establishing research and/or educational links with industry and influencing public policy and the professions.
  • Carry out School, Faculty and/or University senior administrative and management functions, for example by convening or participating in relevant committees.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the School through, for example, developing new research directions and/or educational courses.
  • Engage in continuous professional development.

Senior Lecturer/Reader - Person Specification

Educational and/or Professional Qualifications
(E=Essential, i.e. a candidate must meet all essential criteria to be considered for selection, D=Desirable)
  • E1 Good honours degree and PhD (or equivalent) in appropriate discipline
  • D1 Membership of relevant Chartered/professional bodies (including the Higher Education Academy)

  • E2 Research interests consistent with the strategic direction of the School
  • E3 A sustained track record of published research, suitable for inclusion in the REF, demonstrating standards of excellence and a growing national reputation.
  • E4 Teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including experience of developing and managing large teaching programmes
  • E5 Experience of multi/inter-disciplinary research
Job Related Skills and Achievements
  • E6 Track record of securing research funding and managing research projects
  • E7 Ability to play a senior role within an academic team environment and motivate and manage staff, with experience of leading teams of less experienced staff and research students
  • E8 Reader Level Only Evidence of a profile as an externally recognised authority with an established national and emerging international reputation
  • D2 Proven staff, budget and project management skills

  • D3 Track record in knowledge exchange related activities
Personal Attributes
  • E9 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences

Application Procedure
Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job as well as a Research Plan outlining your research strategy for the next 5 years. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Other Information
Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website: (vacancies).
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Claire McDiarmid, Head of School (

Conditions of Employment
Conditions of employment relating to the Academic staff category can be found at: Conditions of Employment.

Rewards and Benefits
Our staff have access to a wide range of outstanding benefits that include financial rewards, family friendly and wellbeing benefits and career development opportunities, details of which can be found here.

Where applicable, the successful applicant will be required to serve a 12 month probationary period.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from Payroll and Pensions.

Where applicable, the University offers a relocation package to support new employees who meet the eligibility criteria. The relocation package is offered as a contribution towards costs incurred, and is designed to be flexible, allowing staff to use the financial support available in the way that will be most helpful to them. Further details are outlined in the Relocation Policy.

Equality and Diversity
We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

University Values
The University's Values capture what we're all about: who we are, what we believe in and what we stand for. Our Values have been derived from how we act and how we expect to be treated as part of Strathclyde.


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