Lecturer in International Relations

United Kingdom
£41,526.00 - £55,750.00
Oct 05, 2020
Nov 03, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time

Job Purpose

POLSIS is one of the largest Political Science and International Relations departments in the United Kingdom. It is home to more than 50 full-time academic staff, more than 1200 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, and more than 70 doctoral researchers. The department is intellectually vibrant with an excellent record in both research and teaching. We are keen both to consolidate current areas of strength and develop expertise in new and emerging areas of politics and international relations.

The department's teaching and research vision for the coming decade is broad and ambitious. We seek colleagues who can both undertake pioneering research and develop exciting and intellectually stimulating modules.

We encourage high quality research. Staff in POLSIS enjoy the benefits of being part of an inclusive and supportive environment that helps them to flourish and achieve their goals. Resources and guidance are provided to support publications, grant capture and impact and engagement activities.

We value teaching. Staff in POLSIS are encouraged to develop and deliver high quality and innovative teaching and learning. Support is offered at all levels of the University to assist staff to achieve these goals and help us forge the next generation of political scientists.


You will contribute to the whole range of teaching and administration.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activities (e.g. working groups) within the University. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


Learning and Teaching

Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):
  • teaching and examining courses at a range of levels;
  • planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same;
  • developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely;
  • where appropriate, undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining;
  • developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods;
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and which benefits the College and University;
  • devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work.


Contributing to Departmental/School administration, including:
  • 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);
  • managing enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities;
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.

Person Specification

  • 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

  • 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

For informal inquiries please contact Professor Lindstaedt on r.lindstaedt@bham.ac.uk (Head of the School of Government) or Dr Richard North on r.north.2@bham.ac.uk (Head of POLSIS)

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

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