Lecturer in International Development (2 Positions)

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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
£41,526.00 - £55,750.00
Apr 13, 2021
Apr 18, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details
  • School of Government
  • Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553. With potential progression once in post to £55,750 a year
  • Grade 8
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

The International Development Department (IDD) in the School of Government at the University of Birmingham is looking to appoint at least two Lecturers in International Development. The ideal candidates will have a PhD in International Development, International Relations, Political Science or an allied field and be able to teach and supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At least one of the posts is completely open and at least one will require the successful candidate to teach in the area of Public Policy and Management.

While the positions are open in terms of research area and methodology, we would be particularly pleased to consider applications from those working on technology, cities and development, and those with an empirical focus on Asia. Experience of distance-learning teaching would also be an advantage.

IDD has a reputation for excellence in postgraduate teaching, research and policy advice, with expertise in areas including the politics of development and public administration, aid policy and relations, political analysis and leadership, post-conflict reconstruction, democracy and development and environment and development. The department was formed over fifty years ago and delivers postgraduate teaching on campus and via distance learning, in international development and public administration, and has a vibrant mix of overseas and UK/EU students. IDD launched an undergraduate programme in September 2020 and the successful applicant will play a role in delivering teaching on this programme.

The candidate may develop their own stream of research and/or work with others in the Department and across the University, and will be expected to be produce world-leading research in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

We would particularly welcome applications from female, black and minority ethnic candidates who are currently undererpresented in our School. We are happy to discuss flexible working.

We anticipate holding interviews in mid May and the interviews will be held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.

For further information about IDD and the College please click here

Job Description

Job Summary

You will contribute to the whole range of research, 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.
  • Research is likely to involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research. Your research will have measurable outcomes reflect in your growing national (and possibly international) reputation.
  • 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

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, on campus and via distance learning;
  • 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.


Planning and carrying out research, including (as appropriate):
  • planning and publishing high quality research, including winning financial support;
  • project managing research activities, and/or supervising other research staff;
  • presenting findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings;
  • supervising and examining PhD students, both within the institution and externally;
  • providing expert advice to staff and students within the discipline;
  • applying knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding;
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of benefit to the College and the University.


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

  • Evidence of the potential to develop a world leading research profile, including working at a level judged to be 4* within the Research Excellence Framework
  • 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

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

  • Experience with distance learning

Informal enquiries are welcome - please contact Professor René Lindstädt, Head of the School of Government (R.Lindstaedt@bham.ac.uk), Dr Jonathan Fisher, Head of IDD (j.fisher@bham.ac.uk) or Dr Claire Mcloughlin (c.mcloughlin@bham.ac.uk).

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