Lecturer in Law (International and European Trade Law) - Teaching and Research

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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
£41,526 - £55,750
Mar 24, 2021
Apr 18, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

Birmingham Law School

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

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


Closing date : 18th April 2021

Interviews are expected to take place in late May 2021.


Birmingham Law School wishes to appoint a lecturer to add to our diverse and stimulating intellectual community. We are interested in scholars, who can make contributions to teaching and research in International and European trade law.

The successful candidate will be an excellent teacher and scholar, with an ambitious scholarly agenda that complements and expands the currents strengths within the School. This individual will be expected to take an active role in the delivery of our undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes. In addition to teaching and leadership duties the successful candidate should have demonstrated high quality research outputs and a clearly articulated research strategy, including clear plans for the future around grant capture. The School is particularly interested in candidates who can utilise their research expertise to deliver outstanding research informed teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Birmingham Law School 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 consistently named as one of the UK's best law schools.

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

Summary of Role

To create and disseminate knowledge through initiating and conducting original research, through publication and through developing and delivering undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate to the disciplinary area. In addition, to contributing to the department/school through management/leadership, and enterprise activities, as appropriate.

Contribute to the whole range of research, teaching and administration.

Research is likely to involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research. The research has measurable outcomes and is reflected in a growing national reputation and often an incipient international reputation.

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 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/Responsibilities


To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This may include, where appropriate to the discipline:
  • Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
  • Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
  • Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
  • Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally
  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students. Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:
  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the School, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award - as a mark or as credit - such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Devise and supervise projects and student dissertations.


To contribute to School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:
  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the School
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.
  • Actively manages equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour

Person Specification
  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or appropriate professional qualifications and experience
  • Extensive research and teaching experience 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
  • Experience in supporting students and contributing to their personal and academic development

Management Administration
  • Ability to contribute to School management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied
  • Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action

In order to apply for this role, please make sure you upload the following documents to the online application:
  • Covering letter that includes the modules you are able to controbute to and/or teach and a research plan for the next three years (2 pages maximum)
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)

For further information please contact Deputy Head of School (Staffing and Strategy), Professor Mohammad Shahabuddin: m.shahabuddin@bham.ac.uk

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer. In line with the University's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Scheme 2021-2024, we are committed to the recruitment, progression and retention of staff from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups across the University.

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community'

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