Lecturer in Modern History and Distance Learning

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Apr 10, 2021
May 05, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details
  • School of History and Cultures
  • College of Arts and Law
  • As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is £41,526
  • Grade 8
  • Full Time
  • Fixed Term Contract to 31 August 2023

This appointment offers an exciting opportunity to join the Department of History in the School of History and Cultures at Birmingham. The Department is one of the largest and most diverse in Britain and has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. In REF 2014 History was ranked first nationally, with exceptionally high-calibre research publications as well as strong impact beyond the academy.

We seek a specialist to consolidate our research and teaching strengths in the field of Modern History and Distance Learning, with expertise in any field or region relevant to the Department's core strengths.

The appointee will be expected to consolidate and expand our teaching provision, by delivering core undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the Modern History field. In particular, they will be expected to contribute to the delivery, administration, and development of the Department's MA Distance Learning Programmes in either History and / or Military History. At undergraduate level the appointee will be expected to contribute teaching to second and third year undergraduate modules in modern history relevant to their area of expertise. These modules could include Global Cold War, Global History of Gender and Sexuality, Pandora's Box: Europe and the First World War, 1900-30, and In the Eye of the Storm: Europe and the Second World War, 1930-1960. The appointee will also be expected to contribute to the team-taught first year core module Making of the Contemporary World.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in the administration of teaching (e.g. by promoting and supporting the leadership of our undergraduate and graduate programmes) and to assume a key departmental role (e.g. staff-student liaison, examinations, admissions) and/or other roles, as appropriate, in the larger School of History and Cultures.

Role Purpose

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.

Scope of the Role

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 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 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, 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 Department or 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, student dissertations and practical work


To contribute to Departmental/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 Department/School
  • 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)
  • Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University

Skills and Experience
  • 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

  • Excellent publications record demonstrated by a sustained series of existing and forthcoming publications at a high scholarly level (including clear promise of a strong submission for any future research audit).
  • 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
  • Experience and demonstrated success in planning and submitting grant applications
  • Experience in impactful research activities and public engagement
  • 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 on-campus and through distance learning
  • 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 further information please contact m.houlbrook@bham.ac.uk

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