Senior Lecturer Educational Leadership - Evidence, Evaluation & Assessment - Education - Grade 9 - 9

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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
£51,034.00 - £77,108.00
May 19, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Education

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,034 to £59,135. With potential progression once in post to £77,108 a year

Grade 9

Full time


Closing Date: 18th June 2021

Interview Date: 7th July 2021

Job Purpose

The School of Education in the College of Social Sciences is seeking to recruit a Senior Lecturer in Education Leadership, with particular expertise in relation to evidence and the assessment of evidence; school evaluation and improvement; and modes of assessment. The appointee will join the Education Leadership Academy within the School, where our team of leading academics and education leaders work collaboratively to develop values-led education leadership for the future and support the future leaders of education nationally and internationally.

The Education Leadership Academy was launched in 2019 to bring the best front-line leadership practice together with outstanding research. To achieve this we have built a team of academic colleagues and guest lecturers and seminar leaders. Professor Colin Diamond is Director of ELA and brings extensive experience of leadership within the education sector from schools to national government. We offer our core masters level leadership programmes and a range of complementary activities including research, consultancy and the hugely popular seminars. Academic staff are members of both ELA and their Department in the School of Education: Teacher Education; Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs; or Education and Social Justice. The University of Birmingham has a campus in Dubai and the School of Education offers a range of education programmes there, including postgraduate qualifications in Education Leadership. The successful applicant will have the option of contributing to our work in Dubai where we are currently also appointing a Dubai-based Senior Lecturer in Education Leadership.

The philosophy, pedagogy and programmes of the Education Leadership Academy are rooted in socially inclusive and collaborative leadership and the creation of social capital within communities. We ask first, what matters? before asking what works?. We are researching with schools, largely in urban settings, that have disadvantaged cohorts and go on to ensure high levels of achievement and attainment for their pupils and students.

The Masters programmes, whilst rooted in scholarship and research, are now co-designed, co-constructed and co-delivered with contemporary school leaders who have a track record of excellence. Our core programmes are the MEd Education Leadership Degree and MA Education (Leadership) pathway. In 2018/19 the School of Education had international students from 20 countries on the Masters programme.

Job Summary

The Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership will contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis across the whole of the Education Leadership Academy's range of research, teaching and public engagement activities including:
  • Providing expertise in relation to evidence and the assessment of evidence; school evaluation and improvement; and modes of assessment
  • creating and disseminating knowledge at a senior level through initiating and conducting significant, original, practice-oriented research
  • generating research income for research on Educational Leadership topics
  • developing and delivering postgraduate and CPD programmes
  • actively participating in public debate and informing the public understanding of educational leadership.

Research will include pursuing sustained practice-oriented research activity on leadership and leadership development through original research, scholarship and rigorous reflection-on-practice. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have expertise in relation to evidence and the assessment of evidence; school evaluation and improvement; and modes of assessment.

Learning, Teaching and Leadership development will include developing and delivering a diverse range of academic and CPD programming and supporting innovation in and dissemination of rigorous leadership development pedagogies.

Management and Administration will include playing a lead role on teaching, assessment and widening participation across the full range of the Education Leadership Academy's activities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


Specific responsibilities include:
  • Provide academic leadership for research activity
  • Develop pedagogically and impact-oriented research activities to complement ELA programmes
  • Lead successful funding bids which develop and sustain research support for educational leadership and leadership development
  • Publish leadership and leadership development research and practice-oriented findings that result in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality amongst academic and practitioner peers
  • Provide leadership of research that contributes to the progression of the discipline of leadership development
  • Referee and peer review articles for peer reviewed academic journals and grant applications by research councils and/or other major funding bodies
  • Lead sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including public engagement and business engagement) that is of manifest benefit to the School, College and University, and
  • makes a significant contribution to leadership development policy at a regional, national and international level; and/or
  • involves development of high-profile networks and initiatives across public, private and third sectors.
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally

Learning, Teaching and Leadership Development
  • To contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis in learning and teaching. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Provide academic leadership for the development, design and co-ordination of ELA programmes
  • Teach, deliver, examine and assess a range of leadership and leadership development programmes including Masters, short and long-course CPD
  • Lead the development of new and appropriate leadership development pedagogies and their dissemination to colleagues
  • Act as an adviser for a) teaching and learning leadership theory and b) enabling leadership development through excellent practice and mentoring other colleagues
  • Contribute to debate nationally about leadership development pedagogy, impact and evaluation through publications, conference activity and roles that advance quality in the discipline
  • Lead substantial and sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including public engagement and business engagement) that enhances the experience and/or employability of students and participants on the full range of Masters, CPD and other programmes and is of manifest benefit to learning, teaching and leadership development activity in the School, College and the University.
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally


To chair and/or lead activities related to educational leadership and leadership development research, programming, teaching and learning as required. Where appropriate to provide representation on relevant University committees or working groups. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Lead for the Education Leadership Academy on teaching, assessment and the development of research programmes including contributing to administration/management as necessary
  • Develop and manage staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities
  • Make a sustained contribution to widening participation across the full range of ELA activities (and leadership development activities across the University) contributing to realising our commitment to inclusive leadership that reflects and prizes diversity and seeks to develop the leadership of others
  • Lead/project manage teams to devise and implement a new policies and processes as required
  • Develop and implement a culture (including policies and procedures) that promotes equality and values diversity and inclusion.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have demonstrated competence in Research; Learning and Teaching; and Management and Administration; and excellence in at least two of these areas. This will include:
  • A higher degree (usually PhD) or equivalent relevant to educational leadership
  • Demonstrable ability to bridge leadership research and leadership practice
  • Successful record of leadership teaching and/or leadership development in/with government, civil society, the private and third sectors
  • Substantial and sustained experience in educational leadership practice and/or research

Research requirements

An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings:
  • High level peer esteem as evidenced by
  • o excellent reputation in the UK and internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on leadership studies and/or leadership development and/or
    o an excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
    • Demonstrable evidence of successful engagement in doctoral supervision
    • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
    • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise
    • Skilled use of quantitative or mixed methods research designs
    Learning and teaching requirements
    An excellent educational leadership teaching and leadership development profile and high performance in terms of both impact and quality. The leadership teaching and/or leadership development quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship. Evidence of success under the following headings:
    • Strong national reputation for the development of leadership teaching and learning excellence, and development and delivery of world class leadership development
    • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, leadership development pedagogies and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning and leadership development. This should include learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and stimulates learners' natural curiosity and leadership development with demonstrable impact.
    • Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes; approaches to learning and leadership development; the development of learning and leadership development resources
    • High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching and leadership development activities more widely, e.g. across sectors, professions and/or University Departments etc.
    • Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student and/or participant experience, and/or employability
    • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching leadership and leadership development
    Management and administration-related requirements
    Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives. Evidence of success under the following headings:
    • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role(s)
    • Successful and sustained development, bidding for and management of significant leadership development programmes
    • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College/University or similar
    • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University or similar, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks
    • Actively promotes equality and diversity to internal and external stakeholders
    • Able to use qualitative and quantitative data to monitor and evaluate the extent to which legislation and policies are applied
    • Experience of developing interventions to address equality and diversity issues
    Informal enquires to Karl Kitching, email:
    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.

    Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and/or DBS clearance prior to appointment.

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

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