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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Criminology/Criminal Justice (Research and Education)

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
£42,149 to £78,265
Closing date
Aug 28, 2022
Position Details

School of Social Policy

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Salary Grade 8 - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42,149 to £50,296, with potential progression once in post to £56,587

Salary Grade 9 - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,799 to £60,022, with potential progression once in post to £78,265

Grade 8 or 9

Full time


Closing Date: 28th August 2022

Interview: 29th September 2022

The School of Social Policy

The School of Social Policy is a diverse community of scholars whose mission is to understand the world and also to change it. We pursue this via our education, research and engagement and impact activities. We deliver a suite of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes to a diverse student population. We undertake research to make a difference, collaborating with our research partners from the private, public and third sectors. We are recognised as a leading centre of expertise in Social Policy, ranking 8th in the 2021 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), and in the top 50 QS World University rankings

The School comprises three Departments: the Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology (SPSC), a leading site of research and education across its three core disciplines; the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), one of the UK's foremost centres for research, evaluation, teaching and professional development for health and social care organisations; and the Department of Social Work and Social Care (SWSC), which delivers the UK's longest-running social work course. In addition to our core UG programmes we house an exciting cross-College programme in Policy, Politics and Economics. In 2020, we launched a new suite of postgraduate taught programmes including MAs in Global Public Policy and in Sociology, as we aim to grow our PGT student numbers and further diversify our student cohorts.

The School has an excellent research base underpinned by substantial grant capture, with an annual research income of circa £3 million. Our current research coalesces around five broad themes: i) health and social care; ii) inequality, poverty and wealth; iii) superdiversity and migration; iv) civil society and volunteering; and v) crime, social harm and social justice. These themes link with our departmental and research centre structure. We have a number of leading research centres in the School including: Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM), led jointly with Birmingham Business School, The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRIS), and the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC). We have also been instrumental in the development of the Institute for Mental Health (IMH), a University of Birmingham funded cross-disciplinary initiative with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, which works closely with the NHS, government, the third sector, patients and publics with a specific focus on mental health of children and young people.

The School is at an exciting point in its history, as it seeks to address the many urgent problems facing post-pandemic society. Our strategy is to strengthen further our areas of established expertise including criminology and criminal justice; health and social care policy and practice; and economic, social and health inequalities, which have all become even more relevant in the post-Covid world. At the same time, we are building critical mass in areas including mental health, quantitative methods and technology and society. We already collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines, particularly in medicine and health, to tackle global challenges and we plan to expand our leadership and involvement in larger multi- and inter-disciplinary projects, particularly with STEM disciplines. We also have a strong internationalisation agenda, in terms of teaching, research, impact and engagement so that we become a truly global School. Engagement and impact are deeply ingrained in the culture of the School, and we are expanding our strategic partnerships locally, nationally and internationally to ensure that we continue to make a difference.

The Role

The Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology (SPSC) is seeking to appoint an Assistant or Associate Professor of Criminology/Criminal Justice to join our growing team. You will be able to demonstrate an emerging (Assistant Prof) or established (Associate Prof), internationally recognised research programme in criminology/criminal justice, evidenced in e.g. high quality outputs, research grant capture and impact and engagement activities. You will have the capacity to develop and teach across our undergraduate criminology programmes, develop our postgraduate offer, and to contribute to the wider running and activities of the Department.

Summary of Role - Assistant Professor

You will contribute to a range of research, teaching and administration. In addition you will be expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, developing and maintaining generous, mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students, and ensuring the way you carry out your role impacts positively on how others can carry out theirs.

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 ideally 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.

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Summary of Role - Associate Professor

You will contribute at a senior level to leadership, management and teaching, and if applicable research. In addition, you will be expected to contribute to academic citizenship, likely to be demonstrated through generous, mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students.

Teaching is likely to include: (a) development and leadership of major teaching programmes or equivalent; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability.

Research is likely to involve an established national and international reputation through significant original research work and a clear record of impact.

Management and administration will include Departmental/School leadership and management activity with University wide involvement - for example through sustained high value research, knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, and public engagement or similar activities.
  • Actively promotes equality and diversity to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Able to use data to identify equality and diversity issues.

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Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Will Leggett, Head of Department ( ).

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

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