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Lecturer in English Literature (Fixed term contract)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic lecturer to join the Institute of Humanities to play a key role in the delivery of our popular English Literature courses.

The Institute of Humanities is home to a well-established BA English Literature programme, in which students gain a solid grounding in all major areas of the subject, and have ample opportunity to specialise. English Literature is taught as a Single Hons subject and also in a range of flexible combinations with other subjects such as Creative and Professional Writing, English Language, History, and Media. The Institute also has MA and MRes programmes in literary and cultural studies, and a growing community of PhD students. All curricula are informed by active research, and English Literature staff have strong reputations and publication profiles. The Institute is committed to the employability and personal development of its students.


We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic lecturer to join the Institute of Humanities to play a key role in the delivery of our popular English Literature courses. The new Lecturer will have an emerging specialism in early modern and/or eighteenth-century literature and also an ability to teach critical theory. S/he will be expected to contribute to BA teaching, playing a significant role in the delivery of modules on the English Literature curriculum. Candidates should be committed to student success and innovation in Learning, Teaching and Assessment, and be reflective practitioners of HE teaching. The successful candidate will deliver English Literature modules at degree level, contribute to the running and development of the programme, have the potential to produce published work suitable for submission to the Research Excellence Framework, and play an active role within the collaborative research and enterprise culture of the Institute.


Worcester’s Institute of Humanities encompasses a broad range of disciplines and the successful candidate will play an active role in development of its increasingly interdisciplinary approach.


Selection Methods
Short-listed candidates invited to interview will be asked to deliver a 15-minute teaching session (followed by 5 minutes of questions). The teaching session should be pitched at Level 5 (second-year undergraduate). Short-listed candidates will be advised of the topic. The session should clearly illustrate the kind of student-centred activities which would be used to deliver this topic; there should also be a clear indication as to how this session would be introduced and concluded. The session will be delivered to a small panel of academics and/or students. The Chair of this group will provide feedback on the presentation to the interview panel.

Closing date: Wednesday 15 Nov 2017

Reference number: IE1712- 3425

Job details

Job details

AC2 - £32,547 - £36,613 pa
Full time
8th January 2018
One year temporary contract: January 2018 - end January 2019
Responsible to
Head of English, Media & Culture
Interview date
To be confirmed



The Institute of Humanities has access to a good range of high-quality teaching facilities, which have grown and developed as part of the University’s expansion in recent years. The University’s new library, The Hive, is widely acknowledged to be groundbreaking in its scope and approach, as the first purpose-built joint University / community library in Europe.


The new Lecturer will join a creative and vibrant academic community, where research and teaching are fully integrated; staff members in the Institute played a significant role in the University’s REF 2014 submission and have ambitious work in progress for REF 2021. The Institute has a dynamic approach to making regional, national, and international connections in both academic and professional contexts, and this is reflected in the aspirations and approach of the Literature team. Key foci for continuous development within the Institute are: postgraduate course portfolio (with new MRes. programmes now recruiting well); international research achievement and continuing development of research culture; and innovative development of professional / industry engagement and knowledge transfer work.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To lead, teach, and assess English Literature across a wide range modules, specialising mainly in early modern and/or eighteenth-century literature, and in critical theory


2. To participate fully in curriculum development work including planning, development, and evaluation of programmes


3. To design and develop innovative and inspiring learning materials and assessments, where appropriate


4. To act as a Personal Academic Tutor to undergraduate students


5. To supervise students undertaking Independent Research Project at level 6


6. To assist with marketing and recruitment activities such as open days, widening participation, and outreach activities, as agreed with line manager


7. To contribute to the development of work placement opportunities for students and the development of links and professional networks that support student employability


8. To carry out academic administrative work and participate in relevant committees within the Institute and University


9. To participate in annual staff development and review processes


10. To actively engage in scholarship in ways which contribute to the University and Institute objectives and contribute to ensuring up-to-date, leading-edge teaching


11. To participate fully in the life of the Institute and University, by engaging in representational and ambassadorial activities in support of the Institute’s activities and carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Head of Institute or her/his nominee




*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.


*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.


*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.


Essential criteria:


1. A good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline


2. A higher degree on a literary theme: a completed or near completion PhD


3. Experience of effective teaching of early modern and/or eighteenth-century literature and also an ability to teach critical theory at HE level


4. Experience of module leadership at HE level


5. Ability or potential to undertake dissertation supervision


6. An emerging profile of published research suitable for submission to the Research Excellence Framework


7. Ability to support the diverse academic and personal needs of individual students


8. Excellent organisational, communication, and interpersonal skills and a commitment to teamwork


9. The ability to use Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)


10. Professional links and networks able to be deployed to the benefit of English Literature students at Worcester




Desirable criteria:


1. Experience of admissions and recruitment in a university context


2. Capability to contribute to the development of work placement opportunities for students


3. Ability to contribute to curriculum development and planning


4. Teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship*


* As part of their CPD, early-career academics or those relatively new to HE will have the opportunity to embark on relevant training components of the HEA professional recognition scheme at Worcester and would receive support, developmental teaching observations, and subject-specific mentoring.


For posts requiring a DBS check:


Disclosure: This employment is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates will be required to declare any criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs, including any that would be regarded as spent under the Act in other circumstances. If you are selected for appointment you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a Criminal Records Check / Barred List Check.


Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.


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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs:
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.


In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.


This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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