Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (Interdisciplinary Sciences)

Full-time Permanent University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 3, 2021
  • Salary: £41526 - £49553
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Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (Interdisciplinary Sciences) – Teaching Focused – 97468 – Grade 8

– (210000V9)

Position Details

Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

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.

Grade 8

Full Time / Permanent

Closing date 27 June 2021


The post-holder joins the University of Birmingham on an appointment that offers an exciting opportunity to inspire and support collaborative innovation for students and to develop a space for interdisciplinary project design and exploration within the Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (LANS) programme suite. This post focuses on innovation in our sciences curricula with a particular emphasis on scientific practice in ‘maker’ agenda, practical applications in scientific study, and connections between the sciences and enterprise.

LANS sits outside the University of Birmingham’s structural model of five Colleges, and admits students eager to develop interdisciplinary capabilities and to study across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. The programme suite also includes a BSc/MSci Natural Sciences, and engages closely with all areas of the University’s research and teaching expertise, crossing disciplinary and organisational boundaries. This enables the programme suite (BA/BSc/MArt/MSci; and from 2022, MRes) to offer an innovative set of structures within which students can, in consultation with academic and support staff, design their own individual programmes of study. The four-year undergraduate programme has been created to build students’ intellectual, employment, and leadership skills, and attracts the highest calibre students to the university.

Summary of Role

The role requires a creative thinker with expertise in the practical application of science and scientific methods. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the whole range of teaching and administration within LANS and where appropriate, cross-College interdisciplinary pedagogy, and also to identify and exploit relevant opportunities across the University such as with the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL). The CTL, together with its sister labs, CTL Biolabs and CTL Engineering, enable teaching in spaces that are designed to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary and collaborative learning. The post-holder will in addition be expected to support the development of makerspace and/or design and realisation agenda with a scientific focus, with particular emphasis on the development of practical/laboratory learning, makerspaces and opportunities for student innovation is a key expectation.

One example remit for this post-holder is leadership on the management and administration of LANS’ Independent Research Project module, at UG and PG level.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment at all levels; 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, and (b) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Teaching focussed role-holders are expected to advance the practice of teaching in their modules within their area, take a role in leading curriculum development across LANS and the institution, and play an important role in student academic support. They should also design and deliver excellent teaching that both inspires students and other academics, and is informed by interdisciplinary-based practice and scholarship.

Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at all levels within LANS, and/or making a significant contribution to appropriate managerial/leadership activities within the University (e.g. working groups; workstreams associated with the development of University-wide interdisciplinary learning and teaching opportunities). This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, employability, or similar activities for LANS and the University. The maintaining of existing relationships and seeking out of new partnerships and opportunities for students will be an integral part of the role; as will be supporting and developing students’ experiences of and potential for creative innovation within practical and laboratory practice from a LANS perspective.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Teaching focused Lecturer role-holders will:

  • Contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal

  • Develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are innovative to the subject area or institution

  • Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment

  • Deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes

  • Advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support

  • Inform their teaching practice by interdisciplinary-based research

  • Frequently update their own subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes

  • 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

In addition, they may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise, with a research focused or research and teaching focused member of staff, doctoral students to completion.

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students. Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:

  • Teaching and examining courses at a range of levels

  • Planning and reviewing own teaching approaches and acting as a mentor to encourage others to do the same

  • Developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes in LANS and the University, as appropriate

  • Where appropriate, undertaking and developing 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)

  • Using appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field, innovating where feasible and valuable

  • Disseminating appropriate practices through suitable media and networks

  • Developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods

  • Devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work

  • Developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and the University

Management/ Administration

To contribute to LANS administration, and take a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

  • Contributing to the administration/management of teaching across LANS

  • Leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme; stakeholder engagement; widening participation; intercalated years)Advising on personal development of colleagues and students

  • Making a major contribution to appropriate administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).

  • Managing and developing relationships between LANS and laboratories across the University

  • Developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge exchange, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, that are of manifest benefit to LANS and the University.

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the discipline areas of physical sciences, natural sciences, or engineering (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications

  • Significant scholarship and/or teaching experience within the sciences and/or technology, related to interdisciplinary pedagogy or the study of subjects that cross disciplines within Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

  • Extensive experience in either the use, maintenance and/or modification of laboratory equipment and/or other practical devices, or the running of a laboratory/makerspace

  • Evidence of ability to devise, advise on and manage learning within the area of interdisciplinary skills

  • Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others successfully at different levels

  • Skills in influencing others successfully at different levels, within and/or outside the University sector


  • Proven ability to design, deliver, assess, and revise teaching programmes which address the needs of students studying Interdisciplinary programmes

  • Experience in devising and/or supporting creative pedagogy within practical scientific and laboratory practice

  • Experience and demonstrated success in developing innovative approaches to learning and teaching within interdisciplinary study

  • Track record of knowledge exchange activities which promote innovation in teaching and learning including advising colleagues and/or enterprise and non-academic stakeholder relationships

  • Experience and demonstrated achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and/or similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

  • Ability to conduct curriculum reviews and implement the redesign through the revision of existing modules and the introduction of new ones.

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to LANS management processes

  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively

  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

Informal enquires to Neil Nelson, email: n.nelson@bham.ac.uk

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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

Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
Schedule Regular
Job Posting 27.05.2021, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis) 41,526.00
Maximum Salary 55,750.00
Advert Close Date 27.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM

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