Senior Lecturer/Reader (Teaching Focused) in Chemistry

Fulltime Permanent University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 4, 2021
  • Salary: £51034 - £59135
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Senior Lecturer/Reader (Teaching Focused) in Chemistry – School of Chemistry – 97514 – Grade 9

– (210000XZ)


Position Details

Area: School of Chemistry in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,034 to £59,135 with potential progression once in post to £77,108
Band/Grade: Grade 9
Hours: Full time
Duration: Permanent
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
Closing Date: 4 July 2021

Note to applicants:

To apply, please attach to your application the following:
1) Your CV (including teaching experience, management and leadership roles)
2) Statement on your teaching (maximum of 3 pages), highlighting your teaching experience and philosophy, including design, delivery and assessment methods as well as evidence of education leadership and innovation, and your future plans in these areas.
3) Contact details of 3 referees (these will only be considered by the selection committee after interview)


To develop and deliver undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate to the disciplinary area, with demonstrated leadership in teaching in the subject and/or institution.

Summary of Role

You will contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis to the whole range of teaching leadership and administration.

Your teaching role will provide you with opportunities to make a substantial contribution to: (a) development, delivery and leadership of major teaching programmes; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability. As a teaching-focused Senior Lecturer/Reader you will make a significant contribution to advancing teaching (policy, practice, standards) of the subject, and provide leadership in teaching and learning that is innovative to the subject area or institution, and make a significant contribution to the national debate about teaching.

Your management roles are likely to include School leadership and management activity with University-wide involvement. You will be supported to develop and make substantial contributions to high-value impact knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools’ outreach, or similar activities at School level or further within the University.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

We value and have embraced the use of a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduate or postgraduate students. We encourage and support Fellowship of the HEA as part of your professional development. Your senior role in learning and teaching will provide you with opportunities to:

1. Make a significant contribution to the pedagogical knowledge base of the subject that advances teaching through the enhancement of practice, the development of teaching resources and/or through practice-based research; and
2. Lead on the management and the development of approaches to teaching and learning that are innovative to the subject area or institution; and
3. Lead on the design and/or renewal of programmes or equivalent; and
4. Contribute to the national debate about new approaches to teaching and learning policy, methods and practices through publications, conferences, and activities that advance quality in the field; and
5. Engage in external quality assurance activities related to teaching, e.g., external examining.

In addition, you will:

1. Play an important and sustained role in the recruitment and admission of students; and
2. May co-supervise doctoral students to completion with a research-focused or research and teaching-focused member of staff, and
3. Undertake the same learning and teaching responsibilities of any Senior Lecturer/Reader. Contributions at a senior level and on a sustained basis in learning and teaching may include:

  • Leading the development of new and appropriate approaches to learning and teaching. This may be underpinned by research and evaluation of teaching methods and systems
  • Acting as adviser for teaching and learning methods through excellent practice and mentoring other colleagues
  • Leading the design and/or co-ordination of programmes or equivalent activities across the School
  • Contributing to the development of teaching and learning policy more widely than the School
  • Contributing to the national debate about policy, methods & practices through publications, conference activity and roles that advance quality in the discipline
  • Leading the development and management of assessment strategies within the School
  • Leading sustained high-value impact in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that enhances the student experience and/or or employability, and is of manifest benefit to learning and teaching in the School, College and the University

4. Take on some, but not necessarily all, of the indicative learning and teaching responsibilities from grade 8 level listed below.

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review one’s 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 School, as appropriate
  • Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Your teaching practice is informed by discipline-based research, and you will participate actively in the research culture of the School.

Teaching-focused roles carry a higher volume of teaching and related duties than those staff who carry out both teaching and research.

You will have opportunities to develop your career through contributions to School administration, education leadership and management and to chair and/or lead activities in the School and represent the School on College/ University committees or working groups. This is likely to include some, but not all, of the responsibilities listed below.

  • Make an important contribution to the development and running of the School, for example, leading activity on teaching assessment and/or on research
  • Develop and manage staff and resources in support of major teaching activities
  • Make important contributions to the development of the School’s learning and teaching strategy
  • Contribute significantly to the development and delivery of knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement and public engagement activities with sustained high-value impact of manifest benefit to the School, College and the University
  • Develop and implement a culture (including policies and procedures) that promotes equality and values diversity and inclusion

In addition, the management/administration responsibilities will include some, but not necessarily all, of the indicative responsibilities from grade 8 listed below.

  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the School
  • Lead/project manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g., new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of staff and students.
  • Make a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools’ outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline.
  • Contribute to administrative activities within the University (e.g., appeals panels, working groups).
  • Develop and manage staff and resources in support of major teaching activities

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the discipline area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Demonstrated excellence in learning and teaching, and management and administration.

Learning and teaching requirements

An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality.

Teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship and education leadership.

Evidence of success under the following headings.

  • High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the discipline
  • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high-quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and which stimulates learners’ natural curiosity.
  • Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes, approaches to learning, the development of learning resources.
  • High-quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e., in the School or College and/or externally.
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning
  • Sustained high-value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the School, College and University.

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) (e.g., exams officer).
  • Significant and sustained high-quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the School/College or University.

o Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, 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 data to identify equality and diversity issues.
  • Experience of developing interventions to address equality and diversity issues.

The School welcomes flexible working to suit family or other commitments, and holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its work in promoting women’s careers in STEM subjects in higher education.

Informal enquiries can be made to: Prof. Rachel K. O’Reilly,; Dr John Snaith, Head of Education,; Dr Liam Cox, Deputy Head of School,

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.

Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Chemistry
Schedule Regular
Job Posting 28.05.2021, 6:44:21 AM
Grade (for job description) Grade 9
Salary (Pay Basis) 51,034.00
Maximum Salary 77,108.00
Advert Close Date 04.07.2021, 5:59:00 PM

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