Stuart Hall Interdisciplinary Chair – School of Social Policy and Society

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Position Details

School of Social Policy and Society, College of Social Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Competitive salary for an outstanding candidate

Professorial Post

Full Time, Permanent

Closing date: 8 September 2024

Interviews will take place on 28 October 2024


Role Summary

The School is seeking to appoint the inaugural Stuart Hall Interdisciplinary Chair. While the substantive field and disciplinary background of the post holder is open, it is anticipated that you will be inspired by the work of Professor Stuart Hall and the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) and have a clear and inspiring vision of how the legacy of that work can be enhanced and developed for the future.  Areas that might be relevant here include race and racism, ethnicity, gender, migration, media, representation, history, visual culture, and/or other contemporary cultural issues.

Vital to this appointment is a well-evidenced commitment to civic and community engagement, as well as an ability to bring together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds.  You will be committed to the ongoing use of and engagement with the Stuart Hall Archive inside and outside the academy.

You will be able to demonstrate a world-leading research programme evidenced through high quality and influential publications and a track record of research grant capture. You will be able to lead and support our growing team of colleagues across the University in this field to consolidate and develop the University’s education offer around contemporary cultural studies.

You will share the School’s values of criticality, interdisciplinarity, collaboration and engagement, and will be committed to making the School an inclusive place to work and study. You will act as a role model for academic citizenship within the School and the wider University, and be committed to engaging widely to continually improve research culture, particularly on dimensions of inclusion relevant to your substantive field of research.

Please note: We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people who are from backgrounds underrepresented in UK academia.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Research and Impact

  • Develop, plan and lead research activities/programmes of outstanding quality.
  • Lead civic and/or global engagement projects, and/or advise external organisations, based on research and reputation in the subject area;
  • Publish high quality innovative, distinctive and significant outputs which are considered to be world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour;
  • Regularly contribute to other research-related activities such as giving papers and keynote speeches at conferences;
  • Maintain a sustained track record of income generation appropriate to the discipline to support own work;
  • Provide leadership on the generation of research income, supporting colleagues to maximise funding opportunities, promoting collaboration with external researchers and organisations;
  • Lead the development of strategies, policies and procedures which have a positive and quantifiable impact on equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • Lead a major research group aligned to the values and approaches modelled by Stuart Hall, managing people and resources to deliver an ambitious research vision;
  • Provide leadership around engagement and impact activities, supporting colleagues where appropriate;
  • Participate actively in the development of the University’s research strategy as appropriate;
  • Provide outstanding supervision to research students.


  • Develop, plan and lead high quality education activities, specifically developing our offer around contemporary cultural studies;
  • Develop high quality, inclusive and academically challenging practice in research-intensive teaching, learning and assessment;
  • Deliver a high quality portfolio of innovative, engaging and inspirational teaching which is accessible to all;
  • Contribute to curriculum design to ensure the offer is contemporary, inclusive, engaging, international and academically challenging;
  • Lead innovative approaches to digital resources/environments and support colleagues to use them in the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment;
  • Provide outstanding project/dissertation supervision;
  • Develop and lead collaborative working arrangements with colleagues across the Department, School and wider University to deliver outstanding teaching.

Leadership, Management and Citizenship 

  • Lead and manage major activities in the School/College/University.   This may be in relation to one or more of the following:
    • external partnership activities/collaborations;
    • working across the different parts of the University to undertake collaborative activities;
    • leading a Research Group, Department or undertaking School/College roles;
    • developing institutional policies and practices;
    • leading activities contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University;
    • using position and influence in order to ensure that others engage positively with the University’s Strategy;
    • leading, developing and motivating colleagues using mentoring and coaching skills;
    • proactively supporting activities that contribute to Equity, Diversity and Belonging.

Person Specification 

The post holder will have an outstanding and sustained profile of achievement evidenced by the following:

  • PhD or equivalent qualification or an equivalent body of work;
  • A substantial record of internationally excellent and world-leading academic outputs;
  • An excellent and widely recognised reputation amongst peers internationally;
  • Proven ability to plan and lead the delivery of research;
  • A sustained record of attracting significant funding, as appropriate to the discipline;
  • A track record in translating research into impact upon other scholars and on the wider community through publication, engagement with policy and practice, consultancy and advisory work;
  • A track record of attracting and successfully supervising high quality doctoral students;
  • A proven ability to develop and lead the delivery of innovative research-led teaching, learning and assessment;
  • A proven ability to lead curriculum design and implementation;
  • Evidence of high level leadership and management contributions;
  • Evidence of high level successful collaborations (whether research, teaching or other);
  • Evidence of proactively engaging in academic citizenship activities;
  • Evidence of working with others for the greater good of the academic discipline and institution.


Further particulars can be found here.

For informal enquiries about the role, the Stuart Hall or CCCS archives, the University of Birmingham or the support available to the successful candidate, applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Nicola Gale, the Head of the School of Social Policy and Society,


We believe there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ member of University of Birmingham staff and that diversity in its many forms is a strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation and debate at the heart of University life. We are committed to proactively addressing the barriers experienced by some groups in our community and are proud to hold Athena SWAN, Race Equality Charter and Disability Confident accreditations. We have an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Centre that focuses on continuously improving the University as a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. We are also committed to sustainability, which is a key part of our strategyYou can find out more about our work to create a fairer university for everyone on our website.

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