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Lecturer in Folk and Traditional Music

Requisition ID:  4801

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £35,845-£40,322

Closing Date: 19 June 2020


The role


The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) at Newcastle University wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Folk and Traditional Music to contribute to the teaching and supervision of music at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The post is offered for one year on a fixed-term basis.  


You will be expected to contribute to the teaching of performance and historical-cultural approaches to folk music in the British Isles or Ireland. You may hold a PhD in traditional/folk music, ethnomusicology or a related field, or have equivalent professional experience in the field. Yoiu will be able to demonstrate a track record of high quality teaching ideally within a higher education environment, as well experience of having undertaken administrative duties, or the potential to do so. You must be able to demonstrate expert performance experience with a portfolio of first rate outputs (in any format) relating to the traditional or folk music of the British Isles or Ireland. You will have excellent communication skills and be able to communicate effectively and engagingly to students, staff and external audiences. You must be collegiate in approach, and will be able to work within a diverse and plural teaching and research environment.


Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Kirsten Gibson (Head of Music) at kirsten.gibson@newcastle.ac.uk  or on 0191 208 5247. 


More information on the department is available at:


Research: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/music/research/

Staff profiles: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/music/staff/


Key Accountabilities

Teaching and Learning

  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning material, resources and activities to students in line with School/Institute and Faculty teaching objectives and timetable requirements. Where appropriate this should be carried out within external, professional or accreditation requirements.
  • Provide a range of timely student support to enhance the student experience and achievements.
  • Set, mark and assess course work and examinations, providing timely and effective feedback to students.
  • “Teaching” includes contact time with students in addition to formal lecturing, e.g. personal tutoring and pastoral guidance (when appropriate, obtaining specialist support and advice).
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students’ performance and research projects.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching across the School/Institute and Faculty.
  • Evaluate own practice and undertake continuing professional development in teaching.


Research and Innovation 

  • Plan, organise and carry out the work programme for own research, to ensure that research results, new knowledge, insight and innovation are achieved within relevant time, cost and quality standards.
  • Disseminate research results through appropriate media and fora to advance knowledge in the field and enhance the University’s reputation for high quality research (whether textual or practice-based).
  • Where appropriate, initiate or contribute to interdisciplinary collaborations to maximise the benefits for the School/Institute, Faculty and University.



  • Participate in organised programmes of outreach/public engagement.
  • Promote the University’s values and support widening access to our programmes and facilities to people who have historically had little involvement in universities.
  • Develop programmes of teaching and/or research which include knowledge sharing with the private and public sectors, and with civil society, with especial reference to marginalised and disadvantaged social groups.
  • Contribute to the development of public policy e.g. through advice to public bodies at local, regional, national and international levels, as appropriate.
  • Where appropriate, and in line with University objectives, participate in voluntary work with charities etc.
  • Contribute to professional development in your field by active membership of learned societies and professional institutions.


Administration and Management

  • Undertake a range of administrative tasks to support own area of teaching, and/or research, and/or engagement e.g. recruitment or research team leadership.
  • Contribute to the wider work of the School/Institute, Faculty and University through input to project teams, working groups and committees.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)


  • Nationally-recognised performance skills and knowledge of the folk and traditional music of the British Isles or Ireland.
  • Knowledge to lead and contribute to modules in folk music or ethnomusicology in UG and PG music programmes.
  • Trajectory of good teaching practice in HE or equivalent professional domain.
  • Ability to tailor teaching approach to a diverse cohort of students approaching traditional/folk music from backgrounds in any genre.
  • Evidence of research outputs and a personal plan to contribute significantly to Newcastle’s research culture.
  • Public profile and experience of successfully contributing to music-related professional or scholarly societies or in broadcasting.
  • Excellent communication skills to students, staff and external audiences.
  • Track record of having undertaken administrative roles in the HE sector, or demonstrable potential to contribute to School administration.


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Demonstrable willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a team in a pluralistic and inclusive environment.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)

  • Knowledge to lead and contribute to modules in a secondary research area related to the primary research area at UG and PG level and to contribute to the supervision of PGR students to doctoral completion in this field.
  • The ability to supervise research students in folk and traditional music or ethnomusicology to doctoral completion.
  • Willingness to engage in innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching.
  • Experience in the development of UG and PG modules and/or programmes.
  • Potential for, or evidence of, engagement and impact beyond academia with personal research practice.
  • IT skills that go beyond standard word processing software packages and demonstrate fluency with specialist music-related software and/or website or social media design and communication for research and teaching.
  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship or equivalent.



  • Good first degree in Music or a related subject.
  • PhD in folk/traditional music, ethnomusicology or a related field or equivalent professional experience in relevant field.



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 4801


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.