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Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology and Archaeological Practice

Requisition ID:  4081

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
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: £34,804.00 - £44,045.00 

Closing Date: 20 April 2020


The Role


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is seeking to consolidate its existing strengths in both medieval archaeology and archaeological practice in the UK. We are seeking to recruit a Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology and Archaeological Practice with the ability to deliver the highest standards of teaching and research in professional archaeological methods, and who can train the next generation of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the skills needed to work as professional archaeologists in the UK developer-funded sector and beyond.


Based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, this post will enable Archaeology at Newcastle University to build on its long and distinguished international reputation for teaching and research. In 2019 Newcastle University was ranked fifth in the UK for Archaeology by the Guardian University Guide. Facilities include The Great North Museum Hancock, The Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory, outstanding library provision and a wide range of technical equipment for archaeological research in the field.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Mark Jackson (Head of Archaeology): m.p.c.jackson@ncl.ac.uk   or Prof. Helen Berry (Head of School):  helen.berry@newcastle.ac.uk.


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The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.


Key Accountabilities

  • Deliver research-led teaching in professional archaeological practice in Britain at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Deliver research-led teaching in medieval archaeology of Britain (c. 600-1500 AD)
  • Provide module leadership of, and teach modules in medieval archaeology and archaeological practice (covering archaeology and planning in the UK, excavation, desk-based analyses, HERs, landscape analysis (including use of GIS), remote sensing and surveying,. Based upon the unit’s current teaching this would include ARA2021 Archaeological Practice and ARA1030 The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the Present
  • Other teaching duties include contributing to team-taught modules, including  providing or contributing to a stage 3 and MA modules on medieval archaeology, as required
  • Perform the Fieldwork Director role co-ordinating student fieldwork experience and  overseeing health & safety and risk assessments for fieldwork and fieldtrips
  • Undergraduate and Post-graduate dissertation supervision and provide academic support support for students
  • Contribute to the development of teaching and research at Newcastle, and to take on a share of administrative tasks
  • Have clearly developed research plans, including internationally excellent publications that will contribute to Newcastle University’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) under the UoA for Archaeology
  • Attract and supervise PhD students to ensure their successful completion (initially as a member of the supervisory team)



The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Expertise in professional archaeological practice in the UK
  • Expertise in medieval archaeology in Britain
  • Expertise to complement the profile of the unit strategically
  • Ability to teach archaeological fieldwork practice and desk-based analysis in the context of the British legal and planning system
  • Experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in higher education
  • Experience of module design and/or curriculum development
  • Clearly developed active research and plans, a track record of internationally excellent publications of high quality that will contribute to the return at the next Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  •  A record of successful applications for research funding and realistic and achievable plans for future applications


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to students
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to collaborate with other disciplines within the School and University
  • Sensitivity to the views of others
  • Enthusiasm for the task in hand




  • Excellent degree and postgraduate qualifications in an area or areas cognate with Archaeology
  • PhD in relevant subject (achieved before application)


  • CIfA membership
  • Membership of HEA and/or a recognised HE teaching qualification






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.


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.


Requisition ID: 4081