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Lecturer in Political Philosophy - Political Theory

Requisition ID:  19584

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  21-May-2022

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.


We are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for our colleagues, which includes on-site sports centre and library; flexible working options; a minimum of 30 days holiday (plus eight public holidays and four University discretionary closure days) and the option to purchase a further two weeks additional leave per year; discounted travel for the Metro and local bus services; 24 hour employee assistance phone line and webportal to provide support and advice with a wide variety of life’s issues; and discounts for national retailers. You can find out more on our Benefits Website page.



Lecturer Grade F: £36,382 - £40,927 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £42,149 - £50,296 per annum


Closing Date: 23 May 2022


The Role


You will conduct research in political philosophy / political theory and contribute to teaching on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Your research focus will relate to any area of political philosophy / political theory. We value methodological pluralism.


You will have a track-record of publications in political philosophy / political theory in high impact journals and other outlets commensurate with your career stage. You will have experience of teaching undergraduates and/or postgraduates. You will be collegial and keen to develop your academic career in a collaborative environment that values and supports research, teaching, and impact. We particularly welcome evidence of engagement with non-academic audiences.


For more information about the school, please click here.


Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr Simon Philpott, Dr Jemima Repo, or Dr Johannes Kniess


Key Accountabilities

Teaching and Learning

  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning material, resources, and activities to students in line with School and Faculty teaching objectives and timetable requirements
  • Teach on undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including co-teaching team taught modules
  • 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
  • Provide personal tutoring and pastoral guidance (when appropriate, obtaining specialist support and advice)
  • Supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate students’ dissertations and research projects
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching across the School and Faculty
  • Evaluate own practice and presently have or a willingness to work towards a category of Fellowship with the HEA

Research and Innovation

  • Plan, organise and carry out research, to ensure the contribution of new knowledge, insight, and innovation to the relevant field of political philosophy / political theory
  • Prepare and submit applications for appropriate funding, to carry out an area of research, or contribute to this activity as a member of a team working on a broader programme
  • Disseminate research results through appropriate media and fora to advance knowledge in the field and enhance the University’s reputation for high quality research. This will include authoring or co-authoring monographs and papers for publication in high-quality academic journals
  • Attract and supervise PhD students to ensure their successful completion (initially as a member of the supervisory team)
  • Contribute to the wider internal and external research community e.g. by reviewing journal articles, peer review of research grants, active engagement with relevant university research clusters, and membership of professional bodies
  • Where appropriate, initiate or contribute to interdisciplinary collaborations to maximise the benefits for the School, Faculty and University
  • Where appropriate participate in formal knowledge transfer activities and consultancy


  • 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
  • Contribute to professional development in your field by active membership of learned societies and professional institutions

Administration and Management

  • Take responsibility for a defined management or administrative role such as Module Leader, Personal Tutor, and/or other duties as agreed with the Head of Unit
  • Contribute to the wider work of the School, Faculty and University through input to project teams, working groups and committees


  • You will be collegial and keen to develop your academic career in a collaborative environment that values and supports research, teaching and impact. You will be enthusiastic about discussing political philosophy/political theory with students and non-academic audiences


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • You will hold a Ph.D in Political Philosophy/Political Theory or a relevant discipline and be able to contribute to the field through participation in research-focused activities such as conferences, workshops, seminars and/or invited talks to academic and non-academic audiences
  • You will have a track-record of publications in political philosophy/political theory in high impact journals and other outlets commensurate with your career stage
  • You will have experience of teaching undergraduates and/or postgraduates
  • All applicants who fulfil the criteria are welcome. We are keen to offer opportunities, where possible, to people from groups who are currently underrepresented, such as women and individuals from black or Asian backgrounds. All applications will be considered on the merits, experience and qualifications of the candidate as these relate to the requirements and specifications of the post


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Politics is part of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology. The School is holder of an Athena SWAN bronze award and is committed to principles of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. We believe that a rich mix of people with different backgrounds help us to create a School in which intellectually ambitious academics will want to work and thrive. Our diverse staff attracts a broad range of bright, active, and engaged students



  • You will hold a Ph.D in political philosophy / political theory or relevant discipline

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: 19584