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Lecturer in Political Philosophy

Requisition ID:  9722

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Jul-2021


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: £30,942 - £32,817 with progression to £40,322  per annum

Closing Date: 5 August 2021


The Role


This is a full time, fixed-term (3 year) teaching and research lectureship to cover lost capacity from a colleague during secondment to a faculty position and to facilitate a scheduled research leave. 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. 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. You will be enthusiastic about discussing political philosophy/political theory with students and non-academic audiences.


For more information about the school, please click here.


Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr Simon Philpott simon.philpott@ncl.ac.uk or Dr Andrew Walton andrew.walton@ncl.ac.uk  


Key Accountabilities


  • You will hold a Ph.D in any area of political philosophy/political theory 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 teaching undergraduates and/or postgraduates


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • 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 our compulsory course on contemporary political philosophy
  • 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
  • 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


Attributes and Behaviour


  • 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




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




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: 9722