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Lecturer in Public History

Requisition ID:  1238

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  26-Nov-2019

Lecturer in Public History

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: £35,845.00 - £55,750.00 

Closing Date: 1 January 2020


The Role


To contribute to the expansion of Public History at Newcastle University, particularly to lead the development of an MA in Public History. You will work with colleagues to develop an innovative programme of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching that is aligned with the university’s vision of itself as a civic university that is locally embedded and outward focussed (‘From Newcastle. For the World’). We seek a public historian whose research and practice is locally grounded with a global view; who is engaged in research and teaching that goes beyond communicating history to ‘the public’ and whose research and practice is both interdisciplinary and collaborative. 


You will hold a PhD in Public History or a related field and have a strong publication record in the field. They will be experienced in working collaboratively with and communicating with a range of publics. You will be someone who is able to develop sustainable research partnerships inside and outside of the university, including with history groups and community historians, those working with schools in the region and others to explore the role of history and memory in communicating the past in the present. An interest in historical justice and/or environmental history would be beneficial. Experience of working with international research networks and/or collaborative partnerships would be desirable.


The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is the academic home of over 90 members of staff actively engaged in research that covers areas from Prehistoric Archaeology to Contemporary History, Greco-Roman literature and culture, and Public History. The History curriculum is currently being revised, integrating a new stream of public history and ‘decolonizing the curriculum’ you would be integral to the successful delivery of these aspirations.


In 2017, Newcastle University made an important investment in oral and public history with the appointment of a Chair in Oral History and the establishment of the Oral History Unit & Collective. Working across diverse academic disciplines, from creative arts to medicine, and in partnership with local history groups and community historians, OHUC’s work explores the role of oral history in communicating the past in the present. Your work would complement this work, and ideally they would become a member of OHUC for the duration of the appointment. See https://research.ncl.ac.uk/oralhistory/ and https://www.ncl.ac.uk/hca/about/


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


This post is fixed term for three years and could be available to existing University staff as a secondment.  Staff wishing to apply on this basis should discuss this with their current manager before submitting their application.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Felix Schulz, Head of History on felix.schulz@ncl.ac.uk


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.
  • 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.
  • Supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate students’ research projects.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching across the School/Institute and Faculty.  Specifically, to take a leadership role in developing a new MA in Public History.
  • Contribute to the planning and development of new markets for taught programmes.
  • Evaluate your own practice and undertake continuing professional development in teaching.


Research and Innovation

  • Plan, organise and carry out public history research for and with public audiences and community groups, to ensure that research results, new knowledge, insight and innovation are achieved within relevant time, cost and quality standards.
  • Engage with media and other public forums to exchange knowledge and to enhance the University’s reputation for high quality research. This will include authoring or co-authoring papers for publication in high-quality academic journals.
  • Plan and gain 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.
  • Attract PhD students and gain experience of doctoral supervision as an advisor.
  • Contribute to the wider internal and external research community e.g. by reviewing journal articles, promotions peer review, peer review of research grants and membership of professional bodies.
  • Where appropriate, initiate or contribute to interdisciplinary collaborations to maximise the benefits for the School/Institute, Faculty and University.



  • Engage in collaborative partnerships with community organisations and historians working outside of the university context.
  • 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 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 your 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 (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Knowledge and/or experience in the field of public history beyond the UK context.
  • Experience of conducting potentially leading research in the field of public history, demonstrating international standards of excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • High quality research and refereed academic outputs.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas with clarity to a wide range of publics and in a range of contexts.
  • Experience in research impact and engaging with external stakeholders.
  • Ability to deliver programmes of teaching and/or research which include collaboration and knowledge sharing with the private and public sectors, and with civil society, with especial reference to marginalised and disadvantaged social groups.
  • Experience of design and delivery of Technology Enhanced Learning, with demonstrable benefit to student learning outcomes and the student experience.
  • Experience in student experience and wellbeing issues.
  • Engagement with curriculum development/design and pedagogical innovation is desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of oral history is desirable.
  • Subject knowledge and expertise in the fields of memory studies is desirable.


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to integrate public history practice and theory.
  • A commitment to student-centred, enthusiastic, reflective and creative pedagogy.
  • Commitment to developing interdisciplinary research and teaching across disciplinary boundaries and beyond the university.
  • Track record in working as a good colleague and academic citizen, willing and able to work collaboratively, including across disciplines and with external partners.



  • PhD awarded in Public History or related discipline.
  • Undergraduate degree and postgraduate qualification in an area or areas cognate with History.
  • Membership of HEA or similar HE teaching qualifications are desirable.


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: 1238