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Lecturer in Speech and Language Sciences

Requisition ID:  4749

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: £35,845.00 - £55,750.00 

Closing Date: 20 June 2020


The role


In the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS) you will be part of a diverse and collegiate team of academics, clinicians, researchers and professional support staff delivering high quality teaching and research in Speech and Language Sciences. You will be a speech and language therapist with a PhD. You will contribute to our teaching in acquired communication disorders, specifically in the area of motor speech disorders and communication and swallowing disorders more broadly, across both undergraduate and post graduate pre-registration speech and language therapy Health and Care Professions Council approved programmes. As part of the role, you will supervise clinical placements in the Tavistock Aphasia Centre (one of our campus clinics). You will contribute to our vibrant research community in acquired speech, language and communication disorders, benefiting from our close collaborations across the university and high level of engagement with the community of speech and language therapists in the region, nationally and internationally. 


Any informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Helen Stringer, Head of Speech and Language Sciences and/or Dr Julie Morris, Head of School (helen.stringer@ncl.ac.uk; julie.morris@ncl.ac.uk).  


Key Accountabilities

The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the following:

  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning material, resources and activities to students in line with ECLS and Faculty teaching objectives.
  • This will be carried out within the requiremements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Education and Training and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Curriculum Guidance.
  • Contribute to the provision of in-house clinical placements, supervision and assessment of students, oversight and support for therapy planning and delivery for people with aphasia and motor speech disorders. Depending on experience, take responsibility for a defined administrative role such as Module Leader, Degree Programme Director.
  • Provide a range of timely student support to enhance student experience and achievements, including personal tutoring.
  • Set, mark and assess coursework and examinations, providing timely and effective feedback to students.
  • Supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate students’ research projects and, as part of a supervisory team, PhD students to successful completion.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching in Speech and Language Sciences and  across ECLS.
  • Evaluate all areas of your own practice and undertake continuing professional development.
  • Plan, organise and carry out a programme of original research in an area of speech and language sciences, developing your research profile, accessing external funding and disseminating findings through publication.
  • 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.
  • Support our enagagement with speech and language therapy practice communities to promote partnership working and collaborations in both teaching and research.
  • To undertake academic duties as required by the Head of School.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Specialist subject knowledge related to acquired disorders in speech, voice, language and swallowing; preferably in the areas of motor speech disorders (essential)
  • Practice Educator experience supervising students on SLT clinical placements (desirable)
  • Demonstrable ability to develop and deliver high quality effective teaching (essential)
  • Demonstrable ability to deliver high quality research in areas relevant to Speech and Language Sciences (essential)
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in a Higher Education context (essential)
  • Experience of applying for research funding (desirable)
  • Publication record (essential)
  • Established reputation in your field of research at a national level with a trajectory demonstrating international recognition (desirable)
  • Successful experience of, or the potential to develop, successful supervision of student research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (essential)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Ability to engage with and respond enthusiastically and positively to students (essential)
  • Ability to work collaboratively, constructively and flexibly within a team of academic and clinical colleagues, students and support staff (essential)
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly both orally and in writing (essential)
  • Willingness to contribute to engagement activities with professional partners at local and national levels (essential)
  • Ability to contribute strategically across teaching and research (essential)



  • Qualified speech and language therapist, registered or eligible to register with the HCPC and existing or eligible to be member of the RCSLT (appointment of overseas qualified therapists would be subject to successful HCPC registration and RCSLT membership) (essential)
  • PhD in speech and language sciences or related discipline (essential)
  • Recognised HE teaching qualification (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: 4749


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.