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Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Curation

Requisition ID:  8022

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  19-May-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:    Lecturer Grade F - £35,845 - £40,322 per annum

               Lecturer Grade G - £41,526 - £49,553 per annum

               Senior Lecturer - £51,034 - £59,135 per annum


Closing Date: 16 June 2021

The Role


We wish to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Curation. Based in Media, Culture, Heritage (MCH), which is part of the School of Arts and Cultures, your primary role will be to contribute to the delivery, development and administration of the Art Museum and Gallery Studies postgraduate course. 


We are looking to expand and diversify our team, and we are seeking a talented individual from within the field of contemporary art curation. We are looking for someone who can build on and help expand our current teaching provision and our research environment, who is passionate about their specialist area of research and would also enjoy working collaboratively to contribute to broader team-taught modules and dissertation supervision.


You will work within MCH, which brings together staff and students with diverse expertise to understand a complex fast-changing world and address public concerns locally and internationally. ‌The unit offers innovative, immersive, and lively learning and research opportunities across the areas of Cultural and Media Studies, Film, Journalism, Public Relations, Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies. MCH pursues socially-relevant research and teaching, working in partnership with museums, galleries, film-makers, community groups, NGOs, and news media outlets. MCH at Newcastle has an outstanding record of teaching and research. Our programmes encourage an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, which regularly achieves excellent student feedback. In the last REF, 82% of research submitted was rated ‘world leading' or 'internationally excellent’.


We are looking for an innovative and inclusive approach to the teaching of contemporary art curation, and you should be able to demonstrate an awareness of contemporary critical issues in the field. Applicants must demonstrate (through formal or informal actions) a commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and widening participation in their spheres of work.


It is expected that you will have a PhD and experience of teaching at university level,  or commensurate experience in contemporary art curation. You will be expected to show evidence of existing and planned publications (or equivalent), and to demonstrate a clear research trajectory that will contribute to a successful future REF submission.You will be expected to show evidence of a track record of collaborating on external grants or a willingness to develop this.


Further information about MCH, our taught programmes and staff research, can be found at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/mch/


This post is open ended from July 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. 


Informal enquiries concerning the position can be made to Dr Areti Galani, Degree Programme Director for MAs in Museum Studies, Art Museum and Gallery Studies, and Heritage Studies (areti.galani@ncl.ac.uk)


Key Accountabilities


  • To contribute to the delivery, development and administration of the MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies
  • To maintain an active research profile and to demonstrate a clear research trajectory that will contribute to a successful future REF submission
  • Where appropriate, you will lead on the development of externally-funded research applications in collaboration with other colleagues in the subject area, and more widely across Newcastle University
  • To contribute to raising our profile with sector professionals through organising events which bring together practitioners and academics, as well as through your own research collaborations with sector organisations
  • To contribute, where necessary, to the teaching and administrative duties within Media, Culture, Heritage
  • To offer pastoral support to students


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Advanced knowledge and experience of contemporary art curation
  • A research specialism that is at the forefront of research in the field
  • Interest in working in cross-disciplinary and collaborative teaching/research teams
  • A research trajectory commensurate with submission to future REF
  • Innovative approaches to teaching contemporary art curation at HE level

In addition for Senior Lecturer

  • Demonstrable ability to effectively teach, support and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Willing and able to supervise PhD students across a range of topics
  • Experience, proven ability and success in senior administrative roles
  • Demonstrable ability to provide leadership within a team
  • Experience of mentoring junior colleagues


  • A good record of achievement in teaching at HE level, or clear evidence of potential to achieve this
  • Experience of supervising dissertations and/or projects at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels
  • Evidence of the recruitment of PhD students. (Senior Lecturer)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • A lively and innovative approach to teaching
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and share responsibility for course delivery
  • Ability to work enthusiastically and positively with students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including those required for pastoral care of students from a variety of academic and social backgrounds
  • Interest in working in cross-disciplinary and collaborative teaching/research teams
  • Willingness to engage with administrative tasks within both the subject area and the School of Arts and Cultures
  • Excellent communication, organisational and presentation skills, with a clear ability to meet deadlines
  • If not already held, a willingness to study for an HE teaching qualification
  • Willingness to apply for external RCUK or similar research funding

In adition for Senior Lecturer

  • Active participation in international research and/or practice networks
  • Applications submitted to, or proven success with external RCUK or similar research funders
  • Evidence of standing at national/international level in the discipline




  • PhD in Contemporary Art Curation (or a cognate discipline e.g. art museum and gallery studies, fine art, history of art, cultural studies) or commensurate achievement in the sector 


  • 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: 8022