Lecturer in History

Glasgow Caledonian University
£40,523 - £46,924 per year Pro Rata
21 Nov 2016
06 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time


This is a 0.5FTE/fixed term maternity cover for 6 months from 9th January 2017


Applications are invited for a temporary fixed-term Lectureship in History based within the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University. History is a thriving area of learning teaching and research within GCU.


The main role of the successful candidate will be to contribute towards undergraduate teaching in History on the BA Social Sciences degree programme. This will include leadership of the Level 3 History module, ‘A Matter of Life and Death: the Battle of Health & Healthcare in the 20th Century’, and contributions towards the teaching of research methods and other history modules, as well as dissertation supervision at undergraduate level. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute towards the research culture and scholarship in History at the University.


Candidates will be expected to have a PhD (or near completion) in a relevant area and meet the following essential criteria:

  • Experience of teaching History at undergraduate level
  • Experience of History specific research methods
  • Experience of learning and teaching in Health History
  • A clear publication strategy
  • Research expertise in a relevant specialism

Further details on this post are available by contacting Rachel Russell, Assistant Head of Department at R.Russell@gcu.ac.uk or on 0141 331 8594 or Professor Oonagh Walsh at Oonagh.Walsh@gcu.ac.uk or on 0141 331 1793.


Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom for the duration of the contract at the time of application to apply for this vacancy.


We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, and are committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity at GCU.


Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).

Main purpose of the role

The main purpose of this role is to deliver teaching and learning in History and related areas, undertake research and publish in high quality journals, and to develop the international profile of the department and related programmes.

Accountabilities/Responsibilities of the role
  1. Contribute to the design, development and delivery of a range of teaching materials for study at various levels and to the delivery of the BA Social Science Programme generally.
  2. Lead the level 3 History module ‘A Matter of Life and Death: the Battle of Health & Healthcare in the 20th Century’.
  3. Supervise level 4 dissertations in History-related topics.
  4. Contribute towards undergraduate teaching in research methods.
  5. Contribute towards other undergraduate History teaching and supervision.
  6. Engage in pedagogical, professional and specialist scholarly activities (research, writing, dissemination) in History-related areas.
  7. Contribute towards curriculum development in History.
  8. Develop and maintain stake-holder engagement.
  9. Engage in any other tasks appropriate to the post and in line with Department/School needs

Person specification

Educational and/or Professional Qualifications

E1 – PhD (or equivalent/near completion) in a relevant area

D1- Membership of the HEA or a relevant teaching qualification


E2 - Experience of teaching history at undergraduate level including assessing coursework and examinations.

E3 – Experience of history specific research methods

E4 – Experience of health History

D2 - Experience of module leadership and associated administration

D3 - Experience of supervising undergraduate dissertations

Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours

E5 - Research expertise in a relevant specialism

E6 - A clear publication strategy

E7 - Flexibility and the ability to work independently and to use own initiative