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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Law

The University of Worcester is seeking a lecturer/senior lecturer to join its newly established School of Law.

We aim to ensure that our law students are offered an outstanding student experience, and the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that s/he is able to contribute to this aspiration in a very practical, flexible and energetic way.

The successful applicant will form part of a small, enthusiastic and motivated team delivering the LLB. S/he will be required to teach Criminal Law and contribute to Professional Legal Skills & Ethics, as well as one further foundations of legal knowledge subject. S/he will also be required to teach a specialist option in Year 3 from 2018. S/he may be expected to contribute to the teaching of law into other areas of the University. S/he will also be expected to engage in research and scholarly activity. 

As with all School of Law staff you will be required to contribute to the law employability programme, and for this aspect of the role, experience of legal practice would be helpful. S/he will also be expected to fully engage with admissions and outreach activities, which will involve evening and weekend working from time to time.

Selection Methods:

Short-listed candidates will be invited to a panel interview. They will also be asked to deliver a 15 minute teaching session on criminal law. Further details will be provided to candidates prior to interview.

Closing date: Wednesday 14 Jun 2017

Reference number: IHCA1701 -3283

Job details

Job details

Salary
£32,003 - £46,925 with opportunity to progress to £51,260
Hours
Full time
Start
July 2017
Duration
Permanent
Responsible to
Head of Law
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
To be confirmed

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Background

Background

The University of Worcester is a dynamic, friendly and expanding University, with around 11,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We aspire to be an outstanding University at which to be a student. Our ethos is inspirational, inclusive and supportive. We aim to ensure that our students flourish, thrive and progress to be valuable members of society.

Over the past decade, we have invested in award-winning facilities, such as The Hive, which has won 48 awards and award nominations including The Guardian’s “Best University contribution to the community” and THE’s “Best University Library Team”, and the University of Worcester Arena, winner of the Guardian’s “Buildings that Inspire” award 2015. We have an excellent relationship with local and regional employers, and we are committed to building our students’ employability skills throughout our academic curriculum. 

The University of Worcester was one of the most improved universities in the UK in REF2014. The results identified world leading research in a number of academic areas. We are committed to ensure that this impressive achievement is built upon in the next four years. The University was also shortlisted for University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2016. 

Worcester is a beautiful cathedral and University City situated in the heart of England on the banks of the River Severn. It offers all of the modern amenities of a city yet is still close to the Malverns, the Welsh borders, the Wye Valley and the Cotswolds. It is located close to the M5 motorway and with direct rail links with Birmingham and London.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To undertake high quality teaching on the LLB in Criminal Law, Professional Legal Skills & Ethics, and one other foundations of legal knowledge subject.
2. To significantly contribute to and deliver an outstanding learning experience for Law students, both through inspirational teaching and outstanding pastoral care.
3. To engage in research and scholarly activity, which may include publications in peer-reviewed and practitioner journals.

4. To participate in student recruitment activity, including outreach visits to schools, sixth form colleges, recruitment fairs and attendance at open days and applicant days as agreed with the Head of Law.

5. To work effectively and harmoniously with members of the law team and across the University.

6. To undertake module leadership and other administrative roles commensurate with the post and grade.

7. To contribute to the LLB’s employability programme by forming and nurturing relationships with legal and non-legal professionals to develop meaningful opportunities for University of Worcester LLB students.

8. To contribute to the promotion, growth and reputation of the University as an outstanding place at which to be a student.

9. To develop and lead mooting and mock trial activities in the School of Law, including the preparing of students for national competitions.

10. Other duties as agreed with the Head of Law.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.


Essential Criteria

1. An undergraduate degree in law (or the Graduate Diploma in Law).

2. A postgraduate qualification in law, preferably in legal practice.

3. Experience of teaching on a UK qualifying law degree in Higher Education, which must include experience of teaching Criminal Law.

4. Experience of teaching Professional Legal Skills & Ethics on a qualifying law degree.

5. Track record of engagement in research with publications in peer reviewed journals and/or scholarly activity with publications (for example in practitioner journals or text books).

6. Experience of teaching law to non-law students.

7. Experience of using technology creatively to enhance law students’ learning experience.

8. Experience of successful and effective module leadership on an undergraduate law degree.

9. A student centred approach and a commitment to student satisfaction.

10. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team.

Desirable Criteria

1. Teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship.*

2. A PhD in law.

3. Experience of teaching on the LPC or BTPC.

4. A demonstrable ability to offer extracurricular activities to support our students’ professional development.

5. Experience of contributing to student recruitment activities.

*Newly appointed staff who do not already hold HEA professional recognition or a HE teaching qualification, will be required to achieve this as a condition of probation, either through completion of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE, or for those with significant experience of teaching in HE, via the University’s accredited CPD scheme conferring Fellowship at the appropriate level.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration.

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

 

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