Queen Mary Lectureships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Overarching responsibilities


  • Conduct original research into complex problems, ideas, concepts and theories to obtain new knowledge;
  • Publish original research of a quality that is excellent in renowned, relevant, specialist and generalist outlets/media in a manner appropriate to the research, academic discipline, University strategies and funding requirements;
  • Engage with the research community at an appropriate level, e.g. via conferences, advisory or editorial bodies, research funders, refereeing and research reviews;
  • Develop ambitious research funding strategies and submit high quality applications for research funding, and manage awards appropriately with collaborators within Queen Mary University of London and beyond;
  • Use research to engage in a broad range of activities that influence society, economy, industry, government,  public policy, or the environment;
  • Actively contribute to the intellectual life and academic development of the School to which appointed and to the inter-disciplinary research activities of the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and other Faculty or cross-Faculty initiatives where appropriate;
  • Successfully attract applications from, recruit and supervise PhD students in line with Faculty, School and University strategies.

Leadership and collegiality

  • Contribute, particularly in the first three years, to the intellectual agenda and development of the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and where appropriate to other Faculty and cross-Faculty initiatives;
  • Foster collegiality through fulfilling School responsibilities as agreed with the Head of School, or other senior colleagues;
  • Support the development of junior colleagues and their career development through line management, coaching, mentoring and appraisals as appropriate;
  • Make constructive contributions to the vision and leadership of the School and University, as well as wider relevant bodies, such as learned societies;
  • Engage in the University-wide agendas (e.g. equality and diversity; sustainability; internationalisation; widening participation; interdisciplinarity and staff development) in line with institutional strategies and policies.

Student experience and education

  • Organise, design and deliver high quality teaching and assessment as required by the School, Faculty and University – this will include delivering lectures, classes and seminars in core and specialist subjects with due regard to best practice and the overall teaching strategy in the School;
  • Enhance the curriculum offer of the School and Faculty by innovating in teaching and learning through the development of teaching materials, forms of pedagogy, or appropriate teaching collaborations;
  • Act as an Advisor providing effective support to students, including referring to specialist services as appropriate and proactively identifying engagement issues at an early stage;
  • Actively contribute to curriculum development and the review of programmes and modules in accordance with the teaching and learning strategy of the School, Faculty and University.

Public engagement and impact

  • Disseminate knowledge in appropriate ways, in a manner effective to maximising the impact of the related research;
  • Support and contribute to public engagement initiatives and activities;
  • Participate in the School’s outreach plans, developing links with, for example, external organisations in the UK and/or overseas;
  • Contribute to the successful development and implementation of partnerships with government bodies and industry for the benefit of student education and experience in the School and Faculty.