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Queen Mary Lectureships in Languages and Linguistics

Overarching responsibilities

 Research & Scholarship

  • 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, QMUL strategies and funding requirements;
  • Engage with the research community at an appropriate level, e.g. via conferences, advisory or editorial bodies, research funders, referring and research reviews;
  • Develop personal research funding strategy and make quality bids for funding and manage and awards appropriately with collaborators within QMUL and beyond;
  • Use research to engage in a broad range of activities that influence society, economy, industry, government or public policy;
  • Contribute to a research group’s aims to successfully recruit and develop PhD students in line with the School / Institute and QMUL strategies;
  • With training, recruit, guide and develop personally assigned PhD students to the successful completion of their research programme.


Student Experience and Education

  • Make some innovations in teaching and learning through the development of teaching materials, forms of pedagogy, or appropriate teaching collaborations;
  • Organise, design and deliver teaching and assessment as required by the School / Institute, Faculty and QMUL; 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 / Institute;
  • Act as a Personal Tutor 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 courses in accordance with the teaching and learning strategy of the School / Institute, Faculty and QMUL.


Leadership & Collegiality

  • Foster collegiality through role-modelling and fulfil School / Institute responsibilities as agreed with the Head of School / Institute Director, 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 / Institute and QMUL, as well as wider relevant bodies, such as learned societies;
  • Engage in the wider QMUL agenda (e.g. Equality & Diversity; Sustainability; Internationalisation; Widening Participation; Interdisciplinarity and Staff Development) in line with QMUL strategies and policies.


Public Engagement & Impact

  • Disseminate technical and applied knowledge in renowned, relevant, specialist and generalist outlets (e.g. blogs, interviews) in a manner appropriate to the profession and QMUL;
  • Support and contribute to public engagement initiative and activities; 
  • Participate in the School’s / Institute’s outreach plans, developing links with, for example, industry or community partners in the UK and/or overseas;
  • Contribute to the successful exploitation of partnerships with government bodies and industry for the benefit of student education and experience in the School/Institute and Faculty.


Selection criteria


  • PhD or equivalent experience in the relevant subject area
  • Higher education teaching accreditation, at Associate Fellow or Fellow level, or ability to obtain accreditation (desirable).


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Appropriate track record of high quality research in the relevant field(s) at a national and ideally international level, including publications in renowned journals.
  • Clear and ambitious plans for future research.
  • Ability in developing research proposals, bidding for and securing external research funding, and subsequent effective award management skills.
  • Evidence of the development and delivery of research-led teaching and assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level in large or small group settings with the demonstrable ability to deliver teaching at both levels with some guidance.
  • Understanding of student support needs and able to provide guidance, signposting to specialist services where appropriate.
  • Proven ability to foster and maintain relationships and effectively resolve tensions and difficulties in a positive manner.
  • Ability to communicate new and complex information effectively, both verbally and in writing, engaging the interest and enthusiasm of the target audience. This includes lecturing students, presentation of work at group meetings and conferences, and impact and public engagement activities.
  • Good IT skills at the level required to undertake teaching, professional practice, leadership and management duties.
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