Teaching Fellow (Social Policy) University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science United Kingdom

Teaching Fellow (Social Policy)

Vacancy Ref: : 042819

Closing Date : 16-Mar-2018

Contact Person : Professor Lindsay Paterson

Contact Number : 0131 651 6380

Contact Email : Lindsay.Paterson@ed.ac.uk

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a


Teaching Fellowship in the Social Policy subject area of the School of Social Political Science. You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline, either completed or submitted by the time of taking up the post, and teaching expertise in educational policy, educational sociology, and advanced quantitative methods.


This is a full-time (35 hours per week) and fixed term position which is available from 3 September 2018 until 31 August 2021


Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 per annum


Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 16th March 2018


1. Job Details

Job title: Teaching Fellow (Social Policy)

School: School of Social and Political Science

Unit: Social Policy

Line manager: Head of Subject Area


2. Job Purpose

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a Teaching Fellowship in the Social Policy subject area of the School of Social Political Science. The post has been created as a result of the award of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to Professor Lindsay Paterson (1 September 2018 to 31 August 2021). You will have teaching expertise in educational policy, educational sociology, and advanced quantitative methods and will cover Professor Paterson’s teaching and other duties for the duration of the grant.

This full-time fixed term position is available for 35 hours per week from 3 September 2018 until 31 August 2021.


3. Main Responsibilities

The Fellow’s duties will include:

1 Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects at levels including Honours and MSc. An appropriately qualified and experienced post-holder's workload may include contributions to postgraduate research supervision.

2 Assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the timely provision of detailed feedback to students

3 Contributing to curriculum development, and to the development of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

4 Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the subject area. You will be expected to play a full part in the collegiate life of the subject area and the School of Social and Political Science.

5 Contribute to the development of the Edinburgh Q-Step Centre by contributing, as required, to Q-Step courses at all levels in quantitative methods, taking part in planning meetings for the Q-Step programme in Edinburgh, and taking part in Q-Step seminars.

4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• An appropriate degree, with relevant postgraduate research and teaching experience. Normally, a PhD in a relevant discipline, either completed or submitted by the time of taking up the post.
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly, both orally and in writing.
• Experience of designing and teaching course materials and of assessing student performance.
• Experience of supervising student dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate Masters levels.
• Expertise in and experience of teaching educational policy and educational sociology.
• Expertise in and experience of teaching advanced quantitative methods, including multiple regression, multinomial regression, and multilevel modelling.
• A strongly developed student-focused approach


• Demonstrable achievements in teaching and research commensurate with the stage of their career.
• Experience in technology-enhanced teaching and learning methods, with particular expertise in using technology for the teaching of quantitative methods.


Application Procedure


All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.


The selection procedure will involve an interview and a presentation attended by members of the School. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.


Unless applicants signal that they wish to withhold their permission, members of the School will be given the opportunity to inspect, in confidence, the letters of application and CVs of those who apply for this post; and the letters of application and CVs of shortlisted applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending any presentations prior to interview. References will be confidential to the selection panel.


You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.


The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 16th March 2018.


Eligibility to Work


In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).


To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.


For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website


If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.


For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website


However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.


If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.


The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).


You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).


Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria


Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.


Conditions of Employment


Pension Scheme


This role is grade 7 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.


For further information please visit our Pensions website.




The role is grade 7 and attracts an annual salary of £32,548 to £38,833 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.


The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.


Social Policy

The Social Policy group is committed to developing comparative and cross-national research in its field. The Social Policy subject area, which includes the Global Public Health Unit [GPHU], is the leading centre for research and teaching in social policy in Scotland and one of the major centres in the UK. In the 2014 RAE the University’s submission to sub-panel 22 (Social Work and Social Policy, comprising Social Policy and Social Work staff in the School and health and family researchers from other parts of the University), was graded as having 40% of activity at world-leading (4*) level and 41% at 3*. The grade point average of 3.19 was ninth in the UK. With 99% of eligible staff submitted in the REF, these results gave the submission first place in the UK in the The Higher (18 December 2014) ranking of research power.


Teaching was assessed as ‘excellent’ in the last Teaching Quality Assessment and further commended in its most recent Teaching Programme Review in 2014. There is a strong postgraduate programme, with ESRC recognition, and staff make significant contributions to postgraduate teaching in SSPS’s Graduate School. There are close links with colleagues with cognate interests in other subjects within the School (Politics, Sociology, Social Anthropology and Social Work) and further afield, notably Education, Law, and interdisciplinary research centres such as the Academy of Government and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Social Policy provides the leadership for the university’s multi-disciplinary Q-Step centre, part of the UK-wide programme to strengthen the teaching of quantitative methods to undergraduate social scientists.


GPHU draws together expertise from a diverse range of disciplines including public health, political science, social policy, economics, medicine, epidemiology, geography and anthropology. The Unit is a leading centre for research organised around central themes in contemporary health policy debates: health systems, global governance, commercial sector and public health, social determinants of health and public policy, and science, advocacy and health policy.


Social Policy has an active programme of subject and school seminars and of international contacts. The group has close links with policy communities in Scotland, and many of its graduates have occupied prominent positions in Scottish academia, voluntary agencies or the Scottish Government.



The School Of Social and Political Science

The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises six Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units. The academic staff complement currently numbers c.200fte. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation. The School has c. 1,100 undergraduate students on its programmes of study, over 500 taught postgraduates, and over 300 doctoral researchers. The Dean and Head of School is Professor Fiona Mackay.


SPS comprises the Subject Areas of Politics and International Relations; Social Anthropology; Social Policy (including Global Public Health); Social Work; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies [STIS]; and Sociology. The School also includes the Academy of Government, and the Centres of African Studies, of Canadian Studies, and for South Asian Studies. It hosts a Nuffield Q-Step Centre, enhancing quantitative skills training for social science undergraduates, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Scotland.


The School's primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research. We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders. Building upon established strengths in the cross-subject areas of sustainable development, international development, quantitative methods, and global health the School is centrally involved in the University's Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy, and contributes to the Global Academies of Health and of Environment and Society.


In REF 2014, the School returned 96% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top eight in the UK, and number one in Scotland, for their breadth and quality of research. Overall 36% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 41% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of those four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 12,600 undergraduates, 4,500 taught postgraduates, 2,000 research students and more than 3,100 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.


Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)


The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.

The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.


As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.


As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.


The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.


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