Lecturer in African Studies and International Development
The University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology
United Kingdom

1. Job Details

Job title: Temporary Lecturer in Modern European History

School/Support Department: History, Classics and Archaeology

Unit: History

Line manager: Head of History

2. Job Purpose

To teach an honours-level course on the history of the Third Reich. To contribute to the delivery of pre-honours courses, including several of the following: The Historian’s Toolkit; Making of the Modern World; Themes in Modern European History; Introduction to Historiography; Historical Skills and Methods I and II. To contribute to team-taught courses at the postgraduate level, including Historical Methodology; Historical Research: Skills and Sources; Introduction to Contemporary History and Revolutions in Modern Europe. The postholder should contribute to the supervision of MSc and doctoral students; conduct internationally excellent research on any aspect of modern European history; contribute to the administration of the Subject Area and the School and provide pastoral care and guidance to students.

3. Main Responsibilities

  1. Produce internationally excellent research (approx. 35 per cent of time).

  2. Undertake honours teaching and supervision to meet the teaching objectives of HCA (approx. 30 per cent of time). This will include double-teaching an honours level course on the history of the Third Reich and pathway contributions to Historical Skills and Methods I and II.

  3. Supervise undergraduate dissertations to meet the teaching objectives of HCA (approx. 5 per cent of time)

  4. Deliver Postgraduate teaching to contribute to the goals of the Graduate School in HCA (approx. 5 per cent of time). This may include contributions to Historical Methodology, Historical Research: Skills and Sources, Introduction to Contemporary History and Revolutions in Modern Europe.

  5. Deliver pre-honours lectures and tutorials to meet the teaching objectives of HCA (approx. 10 per cent of time). This may include The Historian’s Toolkit, Making of the Modern World, Themes in Modern European History and Introduction to Historiography.

  6. Conduct teaching-related administration to contribute to smooth running of teaching programme in HCA (approx. 5 per cent of time)

  7. Provide pastoral advice and guidance to students (approx. 10 per cent of time).

4. Planning and Organising

Plan and carry out research on any aspect of the modern European history; publish research outputs 
Develop collaborative research projects within HCA, with other parts of the University, and with other HEIs in the UK and abroad 
Deliver honours teaching as directed by Head of History 
Plan and deliver pre-honours teaching as directed by course organisers and Head of History 
Deliver postgraduate teaching as directed by Postgraduate Director, also online 
Supervise MSc dissertations, as directed by the History Graduate Officer 
Supervise doctoral research students 
Plan and carry out administrative tasks as required 
Provide guidance to students through the Personal Tutor system

5. Problem Solving

Work with senior colleagues and the Student Support Office to assist students who encounter difficulties in their studies 
Participate in teaching-related induction events, as required 
Work with course organisers to assist students new to studying History 
Work with support staff to deal with administrative issues

6. Decision Making

Decide on programmes of work for undergraduate and postgraduate students, including doctoral students. 
Make decisions about the assessment of the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students. 
Participate in classification decisions.

7. Key Contacts and Relationships

Work with Head of History, Course Organisers, Student Support Officers and officers of the Graduate School to assist in the planning, delivery, assessment and administration of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. 
Work with Director of Research to contribute to research output of the School

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Qualifications and Training


A PhD or equivalent qualification on any aspect of modern European history. 
Extensive research and/or teaching experience within the subject. 
Evidence of expertise in any aspect of modern European history. 
Evidence of ability to teach a class on the history of the Third Reich. 
Evidence of ability to contribute to teaching historical skills and methods to undergraduates. 
Ability to design effective learning programmes and to effectively deliver integrated curricula and assessment. 
Teaching experience at undergraduate level. 
Experience of undergraduate assessment. 
Portfolio of internationally excellent research.


Experience of online and postgraduate teaching, including doctoral supervision. 
Relevant IT skills, including online learning. 
Relevant administrative experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


Knowledge of any aspect of modern European history. 
Knowledge of historical skills and methods. 
Ability to produce internationally excellent research. 
Awareness of best practice in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. 
Awareness of issues in assessment.


Knowledge of online teaching practices. 
Awareness of teaching-related administrative practices. 
Knowledge of means of delivering pastoral care of students.

Personal Attributes


Excellent presentation and communication skills. 
Commitment to quality in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. 
Commitment to producing internationally excellent research. 
Versatility in approach to teaching. 
Excellent interpersonal skills. 
Ability to work as part of a team. 
Capacity to enthuse and motivate.


Capacity for innovation in development of teaching. 
Capacity for delivering on-line teaching.

9. Dimensions

Teach and assess on undergraduate and postgraduate History programmes, including doctoral supervision 
Supervise undergraduate dissertations. 
Deliver pre-honours teaching and assessment at the direction of course organisers. 
Contribute to administration of Subject Area and School. 
Provide pastoral care and guidance for students.

10. Job Context and any other relevant information

Work within the History subject area and the HCA Graduate School to deliver teaching that will contribute to internal and external assessments of the quality of teaching in HCA, such as the National Student Survey.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page [or] via our Vacancy Website 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.

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

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