Lecturer in Research Methods (LTS)
University of Glasgow College Of Social Sciences
United Kingdom

Lecturer in Research Methods (LTS)





Reference Number



    Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building

College / Service




Job Family

    Research And Teaching

Position Type

    Full Time

Salary Range

    £35,210 - £39,610/£43,266 - £50,132 per annum pro rata


Job Purpose


***There is one full time position and one part time position available. Please specify which position(s) you wish to be considered for on your cover letter.***

The School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow seeks to appoint a lecturer with expertise in social science research methods to contribute to the development and delivery of postgraduate research methods training across the College of Social Science. The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of a range of statistical methods and qualitative and/or quantitative techniques appropriate to the social sciences and will wish to apply that knowledge to postgraduate social science research methods training. The successful candidate will also contribute to the delivery of an excellent student experience by contributing to teaching, assessment and administration processes associated with undergraduate and/or postgraduate programmes and to undertake scholarship to enhance learning and teaching in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Deliver teaching, supervision and assessment activities to the postgraduate research method straining programmes within the School.


2. Carry out course administration within required timescales ensuring effective communication of information, in particular assessment requirements and criteria and timely and constructive feedback on assessment.


3. Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching on the postgraduate research methods training within the School of Social and Political Sciences, including accepting responsibilities as course co-ordinator for one or more courses.


4. Contribute to the on-going development and design of the curriculum in a manner that supports a research-led and scholarly approach to student learning and assessment in social science research methods.


5. Make effective use of learning technologies to support and enhance course delivery, course organisation, feedback and assessment. This may involve blended and/or online provision.


6. Ensure an inclusive and evidence-based approach to facilitating learning in a range of face to face and potentially online delivery formats such as tutorials, lectures, problem-based learning, that promotes student participation and learning outcome attainment.


7. Engage in scholarship by undertaking methodologically rigorous, educationally relevant, enquiries into student learning and disseminate evidence to enhance own, and potentially others’, teaching practices. Attend and participate in appropriate seminars and conferences to support research-led teaching, scholarship and/or professional practice in your disciplinary area.


8. Develop effective working relationships with students and, in partnership with relevant student services teams, respond appropriately to the diverse range of learning approaches and learner needs.


9. Develop relationships with external stakeholders in support of knowledge exchange, public understanding and appropriate forms of outreach such as widening access.


10. Participate in local, and potentially overseas, activities associated with student recruitment (e.g. open days), orientation and induction and other School and University initiatives such as support for student transitions, employability and student mobility as appropriate.


11. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.


12. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School.


13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_180610_en.pdf


For appointment at Grade 8:

In addition to the duties and responsibilities above:


14. Make a substantial contribution to developing and enhancing the profile of the Research Methods offerings across the School/College/University.


15. Take a lead in the on-going development and design of the curriculum in a manner which supports a research-led and scholarly approach to student learning and assessment, making a substantial contribution to the teaching and learning activities within the School.


16. Develop new and effective approaches to the use of learning technologies to support and enhance course delivery, organisation, feedback and assessment.


17. Develop a growing portfolio of teaching and curriculum development outputs and activities and support early career teaching staff in developing their own portfolio.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience




A1: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent professional and/or teaching experience in a similar or related role.

A2: Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in social science research methods and of teaching methods and techniques in social science research methods.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

A3: Extensive breadth and depth of knowledge in the specialist subject/discipline to develop teaching programmes/methodologies/learning support.

A4: Established reputation in teaching and curriculum development.

A5: Membership of relevant professional body, where appropriate.





C1: Ability to communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature and to be effective both orally and in writing at a level appropriate to the activity.

C2: Ability to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students to inspire learning and to provide pastoral care to students within the subject area.

C3: Ability to apply policy, practice and procedures including broader University/sector/external (e.g. commercial) awareness.

C4: Ability to work on own initiative to contribute to the learning and teaching within the subject area and wider School environment.

C5: Effective organisation skills to manage time and prioritise as appropriate research, teaching and administrative responsibilities.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

C6: Ability to communicate complex or conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding and developing early career academic colleagues.

C7: Ability to contribute to broader leadership and management activities along with an awareness of current and future priorities of the University/College/School/Service.

C8: Ability to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines and/or institutions in developing teaching programmes.



D1: Ability to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines and/or institutions in developing research methods teaching





E1: Experience of planning and progressing work activities within professional guidelines or organisational policy, applying initiative and independent judgement.

E2: Experience of research methods teaching in the areas of research design, quantitative methods, and/or qualitative methods.

E3: Developing track record of scholarly activities and outputs compatible with enhancing the School’s profile and portfolio of programmes.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

E5: Track record of scholarship and development and delivery of teaching, and proven ability to develop and devise teaching programmes, techniques and methods.

E6: Experience of planning and progressing work activities within professional guidelines or organisational policy, applying initiative and independent judgement.

E7: Experience of supervision of students at honours or postgraduate level

E8: Track record of continuous engagement with current practice and developing knowledge.



F1: Experience of supervision of students at honours or postgraduate level.

F2: Experience of teaching postgraduate students.

F3: Experience with advanced quantitative methods, including techniques such as generalised linear models and other advanced regression analysis, social network analysis, text analysis, Bayesian modelling, multivariate analysis, causal inference, R programming, agent-based modelling, or similar.

F4: Experience with advanced qualitative or mixed methods, including techniques such as qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), thematic or content analysis, visual methods or similar.

Job Features


Develop and maintain involvement in teaching programmes, underpinned by scholarship activities.

Develop and deploy effective learning and teaching resources, as agreed with relevant stakeholders, e.g. Heads of Subject/School.

Design, implement and evaluate teaching for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as appropriate.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

Make a substantial contribution to international and national teaching and curriculum developments through committee membership on scholarly and advisory bodies.

Design and deliver a range of courses/modules at all levels, underpinned by research/scholarship.

Take responsibility for student supervision and supporting/coaching early career teaching staff in the relevant subject area.


Planning and Organising

Organise workload and manage time effectively to undertake all teaching and administrative duties and scholarly and professional activity.

Contribute to planning and organisation of courses and teaching programmes within the School.

Plan, organise, deliver and evaluate learning and teaching activities and carry out assessment at a variety of levels.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

Play a leading role in the planning and implementation of teaching and administration at all levels within and beyond the School, including the identification of new initiatives.

Undertake management of programmes and courses, as directed by the Head of School and/or the Head of Subject.


Decision Making

Prioritise work in line with agreed Subject/School objectives including assessment processes, course content and committee advice.

Monitor and evaluate the content and delivery of relevant teaching programmes.

Act as first point of contact for enquires from students within the subject area and provide appropriate pastoral care.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

Decisions on course content, teaching methods, and applications by students; selection and liaison with External Examiners as appropriate.


Internal/External Relationships


Exchange relevant information with the Programme Leaders, Undergraduate/Postgraduate Directors, Heads of Subject and other relevant staff to ensure that School strategic objectives are met and that University protocols relating to quality assurance and programme enhancement are enacted.

Develop effective relationships with students and provide advice and support conducive to enhancing their academic engagement and learning, and, where relevant, seek advice from the University’s Student Support Services.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

Develop effective relationships with academic colleagues for advice, providing support and guidance to early career academics as appropriate.



Interaction with academic colleagues in other Universities (including external examiners) and professional organisations to support knowledge exchange and share information about teaching and assessment practice.

Participate in a range of student recruitment activities and build relationships with prospective students, as appropriate.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

Play a leading role in arranging and participating in student recruitment activities and support early career staff in building relationships with prospective students, as appropriate.


Problem Solving

Propose alternative strategies and negotiate alternative arrangements in overcoming any problems.

Resolve issues of an academic nature arising in relation to teaching and scholarship.

Provide advice to students and resolve issues or redirect as appropriate in order to provide effective pastoral care.

For Appointment at Grade 8:

Play a leading role in supporting early career staff in providing pastoral care to students and resolving issues as they arise.


Additional Particulars

The School of Social & Political Sciences delivers two postgraduate taught masters programmes via the University of Glasgow/University of Nankai Joint Graduate School. The Joint Graduate School involves academic staff teaching condensed courses at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, in English and engaging with equivalent University of Nankai academic and administrative staff in the delivery, management and assessment of the programmes.


The post holder may be requested to play a role supporting the Joint Graduate School’s programmes and consequently may involve the post holder visiting and teaching at Nankai University.

Standard Terms & Conditions

The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade 7/8 £35,210 - £39,610/£43,266 - £50,132 per annum pro rata.


This post is open ended and is available full time and part time (17.50 hours per week).


The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.


Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.


New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.


The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide for you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career.


Information on the programme can be found on our website at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/all/pay/ecdp/policy/


Vacancy Reference: 025920; Closing Date: 17 June 2019.

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