Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Social Work
University of Essex
United Kingdom

The School of Health and Social Care

Organised health and social care is one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century, made possible by the vision and dedication of the professionals who staff it. We are at the forefront of preparing people to solve real-life issues in health and society, offering courses and research that both commissioners and employers believe in. The School has an excellent reputation for teaching and research in health and social care. Our academic members of staff (approx. 90) include social workers, nurses, allied health care professionals, psychologists and sociologists. In 2017 we were awarded a silver Athena SWAN award. 


The Centre for Social Work and Social Justice aims at becoming a world leading hub for social work education, where active research feeds directly into the training of the new generation of social workers. Our vision is for the Centre to develop a coherent and distinct identity, both inside and outside the University. This identity, builds on the strengths of the existing staff, responds to the broader challenges facing social work and society and embraces the University principle of "challenging conventions". Our Centre places a particular emphasis on critical theory, service user involvement, human rights and social justice.


We are looking to make an appointment at the Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level.


Duties of the Post

Candidates will be expected to take up a teaching, mentoring and leadership role on the MA Social Work and Human Rights. In addition, the post holder will contribute to teaching on the BA Social Work. The successful candidate will conduct high quality research and contribute to the School's research profile, with a particular focus on Human Rights Based Social Work and/ or Critical Perspectives in Relationship Based Social Work.


Applicants at the Lecturer level will engage effectively in substantive teaching and learning support roles in the Department and will produce research outputs for publication at acceptable levels of volume and academic excellence and disseminate the result of research and scholarship through appropriate Knowledge Exchange activities.


Applicants at the Senior Lecturer level will engage in curriculum development, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and research supervision at both an individual and a strategic level; and provide research leadership and engage in activities that will enhance the research profile of the Department.


You will also engage in individual and/or collaborative research activity that is in keeping with REF criteria; and generate research income appropriate in scale to career stage and subject area norms.


Other duties will include supporting students as a personal tutor both on university and placement settings; developing and submitting high quality grant proposals and funding applications; and carrying out a range of administrative tasks within the department; play a lead role in recruiting to the Centre's programmes (including participation in interview days and admissions).


A full list of key responsibilities and main duties (Education, Research and Leadership and Citizenship) can be found within the respective job packs below.


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