UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
RECRUITMENT ROLE PROFILE FORM
Job Title: Lecturer in Music
School/Department: School of Humanities - Department of Music
Salary: £32,901 – £44,166 per annum, depending on qualifications and
experience (salary can progress to £51,175 per annum, subject to
Job Family & Level: Research & Teaching Extended Level 5
Contract Status: This permanent post is available from 1 September 2012
Hours of Work: Full-time – 36¼ hours per week
Location: Department of Music, University Park
Responsible to: Head of Department
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an internationally excellent record or
potential in any aspect of music performance or composition. Applications are welcome from
candidates with a specialism in either field. The successful candidate will be expected to teach
undergraduate and postgraduate modules, to supervise postgraduate research students, to
undertake research in their specialist areas, and to contribute to departmental administration
(which will include liaising with Lakeside Arts Centre).
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
To oversee and develop undergraduate and postgraduate provision in Performance;
To liaise with instrumental teachers and other visiting professionals in ensuring a
coherent Performance offering for all Music students;
To review current student ensemble provision and organisation in conjunction with the
Lakeside Music Officer.
To contribute to existing composition modules;
To develop provision in digital, commercial and/or studio composition.
To design, teach, administer and assess taught modules in other areas of music as
required at undergraduate level (including core modules);
To attract and supervise postgraduate research students in the field of performance or
To be active in seeking to gain research grants and funding;
To work in partnership with the Department and Lakeside to develop and implement a
programme of creative research leading to REF-submittable outputs that may include
publications, performances, and knowledge transfer activities (e.g. public
To contribute to departmental administration, as required by the Head of Department;
To provide pastoral support for the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate
To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade and role of the post holder, as
required by the Head of Department.
This job description may be subject to revision following discussion with the person
appointed and forms part of the contract of employment.
Qualifications/ PhD in Musical Performance or 30 credits of a UK Postgraduate
Education Composition (or be near completion) Teaching Certificate or Education-
related Masters, or equivalent
Or substantial recent experience as
Higher Education Academy Fellow
a professional performer or
status or equivalent nationally
recognised status for HE teaching
from another country.
Knowledge/ Current engagement in performance Understanding of the evolving
Skills/Training or composition activities of challenges facing Higher
international excellence, and which Education in a new funding
may be submitted for REF2014 landscape
Capacity to design and administer
modules in performance or
composition, and in other areas of
Capacity to attract and supervise
postgraduate research students in
performance or composition
Capacity to contribute to innovation
in teaching and assessment methods
and curriculum design
Capacity to provide effective
pastoral support to the Department’s
undergraduate and postgraduate
Capacity to contribute effectively to
Good communication skills
Strong commitment to the
Department, especially in terms of
collegial approach and presence
Experience Experience of teaching at higher
Experience working with student and
Personal Ability to relate well to students both
Attributes in terms of teaching and pastoral
Other International excellence in Ability to contribute to the one of
performance or composition the Department’s research
achievement or potential centres or networks
Ability to work well in a team
Good interpersonal skills
Due to the requirements of the UK Border and Immigration Agency, applicants who are not UK
or EEA nationals and whose immigration status entitles them to work without restriction in the
UK will be considered on an equal basis with UK and EEA nationals. Other non-UK or non-EEA
nationals whose employment will require permission to work subject to a resident labour
market test may only be considered if there are no suitable UK or EEA national candidates for
the post. Please visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ for more information.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Sarah Hibberd, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +44 (0)115 951 3139. Please note that applications
sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.
Please quote ref. CE/07632A Closing date : 1 May 2012
For more details and/or to apply on-line please access:
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Jobs/CurrentVacancies/ref/CE07632A. If you are unable to
apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, tel: 0115 951 3262.
In addition to the application form, applicants should supply a CV, which should include details
of their research expertise, publications, performance or compositions, and their teaching and
Candidates may be asked to supply samples of their publications, recordings of their
performances, or scores/recordings of their compositions, but these should not be submitted
with the initial application.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to spend two days at the Department of Music 14th and
15th June 2012. There will be an opportunity to meet members of the Department’s academic
staff and the Music Officer at Lakeside Arts Centre, and overnight accommodation will be
arranged. During the course of the two days candidates will be invited to:
i) Give a 20-minute presentation to postgraduate students and academic staff, on a
subject of the candidate’s choice;
ii) Take a workshop with a small number of undergraduates (details to follow);
iii) A formal interview.
Information about the Department of Music may be found at:
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
The Departments of Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Music, Philosophy, Theology &
Religious Studies form the School of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts. Music enjoys close
relations with the other Humanities departments and with other Schools, including English, and
Cultures, Languages and Area Studies.
The Department has 9 full-time members of staff. As will be seen from the listing below, their
research interests cover a wide range of specialisms.
Our courses cover a wide variety of topics, including all periods of western classical music,
jazz, opera, popular music, film music, ethics and aesthetics, composition, and performance.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminar classes, and individual consultative tutorials and
instrumental tuition. Our courses develop key critical and analytical skills in the study of music
as a vibrant form of social and cultural practice, and offer the opportunity to focus on specific
topics within the subject, with particular emphasis upon performance, historical
musicology, analysis and composition.
We currently admit about 50 undergraduate students each year. The Department is committed
to providing teaching and student support to the highest standards and has an ongoing
programme of evaluation and innovation in this area.
The Department is responsible for a taught MA course in Music, with pathways in Musicology,
Performance and Composition. In the current session, the Department has 12 MA students and
8 students working for, or writing up, doctoral theses. We are interested to attract more
doctoral students in performance and composition.
The Department is committed to providing its staff with the time and resources to achieve the
highest levels of international excellence in their research. All staff have one ‘research day’
every week during term free from teaching and administration. They may apply for University
research leave for one semester in eight and are encouraged to apply for external funding to
augment their University leave. The School of Humanities currently provides staff with
substantial annual research allowances for UK research expenses and for conferences abroad.
The fruits of these policies can be seen in the Department’s standing in RAE 2008: 85% of the
Department’s research was rated as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’, a result that
places us in the top 10 UK music departments.
The Department holds regular research seminars and organises one-day colloquia and longer
conferences. It runs the Centre for Music on Stage and Screen (MOSS), directed by Dr Nanette
Nielsen, which promotes the interaction of history, theory and practice in the study of opera,
ballet, melodrama, film, video and other multi-media performance genres through a
developing programme of academic and practical research activities. This includes a series of
guest lectures, screenings, workshops, study days and conferences, performances and
The Department works closely with Lakeside Arts Centre, the University’s public arts centre
and museum. Lakeside has earned national recognition for its programme of high quality
concerts by leading UK and international artists. Lakeside’s 2012-2015 Development Plan has
a commitment to commissioning and promoting innovative contemporary music and multi-
media productions with nationally and internationally significant artists. Lakeside collaborates
with academic departments across the University as well as with external partners to create
projects that are research-led and have a performance platform as an outcome.
Lakeside Music Office manages the University Philharmonia and Choir, programming concerts
and repertoire for these ensembles in consultation with the professional freelance conductors
the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow and Choir Director. Lakeside works closely with
the student music societies, co-ordinating performances and rehearsal diaries, administering
solo and conducting auditions, running conducting classes, and conducting assistantships.
Lakeside liaises with visiting artists for the provision of workshops for students when
appropriate and feasible.
Lakeside offers arts administration (ensemble) traineeships (currently four annually) attached
to each of the large ensembles: orchestra and choir. Mentored by the Music Officer and Music
Assistant student trainees undertake paid work that provides students with specific skills and
knowledge that will enable them to apply with confidence for arts administration positions on
Lakeside supports early career composers through opportunities for workshops and
performances by both professional visiting artists as well as professionally conducted student
Lakeside provides a broad range of participatory arts linked to the programme with workshops
for children, families and adults. Working with local schools, colleges and other agencies in the
community, over the next three years Lakeside will explore opportunities to enhance the music
education offer further through provision of workshops by visiting musicians.
Department of Music staff
Sarah Hibberd, Associate Professor and Head of Department
19th-century opera; French musical culture; the melodramatic aesthetic; music in silent
and early sound film
Robert Adlington, Associate Professor
Music in Amsterdam in the 1960s and 1970s; avant-garde music in the 1960s; Louis
Andriessen; Harrison Birtwistle; music and time
Nick Baragwanath, Associate Professor
Music Theory, Wagner, Italian opera, nineteenth and early twentieth-century music,
music analysis, critical theory
Mervyn Cooke, Professor of Music
Benjamin Britten; film music; jazz; early 20th-century music; composition; ethnic
Adam Krims, Professor of Music Analysis
Urban geography; critical theory; political economy
Nanette Nielsen, Lecturer
Music and philosophy, especially ethics and aesthetics of 20th-century music; Opera
and music theatre in the Weimar Republic; Paul Bekker; Scandinavian music and
Esperanza Rodríguez-García, Lecturer
16th-century sacred music in Spain and Italy
Nick Sackman, Associate Professor and Reader
Composition; contemporary music and notation; ensemble direction and orchestral
Philip Weller, Lecturer
18th-century opera and aesthetics; Rameau; polyphony of the long 15 th century (1380-
1520); Lassus; medieval and Renaissance in theory and practice; historiography; early
20th-century opera and song; Symbolism and Expressionism; Messiaen; Zemlinsky;
music and language
Peter Wright, Professor of Music
Medieval and Renaissance music; Trent codices; Michael Tippett; composition
Joanna Bullivant, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Musical modernism, 1930s Britain, Alan Bush
Honorary Research Fellows
George Fenton (Film music)
Colin Matthews (Composition)
Owen Cox (Performance)
The city and the University
Nottingham is one of Britain's most vibrant, culturally diverse and cosmopolitan cities. The
wider Nottingham urban area is the seventh-largest in the UK with a population of about
700,000. The compact city centre combines heritage and history with a lively cultural and
social life, including new artistic venues such as the Royal Theatre and Concert Hall,
Nottingham Playhouse, the New Arts Exchange and Nottingham Contemporary.
The University combines the attraction of a well-landscaped campus university with a semi-
suburban location three miles from the city centre (frequent buses). Regularly rated in the 'top
ten' of English universities, Nottingham has a total student population of around 36,000.