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									                    FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
                                 School of Law

                                     Lecturer in Law
                                            &
                   Lecturer in Law (2 years Fixed in the first instance)

                                    www.keele.ac.uk/law

                                  Recruitment Particulars

Introduction
Keele Law School is known internationally for our outward looking and distinctive
educational programmes delivered in a supportive learning environment for both staff and
students. This is achieved through excellence in core areas of law, driven by research led
teaching and a strong commitment to external engagement and internationalisation in
research and teaching.
The successful applicants will join a School with a strong track record of research excellence
with Law achieving 5*A in RAE2001 and 50% of work submitted at 4*/3* level in RAE 2008.
Key areas of research strength lie in Gender, Sexuality and Law, Healthcare Law and Ethics,
International Law and Globalisation and Legal Education and Professional Practice. In
addition to offering three qualifying Law degree pathways, the School also offers seven
postgraduate taught programmes, with a new International Law LLM due to be launched in
2013.
The School has a strong track record of engaging with community and professional partners
to support student opportunity at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to deliver
impact in the research of staff. Work on a new Moot Court learning facility will be completed
by July 2012, supported in part through donations from our strong and active alumni
networks.
The new Moot Court, an enhanced professional and international profile, and the launch of
the new International Law LLM mean that this is an exciting opportunity for the person
appointed appointee to play a key role in the next phase of the development of the School.

The University
Keele was the first new United Kingdom University of the twentieth century, established with
degree giving powers in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire. University
status, as the University of Keele, followed in 1962. The University was founded to promote
interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary scholarship and makes a distinctive contribution to
higher education by emphasising the strength of a broad educational programme. It is the
UK’s largest integrated campus university and occupies a 617-acre estate, with Grade II
registration by English Heritage, the central feature of which is nineteenth-century Keele
Hall.
Keele’s campus estate is one of the exceptional features of the University, and is integral to
the quality of experience enjoyed by students, staff and visitors alike. A one hundred acre
area of the estate, adjacent to Keele Hall, has designated conservation status confirmed by
Newcastle Borough Council. Many architectural and landscape features dating from 19th
century are of regional significance. Keele has built on its pioneering campus role by
maintaining the highest proportion, around 70%, of full-time students in campus residence of
any university in the country. On-campus housing is also provided for a large proportion of
academic staff. It is situated in outstanding countryside about two miles west of Newcastle-
under-Lyme, and about six miles west of the centre of the Potteries. The 2011/12 student
profile comprised: 8280 undergraduate students; 2258 taught postgraduate students; and
450 postgraduate research students.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

The School of Law is one of six Schools in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. The
Faculty was created in 2004 and also comprises the Keele Management School; the
Schools of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy; Public Policy & Professional
Practice; Sociology and Criminology; and Humanities. Schools are responsible for delivering
undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes. In addition, the Language Learning
Unit provides institution-wide English-language courses and support for international
students and staff, as well as courses in modern foreign languages (currently French,
German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish). The Faculty is also home to
the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is charged with
generating and supporting research, enterprise and knowledge transfer activities, hosting
visiting academics, organising research seminars and conferences and for the training and
supervision of research students.

School of Law (Head of School: Dr. Andrew Francis)
There has been a Department/School of Law at Keele since 1965. The School has
approximately 550 undergraduate students, 150 postgraduate taught students and 29
academics - from Canada, France, Greece, Kenya, India, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand
Romania and 7 administrative staff. The School strives to maintain the collegial and friendly
environment which has characterized its successful approach to supporting staff and
students.

The School of Law offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes
including three Single Honours Qualifying Degree programmes and the opportunity to study
dual honours as part of Keele’s distinctive interdisciplinary degree structure. The School also
delivers a Graduate Diploma in Law.

From a foundation in well-established excellence in the core areas of Law, our
undergraduate programmes are designed to enable students to engage widely with the Law
through:
       • Interdisciplinary pathways to a qualifying Law degree, and a critical approach to the
       study of Law within both core and elective modules;
       • Engagement with community and professional partners through the core and co-
       curricula, and work with national and regional legal professionals;
       • An international and outward-looking focus, through options to study abroad for a
       semester, to combine the study of Law with achieving a University Certificate in a
       modern language, and opportunities to study Law in its international contexts.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the core and/or elective
undergraduate law curriculum and to engage in the delivery and development of
postgraduate modules. The School has teaching needs in all core subjects but has particular
needs at undergraduate level in Public Law, Torts, International Law, Law of the European
Union and Family/Social Welfare Law.

In addition to its core undergraduate programmes, the School draws on its expertise in Law
and Ethics to offer well-established and successful post-graduate programmes in Child Care
Law and Practice, Ethics of Cancer and Palliative Care, Gender, Sexuality and Law, Human
Rights, Globalisation and Justice, Medical Ethics and Law. In September 2011 we launched
a new flexible Masters programme in Law and Society and an exciting programme in
Safeguarding Adults. In addition, a new LPC Blended Learning course has been developed
by Staffordshire Law School to be delivered in partnership with Keele Law School.
The School plans to draw on existing expertise in International Law to offer a new
International Law LLM (with a range of pathways) from September 2013. There is an
opportunity for the successful candidates to contribute to the development and delivery of
this programme.

In December 2011 the School secured a very successful outcome to its Internal Quality
Audit, successful IQA outcome. The Audit concluded that the “School has a very strong
collegiate and team focus to ensuring and enhancing the quality and standards of
programmes across the School. This is integral to the School’s success in providing a
student learning experience of high quality to its undergraduate and postgraduate students.”

Following successful fundraising work with our strong and energetic alumni networks, work
will be completed by July 2012 on a new Moot Court facility to be located within the School
of Law. This high-quality multi-use facility is intended as a resource for undergraduates in
the development of key employability skills and professional engagements and as a first
class learning environment for postgraduate students.

For further information about the School of Law at Keele, please visit our website
(http://www.keele.ac.uk/law)

Research Activity: Research Centre for Law, Ethics and Society (Head of Centre:
Professor Stephen Wilkinson).

The successful research activities of staff within the School of Law are organised and
supported through the Centre for Law, Ethics and Society (CLES), which forms part of the
Research Institute for Social Sciences.

Keele Law School has a long-standing reputation for research excellence in legal doctrine
and theory, social-legal studies, legal humanities and medical ethics and law, which was
recognised by a 5*A rating in RAE2001 and by 50% of work submitted to RAE2008 being
rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Research Institute for Social Sciences strongly encourages all members to pursue
research programme, and allows scope for traditional doctrinal research as well as
theoretical, contextual and socio-legal study. Dissemination in the form of publications,
conference papers and seminars is actively supported. The Centre has an innovative and
lively research culture and this is evidenced by a thriving publications record. In recent
years, Law staff have published monographs, textbooks, guidance for practitioners and
numerous articles in a wide range of world-leading journals and collections.

We hold regular workshops and work in progress seminars, including those supported by
external funding from bodies such as the Wellcome Trust, UKCLE and the Legal Services
Board. Staff have, in recent years, been successful in obtaining funding from the AHRC,
British Academy, ESRC, European Commission, Royal Pharmaceutical Company of Great
Britain, Nuffield Foundation UKCLE and Wellcome Trust amongst others. The Centre is
home to more than 30 doctoral students.

There are several thriving research clusters within the Centre such as (Gender Sexuality and
Law, Globalisation and International Law, Legal Education and Professional Practice, and
Healthcare Law and Ethics). In addition to this, there are smaller groups of scholars with
well-established reputations in the fields of Commercial Property, Criminal Justice and
Sentencing and other areas of Professional Ethics. The Centre is keen to strengthen the
diverse base of its research activity through this appointment and to maintain the excellence
of this work in preparation for REF 2014.
Research Institutes for Humanities and Social Sciences (Director: Professor Ann
Hughes)

Keele's Research Institute for Social Sciences brings together over 170 academic staff and
over 200 postgraduate students working across a range of social science disciplines. Staff
and research students are grouped within five Research Centres. These provide a focus for
seminars, grant activity, support to postgraduate research students (PGRs), and research
support and supervision. The Institute was formed in 2011 to provide leadership for the
development of social sciences within and beyond the University. Its main objectives are to:

           Identify and grow research in focused social science areas.
           Increase research grant income from the Research Councils and other major
            funders.
           Provide strong administrative support to research active staff.
           Support more focused mentoring and management of staff – at all career stages.
           Provide improved research and pastoral support for PGRs.
           Raise the public profile and reputation of social science at Keele.

The five Centres that make up the Research Institute for Social Sciences are the:

         Centre for Economics and Management
         Centre for Law, Ethics and Society
         Centre for the Study of Politics, International Relations and Environment
         Centre for Psychological Research
         Centre for Social Policy

In RAE 2008, 95% of research across the main areas submitted was judged to be of
international quality. Members of the Research Institute currently hold major grants from the
Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
Council, the Medical Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the
Wellcome Trust and the European Union, amongst others. The Institute builds on and
encourages collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and the integration of different research
traditions, including quantitative social surveys, qualitative studies and social theory. In so
doing, the Institute provides a unique forum for the advancement and promotion of social
sciences research. For more information about the Research Institute for Social Sciences at
Keele, please visit our website http://www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/

The posts

This is an exciting opportunity for early career scholars to join a successful group of research
active staff and to play a crucial part in the next phase of the development of this
internationally recognized and distinctive School of Law.

The University is seeking to appoint two highly ambitious individuals with excellent research
potential and ability to make a strong contribution to the delivery of core undergraduate
modules and to teach on our developing suite of high-quality postgraduate programmes
within the School of Law. For one of the posts, an expertise in International Law would be
desirable.
Post Ref:   AC12/32WS

                                  Lecturer in Law (2 posts)

                                    Person Specification

School/RI                  School of Law

Responsible to:            Head of School


Responsible for:


Grade:                     Grade:7a/8                         Hours:         Both post are full time
                           Incremental Scale: Yes                            but one post is indefinite
                           Salary: £31,948 to £45,486                        and the second post is
                                                                             fixed term for 2 years (in
                                                                             the first instance)


Role Summary:
The post-holder will undertake teaching and administrative duties efficiently and effectively within
the guidelines operated by the School. They will be expected to be active in research and
contribute significantly to the work of the Centre for Law, Ethics and Society.



Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Research duties and responsibilities include:
   Pursuing high quality research that advances the research strategy of the Centre for Law,
    Ethics and Society
   Publishing research outputs in appropriate journals of international standing;
   consistent with the resources available and other teaching and administrative obligations,
    presenting research findings at appropriate national and international conferences;
   Individually or collaboratively applying for research grants or contracts that will help deliver
    research outputs of international excellence;
   Contributing fully to the culture of the Research Institute through participation at staff seminars,
    internal workshops, study group meetings etc.

Teaching duties and responsibilities include:
   Contributing to teaching, supervision, marking and course administration on the School’s
    undergraduate, and postgraduate (including CPD) courses;
   Teaching lectures, seminars and tutorials as appropriate;
   Undertaking academic duties, e.g. setting of examination papers, marking, invigilation,
    according to School procedures;
   Undertaking doctoral supervision and examination as appropriate;
   Co-operating with members of other subject groups and partners from outside Keele in the
    planning and delivery of collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching;
   Co-operating with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum for
    existing programmes and in the design, development and launch of new programmes;
   Providing support and guidance for students and undertaking any required pastoral support of
    students;
   Maintaining a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in the relevant fields to
    ensure that teaching is of the quality expected by a leading University;
   Complying with University, School and Centre standards and procedures for ensuring teaching
    quality and contributing to the development and implementation of School and Centre
    standards and procedures.

Administrative duties and responsibilities include:
   Undertaking any specific task that may be reasonably requested by the Head of School;
   Directing degree programmes, modules or knowledge transfer activities as required;
   Attending School and Centre meetings and participating in other committees and working
    groups within the School, Faculty, or University as required;
   Undertaking, subject to approval from the Head of School or University as appropriate, relevant
    external commitments that will enhance the reputation of the School and University.

Personal Development / Performance responsibilities include:
   Demonstrating a commitment to continuing personal/professional development;
   Where necessary, undertaking the programme of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    offered by the University;
   Engaging in continuing professional development, e.g. through participation in relevant staff
    development programmes;
   Observing and defining priorities and timetables in the achievement of strategic and operational
    objectives.
   Adhere to the University's environmental policy and procedures and seek to promote
    environmental sustainability within area of responsibility.

Equality, Diversity, Health and Safety and Strategy responsibilities include:
   A strong commitment to the principles and practice of equality and diversity;
   Taking reasonable care of the Health and Safety of yourself and that of any other person who
    may be affected by your acts or omissions at work;
   Co-operating with Keele University in ensuring as far as is necessary, that Statutory
    Requirements, Codes of Practice, University Policies and School/Departmental health and
    safety arrangements are complied with.

This is not intended as an exhaustive list of duties or a restrictive definition of the post. It
should rather be read as a guide to the main priorities and typical areas of activity of the
post-holder. These activities are subject to amendment over time as priorities and
requirements evolve.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Andrew Francis, Head of School,
email: a.m.francis@law.keele.ac.uk, telephone 01782 733222.

By completing an application form you will automatically be put forward for both
posts.

To apply, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/c5hmfpu

Please quote post reference if appropriate: AC12/32WS

Closing date for applications: 30th July 2012

It is expected that interviews will be held in early August 2012.


         Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity
                                                                                       Evidence Key
Post Ref:      AC12/32WS                                                             A=    Application
                                                                                     I =   Interview
                                                                                     R=    References
                                                                                     T=    Test
                                                                                     P=    Presentation
                              Lecturer in Law (2 posts)                                 (or a combination)

                                   Person Specification
   Criteria                                          Evidenced                                 Evidenced
                            Essential                                    Desirable
  Headings                                              by:                                       by:

 Education/      Degree in Law or a                     A        Professional teaching           A
  Training        closely related subject                          qualification
                 PhD completed (or be within 4        A&I        Familiar with learning
                  months of completing) in Law                     technologies                 A, I & R
                  or a closely related subject, or
                  comparable research record
                 Knowledge of research and            A&I
                  scholarship in relevant subject
                  areas
                 Familiar with core curriculum of    A, I & R
                  relevant subject areas

 Experience      Some experience of publishing       A, I & P    Track record of              A, I & R
                  high-quality journal articles                    publishing articles
                  (and/or monographs) that                         and/or monographs
                  would be suitable for                            which would stand a
                  submission to REF 2014 (Law                      reasonable chance of
                  UoA subpanel).                                   being rated 3* or 4* by
                 Some experience of teaching         A, I & P     the REF subpanel
                  in relevant areas                                (Law UoA)
                                                                  Some experience of           A, I & R
                                                                   writing or co-writing
                                                                   grant applications
                                                                   (particularly where
                                                                   these have been
                                                                   successful)
                                                                  Some experience of           A, I & R
                                                                   working as part of a
                                                                   research team
                                                                  Experience           with
                                                                   learning technologies         A&I
                                                                   (VLEs)
                                                                  Experience as Module
                                                                   Leader at either UG or        A&I
                                                                   PGT level in a HEI.
                                                                  Ability to contribute to
                                                                   International        Law     A, I & R
                                                                   modules at UG/PGT
                                                                   level (one post only).


   Skills /      Effective communication,            A, P & I    Excellent                     I&P
 Aptitudes/       presentation and interpersonal                   presentational skills.
Competencies      skills
                 IT literate                          A&I        Capable of organising        A, I & R
                 An ability to initiate work         A, I & R     and leading projects
                  independently                                    (including but not
 Ability to prioritize and respond              limited to academic
  effectively to new situations       A, I & R   programmes).
  and problems
 Ability to teach at UG, PG and       A&I
  professional level
 An ability and willingness to
  work as part of a team on           A,I&R
  teaching programmes and
  other school initiatives
 An ability to develop effective
  working relationships with a        A, I & R
  wide variety of colleagues,
  both within and outside the
  University Sector

								
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