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									                                         Lecturer in Education (Ref no: 15628)

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                                              JOB DESCRIPTION
 Department/ Address:        Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1JA
    Academic Faculty:        Social Sciences and Law
               Grade:        J
     Academic Career                                              Profile Level: b
             Pathway:        One
        Work Pattern:        Full-time                     Contract Type: Permanent
               Salary:   £33,600 - £37,839
                                            Main Job Purpose:
The Graduate School of Education seeks a new Lecturer in Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages (TESOL) / Applied Linguistics to join our existing group.

This is a full academic role including teaching, research and other scholarly work.

                                      Statements of Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be a thoughtful, dynamic, creative and ambitious self-starter, keen to develop
their research and teaching in a supportive and high-performing environment.

Teaching duties will include teaching and supervisions for masters-level students on our popular MSc TESOL
programme, some teaching at doctoral level (principally on the EdD TESOL/Applied Linguistics) and
supervision of PhD and EdD students.

For more information see:

The candidate will be involved in developing new and revised modules and contributing to the development of
the programme. The successful candidate will also have an opportunity to contribute to other teaching
activities as their experience and the availability of work permits.

The successful candidate will play an active part in research in CREOLE, our Centre for Research on
Language and Education, and will lead and participate in CREOLE events. The post-holder will be actively
involved in publishing and in seeking externally-funded research projects, also assisting colleagues from the
Centre and the School/Faculty in doing the same, by peer-reviewing grant applications and assisting in
developing them.

For more information on the work of CREOLE see:

No specific duties have been assigned, but typical duties include organizing and publicising seminars, guest
speakers and other events, and being involved in the running of programmes of study. The role-holder will be
expected to work collaboratively with other staff to deliver the programmes of study and other work in their

                                       BACKGROUND INFORMATION
                                     The University and the City of Bristol

The University of Bristol ( is an international powerhouse of learning, discovery and
enterprise. Its vision is of a university whose excellence is acknowledged locally, nationally and globally.

The University was rated by the Times Good University Guide 2009 as one of the top ten universities in the
UK and in 2008 it was ranked within the top 35 in the world by The Times Higher Education/QS World
University Rankings. The Sunday Times (September 2008) described the University of Bristol as ‘one of the
jewels of British higher education’ and ‘at the cutting edge academically’. The University is a member of the
Worldwide Universities Network, a grouping of 18 research-led institutions of international standing, and of the
Russell Group of universities, an association of 20 major research-intensive universities of the UK.

The University of Bristol is dedicated to academic achievement across a broad range of disciplines. It is made
up of more than 30 departments or schools, organised in six faculties: Arts; Engineering; Medical and
Veterinary Sciences; Medicine and Dentistry; Science; and Social Sciences and Law. It has approximately
12,000 undergraduate and 5,000 postgraduate students from around 100 countries. The Quality Assurance
Agency for Higher Education, which carried out an institutional audit of the University in 2004, awarded Bristol
the highest rating available for its management of education and the academic standards of its awards. It has
31 Fellows of the Royal Society and nine of the British Academy – a remarkable achievement for a relatively
compact university.

Bristol is a research-intensive university, supporting both individual scholarship and interdisciplinary or
thematic research of the highest quality. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 93% of research at
Bristol was deemed to be of international standard. Over 61% of the research work assessed in 48 research
fields was awarded either the top 4* rating, defined as ‘world leading’, or the 3* rating, classified as
‘internationally excellent’.

A key element of the University’s vision is to ensure that its research and education contribute to regional and
national society and the economy. The University works hard to build effective links with the community and
its industries, through high-quality research collaboration and productive knowledge exchange, the creation
and support of new companies and enterprises, and the licensing of intellectual property.

Engaging the public is a vital part of university life and an area in which staff and students are actively
involved. It is part of the University’s core business and is integral to research and teaching that is grounded
in societal need and that promotes lifelong learning. It is also vital to widening participation and fair access;
and for students involved in volunteering, engagement is an aspect of the distinctive ‘Bristol experience’.

Public engagement at the University of Bristol includes all the ways in which University staff and students
interact with members of the public, encompassing talks, debates, festivals, performances, widening
participation, research with, and driven by, communities, volunteering, lifelong learning, action research and
engaged learning. Public engagement shares some of the same goals and principles as engagement with the
business community; for example, in the need to be two-way, and not assume a top-down approach, and is
part of a continuum with knowledge exchange.

The University is committed to operating in a sustainable manner, working constantly to reduce carbon
emissions and improve the sustainability of the physical estate. Its ambitious capital programme plans to
invest in the most cost-effective way in new buildings and facilities over the next few years to support
research, teaching and learning.

The University of Bristol is a stimulating and supportive environment for all students and staff, distinguished

by a commitment to high standards, respect for the individual and a strong sense of collegiality. It is also is an
integral part of a beautiful, historic city that has been selected as European City of the Year 2008, Provincial
City of the Year 2008 and Britain’s most sustainable city 2008. It has been officially designated a ‘Centre of
Culture’ and a ‘Science City’ by the Government. It is also the only UK city to be shortlisted for the European
Green Capital Award 2010, and is England’s first ‘Cycling City’.

With a population of over 400,000, Bristol is the largest city in the South West and the region’s leading centre
for business, culture and education. It has a long tradition of trade and engineering, and is also home to many
of the newer financial services and creative and media industries. The historic docks in the city centre, now a
thriving focus for leisure and the arts, retain many echoes of Bristol’s maritime history. Theatre, music, the
fine arts and cinema are all well represented, and the neighbouring city of Bath also offers a wide range of
cultural activities. Bristol is well provided with open space and parkland and is within easy reach of attractive
coast and countryside, including the Cotswolds and several National Parks. The city has an international
airport and offers easy rail and motorway links.

More information about the city of Bristol is available at and

                                    The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an internationally-renowned research and teaching profile with
strong links to institutions, organisations, international networks and research councils throughout the world.
It is one of the UK's top six Social Sciences Faculties and offers a diverse range of programmes from a wide
range of disciplines.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has approximately 2,603 registered undergraduates, 1,451 full-time
and part-time taught postgraduates and 630 research students. 48% of the University’s international students
and 56% of the University’s taught postgraduates study within this Faculty.

The Faculty currently consists of five Schools - the School of Economics, Finance and Management (EFiM);
the Graduate School of Education (GsoE); the School of Law; the School for Policy Studies (SPS); the School
of Applied Community and Health Studies (SACHS); two Departments - Politics and Sociology; and the
Centre for East Asian Studies. Politics, Sociology and CEAS will come together to form a single School in
August 2010. It also includes the School of Geographical Sciences, which spans both the Faculty of Social
Sciences and Law and the Faculty of Science. The Policy Press, a leading, specialist social science
publisher, is also based in the Faculty.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an excellent record in research. Our researchers are recognised
for both their theoretical and applied research, and many are acknowledged leaders in their discipline and/or
policy area. The Faculty performed very strongly in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Over 90% of
eligible Faculty staff were submitted to the RAE, and 56% of their research was assessed as being of 4*
(world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) quality. In total, 87% of their research was of international

The Faculty hosts a number of important, high-impact research centres including the Centre for Market and
Public Organisation, which has ESRC Research Centre status, the Townsend Centre for International Poverty
Research, the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship and the Centre for Multi-level Modelling. It
has recently launched a dynamic range of new research centres, including the Human Rights Implementation
Centre, the Global Insecurities Centre and the Centre for Assessment and Learning Studies. The Faculty has
a very strong record of successfully gaining grants from UK and EU research councils, government
organisations and charities. Our researchers have developed pioneering research work and policies that
have had important national and international impacts. We also encourage active participation in a range of

international research networks, including the Worldwide Universities Network. The Faculty also participates
in a number of cross-University research themes, and all staff are invited to be involved in these.

Further details of the Faculty’s research and teaching activities are available on the web at:

                                       The Graduate School of Education

The Graduate School of Education is an internationally renowned centre for studies in education. It has over
sixty academic staff and more than six hundred full and part-time postgraduate and post experience students
studying in Bristol and around the world.

The School maintains a high level of student support, effective quality management and enhancement,
curriculum design, content and organisation, and uses the latest technology and techniques to produce high-
quality learning resources, teaching learning and assessment, student support and guidance, and student
progression and achievement.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the School was recognised as being in the forefront of
educational research in the UK, with a profile comparable to the very best education departments in the world.

Research in the Graduate School of Education has developed over recent years around the integrative
research theme of Culture, Learning, Identity and Organisations (CLIO). Central to CLIO is the belief that the
ways in which people learn throughout life, and within the organisational settings of education and work, are
of major significance for the future development of the UK and countries around the world. In order to
understand these processes we believe that it is necessary to move beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries to
an interdisciplinary approach, able to acknowledge the complexities of human learning in the diverse settings
of homes, schools, boardrooms and laboratories.

The main features of CLIO are:

      a clear focus on understanding and enhancing learning in a wide range of cultural and organisational
      the adoption of a broad socio-cultural approach which allows psychologists, sociologists, linguists and
       other theorists to work together in interdisciplinary ways
      the development of a collaborative and vibrant research culture and organisation within the Graduate
       School of Education based around CLIO centres, CLIO networks and a range of related activities
      a strong commitment to communicating with the users of research at all stages in the research

As well as large-scale ventures across the School, each of our research centres is involved in generating
research around more focused themes. All academic staff are expected to make a strong research
contribution and participate in a research centre. The successful applicant will be invited to be active within
the Centre(s) that are most consonant with their research.

Find out more about us at:

                                The University’s Positive Working Environment
The University’s Positive Working Environment (PWE) agenda is an ongoing process with the aim of making
working life at the University of Bristol productive, rewarding, enjoyable and healthy for all colleagues. PWE

describes the things we believe are important as an employer, and a series of actions to help us deliver them.
As an employee of the University, you will have access to a range of benefits which includes, amongst others:

      For staff with families, those planning to have families, and those with other caring
       responsibilities, the University Family Life group, providing a combination of information, training and
       support; maternity/paternity coaching service, The University’s Early Years Nursery and a childcare
       voucher scheme;

      Professional training and support including an extensive programme of training & development
       courses, focus on work-life balance, tailored leadership and management workshops, flexible working
       policies, support groups such as the Women’s Research Group, careers guidance and a team of
       International Staff Advisers;

      For health, fitness and wellbeing, our Staff Wellness Programme, Staff Counselling Service, Staff
       Club, and staff member rates for the Sports Centres and the Swimming Pool;

      Travel to work benefits including interest-free bicycle loans, free cycle training and priority car
       parking spaces for car sharers, parents and carers, and a University bus shuttle.

To find out more about PWE please visit

                                            PERSON SPECIFICATION
The qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience outlined below provide a summary of what is required to
carry out this job effectively. They also form the selection criteria on which the decision on who to appoint will
be made. Please ensure that you show how you meet the criteria outlined below in your application.

                                   Relevant Experience, Skills and Knowledge
                       Essential                                            Desirable

Experience of teaching at postgraduate level.               Evidence of peer recognition.

Strong capabilities as a social scientist.                  Track record of attracting research income and
                                                            graduate students or demonstrable potential to do so.
Clearly defined research interests and an expert
command of the literature and current thinking Experience of doctoral-level supervision.
relevant to the TESOL/AL field, and consonant with
the work of other staff in the School.

Evidence of a research and publication record
suitable for appointment at this level.

                                             Relevant Qualifications
                       Essential                                                  Desirable

A good Masters-level degree in Education or a
related subject.

A doctorate (awarded or close to completion).

                                    Communication and Interpersonal Skills
                       Essential                                                  Desirable
Written and oral communication skills commensurate          Communication skills suitable for articulating the
with scholarly work in one of the world’s premier           nature and value of own research to non-specialist
universities                                                audiences.

An ability to work with initiative and imagination to
make innovative contributions to the School’s
research and teaching

Pro-active willingness and ability to engage with
national and international stakeholders

                                                Additional Criteria
                       Essential                                                  Desirable

Excellent organisational skills                             The ability and will to incorporate commercial
                                                            consultancy work as an element of the work portfolio.

                                      CAREER PATHWAY INFORMATION

As part of the process of modernising its pay and grading systems, the University has introduced career
pathways for academic staff. What this means is that all members of academic staff have a clear career
pathway involving a series of levels with distinct role profiles, each with its unique requirements. Each profile
sets out what is expected of an academic at the particular level. The role profiles also set out a collection of
competencies expected for each level.

The four academic pathways are as follows:

Career Pathway One - academic roles that combine teaching, research and administrative duties.

Career Pathway Two - academic roles focusing on research and associated administrative duties.

Career Pathway Three - academic roles focusing on teaching and associated administrative duties.

Clinical Career Pathways - Sub-sets of the other pathways covering roles that also include clinical duties.

This post is located on Pathway One. Role Summaries setting out what is expected of an academic at each
particular profile level on pathway one can be found below. Please note that an appointment may be made at
any level of the pathway.

A schematic diagram of the career pathways is also attached and further information on career pathways can
be found at

For Pathway One roles progression or promotion to the next profile level will occur having reached the
relevant point on the salary scale and after the relevant competencies have been attained. All Pathway One
roles at Level b or c are progressable and the individuals in these roles are expected to develop their skills,
knowledge and experience in order to ultimately progress through to Level d (Senior Lecturer).

Role Summary

Lecturer, Level b
Role holders at this level typically combine teaching and research responsibilities in ways appropriate to the
early stage of an academic career, but the emphasis is on building the foundations for a research career
expected of an academic in a research-intensive university such as the University of Bristol. In relation to
research, the emphasis will be on developing, and starting to implement, a programme of research. Role
holders will be developing their competence in teaching and will undertake a limited range of teaching
responsibilities. Level b lecturers will be provided with support and further training, aimed at developing their
competences and ability to take on a wider range of responsibilities.

                                           ORGANISATION CHART
The School is managed by a Head of School and a Senior Management Team, and it is structured around
research centres, and these units form the basis for the intellectual agenda of the School. Centres are
responsible for innovation in teaching as well as research. A member of staff may be in more than one CLIO

           Leon Tikly
      Director of Research

                    Centre for Assessment and Learning Studies (CALS)

               Centre for Globalisation, Education and Societies (GES)

              Centre for Learning, Knowing and Interactive Technologies

                     Centre for Research On Language and Education

                           Centre for Multilevel Modelling (CMM)

                     Centre for Narratives and Transformative Learning

                   Centre for Psychology and Learning in Context (CPLiC)

                   Centre for International and Comparative Studies (ICS)

In addition, staff are formally line-managed through three functional Primary Units (A, B, C) and by the
Director of Administration. This role will be placed in an appropriate Primary Unit for their interests.

                            Head of School

                                               Director of

  Primary Unit A             Primary Unit B                    Primary Unit C   Administrative Posts

                                           APPLICATION PROCESS
If you have received an application pack, please complete and return the enclosed application form in the
envelope provided, together with a covering letter and a copy of your CV, including the details requested on
the ‘Information in support of your application’ page of the application form.

Alternatively, you can complete the form and submit your covering letter and CV on line or download a copy
of the form from our web site at To access the on line and downloadable
versions of the form simply enter the vacancy reference number in the search facility.

Please note the following:
    We will only be able to consider you for this vacancy if you complete the application process outlined
       above – a CV alone will not be considered.
    Only include the information requested – copies of qualification, certificates, letters of reference,
       journal articles and any other additional documents are not required at this stage.
    It is important that you quote the reference number 15628 on the application form.
    The closing date for applications is 9.00am, Wednesday 1 September 2010.
    We regret that we are unable to write to all applicants regarding the outcome of their application.
       Therefore, if you have not been invited for interview within four weeks of the closing date, you should
       assume that on this occasion you have not been successful.

                                             SELECTION PROCESS

It is expected that interviews will be held on 22nd September 2010.

                                          ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Teaching and learning programme

All new teaching staff are required to attend the University’s part-time Teaching and Learning Programme
unless they can show evidence that they have completed a similar programme elsewhere. The Programme
seeks to develop a continuing professional development ethos. Further information on the Teaching and
Learning Programme can be found at


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