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Duties of the Post: In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a
research-led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research,
research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the
community. The academic staff member shall undertake research, teach and examine,
perform administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under
the general direction of the Head of School

The duties of the appointee will include the following (these are standard
requirements of an appointment at Lecturer level at UCC).

Teaching and Examining

1) Contribute to and assist in the delivery of research-led teaching, assessment and
examining on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and where appropriate
adult and continuing education courses;

2) Supervise research projects for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;

3) Undertake the development and regular evaluation of modules with reference to
content, delivery and assessment;

4) Participate in the development of new curricular initiatives;

5) Demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning and apply innovative teaching and
learning methodologies within the School of English and within other academic units
in the University, as appropriate;

6) Contribute towards the maintenance of academic standards within his/her
discipline; give the students attending his/her classes assistance in their studies, by
advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and
otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient; make such arrangements as s/he sees fit:
meet students who have individual queries; give instruction to his/her students and
assist them in the pursuit of knowledge; hold, or assist at, all University examinations
in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner;

7) Engage in productive research and scholarship and contribute to the advancement
of knowledge, participate in research activities and publish the research in appropriate
peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate
to the discipline;

8) Supervise postgraduate research students (particularly PhD students);

9) Undertake initiatives in generating research income as appropriate to the discipline;

10) Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the research discipline.

Other Contributions

11) Participate in the administrative activities of the academic unit and the academic
life of the College and University;

12) Act as a member of such committees as may be required by the University;

13) Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;

14) Promote the discipline both inside and outside the University and contribute to the
overall intellectual life of the University and society;

15) Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the head of
discipline; carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to
him/her within his or her own discipline or other academic unit;

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required
to undertake duties as can reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be
flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the Discipline
and School.
Selection Criteria:

Decisions made at shortlisting, presentation and interview will be based on the
following criteria:

Essential criteria and desirable qualifications:

   1. A relevant (completed) PhD;

Teaching and Examining

   2. Appropriate lecturing and small-group teaching skills, and the ability to teach
      Irish literature at undergraduate and postgraduate level with evidence of
      relevant teaching experience in Higher Education or evidence of teaching

   3. An ability to contribute also to teaching on Modern English material more

   4. Evidence of a commitment to excellence in research-led teaching;

   5. Evidence of an understanding of and willingness to use modern teaching
      technologies and potential for innovative teaching and curriculum

   6. Evidence of an ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, and
      communicate ideas and concepts in a learning and teaching environment;


   7. Evidence of significant research achievement in Irish literature in the period
      from the Literary Revival to the present, as indicated by published work
      and/or publications in preparation and other research outputs appropriate to the

      A research specialization in one or more of the following may confer an

          Irish drama from the Revival to the present
          Irish women’s writing from the Revival to the present
          Irish diasporic/transnational writing
          Irish American writing

   8. Potential to attract funding through competitive research grants or other
      sources as relevant;
   9. Potential to attract local and international taught postgraduate and research
      students and experience of or potential for research supervision (particularly
      PhD students);

   10. Evidence of other relevant scholarly activity;

   11. Ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues on research projects, as
       appropriate to the discipline;

Other Contributions

   12. Administrative experience or evidence of ability to contribute to academic

   13. Experience in or potential to participate in relevant academic and professional
       associations/bodies as appropriate;

Candidates are requested to make a personal assessment of these criteria against
their own qualifications, skills and abilities to assess whether they should apply for
the post.


Introduction to University College Cork

University College Cork, a constituent University of the National University of
Ireland, is a progressive, dynamic research-led university developing a reputation as a
world class regional university, built on the history of significant achievements in
teaching and learning and research, and strong academic and professional leadership.

The University has a current enrolment of 12,791 undergraduate students and around
3,641 at postgraduate level. There are 1,126 visiting students and 1,262 participating
in Adult Education courses. 2,747 people work at UCC, of whom 1,594 are academic
and research staff. The University has over 120 degree and professional programmes
given through some 60 academic units.

Founded in 1845, as Queen’s College, Cork, UCC is one of Ireland’s oldest
institutions of higher learning. The rich history and tradition of UCC is reflected in
the imposing limestone buildings of the Main Quadrangle and the mature grounds.
UCC’s scenic city centre campus, boasting award-winning architecture, provides a
pleasant and vibrant learning environment, which is given an international dimension
by the presence of several thousand international students and many staff from over
85 countries around the world.

UCC is one of the premier research institutions in the State and its research income is
consistently one of the highest in the country. The university has strategic research
partnerships with leading multinationals in the agri-food, microelectronics, and
pharmaceutical sectors, and is home to 5 of Ireland’s 8 ISI Most Highly Cited authors.
The university’s research reputation spans across the broad range of disciplines,
strategically built around a number of internationally-recognised Research Institutes,
Centres and Schools.

UCC is fully committed to the development of 4th level (postgraduate) training and
research through its Graduate Schools, structured PhD programmes and the provision
of a wide range of generic and discipline-specific modules supporting the research
activity of PhD students. The University offers an innovative, research-led
curriculum, taught by world-class academics who consistently attract a quality student

There are four Colleges; Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS),
Business and Law; Medicine and Health; Science, Engineering and Food Science.
The Colleges offer over 120 degree and professional programmes that consistently
attract the highest proportion of top school leavers in the country and supports a
rapidly growing postgraduate and international student body.

Web Links
About UCC:
UCC News:
UCC Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012

Conditions of Employment

1.   The post is a five-year fixed-term wholetime post. The appointee to the post
     shall work under the direction of the Head of the School of English and shall
     discharge such duties as are assigned to them.

2.   The post is available from 1st September 2011 or a subsequent date to be agreed.

3.   The current remuneration – [2011 new entrants] – is as detailed below. This is
     an appointment below the bar and the appointment will be made at the first
     point of the salary scale in accordance with public sector pay policy
                                     €                                     €
            Minimum                  31,821         Seventh Point          42,873
            Second Point             33,626         Eighth Point           44,753
            Third Point              35,692         Ninth Point            46,716
            Fourth Point             37,470         Tenth Point            48,211
            Fifth Point              39,337         Eleventh Point         49,738
            Sixth Point              41,304         Maximum                51,270

                                    €                                       €
            First Point             62,353          Fourth Point            74,824
            Above the Bar                           Above the Bar
            Second Point            66,567          Fifth Point             81,459
            Above the Bar                           Above the Bar
            Third Point             70,704
            Above The Bar
      The salary includes a premium of 1/19th for pensionable staff paying contributions.
      Class A1 rate of Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) applies to the post. Salary
      payment is also subject to deduction of PAYE, Pension and Statutory Levies.
      The scale quoted is subject to change.

4.   A comprehensive Annual leave and Sick scheme is in operation, details of
     which will be sent on appointment. Annual leave will be in accordance with the
     University’s custom and practice but ordinarily shall not be more than a total of
     seven weeks per annum inclusive of Christmas and Easter College Closure
     days. All leave arrangements must be agreed in advance with your Head of

5.   Pension: There is an excellent pension scheme in operation, which provides
     personal retirement benefits as well as benefits for spouses and children.

     The overall contribution rate approximates to 6½% of salary (3% of pensionable
     remuneration and 3½% of net pensionable remuneration). Tax relief is accrued
     on these payments.

     The maximum pension, based on 40 years reckonable service, comprises an
     occupational pension from UCC with an entitlement to a contributory state
     pension. Together both pensions provide a maximum of 50% of final salary and
     the UCC scheme provides a lump sum of 1½ times final salary (currently tax
     free). The University operates schemes for the transfer of service or pension
     benefits from other schemes and a purchase scheme to allow members to
     increase their pensionable service. In addition, additional dependants’ benefits
     can be provided by membership of the Voluntary Life Assurance Scheme.

6.   Membership of the Income Continuance Plan is mandatory. This provides
     additional payment where salary is reduced or ceased because of long-term
     illness or injury. Contributions, which are tax-allowable currently, amount to
     1.25% (gross) of salary

7.   Membership of the Group Personal Accident Scheme shall apply to all
     employees, subject to individual acceptance by the Insurance Company. The
     salary quoted is subject to a deduction from salary at the rate of .06%

8.   All employees University College Cork (UCC), are governed by UCC
     employment policies and procedures as detailed on the Human Resources
     website. All staff members are required to adhere to and cooperate with the
     University at all times with regard to these policies and procedures. In
     particular staff members requested to familiarise themselves with the
     Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, the Duty of Respect and Right to
     Dignity Policy, and the Acceptable Use Policies. UCC reserves the right to
     make changes to these policies or to introduce new policies from time to time.
     Notification will be given to all staff of any such new policies or changes to
     existing policies.
9.     Voluntary Health Insurance: A VHI/Quinn Direct/ Hibernian Health/ HSA
       group scheme is in operation and contribution may be deducted from salary on

10.    Additional benefits: We offer progressive employment and training policies
       including opportunities for further studies. Staff can avail of membership of a
       variety of clubs and societies and a wide range of facilities on campus,
       including a leisure centre.

11.    The "Provisions relating to full-time posts as Lecturer" as set out in the attached
       document also apply to the post.

       Each candidate must complete an application form for the post. Application
       forms must be completed and returned to: Department of Human Resources,
       University College Cork. Tel: +353-21-4903603 Email: Fax. +353-21- 4271568

12.    Completed application forms must reach the Recruitment Office, Department of
       Human Resources, University College Cork, Ireland, before 12 noon on Friday
       15th July 2011

13.    For further information on the School of English, please see

14.    Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Patricia Coughlan


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