Lecturer: Digital Law, Policy & Society

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Jul 2021
  • Salary: £35,845 - £40,322  per annum
  • REF: 9506
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £35,845- £40,322 per annum

Closing Date:26 August 2021

The role

Newcastle Law School seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Digital Law, Policy & Society (Teaching & Research). The appointee would be expected to undertake high quality research, actively pursue external funding and collaboration and help strengthen our research community in line with the School research strategy. Candidates would be expected to undertake research relevant to an increasingly digital society and economy which broadly aligns with our emerging Technology and Innovation: Governance, Ethics and Regulation (TI:GER) grouping. The Law School is particularly interested in research that engages with challenges in one or more of the following areas: regulation of the digital economy and the power of platforms; AI governance; justice and human rights in an online world; online dispute resolution and due process; data and privacy; cybercrime and cybersecurity; data ethics; bioethics; biomedical technologies; and environmental technologies. Newcastle University offers excellent opportunities for outstanding researchers in these areas to engage in challenge-led interdisciplinary research through: the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD); the Data Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence (Data NUCoRE); the Digital Institute, which has a strong partnership with The Alan Turing Institute; and through considerable digital policy expertise in the School of Arts and Cultures (SACS); and others.

Interdisciplinarity will be central to this role and candidates must demonstrate willingness and capacity to engage across disciplinary boundaries. Candidates should also have demonstrable teaching interests that complement the ongoing development and delivery of Newcastle Law School’s educational provision, including the ability to develop exciting new postgraduate modules aligned with their research expertise.

We seek to make an appointment that demonstrates our commitment to providing an excellent student experience and expect the successful candidate to share our desire to nurture intellectual curiosity, critical awareness, ambition and confidence, enabling students to reach their potential.

You must have a PhD in Law or a related area or be about to obtain one. We would also expect you to have the ability to: secure external research funding, publish in internationally recognised journals and conduct research with the potential to create impact. You will be able to demonstrate research excellence/potential as evidenced by high quality publications.

The level of appointment will be determined by your ability to meet the requirements of the person specification and job description.

Presentations and Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 13 September 2021.

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Dr Jonathan Galloway, Head of Newcastle Law School at jonathan.galloway@newcastle.ac.uk

Law has been taught at Newcastle since 1923 and Newcastle Law School is spread across Windsor Court and Windsor Terrace, alongside the Law Library, and in close proximity to both the Philip Robinson Library and Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms. We embed our commitment to equality and diversity in all that we do and have secured a bronze Athena SWAN departmental award. The School has expanded considerably since 2013 and currently comprises 45 academic colleagues and a professional services support team of 9. We are proud to have 13 nationalities amongst our staff and in excess of 40 nationalities among our student body.

For more information about Newcastle Law School, please visit our website https://www.ncl.ac.uk/law/

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The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.

Key Accountabilities

1) Teaching and Learning

  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning material, resources and activities to students in line with School and Faculty teaching objectives and timetable requirements;
  • To contribute to teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including developing new module offerings in line with programme curricula developments;
  • Provide a range of timely student support to enhance the student experience and achievements. Set, mark and assess course work and examinations, providing timely and effective feedback to students in line with University policy, and utilise on-line and digitised curricula and education frameworks;
  • Provide personal tutoring and pastoral guidance (when appropriate, obtaining specialist support and advice);
  • Supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate students’ dissertations;
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching across the School and Faculty;
  • Evaluate own practice and presently have or a willingness to work towards a category of Fellowship with the HEA;
  • Provide education for life, that engages, challenges and supports our students to discover and fulfil their potential both while they are studying with us and once they have graduated.

2) Research and Innovation

  • Plan, organise and carry out research, to ensure the contribution of new knowledge, insight and innovation to a field relevant to an increasingly digital society and economy;
  • Conduct research that demonstrates international standards of excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigour and ensure all our students benefit from studying in a research intensive, research excellent academic environment;
  • Contribute to the research profile of the Law School by publishing in high quality journals, demonstrating impact, working collaboratively across disciplines, and pursuing external research funding;
  • Demonstrate impact by developing research-based solutions to real-world problems and engaging with external stakeholders to develop the impact of your work.

3) Engagement and Citizenship

  • Participate in organised programmes of outreach/public engagement;
  • Promote the University’s values and support widening access to our programmes and facilities to people who have historically had little involvement in universities;
  • Develop programmes of teaching and/or research which include knowledge sharing with the private and public sectors, and with civil society, with especial reference to marginalised and disadvantaged social groups;
  • Contribute to the development of public policy e.g. through advice to public bodies at local, regional, national and international levels, as appropriate;
  • Contribute to professional development in your field by active membership of learned societies and professional institutions;
  • Take responsibility for a defined management or academic citizenship roles such as Module Coordinator, Personal Tutor, and/or other duties as agreed with the Head of School;
  • Operate as an active and collegiate citizen in the Law School community.

Person Specification (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Strong commitment to the pursuit and practice of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Evidence of the ability to provide an outstanding educational experience, rooted in strong disciplinary knowledge that engages, challenges, and inspires our students
  • Make effective use of technology to enhance learning
  • Evidence of/potential to develop and secure grant capture and/or impact
  • Evidence of strong commitment to cross-disciplinary research
  • Evidence of a developing international research profile
  • Evidence of the potential to contribute to the legal research community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational, time management and presentation skills
  • Evidence of potential to contribute to the Law School Vision and Strategy
  • A willingness to develop and coordinate cross-disciplinary teaching initiatives
  • Evidence of potential active citizenship in an academic environment (desirable)
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students (desirable)


  • A good Honours degree in a relevant subject;
  • PhD (or equivalent) at or near completion in a relevant subject, i.e. strictly within three months of submission at time of application.

All applicants who fulfil the criteria are welcome. We are keen to offer opportunities, where possible, to people from groups who are currently underrepresented, such individuals from black or Asian backgrounds. All applications will be considered on the merits, experience and qualifications of the candidate as these relate to the requirements and specifications of the post.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

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