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Lecturer in Music

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 06th Apr 2021
  • Salary: £35,845.00 per annum
  • REF: 6845
  • Closes: 01st April 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • 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: £35,845.00 per annum

Closing Date: Thursday 01 April 2021

The Role

The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) at Newcastle University invites you to apply to the role of a Lecturer in Music to contribute to the teaching and supervision of musicology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

You will be expected to contribute to the teaching of historical musicology with a specialism in Western art music history over the long nineteenth century. You should have a growing portfolio of internationally-recognized research outputs and will be able to contribute significantly to Newcastle’s research culture. You will need to demonstrate a track record, or your potential to develop a track record, of high quality teaching within a higher education environment, as well as experience of having effective administration capabilities. You should have excellent communication skills and be able to communicate effectively and engagingly to students, staff and external audiences. You will be able to work within a diverse and plural teaching and research environment.

You also must be able to demonstrate (through formal or informal actions) a commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and widening participation in their spheres of work.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Kirsten Gibson (Head of Music) via email kirsten.gibson@newcastle.ac.uk or tel: 0191 208 5247.

More information on the department of Music is avaliable here

This post is a full, time fixed term for a duration of three years. The position is to cover an academic in the department who has been seconded to faculty for three years.

Key Accountabilities

Teaching and Learning

  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning materials, resources and activities to students in line with School/Institute and Faculty teaching objectives and timetable requirements. Where appropriate this should be carried out within external, professional or accreditation requirements.
  • 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.
  • “Teaching” includes contact time with students in addition to formal lecturing, e.g. personal tutoring and pastoral guidance (when appropriate, obtaining specialist support and advice).
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students’ research projects.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching across the School/Institute and Faculty.
  • Evaluate own practice and undertake continuing professional development in teaching.

Research and Innovation

  • Plan, organise and implement programmes of research, ensuring timely and effective completion of projects.
  • Communicate and disseminate research results through appropriate media and fora to advance knowledge in the field and enhance the University’s reputation for high quality research.
  • Plan and gain appropriate funding, to carry out projects, or contribute to this activity as a member of a team working on a broader programme.
  • Contribute to the wider research community, for instance as an academic peer reviewer (for publishers, funding councils, etc.), or through membership of professional associations relevant to the field.
  • Where appropriate, contribute to interdisciplinary collaborations involving music and interdisciplinarity within the school and across the university.


  • 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.
  • Where appropriate, and in line with University objectives, participate in voluntary work with charities etc.
  • Contribute to professional development in your field by active membership of learned societies and professional institutions.

Administration and Management

  • Undertake a range of administrative tasks to support own area of teaching, and/or research, and/or engagement e.g. recruitment or research team leadership.
  • Take responsibility for a defined management or administrative role such as Module Leader, Degree Programme Director or Committee Chair.
  • Contribute to the wider work of the School/Institute, Faculty and University through input to project teams, working groups and committees.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • Knowledge to lead and contribute to modules in Western art music history of the long nineteenth century (and to be able address core themes such as nationalism, Romanticism, or colonialism) in UG and PG music programmes.
  • Demonstrate evidence of high quality teaching practice in HE or an equivalent professional domain.
  • Evidence of growing profile of outputs in scholarly research and a personal plan to contribute significantly to Newcastle’s research culture.
  • Potential to develop a public profile through contributing to music-related professional or scholarly societies or in broadcasting.
  • Excellent communication skills to students, staff and external audiences.
  • Track record of having undertaken administrative roles in the HE sector, or demonstrable potential to contribute to School administration.
  • Evidenced contributions to diversity and inclusion.

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Demonstrable willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a team in a pluralistic and inclusive environment.


  • Good first degree in music or a related subject.
  • PhD in musicology or a related field

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)

  • Knowledge to lead and contribute to modules in a secondary research area at UG and PG level (for instance, bringing Western art music history into conversation with global contexts or an interest in histories of vernacular musics).
  • The ability to supervise research students in musicological research.
  • Willingness to engage in innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching.
  • Experience in the development of UG and PG modules and/or programmes or demonstrable potential to do so.
  • Potential for, or evidence of, engagement and impact beyond academia with personal research practice.
  • IT skills that go beyond standard word processing software packages and demonstrate fluency with specialist music-related software and/or website or social media design and communication for research and teaching.
  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship or equivalent.

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.

Requisition ID: 6845

The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver 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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