Lecturer in Politics of Race & Ethnicity

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 10th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £35,845 - £55,750 per annum
  • REF: 5809
  • Closes: 12th March 2021
  • 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 – £55,750 per annum

Closing Date: 12 March 2021

The Role

You will conduct research in any area of the politics of race and ethnicity and contribute to teaching on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Your research focus will relate to any subfield(s) in International Politics, Comparative Politics, and/or Political Theory. Although the geographical focus is open, we have an interest in expanding our coverage of the UK and/or global south. We value methodological pluralism.

You will have a track record of publications in any area of the politics of race and ethnicityin high impact journals and other outlets commensurate with your career stage.You will have experience of teaching undergraduates and/or postgraduates. You will be collegial and keen to develop your academic career in a collaborative environment that values and supports research, teaching and impact. You will be enthusiastic about discussing the politics of race and ethnicity with students and non-academic audiences.

Further details can be found on:www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/politics/about/joinus/

Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr Simon Philpott, Reader in Postcolonial Politics & Pop Culturesimon.philpott@ncl.ac.uk or Dr. Una McGahern, Senior Lecturer in Politicsuna.mcgahern@ncl.ac.uk

We have 2 posts available.

Key Accountabilities

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
  • Provide a range of timely student support to enhance the student experience and achievements. Set, mark and assess coursework and examinations, providing timely and effective feedback to students
  • Provide personal tutoring and pastoral guidance (when appropriate, obtaining specialist support and advice)
  • Supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate students’ dissertations and research projects
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of modules and programmes to improve teaching across the School and Faculty
  • Evaluate own practice and undertake continuing professional development in teaching including Newcastle Educational Practice Scheme

Research and Innovation:-

  • Plan, organise and carry out research, to ensure the contribution of, new knowledge, insight and innovation to the relevant (sub) field of the politics of race and ethnicity
  • Prepare and submit applications for appropriate funding, to carry out an area of research, or contribute to this activity as a member of a team working on a broader programme
  • Disseminate research results through appropriate media and anadvance knowledge in the field toenhance the University’s reputation for high quality research. This will include authoring or co-authoring monographs and papers for publication in high quality academic journals
  • Attract and supervise, as a member of a supervisory team, PhD students to ensure their successful completion
  • Contribute to the wider internal and external research community e.g. by reviewing journal articles, peer review of research grants, active engagement with relevant university research clusters, and membership of professional bodies
  • Where appropriate, initiate or contribute to interdisciplinary collaborations to maximise the benefits for the School, Faculty and University
  • Where appropriate participate in formal knowledge transfer activities and consultancy


  • 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 special 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

Administration and Management:-

  • Take responsibility for a defined management or administrative role such as Module Leader, Personal Tutor, Degree Programme Director, Research Director, and/or other duties as agreed with the Head of Unit
  • Contribute to the wider work of the School, Faculty and University through input to project teams, working groups and committees.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Contribute to the field of your PhD through participation in research focused activities such as conferences, workshops, seminars and/or invited talks to academic and non-academic audiences
  • Havea track-record of publications in international politics in high impact journals and other outlets commensurate with your career stage
  • Experience of teaching undergraduates and/or postgraduates
  • You will be collegial and keen to develop your academic career in a collaborative environment that values and supports research, teaching and impact. You will be enthusiastic about discussing the politics of race and ethnicity with students and non-academic audiences (Desirable)


  • PhD in any field or sub-field of politics with a specialisation in the politics of race and ethnicity

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.

Requisition ID: 5809

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