Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Political Theory

Political Science

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £40,928 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880294
  • Closes: 24th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

UCL wishes to appoint a Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Political Theory on a part-time basis (35% FTE) to cover parental leave. The position will provide teaching on an optional module Social Mobility, Social Justice, Education and the Family – delivered for MA programmes within the Department of Political Science. We currently expect 21 students on the module: 6 on the MA in Legal and Political Theory, 15 on various other programmes.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching 8 weeks of seminars for the module in Term Two of the 2021-22 academic year, the expected start of teaching will be week commencing 24 January 2022, but the position will start 1st January 2022. There are two seminars per week, on Wednesday mornings. The course leader has pre-recorded the lectures, which indicate the questions to be discussed in seminar, and he will return from leave in time to do the marking of students essays. So the main requirement of the role is, in effect, to run the discussion of the seminar questions that arise out of the lectures and prescribed reading.

The person appointed will also be expected to hold weekly Office Hours during term, and to take over responsibility for his Personal Tutees until return of postholder in April.

The post is a fixed term appointment to cover parental leave from 01 January 2022 31 March 2022.

Key Requirements

A PhD in Political Science, Political Theory/Philosophy or related subject, or current enrolment in a PhD programme in Political Science, Political Theory/Philosophy, or related subject. Excellent knowledge of academic literature relevant to the module and an ability to communicate clearly with students is essential.

Further Details

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We encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the sector and at UCL including but, not exclusive, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQ+ people, people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, especially women.

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We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

24 Nov 2021

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