Birmingham Law School wishes to appoint several Teaching Fellows to to teach and advise undergraduate students, and provide academic support to those students. The posts are full-time, to start in September 2021, for a period of 3 years. However, the School is open to appointing candidates who wish to work on a part-time basis.
Teaching will be predominantly focused in our core subjects (e.g. Contract Law; Criminal Law; Decolonising Legal Concepts; Law, Justice and Ethics; Legal Skills and Methods; Public Law; Land Law; Legal Communications; Legal Solutions; Legal Theory; Legal Foundations of the EU; Tort; Trusts and Equity), and legal skills (including pro-bono work, mooting, and advocacy). Teaching and academic support will occur within an established teaching programme, managed and supervised by a member of staff with ultimate responsibility for the design, delivery, and assessment of the teaching programme.
Birmingham Law School is a friendly, diverse, civic,and global law school, located in a vibrant part of the UK’s second city. We are consistently named as one of the UK’s best law schools.We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in research and teaching, and to supporting academic work that is influential in and beyond the academy. Our scholarly community includes academics pursuing doctrinal, comparative, critical, socio-legal, interdisciplinary,and empirical work and all methodological approaches are welcomed and supported. Our current research centres include the flagship Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, through which we also provide extensive clinical legal opportunities to our students.
We are proud of the diversity and excellence of our student body, and committed to enabling students to develop into independent researchers and thinkers throughout their time with us. We are also proud of, and committed to furthering, the diversity of our staff body, and we welcome applications from candidates of all genders, backgrounds, and identities who wish to become part of our scholarly community.
Successful candidates will join a lively and flourishing School wheretheywill enjoy opportunities for rewarding teaching, alongside educational management and leadership . We can also offer membership of a collegiate and highly ambitious community of scholars and students. While this is not a research post, and does not include set-aside time for research, we offer career development support for all our academic staff including via mentoring, collective discussions of legal pedagogy, led by internationally-recognised experts; and the opportunity to participate in our wider research community
How to Apply
Applicants must apply online via theUoBrecruitment portal and should upload the following separate documents:
- Detailed curriculum vitae
- 1-2 page covering letter detailing how you meet the Person Specification(see below)
Summary of Role
- Designing and delivering lectures and seminars within the undergraduate core law school curriculum, within an established teaching programme (under the supervision of an academic member of staff)
- Responding to student queries, including via discussion boards and office hours
- Designing, marking, and moderating assessments, under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
- Contributing to academic support, including through personal academic tutoring.
- Enhancement of the student experience, including through engagement with extra-curricula initiatives relating to employability, client interviewing, advocacy, and involving students in BLS research.
- Teach courses at a range of levels within specified subject area and within own area of subject specialism, to undergraduates, predominantly through allocated lectures and seminars, so that the School’s teaching objectives are met.
- Contribute to the design of modules with other colleagues.
- Frequently update own subject expertise, including via keeping abreast of relevant developments in law and legal scholarship.
- Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the teaching programme.
- Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work.
- Develop an approach to planning and reviewing own teaching.
- Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining. (Summative assessment, including assessed work contributing to the final award is subject to validation by the academic supervisor).
- Undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes.
- Undertake some management/administration arising from teaching, under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
- Contribute to Departmental/School teaching-related activities and teaching-related administration.
- Promote equality and value diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture and learning environment.
- A higher degree (i.e. a Ph.D or JD) in the relevant subject area, or a higher degree very near to completion, or a lower level post graduate qualification plus extensive practice-based experience, including in legal education
- An interest in teaching in a research-intensive, academic law school
- A commitment to working with, and supporting, a diverse range of UG students
- Ability to design and deliver module materials successfully, including setting, marking and assessing work and providing feedback to students
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including patience, empathy, and kindness under pressure.
- Ability to assess and organise resources effectively, including ability to prioritise and balance competing demands
- Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
- Evidence of ability and willingness to work collaboratively with others
- Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.
For further information please contactDr Ben Warwick (B.T.Warwick@bham.ac.uk), Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.
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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working