Chair in Law

University of York

United Kingdom

February 6, 2022


Chair in Law


York Law School

Based at

University of York - Heslington Campus

Hours of work

Full-time (flexibility available)

Contract status



Commensurate with experience on the professorial scale (Minimum salary £65,961)

Interview Date

23/02/2022 & 24/02/2022

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  • Candidate Brief 10253.pdf (PDF, 1400.97kb)
  • Role Description

    York Law (YLS) is seeking to appoint a creative and collaborative legal scholar to a Chair in Law. We welcome applications from scholars with research interests in any area of law, but are particularly keen to encourage applications from scholars who work across disciplinary boundaries and have a deep commitment to shaping socially relevant research agendas across the university.

    As the only Law School in the UK to base our undergraduate degrees on problem- based learning (PBL), we offer a distinctive and dynamic approach to teaching and learning. Our research strategy has been to build a community of scholars interested in greater disciplinary openness and in working across doctrinal boundaries, with a focus on socially engaged and intellectually creative research. We have made important contributions to the University's cross-disciplinary research themes. We have excellent networks with other disciplines within and beyond the University, and a very strong record of research and impact with a global reach. We also host the Baroness Hale Legal Clinic, which provides free legal advice and forms an important base for our research.

    We are looking for a collegial scholar with a strong commitment to our distinctive approach, who will work with us to develop and deepen our networks with other departments, disciplines, and sectors and to nurture and support other colleagues at YLS.

    The Role

  • To carry out internationally outstanding research and scholarship
  • To play a leading role in the Department in identifying and securing external funding through research grants and contracts, and in developing collaborative research income-generating activities
  • To support and mentor junior academic colleagues in order to promote quality of teaching and research and their career development
  • To play a leading role in departmental and interdepartmental curriculum development and quality enhancement
  • To make an important contribution to the leadership and management of the Department, including supporting early career staff and developing new collaborative initiatives
  • Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A PhD in law or a cognate discipline, or equivalent experience
  • An outstanding and internationally recognised knowledge of a relevant subject area
  • Intellectual leadership in a major research field, evidenced in a substantial publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals and success in accessing research grants and other external funding
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills
  • Effective and sustained involvement in major administrative tasks or positions of responsibility within a department or research unit
  • Ability to manage and interact with staff and students at all levels and to contribute to broadening the strategic development of the Department
  • A collaborative ethos and a commitment to supporting colleagues
  • To apply Informal enquiries may be directed to the Head of School, Professor TT Arvind (

    Closing date : 6 February 2022 Interviews : 23 February 2022 (afternoon) and 24 February 2022 (morning). Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend (virtually) on both days.

    We value all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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