Lecturer in Welfare Rights / Social Justice

University of Glassgow
June 27, 2024
Offerd Salary:£48,350 - £56,021
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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Lecturer in Welfare Rights / Social Justice

Job Purpose

To manage the development and delivery of high quality social change legal education in the School of Law for undergraduate and postgraduate students; to ensure the effective set up and day-to-day management of a welfare rights clinic in the GO Justice Centre; to supervise students working on legal casework; to enhance the student experience by working collaboratively with academic and professional services staff to embed wide ranging experiential learning opportunities in all degree programmes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To take initiative and manage the strategic development of social change legal education in the School of Law together with academic colleagues and partner organisations.

2. Identify, develop and oversee new opportunities to further enhance the student experience, including scoping new legal clinics, outreach and pro bono projects together with academic colleagues.

3. Supervise students on pro bono projects and legal casework in one or more of the following areas: welfare benefits; housing; social care / community care.

4. Engage with stakeholders and sustain collaborative networks in legal practice and with relevant civil society organisations (law centres, frontline charities, NGOs).

5. Lead the efficient management of legal casework and projects with appropriate data protection, ethical and legal compliance, ensuring that clients are well supported and receive high quality legal advice.

6. Manage relevant members of staff and students in the Go Justice Centre as projects and clinics develop.

7. Deliver teaching / training on existing undergraduate (Scots Law and / or Common Law) and postgraduate courses on topics relevant to access to justice, social justice and legal skills.

8. To support the regular evaluation and review of clinical legal education activity in accordance with the requirements of the School, the University, and any relevant external accreditation.

9. Oversee student training in legal skills relevant to projects and clinics (e.g. client communication, legal research and drafting, client interviewing and advising, advocacy).

10. Support the assessment of students on experiential undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including feedback on reflective portfolios.

11. Produce high quality legal education scholarship and knowledge exchange which aligns with the strategic priorities of the School of Law.

Knowledge & Qualifications


A1 An undergraduate degree in English or Scots Law or equivalent.

A2 A professional qualification for the practice of law in Scotland and/or England and Wales.

A3 Knowledge and understanding of the access to justice landscape in Scotland.


B1 Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) or Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

B2 Current practising certificate in Scotland and / or England and Wales and at least 5 years post qualification experience.



C1 Proven, excellent organisational skills including the ability to work to proactively and independently to tight deadlines.

C2 A proven ability to successfully deliver legal advice and representation in area/s of expertise.

C3 A proven ability to manage teams of lawyers and / or caseworkers and students.

C3 A demonstrable commitment to access to justice.

C4 An ability to establish excellent working relationships with partner organisations (e.g. charities, referral agencies or other frontline service providers) and to manage the successful delivery of casework and projects.

C5 An ability to ensure casework and projects meet relevant regulatory requirements, including knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity, safeguarding and GDPR processes.

C6 Evidence of innovative approaches to student and / or trainee supervision and the ability to use a range of delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students.

C7 Effective communication skills orally and in writing.


C8 Demonstrable track record of, or potential and willingness to produce, high quality legal education scholarship.



E1 Experience delivering high quality legal advice in one or more of the following areas: social welfare law (e.g. housing, welfare benefits, social care / community care).

E2 Experience teaching and / or delivering professional legal training.

E3 Experience of setting up and managing legal advice casework and projects.


F4 Experience of advocacy in courts and / or tribunals.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 8, £48,350 - £56,021 per annum.

This post is full time and open ended.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pay - pensions handbook https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/athenaswan/ and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

Please note that this post may be eligible to be sponsored under the Skilled Worker visa route if tradeable points can be used under the Skilled Worker visa rules. For more information please visit: https: // www. gov.uk/skilled- worker-visa

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ for more information.

Vacancy reference number: 147288

Closing date: 27th June 2024

Vacancy Ref : 147288 Close Date : 27-Jun-2024 23:45

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