Reader in Interdisciplinary Research in Education (Research & Teaching Track)

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

November 8, 2021


Reader in Interdisciplinary Research in Education (Research & Teaching Track)

The School of Education invites applications for the position of Reader in Interdisciplinary Research in Education (Research & Teaching Track) at University of Glasgow. The School of Education is one of the leading Schools of Education globally, ranked No 38 in the QS for Education and Training (2021). We are a large and dynamic unit which brings together academics and researchers with expertise across all sectors of education: formal and non- formal, pre-school through to higher, adult and community education.

We offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and CPD courses and you will actively contribute to delivering an excellent student experience through teaching, assessment and administration processes. We are committed to social justice in education and to education research and practice of the highest quality. We aspire to be a world leader in addressing the contemporary educational issues of our times, working collaboratively and across disciplines to making a difference for society's most vulnerable and educationally disadvantaged.

The School prides itself on the effective integration of teaching, research, theory, policy and practice. The key feature of its research is its commitment to placing educational research as part of an interdisciplinary agenda to support the development of more equitable societies in the spirit of social justice. The School aims to contribute to better places locally, nationally and globally, providing a major source of research-informed evidence that contributes to positive economic and societal impact.

We are organised into four Research and Teaching Groups: Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy (CLIP); Educational Leadership & Policy (ELP); Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith (PPF); and People, Place & Social Change (PPSC). The research of the RTGs currently crosses five thematic areas: migration and refugee education; collaborative schooling for change; ethics, religion and values in education; urban and place-based learning; and adult learning and youth transitions. Each highlights aspects of our commitment to social justice in education.

The School is situated within the College of Social Sciences (CoSS) and a key purpose of this post is to lead interdisciplinary research, scholarship and knowledge exchange across CoSS and University.

Job Purpose

To make a substantial and positive contribution to the strategic direction of the School/College through leading and contributing to world-changing and internationally-competitive research, high quality teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, securing research funding, and providing academic leadership and management within the School/College. To actively engage in relationships with external stakeholders that advance knowledge exchange, public understanding and outreach.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Undertake a leading role in the development and implementation of individual and/or joint research projects of international standard, and actively engage in shaping College/School research strategy and enhancing the quality of the School's research profile.

2. Act as principal investigator or project leader on major, externally funded, research projects with a portfolio of research activity and publications of high quality and impact.

3. Take a lead in Knowledge Exchange activities which develop and sustain support for the subject area and recognised excellence for the University.

4. Actively participate in attracting high calibre research students to undertake doctoral research and provide leadership to early career staff and students through research collaboration, supervision and mentorship, assisting with difficulties e.g. learning support/problems as necessary.

5. Undertake academic management and leadership roles and responsibilities to ensure high quality course/programme administration, setting and monitoring standards and lead on the development of policy and practice across research and teaching teams (beyond subject/school level).

6. Create and develop effective networks with students, staff across the University, and external stakeholders to oversee the embedding of key University priorities such as graduate attributes, professional requirements, work-related learning, transitions support, student mobility and quality enhancement within credit bearing and non-credit bearing activities.

7. Develop a strategic approach to embedding learning technologies across the Subject/School and College to support and enhance course/programme delivery, course organisation, feedback and assessment within campus based, blended and online provision.

8. Lead the development of inclusive and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that recognise the needs of a diverse student cohort, taking appropriate responsibility for managing associated cultural changes and staff support and development.

9. Through an established network of external stakeholders, increasingly influence public understanding and/or professional policy and practice aligned with the strategic priorities of the School/College/University.

10. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

11. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School.

12. To contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in related discipline with an extensive and established reputation in research and significant teaching experience within the discipline/subject area.

A2 Recognised expertise in subject discipline/specialism to develop new knowledge and understanding within the field.

A3 Membership of a relevant professional body, if applicable.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Ability to forge new and effective relationships with colleagues, internally, and externally, through learned societies, professional bodies, funders and broader review and editorial processes to initiate and advance research projects.

C2 Proven ability to undertake academic leadership of groups/activities to plan efficiently deploy resources in support of major research and teaching activities, with substantial impact on finance and other resources.

C3 Ability to disseminate conceptual and complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences to promote understanding.

C4 Proven track record in research translation and dissemination locally, nationally and internationally to align with Research Knowledge Exchange Strategy.

C5 Ability to demonstrate independent thought in order to generate original research and secure research income.

C6 Substantial track record of published research of international standard compatible with enhancing the School's submission to the future REF exercises.

C7 Established track record of successfully securing funding for research projects, as appropriate for the subject specialism.

C8 Internationally recognised excellence and reputation in subject area and scholarship of teaching in the discipline.

C9 Proven track record of developing and devising teaching programmes, techniques and methods.

C10 Track record and proven commitment to PGR supervision and mentoring early career academics, and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.

C11 Demonstrated commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources and practices that support replication.

Please note that as part of your application you must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential/desirable criteria . If you do not address each criteria in the format explained above you will not be shortlisted for interview.

Standard Terms and Conditions The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade 9, £53,348, - £60,022 per annum

This post is open ended and full time.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.

Informal Enquiries should be directed to Professor Ellen Boeren,

Closing Date: 08 November 2021.

The University of Glasgow is the current Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year.

It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

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Vacancy Ref : 068113 Close Date : 08-Nov-2021 23:45