Vacancy Type/Job category
School of Law
University of Warwick, Coventry
Full time, permanent position.
Successful candidates will be expected to play a leadership role in Research and Teaching, and to make a significant contribution to the academic governance of the School and/or University. Expertise in common law subjects may be advantageous, but the Law School strongly welcomes applications from outstanding scholars in any legal or legally-related field of study. Experience of empirical research and/or a record of success in obtaining research funding would also be welcomed.
About Warwick Law School
Founded in 1968, Warwick Law School is proud of its pluralist approach to legal scholarship, which embraces interdisciplinary, empirical, international, comparative, theoretical, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives. The School offers a number of undergraduate degrees including the LLB, LLB with German Law and LLB with French Law, joint degrees with Sociology and Business Studies, a joint degree in Politics, Philosophy and Law, and degrees offering an opportunity to study in the fields of Humanities or Social Sciences. At postgraduate level, we offer Masters degrees in International Economic Law, International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, International Development Law and Human Rights, International Commercial Law, and Advanced Legal Studies.
Within the School, there are eight research clusters in Contract, Business and Commercial Law, Law and Humanities, Comparative Law and Culture, Legal Theory, Gender and the Law, Governance and Regulation, Development and Human Rights, and International and European Law. In addition, the School hosts four Research Centres in Criminal Justice, Human Rights in Practice, Critical Legal Studies and Law, Regulation and Governance of the Global Economy, and is part of two cross-disciplinary Centres for Operational Policing Research, and for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs.
Research conducted within the Law School is internationally excellent and often world-leading. The School was ranked 10th overall in the UK in REF 2014, coming 6th for research environment and 7th for the quality of its published research. Reflective of our ‘law in context’ ethos, we are also committed as a School to maximizing the impact of our research through public engagement and activities designed to generate social and legal change. The quality of our teaching has been recognised with two National Teaching Fellowships and a number of Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence. We offer a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and emphasise the importance of innovative and high quality teaching within a broad and contextual curriculum.
One of the strengths of Warwick Law School is the diversity of the Law School Community. Over a quarter of our undergraduate students are international students with a further 14% coming to study in WLS from EU countries. The globally diverse nature of our student body is even more pronounced at postgraduate level, where more than half of our Masters and PhD students are international students with a further 12% coming to the study in Warwick Law School from EU countries. 61% of our undergraduate students identify as BAME. At postgraduate level, this percentage is even higher amounting to 78% of our taught postgraduate students and 57% of our PhD students. Warwick Law School values widening participation and 10-15 percent of our undergraduate intake in any particular year come to us on contextual offers.
Our talented staff come from many different countries and backgrounds. We are committed to imbedding principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in all everyday practices of Warwick Law School.
Athena SWAN Bronze Award
At Warwick Law School we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. The School currently holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including generous carers/maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policies, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme.
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.
The School anticipates holding presentations and interviews for these positions on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th January 2020 respectively.
Informal inquiries can be made, in the first instance by email, to Professor Andrew Sanders,
Head of the School of Law (Andrew.Sanders@warwick.ac.uk, 024 7615 0268).
Interview date: 15 January 2020.
To contribute to the leadership of Warwick Law School and to take a lead in teaching and research in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To undertake original research leading to publications of the highest quality with the potential for significant impact.
2. To provide academic leadership in scholarship and teaching.
3. To undertake appropriate undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and to supervise PhD students.
4. To contribute to the development of research and impact strategies within the School, including developing research grant applications.
5. To perform such administrative and pastoral responsibilities as may be assigned.
6. To be prepared to play a leadership role in administration and academic governance within the School and the University.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
Outstanding record of research and publications of the highest quality. (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 2
Coherent and realistic plans for future research. (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 3
Experience of development of new and innovative teaching programmes at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level. (a), (d)
Essential Criteria 4
Considerable experience and proven excellence of teaching in any relevant field. (a), (d)
Essential Criteria 5
Experience of teaching and research supervision at postgraduate level. (a), (d)
Essential Criteria 6
Capacity to work with and support other staff in developing both their teaching and research potential. (a), (d)
Essential Criteria 7
Strong academic leadership within a University environment (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 8
Strong communication and presentation skills. (a) (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 9
An ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues, and with colleagues outside the University to promote collegiality. (a) (c), (d)
Desirable Criteria 1
Senior level administrative experience within a University setting. (a), (d)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience of promoting degree programmes both domestically and internationally. (a), (d)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.
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