Senior Lecturer in Journalism - Teaching and Scholarship

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Teaching & Scholarship


Senior Lecturer in Journalism - Teaching and Scholarship

To develop the teaching provision of the School and University, delivering high-quality research-led teaching postgraduate level. To pursue excellence in teaching and pedagogy and to inspire others to do the same.

To help lead and manage the practise-based journalism training areas of the School, primarily at the level of our postgraduate taught (PGT) provision and to actively contribute to the management of the School.

This post is full-time and open-ended.

Salary: £50,132 - £58,089 per annum (Grade 8)

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Closing date: Friday, 22 March 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description


• To identify and lead opportunities for curriculum innovations and enhancements, including;

1) initiating and implementing new modules and programmes
2) developing the structure of existing modules and programmes and evaluating the impact of innovations as appropriate
3) conducting a programme of evaluation and research to assess the quality and impact of the current teaching and to make a significant contribution to the international development of such teaching
4) Review on a regular basis course content and materials, updating when required

• To act as programme manager, module leader and / or tutor – ensuring delivery of teaching in line with current curricular requirements, developing and applying innovative and appropriate teaching techniques and material which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students

• To undertake work associated with examinations, such as setting and marking assessments and providing student feedback

• To act as a Personal Tutor and provide pastoral support to students, including supervising the work of Undergraduate and Master’s students, the co-supervision of PGR’s and acting as a PGR progress review panel member as required


• To undertake and lead educational research, pedagogical evaluation and scholarly activity, leading to publications in high quality professional and scholarly journals

• To participate in national and international conferences, seminars and other academic and professional forums to disseminate the results of one’s own scholarship


• To be part of the School’s managerial team providing leadership and strategic direction to the School.

• To act as mentor to practice-based colleagues and practitioners.

• To contribute to modules on the School’s practice-based courses as appropriate.

• To provide academic leadership by co-ordinating the work of others to ensure areas of degree courses are organised and delivered effectively

• To be involved in the departmental level strategic planning and contribute to wider strategic planning processes in the University

• To provide opportunities for staff development aimed at improving skills and knowledge in learning and teaching pedagogy, assessment and feedback


• To undertake and lead operational administrative responsibilities as requested by Head of School and senior management team

• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally and internationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional, national, and international profile

• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education
1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or strong background in professional Journalism with demonstrated experience and success in the media industries.

2. Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning or equivalent qualification or experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
3. An externally recognised leader in the field of journalism education with relevant experience in the training of Journalists.

4. Substantial teaching experience at undergraduate/postgraduate level, demonstrating teaching innovation and course development and design

5. Established national and growing international reputation for teaching within academic field with a keen understanding of contemporary debates in the practices of Journalism education.

6. Proven ability to design, deliver and continuously develop modules across the Schools teaching programmes, contributing to the educational development of the University

Pastoral, Communication and Team Working
7. Excellent communication skills with the ability to disseminate complex and conceptual ideas clearly and confidently to others using high level skills and a range of media

8. The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances and to act as a personal tutor.

9. Proven record of academic management and leadership at departmental level

10. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and teamworking within work

Desirable Criteria

1. Relevant professional qualification(s)

2. In-depth understanding of issues confronting Journalism education.

3. Evidence of research related collaborations with industry and the academic community

4. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

5. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School.

6. Proven record of taking responsibility for academically related administration.

Additional Information

We are a top-rated institution in the UK for media teaching and research that helps to shape international media, journalism and communication landscapes.

We offer a wide range of courses at various levels with postgraduate degrees that range from industry oriented, practice-based training to more academic degrees. We combine a long-standing record of excellence in teaching and training with an outstanding research portfolio, routinely winning awards from a wide range of bodies.

This reputation was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework where we were ranked 2nd for the quality of our journalism, media and communications research. When compared with 66 other institutions in the UK, 89% of our research was classed as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, with both our research environment and the impact of our research receiving a score of 100%.

Our lectures are delivered by a diverse teaching team of established academics and industry leaders who also regularly contribute expert opinion and commentary about research and topical news events to the national media and the school blog.

We are also fully committed to supporting, developing and promoting equality and diversity in all of our practices and activities. We offer an inclusive culture with a range of support services for students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Our location at No. 2 Central Square places us alongside local and national media companies including broadcaster BBC Cymru/Wales.

Our location helps us build stronger industry links, boosting our students’ employability by providing direct access to major media organisations within journalism as well as the creative and cultural industries.

Our new location features:
• Four lecture theatres including a 300-seat lecture theatre
• Five seminar rooms
• Dedicated library space
• Six newsrooms
• TV and radio studios
• Innovation and computer labs
• Editing suites
• Postgraduate research space
• Social staircase

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Academic - Teaching & Scholarship

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