Teaching Fellow

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND

Teaching Fellow (
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Department of Sport & Exercise Science
Grade 7: - £35,333 - £42,155 per annum (pro rata)
Fixed Term - Part Time
Contract Duration: 12 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 10.5
Closing Date
: 16-Nov-2022, 6:59:00 PM 

About Durham University
As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high-quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.
Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. If you’d like to find out more about the University, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/
The Department
The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences is a global leader across a range of sport and physical activity domains. We have been named Sports University of the Year by @thetimes and. we are proud to be ranked 2nd in the UK, in the Complete University Guide 2023. We have recently moved to new premises in Durham City, where we enjoy a brand new suite of offices, flexible meeting and research spaces, and a new laboratory.
The Role
The Department seeks to appoint an exceptional Teaching Fellow in sport and exercise physiology and/or quantitative research methods for a period of 12 months, to convene and teach on a range of sport and exercise science modules as specified in the section below. Teaching Fellowships offer the opportunity of valuable experience to those early in their academic careers and the University is keen to maximise the benefit to as many people as possible. The post of Teaching Fellow will involve a significant teaching load, and there may be related scholarship opportunities and the opportunity for administrative duties which relate to education, pedagogy and recruitment. We seek to appoint an individual who wants to join a multidisciplinary teaching community, and who is dedicated to tacking inequalities within sport, exercise and physical activity, promoting social justice and promoting better health and well-being. The successful applicant will be appropriately supported in career development activities. 

It is not anticipated that the 0.3FTE post will be extended beyond this 12-month fixed term. Successful applicants will ideally be in post on or before 03rd January 2023. 

Durham University’s strategic plan identifies a diverse and inclusive workforce as one of our key priorities and as such, the Department provides a working and teaching environment that is inclusive and welcoming, and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the application process. They will also be required to be an excellent citizen by successfully contributing to the administration of the Department, undertaking citizenship roles appropriate to their career stage.  

Teaching Fellowships offer the opportunity of valuable experience to those early in their academic careers and the University is keen to maximise the benefit to as many people as possible.  The post of Teaching Fellow will involve a significant teaching load, which may extend into the summer period, and there may be related scholarship and the opportunity for administrative duties which relate to education and pedagogy.


The post is for a fixed term only, and it is not anticipated that the post will be extended beyond this fixed term.


The University provides a working and teaching environment that is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities
  • contribute to the teaching, convenorship and development of modules on both undergraduate BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity and BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences programmes.  A number of the modules are team taught, and the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to large and small group teaching, and the marking of and provision of feedback for student assessments.
  • Teach on our sport and exercise physiology and qualitative research methods modules, and other relevant modules at the direction of the Head of Department, Supervise undergraduate dissertation projects.
  • Teach modules in appropriate learning environments at undergraduate/postgraduate levels, demonstrating an increasing awareness of different approaches to and methods of teaching and supporting student learning and assessment, with an inclusive curriculum.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage own teaching and designing, planning and writing teaching materials.
  • Lead some aspects of modules and contribute to modules led by others by collaborating with colleagues on course development.
  • Develop and deliver an inclusive curriculum and make an active contribution to an inclusive community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated.
  • Seek and take on board feedback on teaching and engage with others in CPD.
  • Supervise undergraduate student(s), and where appropriate act as part of a PhD supervisory team.
  • Contribute to educational skill of colleagues, e.g. giving a seminar to colleagues or engaging in constructive discussion about a seminar;
  • Build internal contacts and participate in networks to exchange information.
  • Start to engage in scholarship (the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines) e.g. develop online teaching resources;
  • In addition to Board of Studies, membership of some departmental committees and professional body memberships.
  • Student support, assessment of academic performance and provision of feedback, dealing with student disciplinary matters and complaints;
  • Undertake effectively and efficiently any administrative role allocated by your Head of Department.
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by attending relevant training and development courses.    

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact caroline.dodd.reynolds@durham.ac.uk or m.j.roderick@durham.ac.uk .  All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. 


We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/


Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University  .

What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
  • a CV and covering letter which details your experience, skills and achievements in meeting (or the potential to meet) the criteria set out below.
  • a statement as to your aspirations as a Teaching Fellow in terms of what motivates you, what you would like to achieve and what your broad approaches to teaching excellence and innovation are (maximum 2 pages).

Contact Information 

Department contact for academic-related enquiries 


Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application 

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email.  Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk  

Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).  

University contact for general queries about the recruitment process 



You should provide 3 academic referees they should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s).  The majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post). 

References will be requested for candidates who have been shortlisted and will be made available to the panel during the interview process. 

As part of your application, you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend an interview. We will only request references where permission has been granted.  

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.
Next Steps

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment as soon as possible.


Person Specification

Candidates applying for a grade 7 post will have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the below criteria:  

Essential Criteria:

  • A good first degree in [Sport and Exercise Sciences and/or related disciplines].
  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in [Sport and Exercise Sciences or a related subject] or a related subject, or equivalent demonstrable practitioner experience which may include appropriate certification and/or membership of a relevant professional body.
  • Experience of teaching and examining at University level with positive student feedback gained.
  • Experience of contributing to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching and/or assessment of learning, including the design and creation of successful learning environments and curricula.
  • Demonstrable ability to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic department and/or discipline.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of successfully developing innovative teaching methods for the design/delivery of high quality teaching.
  • Experience of successfully working in an administrative role within an organisation or department.
  • Experience of providing high quality one-to-one student supervision.
  • Evidence of work undertaken (or which would be undertaken) in preparation for teaching and keeping up to date with developments in the subject area, such as:


  • active membership and engagement with a professional body;
  • demonstrable innovation in educational practice;
  • publication in a scholarly journal or relevant professional publication;
  • Attending and presenting internal and/or external seminars or at a regional conference; and/or
  • Materials/curriculum development for wider use in a department.


  • Candidates may have, or should have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of HEA.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.
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