Teaching Fellow in Criminology

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND

Teaching Fellow in Criminology (
Job Number:
Department of Sociology
Grade 7: - £36,333 - £43,155 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 1 year
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date
: 01-Jun-2023, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s top universities, boasting a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5 UK and top 100 global university with our students and our world leading academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work. As part of our ambitious strategy we are growing and we look forward to welcoming your application.

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.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

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 Sociology is a supportive, exciting place to work and study Sociology, Criminology and Social Work. We are committed to producing the highest quality theoretically informed research that makes a difference. Currently, ranked 2nd in the most recent Guardian League Tables for Criminology, and in the top 10 for Sociology, our ambitions are: to be a world-leading Department of Sociology; to deliver distinctive, challenging programmes; and to be fair, inclusive, and socially responsible. 

The Role

Applications are invited for a Teaching Fellowship in Criminology with a specialist knowledge in Criminological Theory and Research Methods, and with a research/scholarship interest that aligns to Violence and Abuse or more broadly to our new Criminal Justice, Social Harm and Inequalities Research Theme. The successful applicant will support the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  The post will involve convening, teaching on and assessing modules, primarily at the Undergraduate level and supporting student dissertation projects at either level. 

Modules likely to be delivered in the first instance include:

·     Contribution to the delivery of Research Methods

·     Contribution to the delivery of Criminological Theory

·     Sociology of Violence and Abuse.

While the post is full time, we welcome applications from candidates who could undertake aspects of the role on a part-time basis or as a job share with another candidate. 

The post-holder(s) will report formally to the Head of Department but will work on a day-to-day basis with the programme directors for undergraduate studies and postgraduate programmes and with other established module convenorship teams. 

We are seeking to appoint candidates with a strong grounding in areas linked to one or more of our departmental research themes in Violence and Abuse / Criminal Justice, Social Harm and Inequalities, and experience of teaching within a Higher Education context.

The role is intended to provide additional short-term cover to support the increased student numbers that are a consequence of Covid-19 disruptions, with the role not currently intended to extend beyond the advertised fixed term.  Permanent positions in the Department are advertised via the University’s academic recruitment campaign which begins in the autumn of each year.


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.

 Successful applicants will, ideally be in post by 1st September 2023.

The University provides a working and teaching environment which 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


  • 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;
  • 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 and postgraduate taught student dissertations; 
  • 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 is required;
  • 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 that 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: Catherine Donovan at sociology.hod@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 .

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds that are applicable to some visas.


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 above.
  • 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).



You should provide details of 3 referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).  Please note:

  • We shall seek references during the application process.  Unless in the case of very early career candidates, referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and include references from a University other than your own.
  • We would ask that you alert your referees to this application as soon as possible so that we can quickly obtain references.  If you do not wish (some or all) of your referees to be approached during the recruitment process; you must clearly indicate this to us at the time of your application.
  • References sought for candidates may be made available to the panel during the shortlisting process.
  • We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee).  Please clearly indicate on the application form which referee is your current line-manager and indicate if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.

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

The assessment for the post would normally include a presentation and interview. 

This is a TF post so we should refer to the TEF metrics.  We are a Silver Institution with aspirations for gold. 

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 essential criteria:  


Essential criteria

A good first degree in Criminology, Sociology or a related discipline.

A PhD (or be close to submission) in Criminology, Sociology 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.

Experience in supporting and assessing scrapbooks as a method of student learning and assessment.

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;

Materials/curriculum development for wider use in a department.

Attending and presenting internal and/or external seminars or at a regional conference; and/or

Publication in a scholarly journal or relevant professional publication.

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