Teaching Fellow in Public Law

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 Sep 2022

Durham Law School

Grade 7: - £34,304 - £40,927 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 12 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date : 29-Sep-2022, 6:59:00 AM 

Job title:                               Teaching Fellow in Public Law
Vacancy reference:               22001440
Department:                          Law School
Responsible to:                     Dean of School
Grade:                                     Grade 7
Salary Range:                        £34,304 - £40,927 per annum
Working arrangements:       The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares
Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 November 2022.

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 breath-taking 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 School

Durham Law School is a leading law school. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 nationally and Top 50 globally, it has been growing strongly over the past few years and now comprises a community of over 100 academics and professional support staff. Durham Law School fosters innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to legal research and wishes to attract scholars with strong backgrounds in these areas. The Law School provides a supportive environment for its community of academics, which comprises a very generous sabbatical policy and an infrastructure of high-profile research centres that brings together colleagues for collaborative projects.  The School is housed in the iconic Palatine Centre overlooking Durham Cathedral in the heart of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located on the main East Coast trainline connecting to London and Edinburgh and also within convenient reach of Newcastle Airport. The School has an extensive network of leading international partner institutions and close ties with the City of London and the Inns of Court. It counts among its alumni two Supreme Court Justices.

Our top-ranked global law courses are very competitive with an excellent and diverse student population from across the world delivering a cutting-edge, research-led curriculum with a commitment to small group teaching through seminars and tutorials much prized by employers.

Our School’s strategic objectives put EDI at the heart of everything that we do. We are committed to Equality Diversity and Inclusion and actively develop our policies and procedures to ensure that everyone within our community is treated fairly and is provided with the same opportunities. This applies to our everyday working in teaching, research and administration, including academic progression and promotion processes. Our Law School is currently in the process of applying for our Athena Swan Bronze award.

The Role

The Law School at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Teaching Fellow.  We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Public Law.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our School’s pages at https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/law/

Teaching Fellow in Public Law

Applicants must demonstrate teaching the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The applicant must demonstrate the potential to provide excellent teaching in Public Law, but it is not essential that he/she has previously taught that subject. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to undergraduate teaching including compulsory modules such as Individual and the State and UK Constitutional Law; and advanced modules such as Comparative Constitutional Law.

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.

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 and the opportunity for administrative duties which relate to education and pedagogy.

The post is for a fixed term only provide cover until October 2023. It is not anticipated that the post will be extended beyond this fixed term.

The successful applicant will, ideally, be in post by 1 November 2022.

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 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 Dr Elizabeth Chloe Romanis: elizabeth.c.romanis@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 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).
  • Referees
  • 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 will include a presentation to staff in the Law School followed by a formal interview. The presentation should be in the style of a 30-minute undergraduate lecture on a topic of Public Law. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment around October 2022.

    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 Law.
    • A PhD (or be close to submission) in a subject related to Public Law, 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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