Grade: 7 (£36,028 - £43,533 including London Allowance)
Department/Unit: Anthropocene Initiative (Faculty of Social and Historical Science, including History)
This post is currently funded until 31 July 2021 with the possibility of an extension
Closing date: 8th March
Lecturer in the Economic History of Early Modern Britain
Grade: 8 (£44,737 - £52,764 including London Allowance)
Reports to: Head of Department
Full-time and Open Ended
Closing date: 17th February
Main purpose of the job
We are now seeking to appoint an outstanding early career historian working on the economic history of early modern Britain (16th–18th centuries). We conceive of economic history very broadly, not least in terms of Britain’s relations with the rest of the world. Our preference is for someone who will bring new research interests to complement our current expertise. We welcome strong applications in all relevant fields, and particularly candidates who can support our strategic priorities relating histories of race and racism; environment, climate change and its effects; and inequalities, differences, and intolerance. The successful candidate will be expected to research and publish material of the highest quality; to offer inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and to play a full part in the life of UCL History and in promoting the study of the British history both at UCL and nationally.
Applicants must have a doctorate in British History; a competitive record of research publication; an original, imaginative and well conceived post-doctoral research project showing intellectual ambition; experience of teaching in a university History department; the range and depth of knowledge necessary to teach broad survey courses on British History; ability to teach quantitative methods; and a demonstrable commitment to academic citizenship.
Research, publication and knowledge exchange
The History Department has a very well-developed research culture and the successful candidate will be expected to pursue and publish research of the highest quality within their field. Permanent members of staff can usually expect two terms of study leave every fourth year. There are certain UCL funds available to help meet the costs of research and attending conferences, but all staff are expected to apply for additional external grants as appropriate. Applications to the UK Research Councils for major research projects are particularly encouraged.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) carried out by the UK government, 82% of our submission was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching
We are committed to excellence not just in research but also in teaching, and we believe strongly that high-quality teaching is both research-led and research-based. As such, members of staff are encouraged to design courses relating to their specialist research interests, and to introduce students to research across the entire syllabus, and we continue to insist on small class sizes (no more than 15 students on most UG modules; no more than 10 on final year UG ‘special subjects’; and no more than 12 on taught MA modules) and on offering students one-to-one feedback on their coursework essays. In the National Student Survey (NSS) we consistently score 90% or higher for teaching satisfaction.
Our degrees are designed to give students a lot of choice about the courses they take (10/12 units of our BA History degree are options; MA students usually take a core course, two options and a dissertation). The Department has several collaborative core courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to which all colleagues contribute as required.
The UCL academic year is currently divided into three terms, the first two of which are teaching terms (12 weeks from late September to mid-December; 11 weeks from mid-January to late March), with the third term (7 weeks from late April to mid-June) devoted to examining. There is a reading week half-way through each of the two teaching terms, when no classes are held. Full-year modules are therefore taught for 20 weeks; half-year modules for 10 weeks.
The Department expects each member of staff to develop a portfolio of 6 undergraduate and graduate modules, from which they will be expected to offer a range in any one teaching year (i.e. 3 years out of every 4) as required by the Department. We aim to ensure that no-one has more than 8 contact hours per week, averaged out over the 20 teaching weeks. The portfolio normally consists of: a survey course (1 full module); another full-year ‘thematic’ module for undergraduates; a special subject for final-year students, involving the use of primary sources and the supervising of 10,000-word dissertations (1 examined module, 1 dissertation module); a half-module ‘advanced seminar’ for undergraduates, and a second-year ‘research seminar’, in which students are offered structured advice and support as they develop their first independent research project (5,000 words). In addition, staff are expected to develop an MA course (half and/or full module), and we expect all post-probationary colleagues to be supervising research students (to a maximum of 6).
During the probationary period, which lasts up to three years depending on previous experience, new lecturers build up gradually their teaching load and portfolio.
Administration and Academic Citizenship
The successful candidate will be expected to play a full part in the life of the Department, UCL and the wider research community, including administrative duties, pastoral care of students and contributions to research seminars and conferences. Most members of the History Department convene or regularly participate in seminars at one of the Institutes of the nearby School of Advanced Study, especially the Institute for Historical Research. A demonstrable commitment to knowledge exchange is part of the role.
Duties and responsibilities
- To conduct original and ambitious research of the highest quality
- To establish and sustain an outstanding publication record
- To develop and sustain an international reputation for expertise in the field
- To do imaginative and inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
- In due course, to attract and supervise doctoral students to successful completion
- To contribute to the promotion of the study of British History in UCL, the UK and internationally, particularly through research facilitation activities such as organising seminars and conferences
- To contribute to pastoral care of students and to academic administration
- To do knowledge transfer work
- To collaborate with colleagues to develop and enhance the Department’s work and reputation in all respects.
- Proven commitment to equality and diversity within HE.
- To carry out any other duties commensurate with the post, as requested by the Head of Department or the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences.
- To follow all UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities policies, and to maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.
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