Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Sustainability

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Sustainability
School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Location:     Birmingham, City Centre Campus
Salary:     £37,505 to £59,880 per annum (dependent on grade)
Closing Date:     Wednesday 30 June 2021
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     032021-124

Located in a modern £300m campus in the heart of Birmingham, at the City Centre Campus, the School of Engineering and the Built Environment is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in the growth in our academic portfolio alongside our sustained advancement in research activity, the School continues to be ambitious in its strategic vision and seeks talented individuals to join our team.

We invite applications to join our Planning team in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. The role will involve the delivery across our Built Environment courses particularly related to Sustainability and Planning in the Built Environment expertise. You will join a strong school wide team delivering successful, professionally accredited, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Built Environment utilising well-equipped purpose built facilities. We are a practice-based department, our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are delivered through research informed teaching, making them relevant to the evolving world around us. We work in a collaborative and cross disciplinary culture where interacting freely across the department and with colleagues in other schools is encouraged to gain a unique insight into impactful problem domains.

We seek individuals capable of teaching that is aligned to the activities of the Department for Built Environment. Applicants will teach across a variety of different areas and will be expected to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Salary will vary depending on the level of appointment:

Lecturer - £37,505 to £40,766 per annum
Senior Lecturer - £46,376 to £50,408 per annum
Associate Professor - £55,091 to 59,880 per annum


  • Providing an excellent student experience.
  • Acting in accord with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures.
  • Use appropriate learning, teaching, support and assessment methods for both online and face-to-face delivery and assessment.
  • Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Setting and marking of assessments and providing constructive feedback and feedforward.
  • Management, administration and development of the course provision within the school.
  • Reflective practice as a method for improving performance.
  • Participate in outreach activities to aid in recruitment.
  • Pursuing research leading to high quality publications, impact and profile.
  • Seeking external funding for research and leading on research.
  • Supervising higher degree students.
  • Contributing to curriculum development.
  • Addressing the pastoral needs of students.
  • Participating in academic-related administration.



  • Recent industry or equivalent academic experience (teaching and research).
  • Applicants should have demonstrated excellent teaching in higher education or have presented regularly to technical audiences in an industry setting.
  • Strong urban planning background with knowledge of relevant standards and practices and awareness of ongoing/imminent changes in the planning system.
  • Ability to teach, mentor and supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students.
  • Ability to build and develop collaborative internal and external relationships.
  • Develop and deliver learning opportunities for students in-line with the School/Department and the University strategic goals.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of successfully working as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Subject expertise in the following:

  • Digital planning / digital built environment concepts and techniques
  • Sustainable and resilient cities and communities
  • Zero Carbon Transition
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body, preferably the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).


  • A good first degree and PhD in the subject field
  • Track record of successful networking 
  • Interest in cross disciplinary collaboration
  • Research profile with experience as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator in national and/or international research projects and peer-reviewed publications


In return for your dedication and hard work, can expect great ongoing personal and professional development plus the following main benefits;

  • Generous annual leave entitlement – 40 days including bank holidays and Christmas/New Year closure
  • Sickness/absence entitlement
  • Teachers’ Pension scheme
  • Library facilities on all campuses
  • Life Assurance
  • Personal Accident
  • Travel card scheme
  • Car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car share scheme
  • Catering facilities

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.

We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.

Selection and Interview Process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a an Assessment Centre process, incorporating a detailed interview, teaching activity and a team-based activity.   

For more details about the role, please contact Dr Mark Shelbourn on or +44 (0)7599 500478 

If you want to be a part of this amazing opportunity, are passionate about education and want to join our richly diverse community, please apply today as we could be part of your future. Complete the online application and upload a copy of your CV. Candidates are advised to remove personal information, including name, to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process.

The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.

It is each individual successful applicants responsibility to ensure that they have permission to work in the UK. Some applicants may require sponsorship from the University and a visa from UKVI to take up the role if successful. More information on this can be found here: 

Some roles are not capable of sponsorship because they do not meet the UKVI criteria relating to skill and salary level. If you are unsure as to whether you would require sponsorship if successful, or whether the role is capable of sponsorship, please contact us: 

Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.