DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Teaching Fellow in EU Law

Location
Durham, United Kingdom
Salary
£33,797 - £40,322 per annum
Posted
Feb 26, 2021
End of advertisement period
Mar 12, 2021
Ref
21000145
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Durham Law School

Grade 7: - £33,797 - £40,322 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 24 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 12-Mar-2021, 7:59:00 AM

This role is full-time, but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job share.

Durham University

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

As part of Durham University, you will be working with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer, the big questions. Access to leading edge facilities and an active contributor to the global research and university community means you will be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the world’s best research institutions, organisations and businesses. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county and community that is Durham.

We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. We offer the inspiration, they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join them.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.

Durham University’s Athena Swan institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up to the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

The School

Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research with a distinguished 50-year history. Our award-winning 66 academic staff are producing groundbreaking research with significant impact, and are highly active in public engagement both nationally and internationally. We are a top-50 QS World Ranked law school and our research was ranked 3rd by grade-point average in the UK’s last national Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014. Durham Law School is consistently ranked among the top ten or higher UK law schools across various league tables, including 3rd in The Daily Telegraph and 8th in The Times and The Guardian.

Our Law School enjoys a supportive and engaging research environment strongly committed to equality and diversity. It is dedicated to promoting the values advanced by Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter, and Durham Law School strives to ensure an inclusive and enriching environment for all staff and students. We offer personal research allowances, additional research funding through our research committee and research groups, one of the most generous research leave schemes in the sector and mentoring support to all academic staff. We have particular research strength in the areas of Public Law and Human Rights, Commercial and Corporate Law, EU and International Law, and Biolaw broadly construed. Other areas of broad research expertise include Chinese Law, Comparative Law, Law and Gender, and Legal Theory.

We are home to a wide-range of research groups including the Centre for Chinese Law and Policy (CCLP); the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice; the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS); the Durham European Law Institute (DELI); Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD); the Human Rights Centre; the Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law and Law and Global Justice, among others. Outside the Law School, our academic staff are active in various research groups, including the Global Policy Institute, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Well-being, the Centre for Political Thought and much more.

Durham Law School has approximately 1,100 undergraduates, 130 postgraduates and 50 postgraduate research students. Our LLB entry requirements are A*AA/AAA or equivalent. Over the last three years, three Law staff have won the University’s top award for excellence in teaching and learning presented at summer congregation in Durham Cathedral. We are proud to deliver some of the best results for student satisfaction and employability among law schools – and our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current members of the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Government, Members of Parliament and beyond.

Our top-ranked global law courses are very competitive with an excellent and diverse student population of high ability and potential from across the world. We deliver a cutting-edge, research-led curriculum with a commitment to small group teaching through seminars and tutorials much prized by employers. Our academic staff are either currently members of the Higher Education Academy or pursuing accredited qualifications in higher education teaching. We promote both research and teaching innovation series fostering new ideas at all stages of development and engaging with best practice internationally. All teaching is supported through a virtual learning environment, where Durham University is a leading adopter of this technology.

The Role

Applicants must demonstrate teaching excellence in EU Law, with the ability to teach our LLB and LLM students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. 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.

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 opportunities and the opportunity for administrative roles 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 need to be in post by 1 October 2021.

Key responsibilities

  • Teach modules in EU Law to LLB and LLM students, demonstrating an increasing awareness of different approaches to and methods of teaching and supporting student learning;
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage their 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 skills 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;
  • Contribute to the organisation and running of the Durham European Law Institute (DELI), in particular by helping to organise DELI’s student-led events (such as the DELI Annual Debate, the DELI Careers Event and the DELI Internal Market Moot)
  • 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 the Dean

How to Apply

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Thom Brooks at thom.brooks@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. We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on your career path, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.

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

The Realising Your Potential Approach clarifies the behaviours expected to be demonstrated by all staff across Professional Services in the University regardless of their role. Along with the core responsibilities, role responsibilities and the person specification, the Realising Your Potential Approach behavioural indicators are used to inform the recruitment and selection process. Further information on the Realising Your Potential Approach is available here.

Referees

You should provide details of two 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.  With the exception 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 refereee 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. For the presentation, we will ask shortlisted candidates to prepare a 30-minute lecture on a topic of EU law aimed at a group of undergraduate students.

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.

he 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/

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

Qualifications

  • A good first degree in law or related subject.

Further Qualifications

  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in Law or equivalent demonstrable practitioner experience which may include appropriate certification and/or membership of a relevant professional body.

Teaching Quality

  • Experience of teaching and examining at University level with positive student feedback gained.

Administration

  • Demonstrable ability to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic department and/or discipline.

Skills

  • 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

Teaching Innovation

  • Experience of successfully developing innovative teaching methods for the design/delivery of high-quality teaching.

Administration

  • Experience of successfully working in an administrative role within an organisation or department.

Student Supervision

  • Experience of providing high quality one-to-one student supervision.

Scholarship and Educational Impact

  • 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.
  • Materials/curriculum development for wider use in a department.

Higher Education Academy

  • Candidates may have, or should have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA).

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.