Professor in Business Ethics, MGMT20-1

Durham, United Kingdom
Grade 10 Competitive salary based on our professorial Pay Scales (starting at £64,606
11 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Durham University Business School

Grade 10: - Grade 10 Competitive salary based on our professorial Pay Scales (starting at £64,606 and going considerably higher based on experience)
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 01-Feb-2021, 7:59:00 AM

The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares.

Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1 September 2021.

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. 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 had an impact 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.

Durham University Business School

Dynamic and vibrant, Durham University Business School is one of Durham University’s four Faculties and is comprised of three research-intensive departments: Accounting, Economics and Finance, and Management and Marketing. Known for its global reputation, its impact on policy and practice and its strong focus on ethics, responsibility and sustainability, the School aims to be a leading European business school with a strong global presence by 2027, The School currently has 180 academic and teaching staff, with plans and resource commitments to grow to 230 by 2027. In addition, 11 funded research centres (https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/research/research-centres/) blend leading theoretical perspectives with a strong emphasis on impact and engagement with practice, noted in www.durham.ac.uk/business. The school’s student population is around 4000, across undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.

Our vision is to lead business thought and practice to improve global wealth and well-being. Our associated mission is to create, share and use knowledge to deliver equitable and sustainable futures around the world. We pursue this mission by advancing world changing knowledge and securing global impact through increasingly collaborative research across disciplines and around the world.

The Department

The Department of Management and Marketing at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Professor. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Business Ethics. We are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on any aspect of business ethics but particularly on one of the following themes:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Sustainability.
  • Ethical theory.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Consumer and/or marketing ethics.

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 on the department’s business school’s and research centres’ activities, please visit our pages at www.dur.ac.uk/business.

Business Ethics at Durham University Business School

The Business School prides itself on the way Ethics Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS) are integrated across all its research, teaching and outreach activities. ERS is one of the three strategic transversal themes, alongside internationalisation and external engagement. In addition to ERS being integrated in the curriculum of all our programmes, it constitutes a key research area across most research centres. The business school is a proud member of the UN’s PRME (a full report can be found here https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/business/PRMESIP2020FINAL.pdf), the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), and the North East’s Initiative for Business Ethics (NIBE). Finally the University holds the Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Professors at Durham

The University is committed to enabling all our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive. Academic colleagues are supported in publishing world-leading and world-changing research in their area of interest in the highest impact journals with a focus on quality rather than quantity. We aim to support fully your research needs by providing resources to attend conferences and to fund research activity, a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor. We of course value research income, which we view as a necessary input to drive research outputs and impact.

Sitting alongside world-class research; teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first class learning environment and curricula for our students. You will be supported to progress through the levels of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Our Professors are encouraged to focus on quality and innovation in their research and teaching, and to provide excellent leadership in the administrative functioning and collegial environment of the Department, discipline and University in support of the wider student experience.

Professor in Business Ethics

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Business Ethics, with the ability to take a leading role in the development of the Department’s research and teaching, and to engage fully 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.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of our Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability ambitions;
  • Pursue research that is world-leading, and world-changing in terms of originality, significance and rigour, showing leadership in a research field within and/or beyond the academy which is commensurate with the Department’s continuing emphasis on international excellence;
  • To lead the development of successful research project/fellowship proposals in pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities to support research and end-user engagement;
  • To engage with business and support the Department’s and Business School’s outreach activities;
  • Deliver excellent teaching, offering lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels.  Demonstrate leadership and innovation in the design and delivery of high quality learning environments and curricula;
  • Enhance the quality of the research environment in the Department, providing leadership of national and international research groups and networks which is recognised at an international level. Engage in the mentoring of early career researchers;
  • To attract and provide excellent supervision to research students, mentoring to early career academics and contribute significantly to the development of PhD programmes.  Enhance the Department’s commitment to its vibrant and international postgraduate culture;
  • Contribute significantly to the administrative functioning and collegial environment of the Department and wider University, demonstrating sustained excellence in leadership activities which support the functioning of the Department and wider University;
  • To fully engage in, champion and enhance the values of the Department;
  • Carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department. 

Person Specification

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Business Ethics with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.


Candidates will demonstrate world-leading and world-changing research, and leadership in a research field within and / or beyond their institution(s), with research outputs consistently recognised as internationally excellent.

Essential Research Criteria – Grade 10 

  1. Qualifications - a good first degree and a PhD in Business Ethics or a related subject.
  2. Outputs - evidence of research outputs which are consistently recognised as internationally excellent with some output being evaluated as world class. Candidates are asked to submit three research papers with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below). Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.
  3. Personal Research Plan - evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Business School and the department’s research strategy and ambitions towards fully integrating ERS across all its activities.
  4. Research Leadership - leadership of national / international research groups and networks, with an internationally recognised contribution to the development of research fields, as well as leadership of research groups and / or mentoring of early career researchers. Candidates may choose to include information about research group leadership, mentoring of research colleagues, invitations to and engagement with significant external events, engagement with international networks or projects. 
  5. PhD Supervision - a significant contribution to the development of PhD programmes and / or groups, including successful recruitment and excellent supervision of PhD students.
  6. Research Impact - leadership of research that has demonstrable impact beyond the Candidate’s institution(s).
  7. Income Generation -  evidence of leadership of successful research projects and / or fellowship proposals. 


Candidates will be able to evidence excellence in the development and delivery of teaching. They will demonstrate leadership, distinction and innovation in the design and delivery of high quality learning environments and curricula that enables student to achieve their potential.

Essential Teaching Criteria – Grade 10

  1. Qualification - candidates must be or have the ability to attain the rank of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/fellowship/fellow), which is the national body that champions teaching excellence.
  2. Quality - evidence of excellence in the development and delivery of high-quality and distinctive teaching, at least at a nationally competitive level. Candidates may choose to provide MEQ scores and / or peer reviews of teaching.
  3. Innovation – leadership in the development of innovative teaching and the design of learning environments / curricula that provide high quality teaching and student experience at an internationally competitive level including lectures, small group learning in online face to face and blended environments using technology to enhance learning and assessment. 
  4. Strategic - demonstrating leadership in the design and delivery of internationally-excellent teaching programmes and the creation of learning environments that enable students to achieve their potential.

Services, Citizenship and Values

Candidates will demonstrate sustained excellence of leadership in the provision of the administrative and collegial requirements of their Department, Faculty, institution or discipline as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria – Grade 10

  1. Collegial contribution – evidence of a significant contribution to the collegial work and environment of the Candidate’s Department, Faculty, institution and / or discipline.  Candidates may choose to evidence involvement in equality and diversity initiatives, Faculty or University roles, mentoring activity, engagement with widening participation and membership or engagement with external bodies.
  2. Leadership - evidence of sustained excellence in leadership activities that support the administrative functioning of the candidate’s Department, Faculty or University and / or which support the development of their discipline.  (Candidates may choose to detail any leadership roles which they have undertaken, preferably in an academic context).
  3. Communication - candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Contact Information

Department contact for academic-related enquiries

Professor Christos Tsinopoulos

Head of Management and Marketing Department


Professor Mark Learmonth

Associate Dean (Ethics Responsibility and Sustainability)


Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application

If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email. Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk

Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time. We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).

University contact for general queries about the recruitment process

Cherith Smith, Recruitment Manager


How to Apply

We prefer to receive applications online.

As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values.  Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. In doing so we aim to recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It is important to us that all our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. We therefore ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) which outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values.

Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data.  We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

Information if you have a disability

The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, we will make adjustments to support people within their role.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk.

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