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Lecturer in Social Sciences (Critical Social Policy)

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
£40,927 - £50,296
Closing date
21 Jun 2022

Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Social Sciences (Critical Social Policy) - Full time, Permanent
Job reference: 0000015981
Date posted: 31/05/2022
Application closing date: 21/06/2022
Salary: Grade 6, £40,927 - £50,296 per annum
Package: Excellent Benefits Package
Contractual hours: 35
Basis: Full Time

Job description
Lecturer in Social Sciences (Critical Social Policy) - Full time, Permanent

As part of Edinburgh Napier University’s research and teaching success, we are looking for new Lecturers in Social Sciences to join our expanding team in the School of Applied Sciences.

We require specific research & teaching expertise in Critical Social Policy (i.e. intersectional feminist, trans*, critical race/whiteness, migration, (in)equality, disability, queer, post-colonial, decolonial, approaches and studies). We invite applications from colleagues in interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities, incl. sociology, human geography, anthropology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, area studies, politics, among others. We are particularly looking for people who can bring embodied experiences of critical practice, standpoints and epistemologies, to help us diversify our team.

Please note, we currently also advertise another post: Lecturer in Social Sciences (Interdisciplinary Studies) (3 years) available here.

You will be supporting our new MSc Applied Social Research. This is an innovative programme cultivating a critical awareness of the economic, socio-cultural and political contexts that influence the practice of social research in various fields (i.e. academic, non-governmental, business, government & policy, media & creative industries). Together, we will be building on Edinburgh Napier University’s phenomenal results from the Research Excellence Framework (2021), which are a testament to our growing strength and capability as a research institution. These results demonstrate the increasing impact of Edinburgh Napier's commitment to quality, and collective work that is at the heart of the Social Sciences.

The Role

As a Lecturer in Social Sciences (Critical Social Policy), you will join our vibrant subject group, comprising Social Sciences, Criminology and Policing. You will make a significant contribution to Social Sciences. (Candidates interested in Criminology should pursue this opportunity by clicking here).

You will be responsible for developing, designing, and delivering teaching and student-centred learning underpinned by academic scholarship and professional practice within your assigned areas of responsibility. You will contribute to our Social Sciences research, which is committed to advancing more socially just and equitable societies. You will help us to build on our outstanding REF outcomes (UoA 20), where 81% of our research outputs were rated 3* or 4* (sector average of 75%), as were all of our Impact Case Studies (the best Scottish university by this ICS measurement). The University’s overall REF 2021assessment was that 68% of our research was either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, up 15% since 2014. Additionally, the University’s research power metric rocketed from 250 to 718, making Edinburgh Napier the top ranking Scottish modern university for both research power and research impact.

What we are looking for

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a contribution to teaching and research through the ability to:

  • Develop teaching, learning, and supervision strategies appropriate for postgraduate and undergraduate levels;
  • Engage with students from diverse backgrounds, nurture curiosity, and
  • Support their personal and professional development;
  • Bring the ethos of research into pedagogical practice;
  • Utilise creative approaches in the curriculum, including assessments, study skills, reflective practice;
  • Inspire students with values we share, rooted in intersectional feminist, non-occidentalist, social justice approaches;
  • Contribute to the further development of the new MSc programme;
  • Develop or consolidate your research portfolio, as appropriate to your career stage;
  • Contribute to the Social Sciences research strengths in: migrations, trans-national geographies; genders and sexualities, intimacies; (in)equalities; minorities, marginalisation, and social justice; organisations, collectives and social movements; and the critical epistemologies on which they are founded;
  • Pursue your own research topics, interests, and areas of enquiry that further grow our research portfolio;
  • Build collaborations with colleagues across the social sciences team, the university, and internationally for the benefit of research and teaching;
  • Build relations and exchanges with stakeholders to ensure our MSc Applied Social Research programme remains embedded in the professional research sector;
  • Some national/international travel may be required, and the ability to teach quantitative methods will be an asset, but is not prerequisite.

If this exciting opportunity sounds of interest, click here to view the formal role profile.

Benefits we offer

Salary: Grade 6, £40,927 - £50,296 per annum

For more detailed information regarding the benefits, please click here.

Additional information

For informal discussions about this position, please contact Mandy Winterton at and Roberto Kulpa at

Application closing date: 21 June 2022 @ 11:59pm (BST)

Interview date: Soon after the closing date

Edinburgh Napier is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels proud, confident, challenged and supported and are holders of Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Diversity Champion status. Please see here for more information.


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