Lecturer in Drug and Alcohol Studies

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
£44,706 - £50,296 per annum
15 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Jul 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Education and Social Sciences
Paisley Campus 

Lecturer in Drug and Alcohol Studies
Ac3:  £44,706 - £50,296 per annum 
Full time, Permanent

THE POST – Lecturer in Drug and Alcohol Studies
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lecturer in Drug and Alcohol Studies to join the Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies (CDAS) programme within the School of Education and Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. You will join a dedicated team who strive to continuously inspire our students and wider University community – and, through modern teaching and impactful research, continue to deliver innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.  

The postholder will play a central role in delivering an excellent and research-based student experience. They will be engaged in the development of educational thinking, practice and research in the broad areas of curriculum design, learning and teaching, and assessment. They will be knowledgeable in contemporary pedagogies, particularly in relation to co-creation and active learning, and be familiar with online learning environments and the principles of digital education. They will also be able to evidence positive practice in these areas. The postholder will produce and publish excellent research outputs commensurate with the stage of career and evidence an ability to attract independent research funding to support this work.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • A completed, or close to completion, PhD in Social Sciences or relevant area is essential. 
  • Experience of studying, researching or working in the substance use or related field who can contribute to the CDAS teaching and research programme.
  • A postgraduate qualification in the area of education/learning and teaching/ Advance Higher Education Fellowship or equivalent are highly desirable. 

University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses. 

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.  
The School of Education & Social Sciences at UWS combines sector-leading education provision with strong expertise in social science teaching and research in the west of Scotland and beyond. You will join a supportive and committed team, playing a crucial role in the School’s commitment to social justice and making a difference locally, nationally and internationally. Our students benefit from innovative, practice-focused and research-informed courses, and deep-rooted partnerships with leading organisations across the world. Find out more about our School of Education & Social Sciences.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes: 

  • 35 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 23% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities.

Informal enquiries may be made to: Dr Aileen O’Gorman, CDAS Programme Leader email:

Further information, including details of how to apply are available at

Closing Date: Tuesday 19th July 2022
Interview Date: Tuesday 26th July 2022 

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. 
UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.
University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.

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