Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History (British Specialism)

London (Greater) (GB)
£40,386 - £57,353 per annum, including London Weighting Allowanc
22 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

The Department of Political Economy invites applications for a lectureship in Politics and Contemporary History. We encourage applicants with an interest in British political history since 1945, including the development of political institutions of state and political parties. Candidates should be able to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. They will be required to teach on MA modules including ‘Evolution of British Government since 1945’ https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/politicaleconomy/study/pgt/level-7-modules/7yyh0021theevolutionofbritishgovernmentsince1945; and ‘From Blair to Brexit: Britain since 1997’   https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/politicaleconomy/study/pgt/level-7-modules/7sspp038fromblairtobrexit.


The department is informed by an inclusive interdisciplinary vision and welcomes applications from candidates who share that vision. The Department values diversity and inclusion and a work-life balance.


The Department of Political Economy is a unique interdisciplinary enterprise located in the heart of London with proximity to both the world of politics and the city. Founded in 2010, the department is the only dedicated Department of Political Economy in the United Kingdom. The teaching and research recognises that the disciplines of Politics and Economics are inextricably linked; it is not possible to properly understand political processes without exploring the economic context in which politics operates. Similarly, sound economic analysis requires an awareness of how resource allocation is conditioned by political institutions, historical context and ethical values, and the way these have been understood by different traditions in social thought. In a world characterised by financial uncertainty, ecological insecurity and value conflict, the links between political and economic processes are ever more apparent and the need for a multifaceted appreciation of how they operate, has never been greater.


You will be responsible to the Head of Department. More information about the Department, School and Faculty can be found on the King’s website:


Department of Political Economy:   http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/politicaleconomy/index.aspx


School of Politics and Economics: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/schools/politics-economics/index.aspx 


Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy:   http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/index.aspx


This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.


Key responsibilities

  • Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the department in accordance with established departmental practice, and to ongoing curriculum development. At Grade 7, design, develop and deliver a range of programmes of study. 
  • Contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Department, School and College, including (Grade 6) establishing a track record of high quality publication, (Grade 7) having a track record of high quality publication. 
  • Develop and maintain individual/joint research projects in subject related areas. At Grade 7, contribute to the development of research strategies.  
  • Supervise and train postgraduate students to ensure their effective development. 
  • Act as personal tutor to students. 
  • Participate fully in assessment and examination process as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their leaning 
  • Participate in and develop internal and external networks. At Grade 7, lead and develop networks. 
  • Conduct individual or collaborative research projects. At Grade 7, act as principal investigator and project leader. 
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Head of Department 

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria 

1.       First degree and PhD in a relevant subject (completed or submitted by time of application)

2.       Academic specialism in politics and contemporary history, with a focus on post-1945 British politics and a focus on the development of political institutions

3.       Ability to engage in research-led teaching

4.       University teaching experience

5.       Clear potential for excellent academic publications record

6.       Good presentational and communicative skills

7.       Good organisational and administrative skills

8.       Ability to supervise student research at BA, MA and PhD levels

9.       Ability to provide support and guidance in the supervision and tutoring of Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

10.     Excellent academic publications record  (Grade 7)

11.     Experience of involvement in major research projects and applications for funding  (Grade 7)


Desirable criteria

1.       Administrative experience

2.       Experience of major research projects

3.       Interest in and experience with online, blended and distance learning

4.       Research proficiency in a regional language


The selection process will include a panel interview, and a presentation.