Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
AC2: £38,592 to £46,047 per annum
03 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Education and Social Sciences

THE POST - Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Criminology AC2

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lecturer in Criminal Justice to join the academic team within the School of Education and Social Sciences at the UWS Paisley Campus.

You will be joining a growing team with a broad range of academic and professional practice.  As a lecturer you will be expected to make a broad contribution to the academic work of the Criminal Justice and Criminology team.

It is essential you have knowledge of criminal justice and criminological theory, experience of teaching at an undergraduate level and have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

Desirable candidates will have or will be working towards completing a PhD, and have teaching experience across the subject area of criminology and research methods. Our ideal candidate will have experience of using technology to enhance online learning and teaching, and have a broad and critical understanding of research methods and theoretical issues relevant to the teaching of Criminology. You will be able to evidence research experience and outputs (research or practice) commensurate with the stage of career and applicants.

The University of the West of Scotland is committed to supporting your personal development and providing an inclusive working environment. UWS has an Athena SWAN bronze award, is a disability confident employer and welcomes other under-represented groups, as such we particularly encourage applications to support our diversity agenda.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • Degree and relevant postgraduate/PhD qualification or near completion, or equivalent qualification
  • Higher Education Fellowship or equivalent
  • Experience of learning, teaching and assessment within Higher Education
  • Appropriate evidence of external engagement which is clearly in line with the School’s priority areas for the future (e.g. external engagement in terms of research, or knowledge exchange, or engagement with professional bodies or other external organisations)
  • Have experience of delivering modules across the social sciences, social/public policy or public administration, in the areas of interest mentioned above
  • Experience of hybrid delivery of learning and teaching and of use of authentic/real-world assessment approaches
  • Commitment to delivering high quality teaching and supporting an outstanding student experience.


UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings).

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 Claire Harkins, Deputy Dean, School of Education and Social Sciences by email:

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

Closing Date:  Sunday 19th February 2023

Interview Date: To be confirmed

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

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