Lecturer in Sustainability and PGCE Geography

Southampton, United Kingdom
£43,155 to £54,421 Per annum
06 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Southampton Education School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £43,155 to £54,421 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 03 July 2023
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  2267923CJ-R

Southampton Education School is a flourishing centre of research and teaching excellence. It has a vibrant research community with internationally excellent and world leading impact (REF 2021) and a strong programme of Initial Teacher Education in both primary and secondary PGCE.

We are seeking to appoint an individual who will take an active role in research on and the development of Environmental Sustainability Education in the School, that is, education research on how to teach individuals about the concepts, principles, and practices that promote sustainability and environmental stewardship. The successful applicant will strengthen the existing work of our research centres and foster links with the local community as well as with national and international research partners. The applicant would initiate research projects, craft high quality outputs, and develop funding proposals. This will be instrumental in supporting the School in delivering strategic goals aligned to the University Strategy.

Additionally, the successful applicant would be responsible for teaching and supporting trainee teachers in the curriculum area of Geography.  The person appointed would have expertise in Geography education, ideally with recent and relevant secondary teaching experience and who would be able to design and lead the Geography PGCE course, as well as pedagogical sessions in a cross-curricular context.  As well as planning and teaching sessions at the University they would also be expected to visit trainees in schools in order to monitor and moderate progress. There would also be an expectation that the appointee would be able to contribute to other areas of Initial Teacher Education and Southampton Education School as required and as appropriate to their skills and experiences.

The Secondary PGCE programmes at the University of Southampton deliver Initial Teacher Education within the University and work in partnership with over 100 local secondary schools. Our programme provides thorough preparation for teaching in relation to the Teachers’ Standards, while our research-led philosophy develops teachers whose independent and creative approach brings about high quality learning and teaching.

The successful applicant will be expected to work as part of a team with colleagues at Southampton Education School. The post includes research, teaching, visiting trainee teachers in their placement school and observing and assessing the quality of their teaching in relation to the Teachers’ Standards. The role requires liaison with trainees’ mentors in partnership schools and assessing trainees’ work at Masters level. Working in collaboration with colleagues, you will have responsibility for:

  • Research in and development of Environmental Sustainability Education within the school and the university.
  • Course design, management and teaching in PGCE Geography
  • Arranging and participating in observations at trainees’ placement schools in order to observe trainees teaching 
  • Assessing trainees in their teaching, and in their written assignments 
  • Maintaining records and paperwork as required 

The role will include regular travel to our network of placement schools, and provide opportunities for research conference submissions.  

The successful candidate will ideally be in post by 01/09/2023 to ensure a smooth transition before the new academic year, with interviews being held mid May 2023.  This position requires DBS Clearance at an enhanced level; this would need to be obtained once the applicant is in post.

If you would value an informal preliminary discussion, please contact Director of Initial Teacher Education Rachele Newman (tel. 023 8059 8912, mobile 07841 515740, email or Director of Research Prof Christian Bokhove (tel. 023 8059 2415, mobile 07447720399, email

Application Procedure

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on  +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Quote the advert reference 2267923CJ on all correspondence.