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Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship in Law

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£45,584 - £66,856
Closing date
8 Jan 2024

Job Details

We are seeking exceptional academic colleagues who have research plans which will have a remarkable impact on the disciplines of Law in the Faculty of Business and Law and drive the development of Law’s three Primary Research Groups, to join our Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship Scheme.  

As a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, you will have a permanent academic role, and for the first three years you will be supported to undertake independent and collaborative research, delivering an agreed research plan to make a significant contribution to the research profile of the University. Further information about the role is available in the Vice-Chancellor's role outline.  


Northumbria University conducts internationally excellent and world-class research in multiple areas of legal research, and we are looking for excellent people to join us. We are interested in making appointments across our three distinctive Primary Research Groups across the Law School. 

Northumbria Law School 

Research activities at Northumbria Law School are not confined within specific groupings and applications from researchers whose expertise bridges two or more groupings (e.g. criminal or civil justice related technology/AI) would also be welcomed.  

Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCECJS) is our longest established research grouping and has a prominent national and international reputation. 

The Convening Research Question for the group is: “How can substantive and domestic or international criminal law rules and civil and criminal evidence and criminal procedures be transformative in their ability to achieve procedural fairness and just outcomes” 

Law in Emerging Contexts: Space, Global Sustainable Futures and Technology. Northumbria is creating a world-leading £50 million space skills research and technology Centre in the North East of England after major funding awards were confirmed with the U.K. Space Agency and global aerospace giant, Lockheed Martin. The £50 million project is leading the development of the North East Space Skills and Technology Centre, to be known as NESST. At Northumbria Law School we have strategically grown over the course of the last five years  the largest number of expert Space Law academics in Europe, and we are actively seeking new colleagues to contribute to all aspects of our specialism in this arena and the exciting development of NESST. Our research in this Primary Research Group is seeking to take on the legal challenges of tomorrow.  We have significant expertise in Environmental Justice which  produced excellent impact case studies and outputs for REF 2021, is now generating regular bidding activity, and  with an increasing body of high-quality outputs. Additionally, we are leading new boundaries of research in A.I, safeguarding, privacy and data regulation.  

The Convening Research Question is: ‘To investigate how legal solutions can impactfully solve the challenges of tomorrow?’  

Please note – candidates interested in applying in Space law should apply via the VCF – Space advert 

Law in Emerging Contexts: Global Sustainable Futures and Technology. Our research in this Primary Research Group is seeking to take on the legal challenges of tomorrow.  We have significant expertise in Environmental Justice which  produced excellent impact case studies and outputs for REF 2021, is now generating regular bidding activity, and  with an increasing body of high-quality outputs. Additionally ,we are leading new boundaries of research in and data regulation and applicants in these sub-disciplines are encouraged.  

The Convening Research Question of the group is : ‘To investigate how legal solutions can impactfully solve the challenges of tomorrow? ’ 

Law and Society encompasses a variety of sub areas, being linked to Family, Civil and Social Justice and incorporating Gender Sexuality and the law, Medical and Mental Health Law, Chinese Law, Society and Economy, Legal History, Comparative Law and Human Rights, Law and the Humanities and Legal Education and Professional Skills. It also links into the Cross -University Gender, Violence and Abuse Research Network.   

The Convening Research Question of the group is ‘How can we understand societal issues in their legal context and present solutions to those challenges to change lives for the better and make the world a fairer place?’ 

In addition to these Law focused research groups, we also have a Cross Faculty Research Group that draws together colleagues across Law and Business engaged within Professional Learning and Management research. 

The Primary Research Question of the group is: ‘How can research and innovation in Professional Learning and Management impact on policy and practice?’


To be considered for this prestigious opportunity you must demonstrate academic excellence, evidenced through your role in the production of internationally excellent and world-leading research outputs and have experience of winning grant funding (appropriate to discipline and career stage). In addition, you must demonstrate a clear research plan for the period of the Fellowship.


To apply for these vacancies please click 'Apply Now'   Your application should include a covering letter, CV and a two page 'Research Plan' which outlines how you would use the Fellowship period and including details of anticipated outputs, income and impact. Please ensure your CV includes research / education statements, and grants and publications list, highlighting your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4. For your most recent grants please include the grant title, funder reference, funder, amount and your role.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 3 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio).  

To support you in preparing your application below are the standard Job Descriptions and Person Specifications for Academic roles at Northumbria.  Appointments will be made to the Academic role and grade the selection panel believe are commensurate with individuals Academic experience and profile.

Assistant Professor (£45,584 - £56,021)
Associate Professor (£57,695 - £66,856)

If you require any additional information about the application process, or would like an informal discussion about the opportunities, please contact Kathryn Atton, HR Adviser at  


At Northumbria, we embrace tomorrow. We pursue new thinking, forge new partnerships, create, and exchange new knowledge, and find new solutions. Our inspirational academics, partners and students work together to tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. We are ready for the future whatever it may hold.  

One of the largest universities in the UK with over 37,000 students from 137 countries, filled with world-leading research, award-winning partnerships, and students at the heart of an outstanding experience, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.  Discover more about us.   

Northumbria is a great place to work.  We empower our exceptional people to achieve shared ambitions and promote a positive work life balance.  To say thank you, we offer a wide range of benefits including excellent pension schemes, flexible working, a generous holiday entitlement, continued commitment to your learning and development and more.  

We are an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager.  

Northumbria is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.  We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers and are members of the Euraxess initiative to deliver information and support to professional researchers.   

The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process. We also welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about Relocation Assistance.  

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