Professor of Lifelong Learning, Skills and Work

London (GB)
08 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

UCL Education, Practice and Society
Professor of Lifelong Learning, Skills and Work
Full Time 

The appointment will be on the UCL professorial scale. The salary range will be competitive, on the professorial scale (minimum £66,008 per annum) plus £3,031 London Allowance per annum.

The Department of Education, Practice and Society comprises specialists from a wide variety of disciplines who undertake research to support education throughout the life course by contributing to economic, social and political debate and development in societies nationally and internationally, as well as to conceptual development within and across disciplines. The department pursues a number of cross-cutting themes via activity groups, and the successful applicant for this post would be expected to join the Lifelong Learning group and make a full contribution to the work of the department and, in addition, to take up the role Director of LLAKES. 

The professor will join the Department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS) and support the department to make a major contribution to the IOE’s strategic direction and mission, and will succeed Professor Andy Green as the Director of LLAKES (he will step down towards the end of 2018) and identify a new strategic agenda and funding streams for that centre. 

To do so, the professor will work with Professor Green (Summer 2018) to draft the submission to the ESRC for ‘transitional funding’ which, if successful, would run for a three-year period from January 1st 2019. The transitional funding will support the development of a new 5-10 year vision for LLAKES, conceptualized in terms of continuity and change. The intention is to: (i) build on some of the achievements associated with ten years of world-leading research on the role of education and skills in promoting economic competitiveness and social cohesion, and in mediating the interactions between these two domains; and, (ii) develop and specify a cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research programme designed to address contemporary economic, social and policy challenges relating to industrial, economic and technological change, the future of work and skills, and implications for workers, employers and education and training systems. To do so, the post-holder will be expected to draw in expertise from across the IOE and wider UCL, including in economics, comparative political economy, political science, social psychology, digital learning and policy studies, to achieve the new vision. 

The professor will provide strategic leadership in relation to: 

Lifelong learning, skills and work research within EPS and across the IOE

Leading on the infusion of cutting-edge research within EPS and into other IOE departments (and vice-versa), and productive liaison with relevant sections and researchers in wider UCL

Developing the strategic vision for the future of the LLAKES Centre

Agenda setting and prioritisation, including developing the Centre’s research culture, work, capacity, sustainability and profile (nationally and internationally)

Secure large-scale funds for research

The successful candidate will have: 

A world-leading academic reputation and the ability to act as an effective representative for the LLAKES Centre, the Department of  Education, Practice and Society and the UCL Institute of Education on the global stage 

A world-leading record of scholarly publication in areas relevant to the Centre and the designated field of the professorship Leadership and interpersonal skills appropriate for leading the academic field and realising the Centre’s vision 

A proven ability to design and deliver complex large-scale research projects

An outstanding history of success in securing external research funding

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to 
and search on Reference Number 1711911. 

Your application must include:  an up-to-date CV and detailed publications list; an electronic copy of two journal-length publications which you feel best support your application; and a clear statement in response to each of the selection criteria which shows how your qualifications, experience and training fit each of the criteria. Please note that the online system will accept up to two attachments, so you should be prepared to merge your documents if necessary.  For further information please contact Professor David Guile, Head of the Department of Education, Practice and Society ( ) or Professor Andy Green, current Director of LLAKES ( ).

Closing Date: 5th March 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: 23 March 2018

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.