Principal Lecturer in Criminology

Coventry, West Midlands (GB)
27 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Principal Lecturer in Criminology

Ref: REQ005916
Closing date: 29th April 2018

This is an exciting time to join Coventry University and the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences. With a University Gold TEF rating, ranking 2nd in the UK for Teaching Excellence, and outstanding NSS scores in our courses we have demonstrable excellence in student experience. As a global University, our contribution to teaching excellence extends beyond our UK campuses, and the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences works with partner organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia. Additionally, we offer global experience opportunities through teaching and research-related activities to both staff and students, and we have a strong commitment to the internationalisation of our curricula. 

As a commitment to our investment in Criminology, we are now looking to appoint an outstanding and experienced professional in Criminology to join our highly regarded, and student-focussed Criminology team. The successful post-holder will lead the Criminology team on the next phase of the School’s ambitious growth and development plan. Working with the School’s Curriculum Development Lead, Deputy Head and Associate Heads of School, the post holder will be pivotal in realising new course provision, whilst acting as the Course Director for our current suite of BA Criminology courses. This role provides an excellent opportunity to help shape the direction of Criminology over the next period. 

You should be an innovative, solution-focussed and experienced leader with a national standing in Criminology, and a track record of inspiring teams. Your approach should be inclusive, flexible and ensure our stakeholders are placed at the centre of everything we do. As a truly modern University, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from applicants with experience of online delivery and/or curriculum development. As the role will also require you to develop and maintain productive relationships with placement providers, employers and other stakeholders, you will need a high level of inter-personal skills, and personal effectiveness to promote a high-quality experience for all our stakeholders. You will have a strong commitment to continuing professional development and to inter-professional and international perspectives. 

The School is recognised for the high quality of its provision of applied and professional courses. This includes a broad portfolio of on-campus, off-campus, blended and distance learning courses both discipline and profession specific. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has strong partnerships with employers and placement providers from a range of sectors including Local Authority Social Services, Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Trusts, education, and the independent, voluntary and the private sectors.  Applied research activity is an integral part of the Faculty's business and there is a strong commitment to enabling staff to engage in a wide range of research and scholarship. For this post, the role holder will be expected to focus on academic leadership, and teaching and learning in the first instance. 

Applicants must hold a PhD and publications or equivalent outputs or (if from Professional practice background) a good Honours/Masters Degree and appropriate professional qualifications and/or membership and or equivalent professional qualifications that might be considered as equivalent to a PhD. Applicants must demonstrate an experience of delivering in an educational setting. 

Coventry University offers academic support and professional development support and provides the opportunity for staff without a recognised teaching qualification to undertake the PGCE.

For a confidential and informal discussion about the role please contact the Head of School, Dr Tim Jones (

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