Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship in Cultural and Creative Industries


We are seeking exceptional academic colleagues who have research plans which will have a remarkable impact on our disciplines and/or drive development of our Research Peaks, 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’s dynamic, ambitious and world leading research in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) focuses on the cultural, civic, and economic value of these industries regionally, nationally, and internationally. Researchers in CCI have extensive expertise in film, media, the arts, museums and heritage, music, fashion, design, creative writing, cultural policy, and theatre and performance. Our research leverages interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches and practice-based enquiry to tackle the biggest challenges facing society today, and we are looking for excellent people to join us.

Committed to ‘real world’ research, a clear understanding of the potential impact of your work will be essential. Northumbria has a diverse and excellent portfolio of Creative and Cultural Industries research; we are interested in applicants with expertise in any area of this work but who understand the power and importance of interdisciplinary approaches in shaping creative ecologies and economies for the future. We particularly welcome applicants working in one or more of the following areas:

  • cultural policy
  • place and placemaking
  • innovating practice as research
  • cultural industries and social justice
  • arts, science and technology collaboration
  • tourism and the creative/cultural industries
  • rethinking ‘value’ in arts and culture


To be considered for this prestigious opportunity you must demonstrate academic excellence, evidenced through your role in the production of 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 this vacancy 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)

Some roles may  be exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 therefore successful candidates may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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 on

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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 University 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. 

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