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Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Policy

The Department of Social and Policy Sciences invites applications for a post at the level of Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in social policy at the University of Bath. The Department is a world class centre for policy research and teaching excellence, committed to interdisciplinary, impactful and progressive research.

We are looking to recruit a social science academic with very strong quantitative research skills and a commitment to research focused on social policy challenges. The successful candidate will have a developing track record of independent and impactful research of international standing. The appointee will be expected to publish in top rated international journals, sustain a leading research programme, and be active in submitting applications for external funding. The candidate must also have a strong interest in pursuing excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and in supervising graduate students.

We welcome applicants with a doctorate in any subfield of social sciences (economics, sociology, social policy, demography) with a research track record and future agenda that enhances the Department’s research strengths into the governance, prioritisation and evaluation of policy responses to major social issues. These include but are not restricted to poverty and welfare, employment and income, social exclusion and inequality, crime, health, migration, comparative social policy development, policy and the life course, and data sciences.

Applicants are encouraged to visit our website to find out more about the Department’s research and teaching, and its three research centres: the Centre for Analysis of Social Policy, the Centre for Death and Society; the Centre for Development Studies.

The University of Bath is based in an attractive, single-site campus that facilitates multi-disciplinary research. It is located on the edge of the World Heritage City of Bath and offers the lifestyle advantages of working and living in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

Proposed start date: 1 February 2018

Job purpose
To conduct research with a high potential for national/international impact and profile; undertake teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level; supervise postgraduate research students, and undertake management and administrative duties commensurate with the role.

Main duties and responsibilities
The job duties and responsibilities listed below are intended to describe the general nature of the role.  The duties and responsibilities, and the balance between the elements in the role, may change or vary over time depending on the specific needs at a specific point in time, or due to changing needs in the department/group. Jobholders should note that there may not be an immediate requirement to carry out all the activities listed below.

  • Research
    • Establish own area of independent research in social policy as appropriate to the work of the Department, ensuring a commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in research.
    • Participate in collaborative research projects as appropriate to the discipline of social policy.
    • Identify sources of funding and secure funding for own research programme.
    • Write papers and submit for publication in leading research journals and/or leading national/international conference proceedings.
    • Present research at national and/or international conferences and/ or at other appropriate events.
    • Supervise doctoral research students as required.
    • Engage effectively in non-academic impact of research, including knowledge or technology exchange and/or public engagement activities, involving a range of partnerships with external organisations.
  • Teaching
    • Design, plan and implement effective and inclusive teaching and supporting learning activities, including use of blended and distance learning technologies and techniques.
    • Teach across a range of modules/units or within a subject area using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods and technologies.
    • Assess the work and progress of students and provide them with constructive feedback.
    • Seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback.
    • Develop ideas for improving the learning environment, teaching and/or  assessment and feedback methods.
    • Engage in professional development in relation to teaching, learning and assessment, including the use of an evidence-informed approach, which utilises the outcomes of research and scholarship, to enhance practice.
    • Contribute to outreach and/or Widening Participation activity within the Department, Faculty or University.
  • Management and administration
    • Undertake internal roles of responsibility (e.g. contribute to committees and working parties, act as Admissions Tutor) as asked by the Head of Department.
    • Advise and support colleagues with less experience and advise on academic and personal development.
    • Participate in internal initiatives/events to the benefit of the University e.g. open days, outreach activities,student placements.
    • Act as supervisor for the work of others, for example, research teams or projects or as PhD supervisor.
    • Contribute to the strategic development of social work in the Department in relation to research, teaching, collaboration with external partners and regulatory bodies, and internationalisation activities.


More information
United Kingdom
University of Bath

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to the Head of Department, Dr Joe Devine by email or by telephone on +44(0)1225 383539; or to the Head of Group, Professor Lynn Prince Cooke at or on +44(0)1225 383074.