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Reader (Associate Professor) in Social Policy

The Department of Social and Policy Sciences invites applications for a post at the level of Reader (Associate 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 an academic with advanced quantitative research skills and a commitment to providing inspirational departmental and international leadership in the University’s excellent policy research. The successful candidate will have a track record of independent and impactful research of international standing and relevance, evidenced with a substantial record of publications in top rated international journals, a strong track record of medium- to large-grant capture, and successful supervision of research staff and students. Suggested submissions for the next REF, both outputs and impact, should be indicated in the application, along with a brief statement why they represent world-class rigour and significance.  

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 lead research with international impact and profile; undertake teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level; supervise postgraduate students, and undertake management and leadership 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 & scholarship
    • Lead a research team as appropriate to the discipline, including supervision of research students and staff, ensuring a commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in research.
    • Lead collaborative research projects at a national or international level as appropriate to the discipline.
    • Develop/negotiate and manage action research activity, and or applied research contracts and or consultancies including some with international partners.
    • Attract external funding to support research activity.
    • Maintain a regular output of high quality research which is published in leading research journals or other outputs as appropriate to the discipline.
    • Present research at national and/or international conferences and/ or at other appropriate events.
    • Engage effectively in non-academic impact of research, including substantial knowledge or technology exchange and/or public engagement activities, involving a range of partnerships with external organisations.
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of research strategies in the Department/School.
  • Teaching
    • Deliver a wide range of effective and inclusive teaching and supporting learning activities
    • 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 and apply innovative approaches to 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 course development and the development of new programmes of study demonstrating an inclusive approach to delivery, and an ability to contribute to teaching developments throughout the department.
    • Participate in teaching initiatives at a regional, national and/or international level to develop/or consolidate teaching interests of the Department.
    • Contribute to outreach and/or Widening Participation activity within the Department, Faculty/School or University.
  • Management and leadership
    • Undertake specific leadership roles in the Department /Faculty e.g. Director of Studies, and contribute to institutional committees and working parties.
    • Manage and support colleagues with less experience and facilitate their academic and personal development.
    • Represent the Department in external relations as required.
    • Foster and develop internal or external networks of benefit to the Department/Faculty/University.
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 on +44(0)1225 383074.