Posted on: 6 September, 2019
Application deadline: October 4, 2019

Lectureship in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Lectureship in Social Policy
Vacancy Ref: : 049252 Closing Date : 04-Oct-2019
Contact Person : Alison Koslowski Contact Number : +44 (0)131 6511147
Contact Email :
1. Job Details

Job title: Lectureship in Social Policy

School/Support Department: School of Social and Political Science

Unit (if applicable): Social Policy

Line manager: Head of Subject

2. Job Purpose

We are seeking outstanding candidates who will further the School’s reputation in the field of social policy, with particular focus on the relationship between social policy and inequality. It is essential that the successful candidate presents a research profile, in both experience to date and in future potential, which is at the forefront of the area of activity. He or she will demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding academic potential also reflected in a growing personal teaching and supervisory portfolio. The person appointed will be expected to play a full part in the collegial life of the Subject Group and the School.

We are particularly interested in candidates with an interest in the relationship between social policy and inequality. While specialisation is open, we welcome applications from candidates who complement existing strengths in gender and/or labour market inequalities. The Social Policy group at the University of Edinburgh is committed to comparative and cross-national research.

3. Main Responsibilities

  1. Producing excellent research and scholarship, including the publication of peer reviewed articles in the highest quality journals and securing and managing external research funding and knowledge exchange activities.
  2. Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the supervision of dissertations, practical work and projects, and doctoral research supervision; assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the provision of detailed feedback to students; contributing to curriculum development and the design and revision of courses and programmes. In particular: convening and teaching on relevant core courses in our MSc programmes (MSC Public Policy; MSC Comparative Public Policy); contributing to our core UG social policy courses (e.g. Social Policy and Society, Politics of the Welfare State, Evidence, Policy and Politics, European Social Policy).
  3. Sharing in the administrative responsibilities of the Subject and School, including the Personal Tutoring of students on its programmes.

4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• A PhD or equivalent, either submitted or awarded by the time of appointment, except where exceptional experience can suffice as an equivalent. • Evidence of recent, sustained and developing research and publications activities, appropriate to career stage, meeting standards of international excellence, and ability to attract external research funding as an independent researcher and to lead research programmes. • Evidence of recent, sustained and developing attainments in teaching, appropriate to career stage, also indicative of commitment to, and potential for, excellence in teaching, including ability to develop courses/programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. • Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to the development of, a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to PhD theses inclusive. • Evidence of a commitment to collegiality and team working. • A combination of teaching and research which places the post holder at the forefront of the field of applicants for the position.

Desirable • A record of obtaining external research income • Expertise in the analysis of gender and/or labour market inequalities • A commitment to comparative social policy research • Experience or interest in innovative teaching methods • Experience of knowledge exchange and/or engagement with public bodies and stakeholders and wider publics.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter, a CV, and two writing samples of no more than 8000 words in length each with their application. The selection procedure will involve an interview and a presentation attended by members of the School. Details of the requirements for the presentation will be included in invitations to interview.

Unless applicants signal that they wish to withhold their permission, members of the School will be given the opportunity to inspect, in confidence, the letters of application and CVs of those who apply for this post; and the letters of application and CVs of shortlisted applicants will be made available for inspection by all those attending any presentations prior to interview. References will be confidential to the selection panel.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not. The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 4th October 2019.

Right to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK). To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  1. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  2. Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has • ended or expired. • the CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and • you are either: o applying for entry clearance from outside the UK, or o you are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2. You must wait 12 months before applying again.

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at:

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 to £49,553 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Social Policy
The Social Policy group is committed to developing comparative and cross-national research in its field. The Social Policy subject area, which includes the Global Public Health Unit [GPHU], is the leading centre for research and teaching in social policy in Scotland and one of the major centres in the UK. In the 2014 RAE the University’s submission to sub-panel 22 (Social Work and Social Policy, comprising Social Policy and Social Work staff in the School and health and family researchers from other parts of the University), was graded as having 40% of activity at world-leading (4*) level and 41% at 3*. The grade point average of 3.19 was ninth in the UK. With 99% of eligible staff submitted in the REF, these results gave the submission first place in the UK in the The Higher (18 December 2014) ranking of research power.

Teaching was assessed as ‘excellent’ in the last Teaching Quality Assessment and further commended in its most recent Teaching Programme Review in 2014. There is a strong postgraduate programme, with ESRC recognition, and staff make significant contributions to postgraduate teaching in SSPS’s Graduate School. There are close links with colleagues with cognate interests in other subjects within the School (Politics, Sociology, Social Anthropology and Social Work) and further afield, notably Education, Law, and interdisciplinary research centres such as the Academy of Government and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships. Social Policy provides the leadership for the university’s multi-disciplinary Q-Step centre, part of the UK-wide programme to strengthen the teaching of quantitative methods to undergraduate social scientists.

GPHU draws together expertise from a diverse range of disciplines including public health, political science, social policy, economics, medicine, epidemiology, geography and anthropology. The Unit is a leading centre for research organised around central themes in contemporary health policy debates: health systems, global governance, commercial sector and public health, social determinants of health and public policy, and science, advocacy and health policy.

Social Policy has an active programme of subject and school seminars and of international contacts. The group has close links with policy communities in Scotland, and many of its graduates have occupied prominent positions in Scottish academia, voluntary agencies or the Scottish Government.

The School Of Social and Political Science
The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises six Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units. The academic staff complement currently numbers c.200fte. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation. The School has c. 1,100 undergraduate students on its programmes of study, over 500 taught postgraduates, and over 300 doctoral researchers. The Dean and Head of School is Professor Linda McKie.

SPS comprises the Subject Areas of Politics and International Relations; Social Anthropology; Social Policy (including Global Public Health); Social Work; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies [STIS]; and Sociology. The School also includes the Academy of Government, and the Centres of African Studies, of Canadian Studies, and for South Asian Studies. It hosts a Nuffield Q-Step Centre, enhancing quantitative skills training for social science undergraduates, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Scotland.

The School’s primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research. We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders. Building upon established strengths in the cross-subject areas of sustainable development, international development, quantitative methods, and global health the School is centrally involved in the University’s Global Development Academy and Global Justice Academy, and contributes to the Global Academies of Health and of Environment and Society.

In REF 2014, the School returned 96% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top eight in the UK, and number one in Scotland, for their breadth and quality of research. Overall 36% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 41% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of those four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world’s leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission’s overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we’re particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh
For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do. The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world’s leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work