Posted on: 13 June, 2019
Application deadline: July 7, 2019

Teaching and Scholarship lecturer in human geography, Bangor University

Part-time Teaching and Scholarship Lecturer in Human Geography (maternity cover) (0.75 FTE)

  • Job Number BU01913
  • School/Department School of Natural Sciences
  • Grade 7
  • Salary Information Salary: £33,199 – £39,610 (Grade 7) p.a. pro rata
  • Contract Duration 9 months
  • Responsible to Head of School
  • Closing Date 07-07-2019

Applications are invited for this fixed-term (maternity cover), part-time Teaching and Scholarship Lecturer (0.75 FTE) position within the School of Natural Sciences. The successful candidate will be a motivated Lecturer who will contribute to the teaching of human geography and related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The successful candidate will join an active and enthusiastic group of geographers, passionate about quality teaching and pastoral support. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undertake teaching in classroom and field settings, and will be involved in the development of geography teaching and scholarship within the school and college.

Applicants should have a track-record of teaching at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels and have a PhD (or be near to completion) in human geography. To match our vision for the development of geography in the school we would particularly welcome candidates working in the areas of human-environment interaction, environmental citizenship, societal use of outdoors, economic and political geography. The successful candidate will be expected to complement and enhance our existing areas of expertise and develop projects for postgraduate and undergraduate research.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence the role on 1 October 2019 and the post is available for a period of 9 months.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Professor Morag McDonald, Head of School (tel: +44 (0) 1248 388076, e-mail: or Dr Lynda Yorke, Geography Programme Lead (+44 (0) 1248 388641, e-mail:

Committed to Equal Opportunities


Bangor University was established in 1884 and currently has over 11,000 students. It comprises 14 Academic Schools grouped in to 3 colleges. The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Bangor University is one of the leading centres in the UK for teaching and research in biology, environmental sciences, geography, ocean sciences, chemistry, computer science and electronic engineering. The University was awarded a Gold rating in the recent UK Teaching Excellence Framework. The college has over 2300 students and 350 teaching and support staff, and consists of three academic schools and the BioComposites Centre. The School of Natural Science (SNS) is a school within this College.

The School of Natural Sciences offers two Batchelor degrees in Geography; BA and BSc Geography, a four-year integrated Masters degree (MGeog), plus a BSc Geography and Environmental Forestry degree. The BA and BSc Geography degrees provide students interested in Human and Physical Geography and the interface between these two disciplines. The MGeog degree covers the breadth of subject, as well as specific Human and Physical Geography themes. Our Geography degree with Environmental Forestry incorporates the study of one of the world’s most valuable ecosystems.

Purpose of the Job

The school wishes to appoint a temporary (maternity cover) Lecturer human geography (teaching and scholarship). We welcome candidates from across the range of disciplines relating to this subject. To match our vision for the development of this subject in the school we would particularly welcome candidates working in the areas of:

• Human-environment interaction (for example, human response to climate change) • Human use of the environment • Environmental citizenship • Economic geography • Environmental policy • Political geography • Environmental impacts of globalization • Cultural geography

The successful candidate will be expected to complement and enhance our existing areas of expertise and contribute enthusiastically and flexibly to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching • Implement a range of educational activities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including field courses • Act as a pastoral and academic tutor to undergraduate students • Contribute to the development, delivery and quality assurance of the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula • Maintain an excellent standard of teaching as indicated by peer observation, quality assessment, student feedback etc. • Undertake marking and provide feedback to students as required • Undertake examination, invigilation and open-day duties as appropriate • Work collaboratively, sharing good practice with colleagues within the school and the college more widely, as appropriate

Management and Administration • Develop and co-ordinate modules and programmes as required • Participate in open days and other recruitment events • Maintain an up-to-date record of job performance and activities and to participate in the performance review process • Attend all relevant board and examination meetings • Carry out other management / administrative duties as specified by the Head of School.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

• To contribute to “third mission” activities (linking to government, NGOs, industry and the conservation organisations; school liaison; public engagement; enterprise) as appropriate • The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities. • The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme. • Ensure continued development of personal knowledge and skills to ensure that teaching reflects current best practice. • The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for themselves and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by their actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments. • The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their post.

Person Specification


Essential • A PhD (or be near to completion) in human geography. • A record of teaching experience.

Desirable • Higher education teaching qualification completed or near to completion.

Experience & Knowledge

Essential • Initiative, motivation and enthusiasm for facilitating learning in undergraduate and postgraduate students in a College committed to excellence in teaching. • Ideas for the development of dissertations for undergraduate students and research projects for masters students.

Desirable • Experience of university quality assurance issues. • A record of innovative and excellent teaching in HE. • Experience with curriculum development. • Familiarity with issues relating to quality assurance, student recruitment and satisfaction, pastoral care and student engagement, and the Welsh and UK Higher Education landscape.

Skills & Abilities

Essential • A willingness to contribute effectively to administrative activities. • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills. • Interpersonal skills, so as to be able to engage effectively with academic, research, technical and administrative staff. • An ability and flexibility to work in teams across a range of disciplines. • An appreciation of the bilingual and bicultural character of modern Wales.

Desirable • The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh.


All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact. All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references. All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements. If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job, please note that following the introduction by the Government of immigration limits on skilled workers we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements:

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