Teaching Fellow in Modern European History

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    Religious sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    08/08/2022 00:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › Durham, United Kingdom


Department of History

Grade 7: - £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (pro-rata)
Fixed Term - Part Time
Contract Duration: 12 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 17.5
Closing Date: 08-Aug-2022, 6:59:00 AM

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s top universities, boasting a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5 UK and top 100 global university with our students and our world leading academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work.

About Durham University

As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, one of the greatest Romanesque buildings in Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. If you’d like to find out more about the University, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/

The Department

The Department of History at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the fixed term role of Teaching Fellow in Modern European History (0.5).

The Department of History is widely recognized as a leading centre of historical research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top history departments in the UK and internationally. (35th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings for 2022.) More information about the Department is available at https://www.dur.ac.uk/history/.

The Role

Applications are invited for the post of Teaching Fellow (0.5FTE) in Modern European History. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching the Level 3 undergraduate module ‘Revolution and History’, examining the historiography and memory of the French Revolution, and its impact in shaping modern France. They may also be asked to contribute to the Level 1 module ‘Modern Times: a Cultural History of Europe, 1860’, to undertake some undergraduate dissertation supervision, and to carry out other teaching duties as specified by the Head of Department.

The role offers the opportunity of valuable experience to those early in their academic careers and the University is keen to maximise the benefit to as many people as possible.  The post of will involve a significant teaching load, which may extend into the summer period, and there may be the opportunity to undertake administrative duties which relate to education and pedagogy.

The post is for a fixed term only, and it is not anticipated that the post will be extended beyond this fixed term.

Successful applicants will, ideally be in post by 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible following this date.

The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities

  • Teach modules in appropriate learning environments at undergraduate level, demonstrating an awareness of different approaches to and methods of teaching and supporting student learning;
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage own teaching and designing, planning and writing teaching materials;
  • Lead modules and contribute to modules led by others by collaborating with colleagues on course development;
  • Participate in the delivery of an inclusive curriculum and make an active contribution to an inclusive community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated;
  • Seek and take on board feedback on teaching and engage with others in CPD;
  • Supervise undergraduate dissertation student where appropriate;
  • Contribute to educational skill of colleagues, e.g. giving a seminar to colleagues or engaging in constructive discussion about a seminar;
  • Build internal contacts and participate in networks to exchange information;
  • Start to engage in scholarship (the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines) e.g. develop online teaching resources;
  • In addition to Board of Studies, membership of some departmental committees and professional body memberships;
  • Student support, assessment of academic performance and provision of feedback;
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To engage in citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by attending relevant training and development courses.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Len Scales, Head of Department: l.e.scales@durham.ac.uk. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • a CV and covering letter which details your experience, skills and achievements in meeting (or the potential to meet) the criteria set out above.
  • a statement of your aspirations as an Assistant Lecturer in terms of what motivates you, what you would like to achieve and what your broad approaches to teaching excellence and innovation are (maximum 2 pages).


You should provide details of 3 referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).

Please note:

  • We shall seek references during the application process. Except in the case of very early career candidates, referees should (if possible) not include your PhD supervisor(s) and should include references from a University other than your own.
  • We would ask that you alert your referees to this application as soon as possible so that we can quickly obtain references.  If you do not wish (some or all) of your referees to be approached during the recruitment process, you must clearly indicate this to us at the time of your application.
  • References sought for candidates may be made available to the panel during the shortlisting process.
  • We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee).  Please indicate clearly on the application form which referee is your current line-manager and indicate if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Next Steps

The assessment for the post will include a teaching assessment exercise and an interview.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview as soon as possible following the closing date.

Person Specification

Candidates applying for the role may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, however, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the below criteria:

Essential Criteria:

  • A good first degree in History or a related subject.
  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in modern European history or a related subject, or equivalent demonstrable practitioner experience which may include appropriate certification and/or membership of a relevant professional body.
  • Expertise in the history of the French Revolution and/or of modern France
  • Experience of teaching and examining at University level with positive student feedback gained.
  • Experience of contributing to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching and/or assessment of learning, including the design and creation of successful learning environments and curricula.
  • Demonstrable ability to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic department and/or discipline.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of successfully developing innovative teaching methods for the design/delivery of high quality teaching.
  • Experience of providing high quality one-to-one student supervision.
  • Candidates may have, or should have the ability to attain, the rank of Fellow of HEA.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.

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Durham, United Kingdom

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