Job details


College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Responsible to

Head of the Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£69,020 to £93,380 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 20 February 2022

Contract type


Post type




About the role

The University of Derby is the only Higher Education Institution in Derbyshire and our Strategic Framework 2018-2030 articulates our role of ‘Being a Force for Positive Impact’ on the economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental prosperity of our home. We are proud to be amongst the first universities to pledge a commitment to produce a Civic University Agreement.  

The University’s Innovation and Research Strategy (2020-2026) sets a clear direction of travel for knowledge exchange activity and HEIF investment over the period 20/21-24/25, with six priority objectives: Investing in Talent, Growing Innovation, Regional Impact, Empowering Graduates, Stimulating Business and Delivering Assurance.  As part of this, The University has committed to nurture and encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and career stages, recognising the strong link between excellent research and an excellent student experience. The University is investing in students, staff and research infrastructure to ensure that knowledge created at our University informs our curriculum and supports industry, policy makers, international partners and the wider research community. 

The Institute of Education, within the University of Derby, is seeking an outstanding individual to support the leadership of Public Sector research.  Applications are particularly welcome from those who can contribute to building a strong culture of teacher inquiry and environment for ITE practitioners.  Research activity in the Institute is driven by a collective commitment to Social Justice and is centred around the work of the iCeGS Research centre and our research clusters. The research clusters include specialisms around Technical and Vocational Education, Special Educational Needs, Childhood, and Teacher Education, with all clusters developing research in the broad areas of Race and Culture. 

Being motivated by unlocking, and developing, research potential and leading change, you should have research experience within a cognate field of Education.  You should have a proven record of world class and world leading publications. You will have demonstrable experience of developing and winning substantial funding and grant applications. You will have established networks in the academic field of education on a national and international level. 

You should employ an inclusive, developmental and collegiate approach to their research leadership, and be able to evidence a strong understanding of the changing educational landscape. You will work with the Professorial Team in the Institute of Education to lead the strategic direction of research.

Principal accountabilities

Learning and Teaching

  1. Design, develop and lead on the learning and teaching provision in own subject area commensurate with the role, including the strategic development of new programmes or areas of activity.
  2. Be responsible for the quality assurance of teaching, for the setting of standards expected within the University and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and monitor delivery.
  3. Contribute to learning and teaching strategies within the College and the wider University, and their ongoing development.
  4. Be responsible for championing new and different pedagogies necessary for excellent learning and teaching and ensure these are disseminated to academic staff.
  5. Publish pedagogic research outcomes in high quality publications or other recognised forms of output, consistent with a strong return in the Research Excellence Frameworks.
  6. Teach at all levels, including level 8 as appropriate, and actively contribute and support staff development programmes.
  7. Lead a learning and teaching focused team, supervise postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff as appropriate.
  8. Lead on the process of quality, audit and other external assessments for areas of expertise, and contribute to the wider audit processes for the College and University.
  9. Lead, shape and influence the strategic direction of the discipline and College/University, with a corresponding influence on practice at a national and international level.
  10. Build prestigious collaborations with a broad range of partners, such as academic institutions, government and industry.
  11. Lead substantial external funding bids which contribute to the reputation and income generation of the University.
  12. Demonstrate a significant contribution to learning and teaching within the relevant discipline recognised at a national / international level.


  1. Develop and lead on research programmes of significant impact and quality in own subject area.
  2. Secure external funding which develops research capacity in the College/University and advances its reputation.
  3. Publish research outcomes in high quality publications or other recognised forms of output (e.g., software, patents, externally recognised professional practice) consistent with a strong return in the Research Excellence Frameworks.
  4. Actively pursue research and collaborative partnerships across the University and with other institutions and relevant bodies.
  5. Provide intellectual leadership and mentoring to other academic staff in the College/ University and provide development and support to fulfil research objectives.
  6. Lead a research focused team, supervise postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff as appropriate and actively contribute to and support staff development programmes.
  7. Lead major funding bids which contribute to the reputation and income generation of the University.
  8. Contribute to the strategic direction of the Department’s innovation and research strategy, both within the area of expertise and more generally.
  9. Provide strategic leadership which contributes to achieving the Department and wider College/University targets.
  10. Lead research and collaborative partnerships with a broad range of partners including other academic institutions, industrial and governmental bodies.
  11. Lead, shape and influence the research strategy and policy for the College/University, with a corresponding influence on practice at a national and international level.
  12. Play a leading role in securing substantial external funding.
  13. Develop and take forward the set up and management of research centres and/or areas of academic excellence, ensuring outputs international importance.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

Additional information about the application process

In order to meet the Professorial criteria, you will need to demonstrate proven achievement against two criteria:

Significant achievement in at least one of either

  • Research or
  • Professional Practice or
  • Teaching & learning

and must also demonstrate

High level of achievement in relation to both

  • Professional Standing and
  • Senior leadership

As well as completing our online application form, please provide the following documentation:

  • An up to date current curriculum vitae;
  • A supporting covering letter outlining your suitability to the underlying role requirement, and;
  • The names of two employment referees (including ideally, the last line manager).

In addition, in order to meet the Professorial criteria, you will need to provide:

  • A written statement evidencing how you meet the criteria for the award of the title of Professor;
  • Details of four appropriately qualified referees (of at least Professor status) in relation to the Professorial title.

You can upload these documents whilst completing your online application.

Further information can be found in the conferment pack.

Please email if you have any questions.


If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.

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Further details

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