Teaching and research opportunities in Law

The School of Law and Politics is seeking to appoint up to five posts at Lecturer to Chair level to join our internationally renowned Law Department.

Cardiff University’s supportive and inclusive research environment was ranked fourth in the UK in the results of the Research Excellence Framework and our Law Department has a reputation for both doctrinal scholarship and socio-legal work, being the home of the Journal of Law and Society.

All posts are full time and permanent, and available from September 2017.

Salary:

£32,004 - £38,183 (Grade 6, Lecturer)
£40,523 - £46,924 (Grade 7, Lecturer)
£48,327 - £59,400 (Grade 8, Senior Lecturer/Reader)
Professor: Salary will be on the professorial scale and will be commensurate with the experience and achievements of the successful applicant.

Please note: we intend to hold interviews during the week commencing 10 July 2017.

Candidates wishing to have an informal discussion in advance of submitting an application should contact Dr Russell Sandberg, the Head of the Law Department at SandbergR@cf.ac.uk

Main functions

To deliver high-quality and research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. To contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and teaching and to inspire others to do the same.

Main duties and responsibilities

Research

For all roles:

  • To conduct original and innovative research within areas connected to Law and social justice (such as Clinical Legal Education, including pro bono work, Commercial Law, Company Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law, Employment / Labour Law, Environmental Law, Equity and Trusts, Family Law, Housing Law, Land Law, Legal Ethics, Law and Religion, Medical Ethics and the Law, Succession Law and Tax Law)
  • To contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in leading high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences
  • To carry out the recruitment and co-supervision / supervision of postgraduate research students
  • To independently develop research objectives, projects or proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
  • To contribute to the research culture and agenda of the School more broadly by contributing to one or more of the School’s research groups/centres/clusters and embracing interdisciplinary work across the boundaries of Law, Politics and policy.

In addition for Grade 7:

  • To act as a PI as required.
  • To develop research networks through regular national/international conference/seminar presentations.

In addition for Grade 8:

  • To present at international level, developing standing.
  • To contribute fully to the management of postgraduate research.
  • To publish in leading international journals.

In addition for Reader and Professor:

  • To publish in leading international journals
  • To lead research networks and to secure external funding for research.
  • To provide academic leadership to develop and enhance the research culture and agenda of the School by leading one or more of the School’s research groups/centres/clusters, identifying and leading new research, innovation and engagement initiatives.
  • To seek out and exploit synergies between different research groups so as to enhance the School’s research performance and to provide leadership and mentoring of members of the Department who are at earlier stages of their career.

Teaching

For all roles:

  • To design and deliver teaching programmes for courses and contribute to module development as part of a module team including delivering teaching one or more foundation subjects in Law (preferably Contract Law, Equity and Trusts and / or Land Law).
  • To carry out other forms of scholarship including work associated with examinations (setting and marking paper and providing constructive feedback to students), administration, participation in committee work, and the pastoral care of students of Cardiff University
  • To supervise the work of students including the supervision of Undergraduate and Master’s students, the co-supervision of postgraduate research students and acting as a PGR progress review panel member as required.
  • To act as a Personal Tutor and provide pastoral support to students.

In addition for Grade 7:

  • To independently contribute to module and curriculum development, develop and lead existing and new modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, inspiring students.

In addition for Grade 8, Reader and Professor:

  • To lead on degree & module development and contribute to pedagogy of subject area.

Leadership

Grade 8, Reader and Professor only

  • To provide academic leadership by co-ordinating the work of others to ensure areas of degree courses are organised and delivered effectively.
  • To be involved in the departmental level strategic planning and contribute to wider strategic planning processes in the University and to undertake and lead operational administrative duties.

In addition for Professor:

  • To take a strategic role in the development of the School’s research and teaching agenda and contribute to wider strategic planning processes in the University.

Other

For all roles:

  • To engage effectively to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance in the role of Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader / Professor.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person specification

It is the School's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet all of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please also include in your supporting statement the position/grade you wish to be considered for.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number 6050BR and indicate the level of post you wish to apply for in your application.

Essential criteria

Qualifications and education

1. To have obtained or be near completion of a postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area by the time the appointment begins.

In addition:

  • Grade 7, Grade 8, Reader and Professor: to have obtained postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning or equivalent qualification or experience.

Knowledge, skills and experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant experience within at least one of the following research fields:

  • Clinical Legal Education, including pro bono work
  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Contract Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Employment / Labour Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Housing Law
  • Land Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Law and Religion
  • Medical Ethics and the Law
  • Succession Law
  • Tax Law
  • Any other area connected to Law and Social Justice

In addition:

  • Grade 8: a well-established experience and significant proven portfolio of research and/or relevant experience within at least one of those research fields.
  • Reader: an established and sustainable portfolio of research and/or relevant experience within at least one of those research fields. Proven ability or potential to attain competitive research funding.
  • Professor: evidence of an established international reputation within at least one of those research fields. Proven ability to attain competitive research funding.

3. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field and a proven ability to publish in national journals.

In addition

  • Grade 7: a growing national reputation within academic field with a proven substantial record of publications in high-impact national journals.
  • Grade 8: an established national and developing international reputation within academic field, with substantial record of publications in high-impact national and international journals.
  • Reader: a growing international reputation within academic field, with proven sustained record of publications high- impact journals of national and international standing.
  • Professor: an international reputation within academic field, with an established and sustainable publication record in high quality journals of national and international standing.

4. Ability to contribute to the delivery and continued development of modules across the School teaching programmes and teaching experience at a high quality level at undergraduate / postgraduate level, including experience teaching one or more foundation subjects in Law (preferably Contract Law, Equity and Trusts and / or Land Law) and the ability to supervise or co-supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition:

  • Grade 7: significant teaching experience of delivering high-quality research-led teaching using excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Grade 8: substantial teaching experience, demonstrating teaching innovation.
  • Reader: evidence of assuming a leading role in the supervision of research students.
  • Professor: sustained evidence of leadership in teaching and learning, through substantial experience of teaching innovation and course development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Pastoral, communication and team working

5. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication and the ability to present complex and conceptual ideas clearly and confidently to others using high level skills and a range of media. Evidence of a flexible and co-operative attitude towards colleagues, with a willingness to display citizenship, engage in the life of the School and contribute fully to teaching, research and administrative activities.

In addition:

  • Grade 8: proven record of academic leadership.
  • Reader: willingness to act as a personal mentor and otherwise support the research and teaching of more junior colleagues.
  • Professor: evidence of an ability to take an academic leadership role mentoring and motivating staff. Evidence of ability to take responsibility for a major administrative portfolio.

6. The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances and to act as a personal tutor.

Desirable criteria

7. Relevant professional qualification(s).

8. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community and evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching activities of the School.

9. Proven ability or potential to attain competitive research funding (Grades 6, 7 and 8 only).

10. Ability to teach in the medium of Welsh.

11. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.