Principal Lecturer role profile (grade 12)


  • Regularly communicates complex concepts and ideas to students at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.
  • Communicates regularly with colleagues in peer communities within and outside the University on professional/specialist topics, leading and building collaborative partnerships.
  • Communicates with academic and administrative colleagues within the University and externally on matters related to the educational process, relating both to student progress at Brookes and wider issues of pedagogy and higher education policy.
  • Writes research papers, journal articles and materials for publication.
  • Exercises a leadership role in relation to teaching/learning policies and pedagogy or research and consultancy activities for the School/department. Is expected to take the lead on and manage delivery of the design and implementation of written course materials and guides.
  • Plays a leading role in institution-wide Committees and/or external bodies

Teamwork, motivation and managing people

  • Leads modules, Fields and /or programme teams.
  • Is expected to take a leadership role in relation to teaching and learning policy and strategy or research and consultancy activity for School or Department.
  • Is expected to take a leadership role in key strategic development in relation to the marketing of collaborative programmes and income generation for the School.
  • Manages the work of other academic staff and gives leadership support to associated teaching teams.
  • Participates in personal development and review process for other academic staff.
  • Develops productive and effective working relationships with academic and administrative colleagues.
  • Leads development projects at School, department or subject area level.
  • Involved in integrating HPLs and non-core staff into teaching, learning and other job-related activities.
  • Advises, coaches and supports colleagues using personal knowledge and experience.
  • As a module/field/course leader, ensures that the planned quality of the teaching and learning experience is fully achieved.
  • Supervises the work of colleagues in a research team/project or PhD students.

Liaison and networking

  • Participates in University structures which are responsible for quality assurance, policy development and/or implementation, and the student experience.
  • Participates in external bodies/organisations with the objective of maintaining and developing a strong involvement in the academic and /or professional field in which they are working.
  • Participates in external bodies/organisations with the objective of marketing the University to potential students, funders and those who might collaborate on research and/or consultancy projects.
  • Participate in external bodies/organisations in order to facilitate student recruitment, placement and employment.
  • Chairs School committees and working groups.
  • Represents the institution on external bodies, committees and national working groups.
  • Leads and develops external partnerships.

Planning and organising resources

  • Contributes to the overall management of the School/department in areas such as business and curriculum planning, and leadership of research and teaching/scholarship.
  • Co-ordinates support functions related to teaching and learning responsibilities.
  • Manages resources for personal research and scholarship.
  • Involved in budget management and other resource allocation issues related to teaching and research.

Teaching and learning support

  • Responsible for the delivery of teaching and learning activities at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, using appropriate materials and methods, devised and /or selected by the role holder.
  • Undertakes individual tutorial sessions, supervises projects and dissertations, manages external student activity which contributes to the student learning experience (e.g. Fieldwork trips and work placements).
  • Undertakes curriculum development and re-design, meeting appropriate QA standards and keeping abreast of pedagogic developments in the area/s concerned.
  • Plan, design and develop teaching and learning objectives and materials.
  • Set, mark and assess course work and examination material, and participate in awarding processes at school and University level.
  • Acts as an external adviser or examiner to other HEIs on teaching and learning issues.

Research and scholarship

  • Contributes to the leadership of the department research and/or scholarship strategy.
  • Makes invited presentations/lectures at national or international conferences and other similar events and enjoys a well-evidenced national /international reputation through a sustained track record of publications/outputs.
  • Engaged in significant subject, professional and/or pedagogic research.
  • Develops research objectives for individual or collaborative research/scholarly projects.
  • Identifies sources of research funding and contributes to the process of securing grants and/or other forms of research funding.
  • Disseminates research findings through publications (books, monographs, articles) and/or other appropriate methods.
  • Gives presentations, lectures, seminars (internal or external) based on personal scholarship and research; and/or exhibits work at appropriate events.

Pastoral care

  • Personal tutor responsibilities involving a wide range of student pastoral /welfare issues e.g. personal , health, academic, financial.
  • Knowledgeable about appropriate referral agencies.
  • Provides pastoral support for academic colleagues.
  • Acts as second tier point of referral in dealing with issues relating to students’ academic/educational progress.

Initiative, problem-solving and decision making

  • Take a leadership role in the continuous development of course content, structures and materials, making proposals to ensure that the School’s academic/student experience goals are delivered.
  • Identify opportunities for strategic development of new courses or appropriate areas of activity and manage the development process.
  • Take a leadership role in the development of School policies on the marketing and promotion of the subject area and the curriculum offered.
  • Contribute to course accreditation and other quality control/assurance processes.
  • Deal appropriately with problems of student performance, progression and assessment (generally, in conjunction with other colleagues) acting as 2 nd line of referral for these issues where appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for the management of personal scholarship, research, and the dissemination of results and outputs.
  • Provide advice on strategic issues for the School/University, such as student recruitment and widening participation.
  • Contribute through the School/University Committee structures to the decision making processes affecting the teaching and learning service provision.

Sensory, physical and emotional demands

  • Balance pressures of teaching, research and administrative demands.
  • Uses PC/laptop and other presentation/audio-visual equipment.

Work environment

  • Based in office, laboratory or teaching rooms.
  • Travel requirements away from the University may be significant (e.g. fieldwork, research, placement supervision, school-based assessment, practice based assessment).

Knowledge and experience

  • High degree of specialist knowledge, developed from academic and/or professional experience and qualification routes.
  • Capacity to develop high-level teaching and research programmes.
  • Capacity to use a range of delivery techniques that will engage students and provide an appropriate high level student learning experience.
  • Required to be an externally recognised authority in the subject area.