Senior Lecturer role profile (grade 10/11)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is expected to lead on/or have significant input to the design and implementation of written course materials and guides.

Teamwork, motivation and managing people

  • Leads modules, fields and/or programme teams.
  • Develops productive and effective working relationships with academic and administrative colleagues.
  • Leads development projects at Faculty, 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.

Planning and organising resources

  • 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 faculty and University level.
  • Acts as an external adviser or examiner to other HEIs on teaching and learning issues.

Research and scholarship

  • 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.

Initiative, problem-solving and decision making

  • Contribute to the continuous development of course content, structures and materials, making proposals to ensure that the faculty's academic/student experience goals are delivered.
  • Contribute to the development of faculty 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).
  • Take responsibility for the management of personal scholarship, research, and the dissemination of results and outputs.
  • Provide advice on strategic issues for the faculty/University, such as student recruitment and widening participation.
  • Contribute through the faculty/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.


Updated June 2014