Senior Lecturer in Science Education
University of Edinburgh, Education, Teaching and Leadership
United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer in Science Education

Vacancy Ref: : 041918

Closing Date : 05-Jan-2018

Contact Person : Dr Yvonne Foley

Contact Number : 0131 651 6127

Contact Email :

Moray House School of Education has a full-time vacancy for the position of Senior Lecturer in Science Education. This is an exciting opportunity to take a leading role in shaping a sector leading provision for the School in the area of science teaching.


You will have considerable successful experience in innovative learning and teaching in education settings. You will have extensive academic experience in the HE sector at post-doctoral level including substantive established contributions to research and research-informed teaching in STEM (Science) Education. You will have well-established credibility in the field of teacher education, and will be making a demonstrable impact on at national or international level.


You will take responsibility for developing a vision for STEM in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the School of Education; teaching and leading programmes and courses in both ITE and related Masters level programmes within the School. You will represent Teacher Education in its broadest sense in appropriate networks nationally, and develop our partnership with schools and Local Authorities.


For an informal discussion about this open-ended post please contact either Dr Yvonne Foley ( or Dr Robbie Nicol (


This is a full time (35 hours per week) and open ended position


Salary: £50,618 - £56,950 per annum


Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 5th January 2018


1. Job Details


Job title: Senior Lecturer in Science Education


School/Support Department: Education


Unit (if applicable): Education, Teaching and Leadership


Line manager: Head of Institute


2. Job Purpose

Provide vision and strategic leadership in the area of pedagogy of science for a group of staff and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including in pre-registration and post-registration teacher education, undertake research in line with the School’s research strategy and contribute to School academic administration.


3. Main Responsibilities


Develop a vision for STEM in ITE in the School of Education to deliver for high quality in the pedagogy of science, research in science education with due regard to inter-disciplinary, professional learning opportunities, Learning for Sustainability and connectedness to science subject areas in the University. (30%)


Provide vision and strategic leadership for the team working on the suite of ITE programmes including postgraduate taught, postgraduate research, and knowledge exchange or CPD provision to establish the University’s reputation in STEM (Science) post-registration teacher education and so meet the School’s strategic objectives. (35%)


Provide vision and strategic leadership for a group of staff towards publishing excellent research in the curriculum and pedagogy of STEM (Science) teaching. (15%)


Provide leadership to realign STEM (Science) aspects of the School’s PGDE Primary Education and the sunsetting MA Primary Education programme to ensure the success of these aspects within primary programmes. (10%)


Routine management and administration including duties as required by the Head of School including contributing to the management and leadership of the School, taking on wider school level roles as appropriate. (10%)


4. Planning and Organising

• Provide strategic leadership advice to School management to prepare for the PGDE Primary and PGDE Secondary Teaching Programme Review (2018 and re accreditations (2019).
• Planning a continuous programme of research and research funding over a five year cycle
• Plan a programme of STEM (Science) education provision for post-registration teacher education provision
• Lead planning of teaching team programmes and identification of staffing needs for five years in outline and two years in detail


5. Problem Solving

• Provide strategic leadership towards the development of new teaching provision collaboratively with, and supportively of, existing and regularly changing non-specialist teaching staff.


6. Decision Making

• Advise School management on recruitment and staff allocation in STEM (Science) education
• Provide strategic leadership to decide the STEM (Science) education content of programmes, taking account of overall Programme level and needs, staff capability, national STEM (Science) education priorities, and national post-registration STEM (Science) education provision.


7. Key Contacts/Relationships

• Represent the University in formal STEM (Science) education teaching and research networks involving Scottish Local Authorities and schools, and international academic peers.


8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job



• Extensive experience and demonstrate success in teaching, supported by track record of publication an/or design, development and delivery of teaching and learning programmes
• Have a Doctorate in Education or a related discipline
• A portfolio of experience in innovative learning and teaching in education settings
• Qualified to teach at undergraduate, postgraduate taught, and postgraduate research (including PhD supervision) levels
• Qualified to teach at these levels in STEM (Science) education
• Proven track record of research publication and of attracting research funding Experience of leading teams including multidisciplinary teams
• Ability to present a high level of credibility amongst education practitioners in the ITE and also schools sector
• Experience of working with local authority and school sector education partners in delivering post-registration STEM (Science) education
• Self-motivated, able to work independently.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational and leadership skills.
• Passionate about helping students to learn.
• Aptitude for approaching learning and teaching in creative, innovative and engaging ways.
• Committed to achieving academic excellence through the highest standards of professional integrity.



• A qualification in University teaching.
• Be GTCS registered teacher (or eligible for GTCS registration)
• Current knowledge and understanding of Scottish Government education and related policies, including in relation to STEM and teacher education.


9. Dimensions


The Post holder will be responsible for the leadership of several teaching teams of up to six staff each. S/he will lead STEM education in the School of Education with circa. 1,500 undergraduate, 1,000 postgraduate taught, and 90 PhD students, holding major partnerships with six Local Education Authorities, and in a University with world-leading STEM departments.


10. Job Context and any other relevant information


This is a new role intended to have a major strategic impact on the School of Education’s provision.


Application Procedure


All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.


The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 5th January 2018.


Eligibility to Work


In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).


To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.


For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website


If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.


For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website


However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.


If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.


The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).


You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).


Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)


Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.


Conditions of Employment


Pension Scheme


This role is grade 9 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.


For further information please visit our Pensions website.




The role is grade 9 and attracts an annual salary of £50,618 to £56,950 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.


The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.


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The Institute draws together a wealth of expertise and is concerned with all levels of education and all forms of research and knowledge exchange that inform and enhance teacher education, education policy and educational leadership and management.


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School of Education

Excellence in education and sport


Moray House School of Education has been making a major contribution and impact to the field of education both in Scotland and worldwide for almost 200 years. In that time, our staff, students and alumni have influenced, improved and transformed learning and teaching and wider educational policy in the UK and beyond. Today, we continue to conduct research across all aspects of education and learning – from pre-school to higher education and lifelong learning. Our alumni include world-famous novelist J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, and Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy MBE.
Moray House School of Education is the leading School of Education in Scotland – we are ranked first for both educational research and sport and exercise research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF also places us in the top five in the UK for educational research and top 10 in the UK for sport and exercise research, confirming our reputation as a UK centre of excellence in these fields.
The School’s five research clusters: Equality, social justice and inclusion; Pedagogy, learning and curriculum; Language, culture and communication; Digital education; Sport, physical education and health science supplement the work of research centres and groups and are aimed at fostering emergent areas of research excellence.
We provide an outstanding learning and research environment, where students learn to become future leaders able to meet the diverse opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, in the following areas:

- teacher education
- social justice and inclusive pedagogy
- learning for sustainability
- physical activity for health
- physical education
- educational leadership and management
- sport policy, management and international development
- digital education and learning analytics
- outdoor learning
- sport and exercise science
- language teaching
- childhood practice
- community education.


Above all, we focus on quality, whether it is in teaching, research or ensuring our students have the best student experience possible.

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 12,600 undergraduates, 4,500 taught postgraduates, 2,000 research students and more than 3,100 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.


Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)


The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.

The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.


As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.


As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page


The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.


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