Lecturer in Language
University College London
United Kingdom

Lecturer in Language 

About us

SELCS-CMII is a world-leading centre for teaching, research and public engagement, focusing on the literature, linguistic traditions, history, sociology, philosophy, art, film and other aspects of the cultures associated with the languages we teach (Danish, Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Old Norse, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish). Our taught programmes are innovative, challenging and interdisciplinary; academic colleagues and students engage with many urgent concerns facing the world today by understanding Europe’s languages, cultures and histories and their global impact. SELCS is home to the Viking Society for Northern Research, to Norvik Press, and to a thriving teaching and research community of scholars of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, including Old Norse. Alongside programmes based in modern languages or comparative literature, SELCS-CMII is home to UCL’s graduate programmes in Comparative Literature; Translation Studies (CenTraS); Film Studies; Gender, Society and Representation; Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies; Health Humanities; European Studies; and Early Modern Studies. These attract large cohorts of Masters students every year, as well as a thriving community of doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Staff are actively involved in interdisciplinary teaching and research within SELCS-CMII and UCL more widely, including the Institute of Education and UCL East, and in collaborations with various institutions in London (including the London Arts and Humanities Doctoral Partnership, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK) and internationally.

About the role

The post holder will contribute to teaching and examining in Old Norse language and literature, and in Scandinavian Studies more broadly, to be determined in consultation with the Head of the School of European Languages, Culture and Society and the Director of Scandinavian Studies. Depending on their areas of expertise, they will be able to contribute to teaching in a range of other BA and MA programmes in SELCS, such as BA and MA Comparative Literature, MA Language, Culture and History, and interdisciplinary MA programmes in the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry. The post holder will be expected to participate in curriculum planning, departmental activities and events, and to contribute to the intellectual life of the department. Under UCL’s Teaching Concordat, teaching-track staff can dedicate 15 per cent of their working time to scholarship, and are welcome to participate in the department’s research activities. Interviews are expected to take place on 4th July 2024 and the successful candidate is expected to take up the position on 1st August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a maternity cover post, full-time and fixed-term until 30 May 2025.

About you

You will have a PhD or equivalent in Old Norse language or literature, as well as experience of teaching Old Norse at a higher educational institution or at an equivalent level. You will demonstrate knowledge of the wider field of Scandinavian Studies, Comparative Literature, or another SELCS discipline, sufficient to contribute to teaching at BA or MA level, in addition to experience of setting and marking formative and summative assessments at a higher educational institution or at an equivalent level. Please include a CV and a covering letter including a statement in support of the application, detailing how you fulfil each of the essential and (if applicable) desirable criteria listed in the Person Specification. Please do not include a writing sample at this stage of the application process; these will not be considered by the recruitment panel.

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents we also offer some great benefits some of which are below: 41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days) Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE) Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan On-Site nursery On-site gym Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service Discounted medical insurance

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/equality-diversity-inclusion/


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