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Academic Developers - Postgraduate Research focused

Centre for Higher Education Practice

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £51,805
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Sunday 04 September 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1929422PD


Experienced Research and/or Educational Practitioners (five) required to deliver institution wide postgraduate researcher development roles

About us and the roles

The University of Southampton Doctoral College is a focal point for the training and development of doctoral researchers across the University. We work in partnership with Faculty Graduate Schools and Professional Services. We aim to provide an inspiring and vibrant environment for doctoral research and to equip doctoral researchers with the skills to join the next generation of research leaders. 

Our Doctoral College team members supporting doctoral researcher development are located within The Centre for Higher Education Practice (CHEP), which provides professional development support for academic staff and doctoral researchers at the University of Southampton. The Centre is located with Southampton’s Faculty of Social Sciences but serves the whole University. 

CHEP was created to provide comprehensive world-leading professional development for all staff and doctoral researchers at all stages of their career development across the life course. We are one of only a few institutions in which the support for all academic activity (Education, Research and Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise (KEE)) is provided from the same central team and we are in the process of expanding the team that supports Research and KEE, including doctoral researchers. We play a pivotal role in supporting the realisation of the University of Southampton’s Strategy and our set up means we are ideally suited to support the Triple Helix approach of our strategy. 

Applications are invited for five new academic development posts as part of a team who will focus on supporting the professional development of postgraduate researchers, including their research, transferable and teaching/demonstrating skills.

About You

This is an exciting opportunity for experienced researchers or educators to join our friendly and supportive team and use their knowledge and expertise to help expand and enhance our institution-wide support for postgraduate researchers. The post-holders will contribute to the design, development, delivery and evaluation of professional development and strategic major project activities offered by CHEP to support the realisation of the University of Southampton’s Strategy (in particular, the People & Research strategies) as these relate to postgraduate researcher development and the work of the Doctoral College. These roles focus on professional development to support doctoral researchers in their research and professional skills development at all stages of their studies, as well as their developing skills in teaching and learning. However, there may also be opportunities to contribute to other areas of CHEP’s work, including supporting staff engaged in research, knowledge exchange and enterprise, and education.

All academic development posts within our Centre are academic appointments within the education focused aspect of our ERE pathway (because they support the learning of staff in all aspects of their academic practice) and as such they come with the common title of academic developers within our team (‘Senior Teaching Fellow in Academic Practice’). However, please note these roles will primarily support doctoral researchers in one of the following areas: their research and professional skills development, pastoral care and study skills, or their skills in teaching and demonstrating. If you are in any doubt whether or not any of these roles are for you, please do get in touch. 

These opportunities are available at level 4 (Teaching Fellow) or 5 (Senior Teaching Fellow) as full-time roles, part-time and/or as part of a job share. This job is also available as a secondment opportunity for existing University of Southampton Staff. We are most interested in applications from individuals from 50% and above but are open to a conversation with those who wish to work less hours. Please indicate in your application if you are interested in the role as a part-time appointment and if you are applying for the level 4 (Teaching Fellow) or 5 (Senior Teaching Fellow) post. 

Informal enquiries can be made at any time to either the Doctoral College Professional Development Programme Manager (Dr Heather Mackenzie), or a member of the existing team. Please contact or

What we can offer you

Since the Doctoral College and CHEP promote academic professional learning for every member of University staff, we aim to role model good practice by providing staff within our team with a range of professional development opportunities.  We actively support staff within our team to join local and national networks and to attain recognition and/or qualifications relevant to their role.

Committed to supporting our staff we are open to a flexible working approach.  With an understanding that there may be a need to be on campus for teaching duties we are open to a hybrid approach. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, including part-time and those who have taken a career break. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter, we hold an institutional Silver Award.

As well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days, we will support your long-term future with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.  

As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.

To find out more about the Doctoral College and the Centre for Higher Education Practice visit our websites or get in touch and arrange an informal chat with the Director or one of the existing team members (Doctoral College or and Centre for Higher Education Practice | University of Southampton or ).

For applicants interested in a Part Time role, please note: this role is unlikely to support a Certificate of Sponsorship with a part time salary amount (a Certificate of Sponsorship is required to obtain a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK).

Title on appointment will be Teaching Fellow in Academic Practice or Senior Teaching Fellow in Academic Practice.

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date sated above. If you need any assistance, please call Michelle Jose (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email Please quote reference 1929422PD on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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