Lecturer, Swansea University

Lecturer (Medieval European) (AC01476)

Swansea University

Application deadline: 23rd June 2016

Main Purpose of the Post

To deliver its ambition to be one of the UK’s ‘top 20’ universities, Swansea University seeks a Lecturer in Medieval European History (1050-1500) with proven excellence in teaching and research. This post is located in the Department of History, within the College of Arts and Humanities.The College would welcome applications from early career academics who consider that they have the potential to play a significant role in the future development of the discipline. A research speciality in medieval Mediterranean history or in the history of medieval European encounters with other cultures may be an advantage. This post requires a contribution to teaching and supervision in Medieval European History, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, but also across the Department where required, in addition to sharing organisational and academic administrative responsibilities. The post also requires high quality delivery of teaching and student learning and a commitment to enhancing the overall student experience. The College of Arts and Humanities is a successful, growing and ambitious research and teaching enterprise. Currently grouped in six departments (which will rise to nine in August 2016, with History established as a separate department) with a central administration and management, including the Arts, Humanities and Law Hub and a Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the College’s 170 staff deliver a wide variety of degree programmes to 3000 UG, PGTM and PGR students. We are committed to pursuing world-class research and providing an outstanding student experience. Four of the UoAs based in the College are in the REF 2014 ‘Top Thirty’ and the University overall is 26th. With buoyant student applications and the opportunity to expand into new facilities on the Singleton Park campus in the wake of the recent opening of a second campus for Engineering and Management in 2015, the Arts and Humanities are planning for further growth. We will develop our international collaborations, our successful cross-disciplinary initiatives, and our role as a major contributor to the cultural life of Wales and beyond. The College is looking to build on the success of the Department of History and Classics which was ranked =27th for History in REF 2014.

The successful candidate will support and extend the continued development of teaching, postgraduate supervision and research in history at Swansea. The Department of History at Swansea University is a large, ambitious and vibrant unit with 22 staff and over 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is an outward-looking unit, distinctive for its breadth of scholarly activity from the ancient civilisations to the contemporary world, and for its firm commitment to engaging with the heritage and public history agendas in Wales, the UK, Europe and beyond. The department has particular strengths in four research clusters:

  • Medieval and early modern history
  • Medical and disability history
  • Conflict, reconstruction and memory
  • Welsh history

It is committed to research across all its areas and disciplines and fosters a dynamic research environment that is collaborative, interlinked and supportive. Members of the department also play an active role in the College of Arts and Humanities’ Centre for Digital Humanities. Medieval historians at Swansea University belong to the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO), which provides an interdisciplinary research framework within the College of Arts and Humanities, and includes specialists in History, Literature, and Languages. MEMO has enjoyed significant recent success in attracting external funding, including the AHRC-funded project ‘Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain and Ireland c.1100-c.1750’ (PI: Prof. Deborah Youngs, in collaboration with Cardiff University and the University of Glasgow); a Wellcome Trust University Award, ‘Blind Priests and Mad Rectors: Health, Disease and Disability among the Later Medieval European Clergy’ (PI: Irina Metzler); and the Leverhulme-funded projects ‘The Enclosed Garden: Pleasure, Contemplation and Cure in the Hortus Conclusus 1100-1450’ (PI: Prof. Liz Herbert McAvoy) and ‘The Separation of England and France 1204-1259’ (Major Research Fellowship: Prof. Daniel Power). MEMO organises an annual ‘Symposium by the Sea’ and holds research seminars and discussion groups, and it sponsors sessions at major international conferences such as the Leeds International Medieval Congress; it also has links with Welsh heritage organisations. The person appointed to this post will join a dynamic research environment and will contribute to the future development of research in this field. Medieval History forms part of a number of undergraduate programmes at Swansea University. It is a core component of two single honours programmes, namely (i) History and (ii) Ancient and Medieval History.  It is also offered as part of Joint Honours in History with a wide range of other subjects across the College of Arts and Humanities, and as part of Joint Honours in Medieval Studies with Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, English, and History.  At postgraduate level Medieval History is taught mainly through the interdisciplinary MA programme in Medieval Studies, and the College expects to extend its provision at Master’s level. The department is also home to a vibrant community of postgraduate research students.  Students and staff participate in the annual pan-Wales Staff-Student Medieval Colloquium at Gregynog Hall (Powys) together with students and staff from the other Welsh university history departments.

Applicants should have a PhD in Medieval History or a closely related subject and a record of published outputs and/or planned outputs which can contribute to the projected (2020) University REF return. Experience of developing research objectives and proposals for individual or joint research, and the potential to develop these into research funding proposals, are essential. An awareness of the REF impact agenda and its potential relevance to research activity is also required. The successful candidate will join the History REF unit, based in the Department of History, and will develop their research in the context of the College of Arts and Humanities’ Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO).

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