Lecturer in Economics 42 views

Unit: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
£36,914 – £49,553
Milton Keynes
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Permanent, Full Time Position
Closing Date: 02 June, 2021 – 12:00


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The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.


The role

The Economics Discipline at The Open University is recruiting a new lecturer to play a key role in strengthening and building the pluralist economics education offered and contribute to our research profile. The Economics Discipline offers a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment for anyone interested in working across different fields of economics and contributing to the thriving academic community in the Discipline, School and Faculty.

The Open University Economics modules aim to provide students with strong analytical skills and a range of perspectives needed to tackle real world economic issues. The successful candidate will work in a team presenting and producing innovative learning resources across our economics curriculum, focusing on developing curriculum for our new MSc in Economics and supporting our degrees in BA (Hons) Economics, BSc (Hons) in Economics and Mathematics, and BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy.

In addition to contributing to teaching within the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies, the post-holder will be expected to conduct independent research (appropriate for the level of appointment). We are looking to expand and extend the research expertise in our department particularly in, but not limited to, areas of environmental economics and political ecology.


Skills and Experience

We welcome applications from outstanding academics specialising in any area of economics, including those with teaching and/or research experience in theoretical economics, applied economics, or econometrics.  The successful candidate will combine strong analytical ability with breadth of knowledge and understanding of different schools of thought in economics. We are interested to receive applications from excellent economists with experience of teaching economics at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.

Skills and experience essential to the role include:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) completed, or very close to completion, in economics or a closely related subject.
  • Evidence of teaching ability, and the capability and readiness to prepare printed and online teaching materials for distance learning, and to support modules in presentation through online and face-to-face tutoring, the preparation of assessment materials, and participation in Quality Assurance and examination processes.
  • Enthusiasm for supporting distance learning by adults and for the application of new technologies to teaching and supporting students.
  • A track record of successful research that complements existing economics research at the Open University, underpinned by a good publication record in major peer reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage.

Please refer to the Job Description for a full list of essential and desirable criteria for candidates.

The OU is rooted in social justice principles and therefore seeks to recruit candidates with an understanding of the socio-historical background to inequalities underpinning UK society. We would welcome applications from people from Black, Asian or other minority ethnic groups. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.

How to apply

Please submit an electronic application by clicking on ‘Apply’ and following the instructions on our website.

As part of the application process, you will be required to upload your CV and a personal statement of no more than 2 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria listed in the person specification.

If you have any questions or for detailed information about how to apply go to www.open.ac.uk/employment or telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the reference above.

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

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