THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
PARTICULARS OF APPOINTMENT
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES
SCHOOL OF ARTS, LANGUAGES & CULTURES
MODERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
LECTURER IN MODERN ISLAM (PART TIME)
VACANCY REF: HUM-016767
Salary: Grade 6, £36,914 pro rata, per annum, depending on relevant experience
Hours: 0.5 Fte
Duration: Fixed term from 1 September for 10 months
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Professor Karl Posso (via Stephanie Holmes)
Overall Purpose of the Job
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) contains one of the UK’s largest
concentrations of high-quality research and teaching in languages and linguistics. SALC is
seeking to recruit a temporary, teaching-focused lecturer to contribute to the activities of Arabic
and Middle Eastern Studies which is housed within the Department of Modern Languages and
Cultures. We are looking for an energetic colleague to help deliver courses on modern Islamic
culture and/or history with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. This 0.5 FTE, 10-month,
teaching-focused appointment will make an important contribution to Islamic and Middle Eastern
Studies at undergraduate level during 2021-22. Applicants must be fully fluent in English and
should, ideally, be fluent in Arabic too.
The School is strongly committed to the enhancement of excellence, in step with the University’s
ambitious plans as set out in the document Building on Manchester 2015 – towards Manchester
2020, which is designed to cement the University’s place within the world’s top 25 universities. In
REF 2014 the University was ranked fifth in the UK for research power; Modern Languages and
Linguistics was ranked third. The School achieved an outstanding REF result, demonstrating its
national excellence. Teaching is a key element of the School’s activity and students at all levels
benefit from the breadth of the School in that they can combine languages and also pursue
interests from a cross-cultural and cross-linguistic perspective.
- Liaise with the Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the
Undergraduate Programme Director for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies with regard to
- Convene and deliver teaching for courses on modern Islamic cultural studies and/or
history which focus on the Middle East and North Africa.
- Teach on other related course units as required.
- Provide formative and summative assessment, including appropriate feedback; working
with course convenors to set and mark examinations and coursework according to
- Be available for consultation with students during a minimum of two designated office
hours per week.
- Undertake other duties, administrative or otherwise, as may reasonably be required.
- A PhD in a relevant field, submitted or very near completion.
- Fluency (oral and written) in English.
- Teaching experience in modern Islamic cultural studies and/or history at university level.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, and ability to empathise with students.
- Ability to work in a team and to contribute to collegiality.
- Expertise in using IT resources, including virtual learning environments, for teaching
purposes, and experience developing online teaching materials.
- Fluency (oral and written) in Arabic.
- Experience of university administration.
The candidate chosen will be the one who matches most closely the overall requirements of the
post, so candidates should address the above criteria in their applications.
Short-listed candidates will be asked to make a 20-minute presentation on teaching – the idea
here would be to offer a 20-minute section of an actual class, as opposed to an entire class
condensed into 20 minutes.