Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing: Publishing - #459393

University of the West of England

Date: Jun 23, 2022
City: Bristol
Salary: £34,304 - £40,927 / year
Contract type: Part time
Work schedule: Full day
University of the West of England
Job description

Our School of Creative and Cultural Industries brings together colleagues working in humanities, cultural studies and creative practice, covering subject areas including Creative Writing, English Literature, Linguistics, History, Filmmaking, Drama and Photography.

This role is based in the Linguistics, History & Writing cluster which combines the creative excellence of active authors and writers teaching the Creative & Professional Writing programme, the expertise of colleagues working out of the Bristol Centre for Linguistics, and scholars engaged in historical research across a range of geographical areas and time periods.

We engage actively with local communities, and with partners at institutions around the world, and are looking to appoint someone who enhances our existing strengths and teaching interests. This is an exciting opportunity to join a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic team.

The post is 0.5FTE fixed term for two years, with a start date of 1 September 2022. There is the capacity to develop this role into a leadership one within our cluster.

Established in 2016, the BA in Creative and Professional Writing offers writers the opportunity to develop their work and practice with a team of professional and academically qualified experts who specialise in creating new work for markets and studying that process. Courses include novel writing, performance poetry, scriptwriting for TV, theatre and film, copywriting, publishing, Eco fiction, and cultural communication. Our emphasis is on preparing students for success in rapidly developing global markets for persuasive and perceptive prose.

About you

You will be able to deliver outstanding teaching in both face-to-face and online settings, and make an enthusiastic contribution to the collegiate life of the subject cluster, school, faculty and university. You will draw on your own practice to deliver sessions in an authentic and engaging manner, with the opportunity to contribute to the design and delivery of a third-year module: Publishing: From Commission to Print. You will have a track record in the UK’s publishing industry and be keen to develop your publishing practice by deploying your skills in an academic context.

The UK publishing industry employs 29,000 people, has global reach and touches a myriad of market sectors and the industry is predicated on a unique blend of traditional and forward-looking approaches. We are particularly interested in applicants who have worked in book and fiction production and/or those who have developed their practice in new media, formats and genres.

Although a PhD is not an essential requirement, evidence of authorship in creative or technical fields is desirable. We welcome applicants who have studied Creative Writing, English and related subjects at PhD level.

Where is this role based?

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed – £300m has been invested in new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while we continue to develop incredible new facilities to enhance our offer even further.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations, our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

Bristol is a city that’s famous for its rebellious streak, independent thinking, unique style and edgy creativity. Home to over 460,000 people hailing from 187 different countries – you can find over 91 different languages spoken here, and 45 religions practised. Topping polls on a regular basis, Bristol isn’t just a great place to live, but a great place to work.

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 32,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 4,000 staff from across the globe. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with a strong network of employer and partner connections.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 36th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2022 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables'.

We are an ambitious and values led university. We're focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims.

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community. We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 35 days pro rata

  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year

  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes

  • access to employee assistance programme

  • 1st month free to our Centre for Sport facilities for all new starters

  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives

  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.

  • Retail savings via the Wider Wallet scheme

  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

We also boast an excellent in-house Learning & Development team who provide a wide variety of in-house training courses and development programmes and our Academic Practice Directorate supports our academic colleagues to ensure the highest in professional teaching standards.

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol, however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

Further information:

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Laura Harrison on 0117 328 4521 or email: [email protected]

This is a fixed term post of two years and is part time working on a 50% contract.

Interviews are scheduled for week commencing 08 August 2022.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is important for our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. As we are unable to sponsor anyone requiring a visa for this role candidates must therefore be able to provide their own right to work in the UK.

Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to provide your right to work documents at your interview. Please refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

Please note that the recruitment application system will be unavailable from Friday, 08 July 2022 until the morning of Monday, 11 July 2022 due to routine maintenance.

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