Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7088635 (Ref.No. ESLSS1072)
Posted: November 9, 2021

Job Description

School of Sociology and Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences

Do you have expertise in and passion for interdisciplinary disability studies? Are you able to use your expertise to support or complement our existing strengths in this field? Are you an enthusiastic educator, committed to inclusive learning and teaching practice? Are you interested in the opportunities afforded by digital education? Are you keen to innovate in the learning and teaching space? Are you passionate about delivering an outstanding learning experience and pastoral support for students? Are you an excellent team player who strives to create a positive work culture and is supportive of colleagues? If yes, then this is the position for you.

Since 1946 the School of Sociology and Social Policy has been a leading international university department, known for theoretically-engaged, socially relevant and broadly conceived sociological studies. The School provides one of the largest university environments for research and teaching in sociology and social policy in the UK. It continues the proud tradition of social sciences in Leeds that began in 1909, soon after the University was founded. Critical sociologies of the ‘margins’ have been key to the development of the School, underlying its many achievements. It has played a prominent role in developing realist methodologies and qualitative longitudinal research, the study of genders, and bodies, life course, youth and family research and the articulation between critical race theory and postcolonial/decolonial studies.  

The School is a pioneer in Disability Studies as a field of research and education. Current research includes a Europe-wide study of young people’s experience of disability activism and a project providing scientific expertise to the European Commission across the field of disability policy. The School is currently establishing international teaching collaborations and developing an innovative, interdisciplinary, digital (online) Masters in this area. These exciting projects in the learning and teaching space involve collaboration with disabled people’s and human rights organisations. The successful candidate for this position will also join the team at the Centre for Disability Studies at an exciting moment in its history – when it is receiving new investment and additional support to ensure that it can realise its ambitions and contribute to achieving the University’s Strategy 2020-30 ‘Universal Values, Global Change’.

As a Teaching Fellow your main responsibilities will be to contribute to the development (year 1), launch and delivery (years 2-3) of a new digital Masters in the field of disability. You may contribute to teaching elsewhere across the School or Faculty, to facilitate the involvement of existing academic staff in the new programme. You will contribute to student recruitment activities. You will provide pastoral support to the first cohort of students on the programme. 

The School of Sociology and Social Policy values an inclusive working and teaching environment and our aim is to develop a diverse staff and student community reflective of this. We select candidates on the basis of merit and ability and aspire to further diversify our School and Faculty community. We particularly welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been under-represented in the University including, but not limited to: Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and disabled people.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor S. Sayyid, Head of School

Email: S.Sayyid@leeds.ac.uk


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Social Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Sociology & Social Policy
Category:  Teaching
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Working Time:  1.0 FTE
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Three years)
Release Date:  Monday 08 November 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 28 November 2021
Reference:  ESLSS1072


The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.