Fellowship: Teaching Fellow in History of Art, University of Edinburgh, deadline 7 August 2020 5pm

More information can be found here.

Applications are invited for a 0.4 FTE (14 hours per week) Teaching Fellow in History of Art to start on 1 August 2020, fixed term for 1 year.

We invite applications from specialists in the visual and material court culture of Northern Europe, c. 1400-1800. We welcome versatile applicants who have secondary interests in areas of high student need and who are able to incorporate material from the University’s Centre for Research Collections into their teaching.

A PhD or equivalent research experience is essential, as is evidence of excellent teaching. An understanding of ECA’s multidisciplinary ethos is important. Finally, the successful applicant may be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching administration of the subject area.

This is a part time (14 hours per week) fixed term post.
Salary: £13,518 – £16,128 per annum (pro rated from £33,797 – £40,322 per annum)
Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) August 7th, 2020.

Informal enquiries concerning this post should be directed to Heather Pulliam, Head of History of Art, h.pulliam@ed.ac.uk.

1. Job Details

Job title: Teaching Fellow in History of Art

School/Support Department: History of Art, ECA

Unit (if applicable):

Line manager: Heather Pulliam

2. Job Purpose

We invite applications from specialists in the visual and material court culture of Northern Europe, c. 1400-1800. We welcome versatile applicants who have secondary interests in areas of high student need and who are able to incorporate material from the University’s Centre for Research Collections into their teaching.

Evidence of excellence in teaching and research-led teaching is essential. An understanding of ECA’s multidisciplinary ethos is important. Finally, the successful applicant may be expected to make a significant contribution to the teaching administration of the subject area.

3. Main Responsibilities

• Teaching of history of art at undergraduate all levels, including the supervision of dissertations and project work
• Teaching of history of art at masters level, including the supervision of dissertations and project work
• Developing, and updating course content for teaching at all levels
• Administration, assessment, presentation of work at examination period and periodic written feedback to students
• Undertake UG Honours level dissertation and postgraduate taught MSc and postgraduate research supervision
• Undertake administrative and management roles in the subject area as appropriate

4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• PhD or equivalent research expertise in the History of Art or a cognate disciplin
• Demonstrable ability to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level
• Demonstrable ability to devise and deliver new course materials
• Ability to develop good working relationships with a wide variety of groups – students, colleagues in the subject area, the University and partner institutions, industry practitioners and representative bodies, etc.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Good IT skills in relation to the history of art

• Secondary teaching specialisms in theory/methodology, or cognate areas
• Flexibility and versatility in teaching

5. Dimensions

Further details on History of Art at the University of Edinburgh can be found here: http://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/history-of-art

6. Job Context and any other relevant information

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

Right to Work

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To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work website

In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained.

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Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £13,518 to £16,128 for 14 hours, part time, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

History of Art

Research in History of Art (http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/edinburgh-college-art/history-art) is of consistently internationally recognised quality and covers a wide variety of periods in numerous outputs.

Teaching and Research
All staff in History of Art are active researchers, working in a wide range of fields, and their research interests strongly inform their teaching, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

Breadth and diversity
History of Art has an unusually wide range of specialist expertise, covering early and late Medieval art, the Renaissance, the Early Modern/Baroque period, and art from Neoclassicism to the present-day, with a particular focus on late nineteenth-century art and contemporary art and theory. World cultures are another distinctive feature of our research and teaching, with full-time staff specialising in Islamic and Chinese art, architecture and visual culture. Our students are also able to take courses taught by specialists in visual culture in Classics, Architecture and Film Studies. History of Art at Edinburgh also encompasses a wide range of approaches and methods to the study of art and visual culture.

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art is a large and diverse school within the University of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities and Social Science. It is comprised of the Schools of Art, Design, History of Art, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Reid School of Music.

Our mission is to promote world-leading critical enquiry across all these subject areas through scholarly research, teaching and creative practice.

Almost 3,000 students and 300 staff study and work at ECA and we enjoy strong relationships with museums, galleries, archives, practitioners and industry partners in Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Edinburgh College of Art is committed to equal and fair treatment of all its employees and in recognition of the positive promotion of diversity and gender equality among staff and students, Athena SWAN granted the Edinburgh College of Art a Bronze Award in 2017.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world’s leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission’s overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we’re particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world’s leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

University Family Friendly Initiatives

Equality Networks:

Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies
Disabled Staff Network

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Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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