Job Purpose

The John Smith Centre promotes politics as a force for positive change through thought-leadership and action. The John Smith Centre is embedded within the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow and has built a strong reputation for student opportunities and outstanding events. We seek to extend our activities at the University and beyond, encouraging young people to participate in politics.

The Centre is at an exciting stage in our development. We are currently recruiting our second Director since inception, and this year will be launching the UK’s first Youth Poll, a multi-year annual tracker poll assessing the attitudes of young people towards politics. Key to the Poll’s success and unique appeal is that students are involved in every part of it.

The launch of the Youth Poll provides an exciting and unique academic role created to support the development and delivery of this research project. The successful candidate will co-design and manage the youth poll project, including survey questions, data collection, data analysis and reporting. The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of an excellent student experience by contributing to the teaching, administration, communication and external engagement of this survey. In addition to core survey questions, additional questions will be co-produced annually by students as part of a new course option available to undergraduate students in the first instance. There is future scope to develop both PGT components and employability options rooted in the data collection, design and communication process.

The successful candidate will be line-managed by the Director of the John Smith Centre and will be expected to contribute to research and teaching within the School of Social & Political Sciences.

Application deadline: 11 March 2024

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Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Delivery of the annual youth poll as described above. You will have the opportunity to pursue and deliver independent research proposals and/or collaborative research projects, project managing research activities, supervising and taking responsibility for the research team.  Securing external resources to support research individually and/or jointly, as appropriate to the subject area.
  2. To work in collaboration with the John Smith Centre in making the positive case for politics and public service. This may include supporting high profile speaker events and masterclass series.
  3. Develop an expert reputation in the field by effective dissemination and publishing of youth poll results through reports, the media, leading journals and conferences, and where appropriate undertaking knowledge exchange activities.
  4. Make a substantial contribution to developing and enhancing the research profile of the School/College. Establishing and leading research collaborations with appropriate individuals and groups within the University, including multi-disciplinary links, and developing external research collaborations both nationally and internationally, to ensure that research activities are at the forefront of the field.
  5. Actively contribute to the effective management and administration of the John Smith Centre and College/School, assuming responsibility for the management of allocated resources and contributing to the wider organisation of the John Smith Centre.
  6. Carry out course administration within required timescales ensuring effective communication of information, in particular assessment requirements and criteria and timely and constructive feedback on assessment.
  7. Develop effective approaches which enhance intellectual understanding and innovation in the field and support and enhance course delivery, course organisation, feedback and assessment.  This may involve blended and/or online provision.
  8. Ensure an inclusive and evidence-based approach to facilitating learning in a range of face to face and potentially online delivery formats such as tutorials, lectures, problem-based learning, that promotes student participation and learning outcome attainment.
  9. Develop effective working relationships with students and early career staff in the subject specialism, providing specialist advice, support and academic leadership.  Work in partnership with relevant student services teams, respond appropriately to the diverse range of learning approaches and learner needs.
  10. Supervise project work at undergraduate and Masters levels and take forward the supervision and training of postgraduate research students.
  11. Take on administrative or management roles within the Centre /School as assigned by the line manager.
  12. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.
  13. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Director of the John Smith Centre.
  14. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.


Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/ Qualifications


A1.Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in related discipline with a growing reputation for scholarship within the subject area
A2.Extensive breadth and depth of knowledge in the specialist subject/discipline to develop research and teaching programmes/methodologies/learning support

B2.Membership of relevant professional body, where appropriate


C1. Established reputation in research and teaching, including an international research profile in the subject area
C2. Proven ability to design, review and enhance multiple learning, teaching and assessment programmes.
C3. Ability to communicate complex or conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding and developing early career academic colleagues.
C4. Ability to contribute to broader leadership and management activities along with an awareness of current and future priorities of the University/College/School/Centre.
C5. Established track record of research outputs and of applying for, and securing, external research funding compatible with enhancing the Centre’s research profile.


E1. Experience and achievement in the relevant field reflected in an expanding personal academic portfolio.
E2. Experience of developing and demonstrating teaching and research methods and devising models, approaches, techniques, critiques and methods.
E3. Track record of continuous engagement with current practice and developing knowledge.
E4. Demonstrated commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources and practices that support replication.
E5. Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 8, £48,350 – £56,021 per annum.
This post is full time (35 hrs per week) and open ended.
As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

  1. As a valued member of our team, you can expect:
  2. A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.
  3. An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook, benefits and discount packages.
  4. A flexible approach to working.
  5. A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community

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