Higher education (HE) lecturers teach academic and vocational subjects at universities and further education colleges. They also carry out research.
There will be
4% more Higher education lecturer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
Your day-to-day duties may include:
You’ll carry out research and publish your work.
At a university the balance of time spent on teaching and research will vary. At a college the main focus will be on teaching.
You’ll need a good degree (1st or 2:1) in the subject you want to teach. You may also need:
You’ll need experience of teaching, or you'll need to show you can teach. For vocational subjects like art or engineering you'll need several years of relevant experience.
Starter salary: £33,000
Experienced salary: £40,000
Pay in further education colleges may be less. These figures are a guide.
Working hours will vary. You'll often work long hours including evenings.
Part-time, hourly-paid jobs and fixed, short-term contracts are becoming more common.
After 3 years in your job, you could take up to a year out for research.
You could work for universities and colleges, law and business schools, or private sector universities and schools.
After 5 to 7 years you could become a senior lecturer. You could then become a principal lecturer, reader or professor. Competition is strong and promotion depends on how well you perform.
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