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Lecturer in Global Development

Unit :  Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)
Salary :  £36,914 to £49,553
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  17746
Full Time, Fixed Term Contract for 24 months
Closing Date :  16 December, 2020 - 12:00

Change your career, change lives 

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. 

The role 

As Lecturer in Global Development, you will work in a team producing and presenting innovative distance learning resources across our development curriculum, which focuses on key challenges in global development. You will make a significant contribution to the development of a new postgraduate dissertation module, including producing teaching materials on research methodologies, and may also contribute to new undergraduate curriculum.

In addition to contributing to teaching within the School of Social Science & Global Studies, you will also conduct independent research (appropriate for the level of appointment) and contribute to The Open University’s REF submission.

Skills and experience 

We are open to any area of specialism within global development, but would be particularly interested to receive applications from candidates with experience of teaching research methodologies in development and those with research interests that complement existing strengths within the department.

Skills and experience essential to the role include:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) completed, or close to being completed, in International Development or a closely related subject.
  • Evidence of teaching ability, and the capability and readiness to prepare printed and online teaching materials for distance learning, and to support modules in presentation through online and face-to-face tutoring, the preparation of assessment materials, and participation in Quality Assurance and examination processes.
  • A track record of successful research that complements existing international development research at The Open University, underpinned by a good publication record in major peer reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage.

Please refer to the Job Description for a full list of essential and desirable criteria for candidates.


What you get in return 

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition. 

How to apply 

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered. 

To apply for this role please submit the following; 

  • CV  
  • Personal statement, no more than 2 sides of A4 you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.  

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.  

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: 17746, surname, first initial

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application. 



Remember to attach your CV and Cover Letter as ONE DOCUMENT.  

You will receive updates regarding your application from Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role. 

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link). 


Closing date:  16th December 2020, 12:00pm (midday)


We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. Applications from candidates with protected characteristics are welcomed.  

Where you start in life doesn’t dictate where you go. 

Job related information : 

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Posting Date :  13 November, 2020 - 10:15

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,