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Professor of Economics

Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)
£67,732 to £75,839
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Permanent - Full Time
Closing Date: 
2 October, 2019 - 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 Professor of Economics you will lead the economics discipline through an exciting period of expansion in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and further develop the vibrant economics research culture within the School of Social Sciences & Global Studies. In addition to the role of Professor of Economics, you will be expected to undertake the duties associated with the Head of Discipline for 3 years, which attracts an allowance in addition to the proposed salary.

Skills and Experience

We are seeking an outstanding economist specialising in any area of economics and a candidate who will combine strong analytical ability with breadth of knowledge and understanding of different strands of thought in economics.   

You will be committed to the values and mission of The Open University and combine academic leadership in economics teaching and research with a commitment to working collaboratively across the range of disciplines in the newly formed School of Social Sciences & Global Studies, within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

As a senior colleague, you would be expected to contribute fully to the work of the economics discipline, School and the Faculty, as well as providing leadership for, and support to, other colleagues. You will have a compelling research agenda that engages with contemporary developments in economics. You will have an established or developing international research reputation and a strong record of publication, with a commitment to the development of economics and a track record in securing external research funding.  

You will have completed a PhD or equivalent in economics, or a closely related subject, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. You will be able to work to deadlines and communicate complex economic ideas effectively by developing high quality teaching materials to support student learning.

We welcome applicants at Senior Lecturer or Reader, or equivalent ranks, seeking promotion to the rank of Professor.

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, research study leave, Head of Discipline allowance, 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition. 

How to apply

To apply, please complete a short application form and include your CV (including details of academic qualifications, teaching, management and research experience, grants received and publications) together with a covering letter, no more than 2 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the person specification, and email to quoting the vacancy reference number 16007.

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If you have any queries about the role then please email 

Closing date: noon on Wednesday 02nd October 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 29th October 2019

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description here

We aim to respond to applicants within 10 working days of the closing date. If you are not selected for interview, we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.

An application form and job description are available from the links detailed below. Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone 01908 55544, or email:, quoting the reference above.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Equal Opportunity is University policy

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Posting Date: 
2 September, 2019 - 12:00