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Staff Tutor in History

Unit :  Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)
Salary :  £41,526-£49,553
Please quote reference :  18020
Permanent, Full Time (37 hours per week)
Closing Date :  9 March, 2021 - 12:00

Change your career, change lives

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

The role

The role of Staff Tutor is a key academic role. Duties include the management of our student-facing Associate Lecturers, contributing to the presentation of modules and qualifications in History, as well as inter-disciplinary Level One modules in Arts and Humanities, and supporting students within the School of Arts and Humanities. The role includes a minimum of 22 days p.a. for research & scholarship.

The role will be homebased with occasional travel to the Open University’s Milton Keynes campus and elsewhere in the UK as required (with expenses for this reimbursed).

Skills and experience

You will need:

  • A strong academic background in History or a cognate area, ideally at least a PhD.
  • Experience in teaching, and the management of teaching and student support.
  • Ability to select, manage, motivate and provide staff development for Associate Lecturers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing and balancing a portfolio of diverse work to meet deadlines.

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found within the Job Description here.

What you get in return

Membership of a welcoming and collaborative academic community. Additional benefits include 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. 

Widening Participation

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. The Open University is rooted in social justice principles and therefore seeks to recruit candidates with an understanding of the socio-historical background to structural inequalities within UK society. We would particularly welcome applications from people from Black, Asian or other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application, please contact Laura Hamer ( or Paul Lawrence (

Closing date: 09/03/2021 - 12:00pm (midday)

Interview date: Interviews will be held approximately three weeks after the closing date above, and candidates selected for interview should be informed two weeks prior to the interview date.

How to apply

All applications will be completed online and there will be no need for you to complete an additional hard copy of the application for employment form.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub by telephone on 01908 655544 or by emailing quoting the vacancy reference 18020

To apply for this role please submit

  • Personal statement - no more than 2 sides of A4, providing examples of how your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.
  • CV – no more than 5 sides of A4.

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: 18020_surname_first initial.

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

Please submit an electronic application according to the above instructions by clicking on “Apply Now” below:

Apply Now

If you have any questions or for detailed information about how to apply go to ; email: or telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the reference 18020.

Once you have submitted your application, we will be in touch within two weeks after the closing date.

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. 

Job related information : 

PDF icon Staff Tutor History - Further Particulars - FINAL.pdf194.92 KB

Posting Date :  9 February, 2021 - 13:15

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,