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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Design (3 posts available)

Unit :  Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Salary :  £41,526 to £49,553 (Lecturer) £52,560 to £59,135 (Senior)
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  18280
Permanent, full time posts
Closing Date :  18 May, 2021 - 17:00

Change your career, change lives

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

The role

The Design Group at The Open University has an international reputation as a pioneer in distance design education. We are excited to announce a significant investment in developing our design undergraduate curriculum through the creation of a new distance learning design degree reflecting new innovations in delivery and structure. We aim to appoint three new academic staff to join our team to support the production of this new design curriculum. Two of these posts can be appointed at the senior lecturer level.

Successful candidates will contribute to the vision to build a transformative distance design education programme. If you’re enthusiastic and have experience in Higher Education design teaching, and the knowledge and appreciation of developing learning resources for distance learning, then this might be the role for you!

You will have the opportunity to develop the competences and capabilities for design thinking in both theory and practice, and to develop project-based learning through innovative relationships.

You will also conduct independent research in areas that align with existing strategic research priorities in design: design processes, co- design, sustainable design and innovation and design education.

The posts are full time positions but discussions about flexibility around individual circumstances are welcomed. The post-holders will be based in the School of Engineering & Innovation, at the main Open University campus in Milton Keynes.

More details and other criteria are set out in the Job Description.

We are particularly interested to receive applications from under-represented groups and from candidates with protected characteristics.

The School provides a friendly and flexible working environment. Our commitment to equality and diversity has been recognised by the award of an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

If you would like to discuss this post before making an application, please email Emma Dewberry (

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays 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:

  • Personal statement (max 1200 words) where you should set out 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. You should include in your letter a summary statement detailing what you perceive are the key challenges and opportunities for teaching design at a distance.
  • CV

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: 18280, surname, first initial.

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


Remember to attach your Personal Statement and CV as ONE DOCUMENT.  

Closing date:  17:00 on 18 May 2021

Interview date:  to be confirmed but expected to take place 25/28 June 2021

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. 

You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal. 

Please note: If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.  

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

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number 18280.


We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

Job related information : 

PDF icon 18280 Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Design Job Description.pdf260.53 KB

Posting Date :  20 April, 2021 - 16:00

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,