Department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

Lecturer in Physical Geography

37 hours per week (notional)
6 month fixed term contract
Ambleside, UK

The multi-award winning University of Cumbria is a wonderful blend of old and new, founded on a rich educational history with institutions dating back more than 150 years, based at campuses in and around the Lake District and with a recent addition in London.

Having recently celebrated our 10th anniversary, we have a fast growing research reputation, increasing profile and place alongside national and international employers as well as multi-million-pound campus investments and exciting ambitions for the future.

We are looking to recruit a Physical Geographer to support a newly validated BSc Geography programme and the departments well established Outdoor Studies provision from mid-December 2017 to mid-June 2018.

We are specifically seeking a Physical Geographer with a good grasp of L4/5 physical geography and with fieldwork expertise

The role will include:

  • Basic geomorphology, weather and climate for Outdoor students HSOO4003 (18 hours contact)
  • Climate, weather & Rivers for BSc Geography L4 HSRO4001 (26 hours contact)
  • Support for Rum L5 module (OS) HSOO5018 (up to 56 hours depending on expertise/ interests includes residential fieldtrip which runs 8th to 14th April 2018)
  • L4 Geography support for HSOR4002 Geographical techniques (this needs field and lab skills for geographers, plus mini project supervision - 21 hours)
  • Related planning of sessions, marking and assessment including coursework and one exam.

Contact teaching commences: 21st January and ends 10th May, with exam set thereafter with marking of various coursework elements as above. The working pattern will vary each week depending on activities under taken and timetable.

Fieldwork and experiential learning is an essential component of how we teach and as such any member of staff will embrace this philosophy. As a result, the ability to drive or be willing to drive a minibus is a desirable skill in the applicant.

The Department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies is one of seven Departments within the University. The Department is committed to providing a supportive and collaborative working environment for all staff. There is a comprehensive programme of staff development and all colleagues are encouraged to enhance and develop their careers.

The Department is expanding and split across the University’s campuses at Carlisle and Ambleside. A range of disciplines form the department which enables us to provide effective inter-disciplinary undergraduate and post graduate programmes alongside similar forms of research. The main discipline areas covered include: Biology & Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Conservation (aquatic and animal), Engineering, Forestry, Forensic Science, Geography, Outdoor Studies (education, leadership and adventure & environment), Radiation Studies and Zoology. Provision at Ambleside is focused on Conservation, Forestry, Geography and Outdoor Studies.

The Department has over thirty-five academic staff and five technicians working to support these areas, of which roughly two thirds are based at Ambleside. You will be line managed by the Principal Lecturer in Outdoor Studies, who is a Geographer. The Department subscribes to the philosophy of experiential learning throughout out all its programmes and thus a keen interest in this area is welcomed. We have an extensive array of field and outdoor equipment supported by two teaching laboratories, a flexi-lab and a dedicated research laboratory. Our main learning resource is the environment in which Ambleside resides, the Lake District National Park.

As one of the most research active Departments in the University we encourage and support all staff to continue to develop their personal research interests. This is supported by the existence of the Centre for National Parks & Protected Areas which has a strong ecosystem service theme and an Experiential Learning Hub very much focused on the value of outdoor learning for all.

We believe our Ambleside campus is the only University campus in the world located within a National Park and as such provides ample opportunity for fieldwork, research sites and contemporary resource management issues, most notably flooding.

Informal enquiries: Dr LT Mansfield, Principal Lecturer, 015394 – 30304

Expected Starting Salary: £32,548 per annum

Reference: 101148

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posted: 29 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.