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Lecturer - Higher Education

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Higher education lecturers teach in universities and other institutions of higher education (HE). They may teach a purely academic course (such as history or literature) or a more vocational course (related to a particular job, such as physiotherapy or pharmacy). Most HE lecturers also do research work in their own subject.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Research assistants usually start on a salary of about £24,000 a year.

Lecturers' salaries are in the region of £28,000 to £45,000 a year and senior lecturers up to around £55,000 a year and above. There are also discretionary increments above these figures for lecturers and senior lecturers who do particularly well. Readers and professors earn more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Job vacancies are advertised in the national press and on the Internet. However, in some cases, your prospects can be assisted through personal contacts, so it is important for junior staff to go to conferences so that they can meet, and talk with, senior researchers and lecturers from other institutions.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
13861
1.6 %
RISE
2022
14086
  United Kingdom
2017
134178
0.1 %
RISE
2022
134368

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

There are 19 universities and institutions of higher education in Scotland. These include the Open University in Scotland, offering open learning courses to 15,000 students. You can find information on all of these in the Universities section of our website

There are over 198,000 academic staff at UK Higher education institutions (http://www.hesa.ac.uk)

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Excellence Gateway
Tel: 01455 289 584
E-mail: feadviceline@etfoundation.co.uk
Website: http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk
Website (2): http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/

The Education and Training Foundation is pleased to have now taken ownership of the Excellence Gateway following the closure of LSIS. The Foundation is looking forwards to developing the Excellence Gateway to enhance the professionalism of the education and training sector.

Higher Education Academy (Scotland)
Tel: 01904 717500
Website: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/about-us/hea-scotland
Twitter: @HEAcademy

Universities Scotland
Tel: 0131 226 1111
E-mail: info@universities-scotland.ac.uk
Website: http://www.universities-scotland.ac.uk
Twitter: @Uni_Scot

Universities UK
Tel: 020 7419 4111
E-mail: info@universitiesuk.ac.uk
Website: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk
Twitter: @UniversitiesUK

University and College Union (UCU)
Tel: 0141 225 8160
E-mail: scotland@ucu.org.uk
Website: http://www.ucu.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ucuscotland.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @UCUScotland

The University and College Union was formed by the amalgamation of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and NATFHE - The University and College Lecturers' Union.

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