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:


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

Research assistants usually start on a salary of about £26,000 a year.

Lecturers' salaries are in the region of £28,000 to £45,000 a year and senior lecturers up to around £58,000 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.


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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.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

There are 19 universities and institutions of higher education in Scotland including the Open University in Scotland. You can find information on all of these in the Universities section of our website

In Scottish universities, the total number of academic staff for the 2019-20 session was 24,250, an increase of 670 from the previous year. (HESA UK)


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