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We are looking to appoint two Lecturers/Senior Lecturers in Music, who will undertake teaching on the undergraduate BA and Major programmes in Music, as well as contributing to the MA Music and other provision.  Candidates should have teaching experience, in Musicology, Music Analysis & Theory and Music Performance, and be able to contribute to the supervision of undergraduate (and where appropriate postgraduate taught) dissertations.  The department would like to appoint one candidate within musicology, with a focus on classical music, and one within an area of music performance.  The ability to teach in the area of popular music would be desirable. 

The Music team is fully committed to excellence in teaching and to enhancing the student experience. The Department of Music is also committed to producing internationally-leading research, with 99% of our research being rated as world-leading or of international quality in the REF2014 exercise. Undergraduates within Music study for a Single Honours degree in Music or a BA Double Major degree which includes a Major in Music. The undergraduate Music course blends a contextual focus (in Popular Music Studies, Classical Music Studies, Analysis, and Aesthetics) and strong creative elements in Composition (including Acoustic and Electroacoustic Composition and Song writing) and Performance (both Classical and Popular). At postgraduate level, the Department offers MAs in Music (with specialist pathways available in Musicology, Performance, Composition, and Electroacoustic Composition) and The Beatles, Popular Music and Society. Music students also have the option to study on the practice-based MA in Creative Practice. The Music Department also boasts a growing body of postgraduate research students. 

The Music Department works in close partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Milapfest (Indian Music and Dance), The European Opera Centre, and The Beatles Story, as well as having strong links with city’s two cathedrals (Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool Anglican Cathedral). The city has a vibrant musical tradition and culture, and the Department is committed to working closely with partner organisations to design and develop curriculum that is relevant and related to the missions of these organisations and to the development of the city.  The Department runs a Music Research Seminar Series, hosts regular conferences and symposia, and puts on many diverse musical events throughout the academic year. Each March, the Creative Campus hosts the annual Cornerstone Arts Festival, which brings together all of the creative arts (including Music, Dance, Drama, Fine Art, and Design). 


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Head of Music

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7 Lecturer and 8 Senior Lecturer in Music

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The University is rapidly developing its research profile and has an ambitious agenda for the future. All new academic staff appointed to the University as lecturers or senior lecturers must either already be research active at REF 3* or above or have the proven capacity, willingness and ability to become research active at this level for the next REF. The University has various support mechanisms in place to help scholars who are ambitious in developing this strong research profile.  

These posts are permanent, subject to the normal probationary period of twelve months. 

We recruit staff nationally and internationally as we seek out the best to help build Hope for the future. If you join us, you will be doing so at an exciting and challenging time as we work to build a liberal arts inspired university of distinction in the UK. If you have the energy, drive and commitment to assist us in this task, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

For informal enquiries, please contact:

Dr Laura Hamer

Head of Department of Music

Tel: 0151 291 3620



Requirement for PhD

Please note that a PhD is required for the post of Senior Lecturer.  When completing your application please include the title and a copy of the abstract of your doctoral dissertation.  Candidates who have not completed a PhD but are at a very advanced stage can be short-listed and interviewed for the post of Lecturer.  However, if offered the post you would be required to successfully complete the PhD within 6 months from the date of appointment to the role.  The post will not be continued beyond this point unless this condition is met. 

Requirement for FHEA or equivalent 

The University seeks to ensure that all academic staff who teach have relevant training and/or experience and to this end the norm is to ask new colleagues to complete a 15 credit M level module in Classroom Practice.  The University covers the cost of this and it is taught intensively in the first few weeks of the new academic year (total contact hours are around 15).  The University also sets achievement of FHEA status (or above) as a probationary target and offers full support for colleagues to achieve this, again covering the costs. One way that this can be done is by completing the full PGCertLTHE, a 60 credit award of which ‘Classroom Practice’ comprises 25%.  An alternative is by means of an individual application direct to the HEA.  Hope runs workshops for those going down this route.