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Lecturer

Lecturers teach adults in Further and Higher Education. Some also do research in universities and colleges.


The Role

  • Teaching lectures and seminars
  • Doing practical demonstrations and fieldwork
  • Planning their sessions and developing teaching materials
  • Setting and marking assignments and exams
  • Assessing the work and progress of their students
  • Acting as personal tutor to some students who require extra support
  • Possible to be employed in a joint teaching and research position

Salary

  • Lecturers on a full-time contract can earn between £19,000 and £40,000 
  • This can rise to around £50,000 to £55,000 for senior lecturers 

Salaries depend on location, employer, experience and level of responsibility.


Qualifications and Training

To be a lecturer you must have experience of teaching or be able to show that you have the potential to teach. To lecture in vocational subjects related to construction you usually need a relevant degree or professional qualification – plus several years of relevant work experience behind you.

You may be able to gain experience by taking on teaching duties (possibly paid by the hour) while you are a research student. Some universities advertise opportunities under job titles such as graduate teaching assistant.

With experience you could be promoted to senior (or principal) lecturer with academic management responsibilities. 

 

Lecturer Case Study

Bruce Wright

Bruce Wright is a Senior Technical Tutor in Land Surveying and Computing.

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Progression Opportunities

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Next Steps

Vacancies

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As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary. 

Check daily to see new opportunities as they are posted!

Find out more

For information on the Lecturer role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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