Job Profile

Lecturer

Lecturers primarily work in Higher Education institutions teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervising PhD students and also conducting their own research.


Lecturers at Higher Education institutions cover a variety of roles, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are often related to their own areas of research. They will often work with research teams within a department and supervise PhD students alongside lecturing.Alongside your own research, you will deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials and also assess students work.

Teaching within the space sector is vital to inspire the next generation of researchers and engineers. With the size of the space industry expanding at a huge rate it is essential that the next generation are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to keep the space sector moving forward and teaching is a fundamental part of this.

There are many opportunities for lecturers to work outside of their institution through outreach work and travelling to conferences.

Skills of a Lecturer

Being passionate about your subject and what you are teaching is incredibly important, if you are not passionate about it you are not going to be able to keep your students engaged or interested in your subjects. It is also very important that you are able to manage your time effectively so you are able to keep up with your research and planning for lectures and marking.

Working Conditions

A majority of lecturers are based at academic institutions and often work in fairly structured environments with regular teaching hours. Research time and other administration tasks such as marking coursework and exams and producing teaching material is fitted around this.

Routes into Lecturing

To begin lecturing, generally, you will need to have completed a PhD in a related area, with many completing a number of post-doc or fellowship positions before starting to lecture, in some areas experience in industry alongside a degree are just as valuable as a PhD. A majority of lecturers do not hold a teaching qualification but gained experience in teaching while completing their PhD through assisting with undergraduate practicals and problem classes.

Author

Emma Collier

Emma studies Physics with Astronomy at the University of Southampton.

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