Higher education lecturers teach students aged 18 and
over in universities and colleges. They also conduct
research and have administrative duties.
Lecturers teach students on courses leading to a range of qualifications, such as: BTEC/SQA higher national awards; degrees; postgraduate awards; and professional qualifications. They deliver lectures to as many as 400 students. Lecturers also deliver seminars to smaller groups of students.
Other duties usually include:
There are no set hours for many higher education
lecturers. In a new university (an institution that became
a university in or after 1992) full-time lecturers would not
formally teach students for more than 18 hours a week.
Teaching hours vary in other institutions.
Many lecturers work part-time.
Depending on the subject taught, most lecturers work indoors in lecture theatres, halls, seminar and tutorial rooms, or in laboratories, workshops or hospital wards.
To be a higher education lecturer you should:
Lecturing can be a very competitive area to get into.
However, some subjects have a shortage of lecturers.
There are opportunities to work abroad.
Promotion is possible. In old universities this can be to senior lecturer, head of department and head of faculty. In new universities and colleges it can be to senior lecturer and principal lecturer. The number of such posts has reduced in recent years. Competition for them is very strong.
Some experienced lecturers take on extra work such as: consultancy; writing; editing; broadcasting; and conference work.
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