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Jobs and Studentships in the Department of Education

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Departmental Lecturer, Second Language Acquisition (Casual teaching opportunity)

Department of Education

Grade 7: £31,604 – £38,833 per annum (£16.65-£19.91 per hour)

 Whilst the role is a grade 7 position, we would be willing to consider candidates with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for which an initial appointment would be at grade 6 (£28,098-£33,518 p.a.) (£14.80 -£17.19 per hour) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly. This would be discussed with applicants at interview/appointment where appropriate.

An excellent casual teaching opportunity has arisen, to work in the Applied Linguistics Research Group. Our group represents a wide range of nationalities, ages, backgrounds and research interests. The aim of the group is to increase understanding of the acquisition and use of language from both a theoretical and a practical perspective.

This post presents an excellent career enhancement opportunity for a suitably qualified person in Applied Linguistics with a specific focus on Second Language Education.

The main duties of the successful candidate will be to contribute to the teaching and supervision of students on the highly successful MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA) and the MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (ALLT).  The MSc ALSLA is course with approximately 25 (many international) students and the MSc ALLT is a distance learning, part-time course that has a focus on language teaching in university settings. It is also expected that the successful candidate will contribute to important research in Second Language Education.

You will have a relevant postgraduate qualification with a good first degree in Applied Linguistics, or other relevant subject. Familiarity with a range of literature and research in the field and an aptitude for teaching is essential for this role.

If you would like to apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are suitable for this role to Dr Jessica Briggs, no later than 5pm on Wednesday 18th July 2018. The cover letter should explain how you meet the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants). Please provide details of two referees and indicate whether we can contact them now.

Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description.

Further particulars about the role and how to apply can be found on the Job Description.

This is a casual teaching opportunity not an offer of employment. It is to provide teaching services to the University Department of Education on a ‘zero hour’s basis’ (irregular working pattern) for up to 12 months, subject to Casual teaching engagement terms and conditions. If you have any queries about the type of engagement please email Claire Stevens

Student Liaison Coordinator 2018/2019 – INTERNAL APPLICANTS ONLY  

Grade 6 point 1: £14.80 per hour

Variable hours contract of employmentfixed term for 1 year. This role provides for approximately seven hours of paid work per week during Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity terms up to a total of 168 hours over the year. 

These hours can be worked flexibly over each term, as mutually agreed between the post holder and the Director of Doctoral Research. There will be some work required over the summer in relation to Admissions.

Duties and responsibilities

The Student Liaison Coordinator, normally in their second year of doctoral study, should be willing to offer informal advice to students, to broker links between students and academics, and have an interest in graduate student welfare.  They will report to the Director of Doctoral Research.

  • Help to organise professional development, networking, research training and career advice opportunities for Doctoral and Masters Students.
  • Develop student identity and community through social events.
  • Collate and publicise teaching opportunities open to doctoral students.
  • Support the Higher Degrees Office as appropriate, through participation in the online admissions fora, end of term functions, etc.
  • To give support in the induction week. 
  • To liaise with the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge to organise the annual Oxford-Cambridge Exchange.
  • To support the organization of the STORIES conference.
  • Meet regularly with the Director of Doctoral Research, and occasionally with the Director of the MSc Education pathway and the Director of the MSc ALSLA to discuss issues of common concern, representing the concerns of students, and suggesting changes/improvements to the role.

Selection Criteria:

  • Experience of organising events for large groups
  • Experience of leading seminars
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Enjoys working with a diverse range of people
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and well organised
  • Ability to work on own initiative, consulting relevant parties as and when required
  • Knowledge of the needs and expectations of students in higher education         

Please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are suitable for this role along with a supporting letter from your supervisor to Kyra Smith, no later than 5pm on the 7 June 2018. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

Further particulars about the role and how to apply can be downloaded here – Student Liaison Coordinator_JD.

Casual Opportunity

Oxford Education Deanery Assistant

Expressions of interest are invited for a temporary role supporting the work of the Oxford Education Deanery, the University’s multi-strand knowledge exchange partnership with local schools. The principal aim of the Deanery is to improve outcomes for local young people by supporting their teachers’ professional learning, through engagement with research. This means giving local teachers easy access to relevant, high-quality research, supporting them in conducting their own research and engaging in joint projects through which university and school staff can learn from one another.

This is a temporary position on a casual contract of engagement, assisting Dr Katharine Burn, the Director of the Deanery. We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly organised individual, with a good understanding of the nature of secondary teachers’ work in England  to support a range of initiatives associated with ensuring the effective communication of research outcomes of potential value to classroom teachers and supporting teachers in making appropriate use of different kinds of research within their own practice, as classroom teachers and school leaders.

The work is required for up to 18 hours per week for approximately 8 weeks, beginning on 14 May or as soon as possible thereafter. Payment will be made on the University’s casual pay spine at Grade 5 Point 1 at £13.16 per hour plus holiday pay.

The primary duties will involve:

  • communications work, particularly maintaining the Deanery’s website and its use of social media to strengthen the network of Research Champions in local schools;
  • administrative support for regular meetings of the Research Champions and for occasional presentation events (‘ResearchMeets’) at which practising teachers engaged in part-time Master-level study or small-scale practitioner enquiry share the outcomes of their work;
  • various kinds of research-dissemination and knowledge-exchange activities
    g. writing and/or editing research summaries (particularly of work by staff within the Department of Education) for a teacher audience; conducting small-scale literature searches to advise teachers engaged in practitioner enquiry.

The role offers interested candidates the potential to learn about the processes of knowledge exchange and the diverse ways in which those professionally engaged in education at school level seek to enage with and make use of research.

If you are interested in undertaking this work, please send a CV, a covering note, and contact details of two referees to Katharine Burn ( by 7 May 2018. Informal interviews will be held soon after the submission deadline. DPhil students should seek approval from their supervisor(s) before submitting an expression of interest.


Research studentship: Young children’s language and literacy development and educational technology

3-year DPhil studentship (x 2)

The successful DPhil students will work on the KindOx research programme, a 3-year research agenda aimed at investigating and enhancing the educational content of the Magic Kinder App (MKA) produced by Kinder/Ferrero International. Candidates are invited to design their own proposal as a starting point for this process and will be (co) supervised by either Professor Victoria Murphy, Dr. Maria Evangelou or Dr. Rebecca Eynon depending on the focus and direction of the research.

ESRC Grand Union collaborative doctoral studentship with the Edge Foundation

The Centre on Skills, Knowledge & Economic Performance (SKOPE) at the Department of Education is awarding an ESRC collaborative doctoral studentship in one of the following areas:
skills and their interaction with the labour market, work and the productive process; science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) instruction and use in the labour market; vocational education and training more generally (including apprenticeships); work experience across all stages of education. This studentship is co-funded by The Edge foundation and by the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.