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Lecturer (Criminology ) (3481)

The Department of Sociology is seeking to appoint a dynamic lecturer to contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate criminology programmes. We are seeking applications from criminologists with specialisms in the broad area of youth justice, children/young people and crime/rehabilitation and desistance.   The successful post holder will become a member of and contribute to the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), and as such, experience of working with/carrying out empirical research with children and young people is essential. Established in 2014, MCYS is an interdisciplinary research centre located in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (see It aims to be a centre of expertise for the use of participatory research with children and young people. We would therefore particularly welcome applications from those with experience of using participatory and/or creative research methodologies. The work of MCYS exemplifies the university’s commitment to innovative pioneering research, research-informed teaching, as well as increasing social mobility and widening participation.  

This role represents an opportunity to join a large, vibrant and research-active department. Research in the department is built upon a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches and to critically engaging with a social world undergoing constant change. In the Sociology REF 2014 submission, more than two thirds of research was ranked either ‘internationally leading’ or ‘world leading’, and Sociology was ranked in the top-10 Sociology submissions for impact. In addition, in the Social Policy and Social Work submission, three fifths of research was ranked as being either 3* or 4* quality.

You will have a background in the broad area of youth justice. You will effectively and enthusiastically prepare and deliver original teaching materials informed and led by your personal, published research, as well as your wide-ranging experience in the field. You will deliver, therefore, high quality, engaging and inspiring teaching in keeping with our team’s culture; benefitting your students, supporting your colleagues, and strengthening our collective reputation. You will have a clear publication trajectory and plan and have experience in, or a clear plan for, applying for external grants and building external partnerships. As a collegial team-player you will have the ability to mentor and nurture the talents of others to the benefit of the Department and University as a whole.

We must note that we cannot consider applications from candidates not yet in possession of a PhD or equivalent (e.g. DPhil, or EdD) in a directly relevant area. For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the role, please contact the Head of the Department of Sociology, Professor Julie Scott Jones (  

If you would like to join our people and share our ambition, we would love to hear from you. 

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this, as well as any reasonable adjustments required throughout the application process.



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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Salary:
    Grade 8 (£35,845 to £41,526)
  • Closing Date:
    8 June 2021
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