Professor – Education and Youth Studies
To lead our continuing growth as a global research and education institution, we are committed to expanding our professoriate across areas of research strength. If you have the ability, confidence, and determination to drive groundbreaking research in your area, this is your chance to join us within the area of Education and Youth Studies, build a research portfolio that matches your vision, and to achieve real-world impact.
With over 4,000 staff members and around 40,000 students – including some 6,000 choosing to study for a postgraduate qualification – we are a big institution with even bigger ambitions. We are proud to be an integral part of the great city of Manchester, but our impact reaches around the globe. Currently, we offer more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and have 14 centres of research expertise.
We are committed to providing excellent education to transform our students' lives, and to delivering high quality research with powerful real-world impacts and benefits, as evidenced by our highly successful REF outcome: 30% of our research, across more than 740 academics, has been rated as world leading. And 91% of our research impact is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021).
Now, we are making a significant investment in realising our objectives to excel in education and to build on our research reputation. Alongside our £400m campus and University infrastructure upgrade, we are investing in people: making Manchester Metropolitan the logical next step for talented, ambitious senior research academics at their peak
About the opportunity
Research into education and youth is led by the Education and Social Research Institute and the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. Our research is at the cutting edge of methodological innovation. We have expertise in participation and co-creation, policy development, youth justice, educational and community participation, global citizenship, identity and belonging, health and wellbeing, migration and diversity, language and literacies, climate activism, and marginalisation and exclusion. The work we do is strongly underpinned by theoretical rigour and is recognised for its ethos of youth-informed and youth-led research methods carried out with children and young people.
In REF 2021, we were ranked 9th for the power of research in Education and 12th for the power of research in Sociology. Our research in Education is in the top 150 QS world university rankings for 2022, and we're 13th for research quality in Childhood and Youth Studies in the Complete University Guide 2023. We have won national awards for the impact of our work in Education and Youth, including a Times Higher Education award for the best knowledge transfer initiative for a project on youth justice.
You will have the freedom to tailor your development and build your academic reputation. Alongside expanding on your own vision and expertise, you will play a key role in mentoring others, promoting a cooperative, intellectually curious research culture and, as a member of the leadership community, supporting our long-term research strategy to enrich students' lives while having a positive effect on our world. You can count on our full support; from the financial backing you need to the collegiate atmosphere and extraordinary quality of life that Manchester Metropolitan can offer.
For more information, please visit our website. To apply, please submit an up to date CV and Covering Letter which should outline your interest in this opportunity and also highlight your relevant experience.
As an inspiring and driven researcher, you are full of ideas and excited about having the scope and support to build on them. With in-depth understanding of your subject, we would expect you to be building an international reputation as a thought leader in your field. You should also be able to demonstrate the skills and potential to lead and mentor research teams and staff, to provide innovative teaching and learning, and to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.
Whilst we are excited to be growing our community of research-focused professors, we would still love to hear from you if your career path has taken an education-focused route.
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. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, women and disabled people, who we recognise are underrepresented in this area.
We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.