Newcastle University: Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Requisition ID:  1444 Location: 

Newcastle, GB Contract Type:  Open Ended Posted Date:  02-Jan-2020

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £28,331 – £40,322

Closing Date: 10 February 2020

The Role

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture.

The post will be based in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, one of the most successful and longest-established schools of its kind in the UK, ranked in the top 100 by QS in 2019, 4th in the field in the UK on Research Intensity and Research Power in REF2014, and approaching its centenary in 2022.

The Lecturer in Landscape Architecture will contribute to the achievement of the research, teaching and engagement goals of the School. This appointment is made as part of a substantial investment in Landscape Architecture in Newcastle, including new studios and exhibition spaces, recently extended shared workshops, and a newly appointed Landscape research fellow. The investment involves the establishment of a new Master of Landscape Architecture (two years) to supplement our existing MA in Landscape Architecture Studies programme (one year). Our appointee will make key contributions to these programmes including, in future, programme leadership, and will help work towards professional accreditation of the MLA.

We seek candidates with experience ranging across the field of landscape architecture, and a lively developing research profile in their own specialist area. We particularly welcome candidates who can contribute to teaching in design studio, and – ideally – one or more of the following areas: landscape sciences, planting design, landscape construction, professional practice, and/or digital methods. Our appointee will assist with the development, administration, and delivery of taught programmes and modules. They will preferably be a member of the UK Landscape Institute and/or cognate professional organisations nationally or internationally.

Numerous opportunities are possible for research collaboration across our vibrant interdisciplinary School and around the University with researchers working on international, national, and local projects. Our appointee will become a member of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) and/or Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC). They may also be affiliated to the McCord Centre for Landscape Research based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Informal enquiries to Dr Ian Thompson, Reader in Landscape Architecture , or Prof Adam Sharr, Head of School .

The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.

Key Accountabilities

We are looking for a researcher and teacher with outstanding promise. Specific responsibilities include:

  • To engage in research in an area of their expertise, including seeking research funding
  • To engage in teaching across the field of landscape architecture, especially design studio. We particularly welcome candidates who can also contribute to teaching in one or more of the following areas: landscape sciences, planting design, landscape construction, professional practice, and/or digital methods.
  • To undertake administrative duties in relation to relevant taught programmes
  • To undertake academic duties as required by the Head of School and subject Director
  • To contribute to the development of cross-disciplinary teaching within the School
  • To co-supervise research students
  • To participate in initiatives to develop additional income streams through research funding or consultancy
  • To serve on School, Faculty and University committees where appropriate

The Person


  • Excellent degree and postgraduate qualifications in an area or areas cognate with landscape architecture.
  • Completion of a PhD in a relevant area.
  • Membership of the Landscape Institute or a cognate international or national profession, or eligibility for professional accreditation
  • Membership of HEA and/or a recognised HE teaching qualification.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Conducting potentially-leading research in the field, demonstrating international standards of excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • High quality research and refereed academic publications.
  • Ability to independently identify research objectives and potential funding sources, and prepare and write proposals for funding. High level of competence in oral, visual and written communication.
  • Experience in, or potential for, extending research impact by developing research-based solutions to real-world problems, and engaging with external stakeholders;
  • Experience in high quality relevant teaching, enthusiastic, reflective and creative pedagogue; experience in student experience and wellbeing issues; engagement with curriculum development and pedagogical innovation; willingness to participate in international field trips.
  • Attributes/Behaviours
  • Collaborative, team-working and organisational skills in both research and the development of new and existing programmes, and pedagogy.
  • Track record in working as a good colleague and academic citizen, willing and able to work collaboratively, including across disciplines and with external partners.
  • A conscientious teacher who develops good relationships with students, willing to understand the needs of, and to empathise with, international students.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

Requisition ID: 1444

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