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Lecturer in English Literature

Department: School of Humanities
Location: York
Salary: £38,205 to £46,974 per annum pro rata
Contract Duration: 5 months
Hours: 22.2
Closing Date: Tuesday 05 December 2023 at midnight
Interview Date: Monday 18 December 2023
Reference: 243-23

Part time fixed term 

Location: York

Salary £38,205 to £46,974 per annum (£22,923 to £28,184 pro rata)

York St John is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of historic York and there has never been a more exciting time to join us. 

As one of the fastest growing universities in the UK over recent years, we have a new strategy for the next decade, emphasising our commitment to widening opportunity through the power of education and contributing our talents to creating a fairer world, and a more prosperous region. We are putting inspirational learning and impactful research at the heart of this strategy, recognising our academic expertise as our greatest asset. 

English Literature, within the School of Humanities is a well-established and thriving programme. Our burgeoning national and international research profile, excellent teaching and learning, and welcoming and inclusive ethos supports an exceptional student experience (achieving 100% across several categories in the most recent NSS, for example). We are a collegiate and cohesive team and also have strong connections with other programmes across the School, including a wide range of joint honours options.

The role 

We are seeking an enthusiastic part time (0.6FTE) Lecturer to contribute to our vibrant undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as cover for a colleague who has been awarded a fellowship for semester 2 (5 months). Your work will involve teaching in a variety of settings, including small group tutorials/seminars and lectures; assessment; and the provision of pastoral and academic support to students. At undergraduate level, this role will primarily cover teaching on our ‘Introduction to Literary Studies 2’ module, which explores texts from the nineteenth century to the present day and ‘Canonicity’, which interrogates the idea of literary value and the concept of the canon. 

Key requirements 

Candidates will have expertise in teaching an area of English Literature at undergraduate level relevant to the two key modules listed above (Canonicity and Introduction to Literary Studies 2). 

It is essential that candidates hold a doctoral level qualification or are near completion. 

Further Information

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Zoë Enstone at  

Please visit our Social Media profiles to learn more about our contribution – @YSJLit or see our blog at 

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to apply for this position please contact  Within the application form there is an opportunity for you to request a reasonable adjustment at the interview stage of the process, however if you wish to discuss this in further detail at any point  in the process please do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer a range of family friendly and inclusive policies and facilities to support staff from different backgrounds. As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements. 

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Our benefits package

We offer a wide range of employee benefits including - 

- Excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary university closure days over the Christmas period

- Pension scheme

- Health Cash Plan after six months service

- Employee Assistance Programme

- Relocation expenses package for certain roles

- Visa loan scheme

Further information about life at YSJ

Read more about our culture, inclusive community, working arrangements and benefits for York St John employees here.  

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We are committed to managing and reducing our environmental impact and to promoting sustainable development wherever we can, read more here.

Closing Date - Tuesday 05 December 2023 at midnight

Provisional Interview Date - Monday 18 December 2023

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