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Creative Arts & Design

Lectureship in Creative Writing


Ranked 31st in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021), the School of English at the University of Leeds operates at the leading edge of recent developments in literary studies and creative practice. Located within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, the School has a long history of nurturing poets and authors, and has contributed to cultural development through the publication of new work and through collaboration with external partners. The Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage is Professor of Poetry in the School. Former staff and alumni include the fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien, the poet Geoffrey Hill, and two Nobel Laureates: Wole Soyinka and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Our programmes and modules offer students opportunities to explore a range of genres and creative practices, and to engage with interdisciplinary approaches and themes, such as medical or environmental humanities. With a view to enhancing the profile of our Creative Writing programmes, the School of English is looking to appoint an outstanding teacher and creative practitioner as a Lecturer in Creative Writing.  

As a lecturer, you will join the Creative Writing team in the School of English and will consolidate and extend the team’s existing strengths in teaching, research, creative practice and collaborative activities. You will have completed a PhD in English Literature or Creative Writing, or will have equivalent professional experience. You will also have experience of teaching at undergraduate, and preferably also postgraduate, university levels. You will be an active writer, developing your profile as a recognised literary voice in your area of creative practice, and you will have produced high-quality research outputs and/or creative publications commensurate with your career stage. Expertise in teaching the writing of fiction and/or non-fiction prose is particularly welcome, although not essential. Part-time and flexible working arrangements will be considered.

You will design and deliver lectures and seminars on existing core modules, such as ‘Writing Creatively’ (Level 1) and ‘Developing Creativity’ (Level 2). You will also have opportunities to devise and teach option modules relating to your areas of research expertise and to supervise undergraduate final year projects. You will be expected to teach and supervise Masters students, and to attract and supervise PhD students. You will take an active role in the citizenship of the School, and will be expected to engage in outreach activities and collaborations with partners in the cultural sector.

To explore the post further or for further information, please contact: 

Professor Hazel Hutchison, Head of School, email: [email protected]

Location: Leeds – Main Campus

Contract type: Ongoing

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September 2023

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