To become a higher education (HE) lecturer you need to have a good degree (a first or 2:1) that is relevant to the subject you want to lecture in. You usually also need a relevant PhD along with:
If you do not have a PhD and want to teach an academic subject, you are likely to find it difficult to get work as a lecturer. If you are still completing a PhD, you may be able to take on teaching duties in the role of a graduate teaching assistant. Teaching and administrative responsibilities may also be given to research students as a condition of their receiving a bursary.
For more vocational courses it is often necessary to have several years' experience of working in the relevant field as well as a degree or professional qualification. In these instances, expertise in the profession may be just as valuable as a PhD.
Candidates need to show evidence of the following:
A formal teaching qualification is not essential for entry into the career but you may need to be able to demonstrate your capability for teaching. Any work experience that reflects this will be useful. It is possible to study for a teaching qualification once in post, such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
In the early stages of your career, it may be very difficult to gain a permanent contract as an HE lecturer and you may have to accept posts on a fixed-term contract.
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