Job Title: Research Fellow (fixed-term)
School/Department: School of Law
Salary: £28,982 - £37,768 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Job Family and Level: Research and Teaching, Level 4
Contract Status: This post is available from 1 April 2016 and will be offered on a fixed-term basis for a period of two years
Hours of Work: Full-time
Location: University Park, University of Nottingham
Further Particulars The School of Law is a dynamic place for research, teaching and learning. It is consistently ranked amongst the top law schools in the UK and is one of the leading centres for legal research in the world. Its staff members have high international reputations in their fields and all are active scholars and teachers. The School attracts some of the very best students from around the world to its excellent Undergraduate, Masters, Diploma, Certificate and PhD programmes. As part of its policy to enhance the research environment of the School and bridge the gap between PhD studies and lectureship appointments, the School has established a post-doctoral fellowship.
This post is open to scholars committed to developing successful academic careers and working in established research areas within the School. The Fellowship will give the successful candidate opportunities to develop publications, to be involved in planning and helping deliver research projects, and to further enhance his or her research and teaching skills. The post involves some teaching, and, if appropriate, research management duties. It is anticipated that these duties will amount to approximately 75 hours per annum, enabling the Research Fellow to dedicate much of their time to individual and collaborative research. The candidate appointed will work closely with an established member of academic staff within the School who will act as mentor. The successful candidate will be expected to make a significant contribution to the research culture of the School, and will be fully integrated within the School and University.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Nigel White, Head of School, tel: 0115 951 5725 or email: Nigel.email@example.com. Please note that applications sent directly to this email addresses will not be accepted.
Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience
Candidates should have been awarded a PhD in Law, or equivalent, within twelve months prior to appointment. Applications are encouraged from candidates who have not previously held a post-doctoral post.
An ability to undertake independent and, where appropriate, collaborative, research;
A willingness to contribute to obtaining and managing external research funding and to interact with external organisations as a legal scholar;
An ability to teach at a high standard at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including willingness to contribute to teaching in the undergraduate foundation subjects;
The desire to work collaboratively and collegially with all colleagues within the School.
Ability and willingness to research and teach in one of the following subjects: Contract, Tort, Intellectual Property, Commercial Law, Maritime Law, Conflicts, Property Law, Trusts, International Investment Law, International Commercial Law and International Commercial Arbitration.
Evidence of outstanding research potential, capable of contributing to the School’s internationally excellent research profile
A clear research strategy and desire to undertake original research.
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
• A leading research institution
The University of Nottingham is a financially strong, research-led institution. In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, the University was ranked seventh in the UK in terms of research power, confirming the University’s place as a leading member of the Russell Group of research intensive universities in the UK.
• High quality teaching and learning
Commitment to a total learning environment for students of the highest quality is a key feature of the provision of education at the University of Nottingham. The University is also strongly committed to staff development through training, appraisal and excellent prospects for career advancement. It has consistently received the highest QAA scores for subject reviews (including for Law), second only to Cambridge in overall terms. Nottingham is one of the most popular universities in the UK in terms both of applicants per place available and also total number, with the School of Law also one of the most popular in terms of applicants per place available.
• An attractive and popular campus
The University of Nottingham is located 5 kms west of Nottingham city centre, in a large campus of some 134 hectares, set in an attractive green-belt of woodland, parks and playing fields. The campus is an invaluable asset that helps the University to attract students of high calibre and provides an ideal environment for scholarly activities of all kinds. There are four campuses in and around Nottingham. At the beginning of 2000, the School of Law moved into expanded and refurbished accommodation in the heart of the main University campus, in a building that also houses the School of Politics and International Relations and the School of Sociology and Social Policy. The University has two overseas campuses, at Seminyeh near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and at Ningbo, near Shanghai in the Peoples’ Republic of China.
• Administrative structure
Organisationally, the University of Nottingham has five Faculties: Arts, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science. Within each Faculty are the Schools, Institutes and Departments. The School of Law is within the Faculty of Social Sciences and reports to the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
The School is a unitary entity with no separate departments. The Head of School has primary responsibility within the School for interactions with the rest of the University. The Head of School is a professor within the School, who usually undertakes the role for three to five years, and who is appointed after consultation within the School.
The University operates a system of devolved budgets, with the School of Law being a budgetary unit with a history of budgetary surplus and which enjoys considerable autonomy over financial planning within the overall framework provided under the terms of the University Plan. There are a number of committees within the School which have responsibility for various aspects of the School’s activities. All staff undertake some administrative responsibilities, in conjunction with support staff depending on their level and experience. The School aims to ensure that its decisions are transparent, accountable and conducted in a spirit of collegiality. The School is trialling a Workload Model to help with this endeavour.
SCHOOL OF LAW Candidates are encouraged to find out more about the School and its members of staff at:
Research Environment Excellence in research is a priority in the School of Law. The School was ranked sixth among UK Law Schools in REF 2014, in terms of both research power and intensity; and fifteenth in terms of GPA. Its profile was 37% 4*, 44% 3*, 18% 2* and 1% 1*. Members of the School are closely involved in the national and international scholarly community, and many of them have very high international reputations in their fields. The School encourages intellectual curiosity, original thought and engagement with outside organisations.
All members of staff receive generous financial support in terms of individual personal research allowances, which can be used to cover conferences, books, equipment or student research assistance, and there is regular study leave. In addition, members of the School have been successful in attracting significant research funding from such bodies as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, government departments, international and national organisations and the private sector. The School is committed to developing further its record of high level research quality and securing research grants. Each new member of staff has a senior member of staff as a mentor and there are active Staff Research and Staff Development Committees.
The School houses a number of research centres, which are nationally and internationally recognised. These include the Human Rights Law Centre, which also provides a number of short courses for experienced professionals and engages in research and training projects around the world, the Public Procurement Research Group, the University of Nottingham Treaty Centre, the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre and the Criminal Justice Research Centre.
Undergraduate Teaching The School of Law has always valued excellence in teaching, allied to a strong research base, and has consistently maintained small tutorial groups for its undergraduate teaching. This enables our students to be directly assisted in their learning and to have effective interaction with the academic staff. Our teaching was rated as ‘excellent’ by the QAA subject review. The undergraduate courses on offer are rigorous and interesting, and cover a diverse range of subjects, with both core modules essential for practice as a lawyer and a wide choice of optional subjects. The University operates a modular degree structure, based upon two semesters established on top of the existing three terms.
The majority of our students study for the LLB degree, which allows students to take a limited number of non-law modules. We also have a BA (Law) degree, which allows students to take a wider range of non-law modules, and BA degrees in Law with French and French Law, Law with German and German Law and Law with Spanish and Spanish Law. All these degree programmes lead to a qualifying law degree for professional purposes. Our current undergraduate intake is about 300 students, with the standard ‘A’ level offer for applicants being A*AA, together with a good mark in the National Law Admissions Test (LNAT). Some students are selected, at the beginning of their second year, to transfer to one of our many four-year Law degree programmes, which involves spending their third year abroad, studying at one of our partner law schools, before returning to Nottingham for the fourth year. These degrees include Law with American Law (the University of Texas at Austin or the University of Connecticut), Law with South East Asian Law (the National University of Singapore), Law with Chinese Law (the University of Hong Kong), Law with Australian Law (the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney or the University of Western Australia), Law with New Zealand Law (with the University of Auckland or the University of Canterbury) and Law with Canadian Law (the University of British Columbia or the University of Western Ontario). Similarly, we have a Law with European Law degree, with the third year spent at one of a number of European universities with whom we have links under the European Erasmus exchange programme.
Postgraduate Taught Courses The School has a very successful Masters of Law (LLM) programme. There are both general and specialist LLM degrees, being in Public International Law, Human Rights Law, International Commercial Law, International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict, Environmental Law, European Law, Maritime Law, Criminal Justice, and Law and Development. As a result, there are approximately 50 different LLM options available to students across the entire LLM programme, as well as some options from other disciplines in the University. These different options reflect the research interests of staff, most of whom are involved in teaching on the LLM, and so enable effective research-led teaching to LLM students. All our options are specifically designed for, and taught only for, the Masters Programme.
These LLM degrees attract on average 150 students per year from all regions of the world, with the majority from outside the UK. As the places on the LLM are highly sought after, the quality of the students is generally very high. The teaching on the LLM is undertaken in small group seminars, enabling interactive teaching with student participation. Some seminars are conducted by visiting academics and by government or international organisation officials. A number of the options are full-year, though the majority are taken over one semester only (half-options), with assessment (usually essays or examinations) at the end of the year. Students select the equivalent of four full options (e.g. 6 half-options and one full option) over the year and also write a dissertation to be completed by September.
In 2009-10 we commenced part time Executive Programmes in Public Procurement Law and Policy (Distance Learning), which have been very successful. We also operate two joint degrees at Masters level: the MSc in Law and Environmental Science and the MA in International Law, Security & Terrorism.
Postgraduate Research The School is continuing to expand its number of postgraduate research students, with over 60 such students (some part-time) in the School at the moment, which is a large number by comparison with many other UK law schools. Students are assigned two supervisors including, if appropriate, a member of staff in another School in the University. There are Annual Reviews of each student to monitor their progress and their supervision, and each student must give an annual presentation of their research. In addition, research training is provided to all new research students and the School has recognition from the ESRC for postgraduate training under its 1+3 funding model.
Research students benefit from the provision of a dedicated research room, with well-appointed individual research space, including personal computers connected to the high-speed network and the School intranet site. This development fits within the School’s overall aim of improving its research environment wherever possible. The School also has a number of scholarships for research students in Law. The University’s Graduate School provides generic training and a focus for general postgraduate education.
Library Provision Across all campuses, the University has nine libraries. The excellent Law Library is located in the main University Hallward Library, located next to our building, and it has in excess of 55,000 volumes, as well as immediate access to a very wide range of electronic materials and resources. It is now located in a dedicated Law and Official Publications Reading Room. The School allocates a portion of its budget each year to additional library purchases to reinforce its standing as a postgraduate and research library.
IT Provision The School has excellent computing facilities and all members of staff are provided with a desktop computer, linked internally and externally to the University’s high-speed network and the internet, and their own printer. Appropriate software for research and teaching purposes is provided as necessary. All students have access to computers within the University, with the School of Law Computer Room providing access to computers exclusively for Law students. A rolling programme of equipment upgrading and renewal ensures that the School remains at the forefront of IT provision.
ACADEMIC STAFF AND THEIR RESEARCH INTERESTS
Estelle Derclaye Lic. Droit (Liège), LLM (George Washington) DES (Liège/Katholiek, Leuven), PhD (London)
Intellectual Property, Torts.
Professor of Maritime Law
Sarah Dromgoole LLB, PhD (Southampton)
Maritime Law generally (including International Law of the Sea), International Trade Law (especially Carriage of Goods by Sea and International Sales Financing), Cultural Heritage Law.
Professor of International Economic Law
Mary Footer BA (UEA), Meester in der Rechten (Netherlands Antilles), LLM (London), PhD (Erasmus)
International Economic Law, World Trade Organisation Law, Public International Law.
Professor of Law and Social Theory
David Fraser LLB(Laval), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (Yale)
Criminology, Legal Aspects of the Holocaust, Legal Theory.
Professor of English Law
Nigel Gravells MA (Oxford), Barrister
Property Law, Landlord and Tenant, Copyright Law.
Professor of Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure
John Jackson BA (Dunelm), BL (QUB), LLM (Wales), Barrister (NI), Barrister (Middle Temple)
Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Process, Human Rights, Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence.
Professor of European Law
Jeffrey Kenner LLB, LLM (London)
Law of the European Union, Employment Law.
Professor of Public International Law
Dino Kritsiotis LLB (Cardiff), LLM (Cambridge)
International Law, particularly the Use of Force and International Humanitarian Law.
Professor of International Human Rights Law
UK Human Rights Law and Activism, Prison Governance.
Emeritus Professor in Residence and Co-Director of University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre
David J Harris CMG, LLM, PhD (London)
Public International Law, Law of Civil Liberties, European Convention on Human Rights.
Senior Fellow in Public Procurement Law Peter Trepte BA (Kent), Licence en Droit (Grenoble), PhD (Tilburg), Barrister
Associate Professors and Readers Associate Professor and Reader in Company and Commercial Law
Sandra Frisby LLB, PhD (Nottingham)
Corporate Insolvency, Company Law, Commercial Law, Property Law.
Associate Professors Michael Bowman LLB (Nottingham)
Environmental Law, Public International Law, Tort.
Peter Davies LLB (Essex), LLM (Nottingham), Solicitor
International Environmental Law, European Community Environmental Law.
Christine Davis LLB, PhD (Nottingham), Solicitor
Property Law, Equity and Estoppel, Tax Law.
Ezra Hasson LLB (Cardiff), BA, PhD (Nottingham)
Family Law, Sociology of Law.
Annamaria La Chimia LLB (“La Sapienza” Rome), LLM, PhD (Nottingham), Avvocato (Barrister and Solicitor)
EU Law, Public Procurement, WTO Law, Aid and Development.
Company Law, Insolvency Law, International Insolvency, Private international Law.
Marko Milanovic LLB (Belgrade), LLM (Michigan), PhD (Cambridge)
European Convention on Human Rights, Law of Treaties.
Sangeeta Shah BA and MJuris (Durham)
Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Public International Law.
Assistant Professors Chris Bevan BA, MA (Cambridge), Barrister
Land Law, Trusts, Social Welfare and the Law.
Cosmin Cercel LLB (Bucharest/Paris), MA & PhD (Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris I)
Tort, Classical Legal Theory
Aris Georgopoulos LLB (Athens), PhD (Nottingham), Barrister and Solicitor
EU Law, Public Procurement Law, Competition Law, Public Law, International Trade Law and policy.
Nara Ghazaryan BA, MA (Yerevan State University, Armenia) LLM, PhD (Nottingham)
Company Law, Contract, Law of the EU
Edward Goodwin BA (Mansfield College, Oxford), LLM (Nottingham), PhD (Nottingham)
International Environmental Law, Heritage Law, Land Law, Trusts.
Ugljesa Grusic LLB (Belgrade), LLM (Nottingham)
Tort, Commercial Conflict of Laws, Investment Law.
Richard Hyde LLB (Durham), LLM, MA (Nottingham)
Tort, Contract, International Consumer Protection.
Hemi Mistry LLB (hons), LLM, PhD (Nottingham)
International Criminal Law, Tort, Trusts
Róisín Mulgrew LLB (Galway), LLM (Nottingham), MA (Nottm), PhD (Nottm)
Contract Law, Land Law, Understanding Law, International Human Rights Law.
Penelope (Nell) Munro LLB (Queen Mary), MA (Nottm), PhD (Nottm)
Mental Health Law, Socio-Legal Research Methodologies, Systems Theory.
Sanam Saidova BA, MA (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), LLM (UEA), PhD (Nottingham)
International Commercial Law, International Trade Finance, Contract Law, Law of Security Interests.
Candida Saunders LLB (Nottm), LLM (Nottm), MA (Nottm), PhD (Nottm)
Criminal Law, Justice and Evidence, Criminology, Penal Law/Penology, Research Methods.
Andrea Tosato LLB (Pavia, Italy), LLM (Cambridge), PhD (Pavia, Italy), (Barrister and Solicitor)
Contract Law, Commercial Law, EU Law, Intellectual Property Law.
Ping Wang LLB (Beijing, China), LLM (Nottingham)
Public Procurement, International Commercial Law, Chinese Law, European Law.
Principal Research Fellow Vicky Kemp MPhil (Cantab) and PhD (Cantab)
Senior Research Fellows Catherine Appleton BA (hons), MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)
Professor Martha Olivar Jimenez BA (Lawyer) (Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Seňora del Rosario), Master, PhD (Université Robert Schumann, Strasbourg)