The School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University is seeking to appoint a Lecturer (0.5FT) in Creative Writing to join a team of experienced academics and creative practitioners. The successful candidate will teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level across a range of genres in ‘generalist’ modules and deliver specialist teaching in one or more of the following genres/areas: fiction (especially short fiction), creative non-fiction, poetry – indicative of a capability.

This is an opportunity to contribute to the full range of research and teaching activities of this dynamic unit.

The successful applicant will have a growing national/international academic reputation, an excellent record of high-quality publications and teaching, and the enthusiasm and drive to play a key role in enhancing the School’s reputation for impactful research and community engagement. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, English at Cardiff – which includes Creative Writing – was ranked in the top ten in the UK, with 87% of its research activity rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The appointee will contribute to teaching provision in the new single honours English and Creative Writing degree that came on-stream in 2017 and on the established Creative Writing MA and PhD programmes. S/he will bring an engaging and innovative approach to module delivery and assessment, and, with a commitment to delivering excellent student experience, will contribute to the enhancement of the School’s ‘creative-critical’ ethos, manifested in the emphasis we put on the stringently evaluative and conceptual skills that are central to the enterprise of writing.
The post holder will engage with external academic, professional and public institutions to enhance the School’s reach and reputation, and will enhance the School’s creative and inclusive community, which is recognised for its impact on policy, practice and public life.

This post is part-time (17.5 hours per week) and open-ended.
Salary: £41,212 - £47,722 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 7)

Post to commence: 1 September 2018.

Interested applicants are invited to contact Professor Richard Gwyn ( / +44 (0)2920 874887 and/or Professor Katie Gramich ( / +44 (0)2920 875622 for further information.

Interviews will be held on: Monday, 23rd July 2018.

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Closing date: Saturday, 30 June 2018

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

To deliver high-quality, research-led teaching and contribute independently to curriculum development at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Creative Writing, with a specialism in one or more of the following genres/areas: fiction (especially short fiction), creative non-fiction, poetry; to enhance the research record of the School through high-quality Creative Writing publications and through external grant capture.


To conduct research in Creative Writing in one or more of the following genres/areas: fiction (especially short fiction), creative non-fiction, poetry; to contribute to the internationally recognised research performance of the School and University through publications in high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals that will enhance the School’s performance in future Research Excellence Framework exercises, participation in high-profile conferences, bids for external funding, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.


  • To contribute independently to module and curriculum delivery and development in Creative Writing, lead modules in one or more of the genres/areas outlined above at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervise project and dissertation work at both levels.
  • To play an active role in recruiting Home/EU and International students to Cardiff’s Creative Writing programmes.
  • To carry out duties associated with assessment and marking, including providing high-quality, constructive feedback to students.
  • To make a positive contribution to the student experience, including acting as Personal Tutor.


  • To carry out administrative work and participate in committee work, as required.
  • To engage effectively with public sector organisations, professional institutions and other academic institutions, etc, regionally and nationally, to raise awareness of the School’s profile, cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities.
  • Any other duties consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria


•    A PhD in Creative Writing, English, or related subject area.
•    Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning or equivalent HE teaching qualification.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

•    An established record of high-quality publications in Creative Writing (at least 3* according to Research Excellence Framework (REF) criteria) in one or more of the following genres/areas: fiction (especially short fiction), creative non-fiction, poetry – indicative of a capability to enhance the School’s performance in future Research Excellence Framework exercises.
•    A growing national/international reputation in the academic field.
•    A record of effective research-led undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience and a demonstrable commitment to innovative approaches to teaching.
•    An ability to supervise PhDs in Creative Writing.
•    An ability to contribute to the strategic development of a market-facing Creative Writing curriculum at undergraduate and Masters levels.
•    A capacity to play a role in public engagement and/or to develop research-led impact initiatives.
•    Evidence of the effective fulfilment of academic-related administration.

Pastoral Responsibilities

•    The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances, and act as a personal tutor.

Desirable Criteria

•    A demonstrable familiarity with Creative Writing pedagogy.
•    Experience in recruitment activities at UG and/or PG level.
•    Evidence of an ability to forge links between Cardiff Creative Writing and high-quality publishers and agents that will enhance the School’s connectivity and visibility, and its employability agenda.
•    A record of securing external research funding.
•    The ability to speak Welsh or a willingness to learn the language.

Additional Information

This is a part-time (0.5FT) role for which candidates are asked to submit the following with their application:
•    A covering letter explaining and evidencing the strength of their candidacy for this post and detailing their plans for a strong submission to the next Research Excellence Framework exercise, clearly structured according to the criteria under ‘Person Specification’ above.
•    A full curriculum vitae and list of publications. If listing a significant publication not yet in the public domain, please supply a copy or a sample in pdf.

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