Lecturer in Early Music University of Edinburgh, Reid School of music

Lecturer in Early Music

Vacancy Ref: : 039681 Closing Date : 24-May-2017

Contact Person : Elaine Kelly Contact Number : +44 (0)131 650 2420

Contact Email : Elaine.Kelly@ed.ac.uk

The Reid School of music is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Early Music from 1 September 2017, with demonstrable research and teaching expertise in any area of music pre. 1750.


The successful applicant will have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills; will demonstrate a firm commitment to supporting and engaging students academically; and will contribute to the administration of the School, and Edinburgh College Art.


The successful applicant will have a PhD in a relevant field and will have an outstanding research profile in Early Music, with the ability to produce exceptional publications and attract significant external funding. The appointee will contribute to the teaching of early-music history and stylistic composition at first and second-year level; they will deliver specialised courses on early-music history at honours level, and they will contribute topics to the MMus in Musicology. The appointee will supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, and will be expected to make a major contribution to the recruitment and supervision of PhD students in the School. We would be particularly interested in candidates whose research reflects the multidisciplinary ethos of the Edinburgh College of Art, of which the Reid School of Music is part. We would also especially welcome applicants who are able to develop new research and teaching linkages with the university’s world-leading Musical Instrument Museum.


This position if full time (35 hours per week) and open ended.


Salary: £39,324 - £46,924 per annum


Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 24th May 2017


1. Job Details

Job Title: Lecturer in Early Music

School: Edinburgh College of Art

Subject Area: The Reid School of Music

Line Manager: Head of the Reid School of Music


2. Job Purpose

To undertake exceptional research and teaching in music pre. 1750; deliver additional teaching as required at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and contribute to the administration of the Reid School of Music and Edinburgh College of Art.


3. Main Responsibilities (approximate % of time)


Teaching and Learning [40%]

• Develop, organise, and deliver effective and inspiring teaching and assessment in music history pre. 1750 across all four years at undergraduate level;
• Contribute teaching to and develop the scope of the MMus in Musicology
• Contribute to the teaching of stylistic composition at undergraduate level
• Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations
• Recruit and supervise PhD students
• Undertake appropriate learning and teaching-related leadership and administration
• Develop teaching links with the Museum of Musical Instruments and elsewhere across ECA and CAHSS
• Provide academic and pastoral support to students


Research [40%]

• Produce research outputs that are of international significance
• Attract external research funding
• Strengthen and develop collaborations within Edinburgh College of Art, with other Schools, and Institutes within the University, including the Museum of Musical Instruments, as well as with external academic and non-academic partners


Citizenship [20%]

• Lead and participate in the organisation and administration of the subject area and the wider School


4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job




• Normally a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field with teaching and research expertise in any area of music pre. 1750
• Demonstrable ability to design and deliver inspiring teaching, assessment and supervision
• Demonstrable ability to deliver teaching in stylistic composition
• An outstanding research profile as evidenced by a track record of and ongoing commitment to high-quality published research outputs
• Excellent presentation and communication skills
• A commitment to collegiality and team working
• Excellent interpersonal skills as evidenced by an ability to develop good working relationships with a wide variety of groups – students, colleagues in the School, the University and partner institutions, industry practitioners and representative bodies, etc.
• Ability to develop knowledge exchange and/or engagement with external bodies, stakeholders and wider public




• Experience of supervising PhD students
• Experience in bidding for and securing external funding
• A demonstrable ability to develop research and teaching linkages with the university’s Musical Instrument Museums.


Application Procedure


All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.


We anticipate interviews will be held in the week commencing 26 June. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.


The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Wendesday 24th May 2017


Informal enquiries concerning this post should be directed to Dr Elaine Kelly, Head of the Reid School of Music


Eligibility to Work


In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).


To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.


For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website


If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.


For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website


However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.


If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.


The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).


You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).


Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria


Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.


Conditions of Employment


Pension Scheme


This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.


For further information please visit our Pensions website.




The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £39,324 to £46,924 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.


The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.


The Reid School of Music

Staff within the Reid School of Music (www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/edinburgh-college-art/music) are recognised internationally for their work in a broad range of creative and scientific areas of music including composition, sociology of music, popular music, psychology of music, music and the moving image, music neuroscience, music informatics, community and therapeutic music making, musical acoustics and musical instrument research, as well as for scholarly work on renaissance vocal music, film music, twentieth century music and contemporary music. Recent graduates have included leading figures in the areas of composition, conducting, sound recording and music production, indie music, community music, advertising, and commercial applications of new technologies, as well as in teaching, research, and academic and scholarly work.


The Reid School of Music at Edinburgh University, formerly the Faculty of Music and now a School within the newly merged Edinburgh College of Art, was one of the very earliest to be established in the UK. The Reid Chair of Music was first set up in 1839 and has been held by Friedrich Niecks, Donald Francis Tovey, Kenneth Leighton and Nigel Osborne amongst others. The Faculty of Music was established in 1894 under Niecks, whose programme for the BMus was the first of its kind in the UK, forming the model for all subsequent degree programmes in music.


There are currently three four-year undergraduate honours degrees: the BMus and the BMus in Music Technology. The four-year course allows students to study a broad curriculum (the broadest in the UK) in the first two years, and to specialise in areas of their choice in the final two. Teaching is divided into three areas: compositional subjects, cultural and musicological subjects, and performance-related subjects. There is also a broad range of taught masters degrees and research degrees, including PhD in Composition and PhD in Creative Practice.


Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art is a large and diverse school within the University of Edinburgh's College of Humanities and Social Science. It is comprised of the Schools of Art, Design, History of Art, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Reid School of Music.


Our mission is to promote world-leading critical enquiry across all these subject areas through scholarly research, teaching and creative practice.


Almost 3,000 students and 300 staff study and work at ECA and we enjoy strong relationships with museums, galleries, archives, practitioners and industry partners in Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK and internationally.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 12,600 undergraduates, 4,500 taught postgraduates, 2,000 research students and more than 3,100 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.


Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)


The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.

The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.


As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.


As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.


The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information.


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