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Lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations – University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Edinburgh

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Applications are invited from scholars with research interests and teaching experience in Christian-Muslim Relations and wider areas of Islamic Studies. The post holder will be a member of the School of Divinity’s academic staff and carry out teaching, programme development and research in the rapidly-growing area of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.

Edinburgh’s School of Divinity is a world leader in this academic discipline and there is a need to capitalise on existing strengths and expand our teaching and research in Islamic Thought and Christian-Muslim relations. The successful candidate will advance our research and supervision capacity, develop new postgraduate Masters programmes, supervise Ph.D. students, solidify the newly established Christian-Muslim Studies Network, and support core teaching programmes.

The successful candidate will have a background in Islamic intellectual thought, Christian theology, religious studies, and/or history, but must have an active research interest in the historical, philosophical, political, and/or theological engagement between Islam and Christianity. They will be expected to teach undergraduate courses, develop postgraduate teaching and supervision including the development of a new taught masters, be active in seeking and securing grants, and have a strong research agenda.

This appointment is full-time, open-ended and tenable from 1 August 2019.

Interviews are expected to be held in Edinburgh in mid-March, 2019.

This post attracts an annual salary starting between: £40,792 – £48,677

Closing date: 5pm (GMT) Friday 25th January 2019

1. Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

School/Support Department: School of Divinity

Line manager: Head of School

2. Job Purpose

Applications are invited from scholars with research interests and teaching experience in the historical, philosophical, and/or theological engagement between Christianity and Islam. The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh is a world leader in this area with a growing portfolio of grants and international collaborations, as well as an increasing cohort of undergraduate and postgraduate students. In order to expand our research capacity, advance grant capture, and to support core teaching and supervision, the School of Divinity is looking to appoint a scholar working at the intersection of Islam and Christianity. In particular, the post-holder will collaborate with colleagues from the School of Law, the School of Social and Political Sciences, and Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Consideration will be given to candidates whose primary research areas lies within Islamic Intellectual Thought or Christianity Theology and the intersection of the two religious traditions. Candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses, further support postgraduate teaching and supervision, including the development of a new taught masters programme to launch in 2020-21, and the research and exploration for online programmes, and the support and development of grant and foundation

3. Main Responsibilities

Teaching (40%):

You will be required to deliver and assess courses at all levels of the School’s teaching provision, and to carry out administrative tasks associated with the delivery and assessment of teaching. You will lead the development of a new taught masters programme in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and explore the viability of an online masters in this field. You will also contribute to the teaching and supervision of postgraduate students, including doctoral students, in your area of expertise. You will be expected to lecture in appropriate first and second-year undergraduate courses, and to teach honours (third and fourth year) courses. You will act as dissertation supervisor to students in the fourth year of the undergraduate curriculum. As one of the School’s Personal Tutors, you will also be required to provide pastoral advice and guidance to an assigned group of Personal Tutees. You will be required to complete the Edinburgh Teaching Award or gain teaching accreditation with the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) within your probation period.

Research (40%):

You will be expected to engage in personal research and publication, and to contribute to the world-leading research culture of the School. You should be able to furnish evidence of outstanding achievement as a researcher, in the form of publications commensurate with your career stage. You will be expected to demonstrate the significant impact of your research work at a wider societal level through the shaping of government policy, international collaboration, or by some other example of high-level social or cultural impact. You will be expected to play a full part in seeking grant activity to support your research activities, and to play a collaborative role within the School’s already-existing research clusters in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. In addition, you will be expected to assist in the management and administration of existing grants and international collaboration, as well as developing new grant and research partnerships.

Administration (20%):

All members of the School are required to contribute to the administration of the School. The successful candidate will be asked from the start of the appointment to contribute fully to the administration and assessment that arise from teaching, and increasingly to the administration of the School.

4. Planning and Organising

  • Plan and lead curriculum development and/or renewal in Islam and Christian Muslim Relation and/or develop approaches to teaching and learning that are innovative for the School and/or institution.
  • Develop and grow a new school-based MSc in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and explore partnerships with other Schools and Departments in the University, especially the School of Law and the Department of Islam and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Plan and lead high-quality research and, as appropriate, project manage that research activity.
  • Play appropriate roles in planning and leadership of School’s activities.
  • Plan and organise own activities to meet all deadlines of the academic cycle and/or research funder requirements.

5. Problem Solving

Expected to resolve most problems using accumulated experience, with only the more challenging, non-standard issues reported to the line manager for assistance.

6. Decision Making

  • Undertake specific administrative roles within the Subject Area and/or School.
  • Take responsibility for the effective management of allocated resources.
  • Take the lead in research projects and/or courses, coordinating staff input to these.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

  • All academic and professional services staff in the School of Divinity.
  • Staff members in other parts of the University with interdisciplinary interests, especially the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.
  • Current and prospective students.
  • External networks and contacts as appropriate, to engage effectively with the wider academic and professional community and with the wider public through KE.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job



  • An earned doctorate in Islamic Studies, Christian Theology and/or relevant academic discipline, conferred by date of agreed employment.

Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Competencies


  • Proven ability to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.
  • A developed area of research and evident progress in achieving quality original research publications commensurate with your career stage.
  • Commitment to, and demonstrated potential for, excellence in teaching.
  • Excellent English-language oral and written communication skills (exposition and discussion/debate).
  • Working research knowledge in at least one of the following languages: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Syriac, Coptic, and/or Greek.
  • Ability to perform routine academic administrative tasks reliably, and to participate fully in the School’s academic life, including collaborative working.


  • Membership of relevant academic or professional bodies and societies.
  • Experience of delivering online courses.
  • Excellent IT skills relating to teaching and research (e-learning, internet-accessible data).
  • Early evidence of fundraising ability – for example as co-applicant
  • Contribution to international academic conferences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to attending professional development courses.
  • Capacity to contribute to the research culture of the School of Divinity.
  • Ability to attract applications from postgraduate research students.
  • Ability to attract research grant funding in your field
  • Experience or demonstrated strong promise in supervision of research students.

Personal Attributes


  • Honest, reliable, highly motivated, adhering to high academic standards, cooperative with academic and administrative colleagues.
  • Sensitivity to students from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and of various age-levels, and of various faith commitments or none.

9. Dimensions

The School of Divinity comprises of c.a. 40 academic staff, 14 administrative staff, around 300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students.

10. Job Context and any other relevant information

We anticipate interviews to take place in Mid-March 2019.

The University has a strong and long-standing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and to promoting a positive culture which celebrates difference, challenges prejudice and ensures fairness. We are committed to equality of opportunity for

all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

The School of Divinity was awarded a Silver Athena Swan award in 2018 – the first Theology and Religious Studies department in the UK to gain this award. The Athena Swan Charter is committed to recognise the work undertaken to address gender equality and to achieve an equitable working environment. The Athena Swan Award underlines our commitment to be an employer of choice offering a stimulating work environment coupled with a healthy work-life balance. For more information on flexible working and family responsibilities please see

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online via our Vacancy Website and submitting an up to date CV. 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 supporting documents. If you chose to upload a Supporting Statement/Cover letter, please limit it to no more than one A4 page. Please do not upload reference letters in your supporting document. We will contact referees directly for references when needed.

We will not consider applications sent outwith the online application system.

We anticipate interviews will be held around mid-March 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email in mid-February.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on Friday 25th January 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 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 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 webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you 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). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at:

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 £ 40,792 to £ 48,677 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.

School of Divinity
Theology has been taught at Edinburgh since the University’s foundation in 1583. In the School of Divinity today (New College) you are in a college setting, with our own site, library, dining/socialising hall, and a strong sense of community of students and staff. Yet you are also part of a large, world-class university, and in the heart of one of the most scenic and vibrant cities in Europe. From its foundation, the University of Edinburgh has maintained a distinguished tradition of higher learning and academic excellence. Today the University is one of Britain’s leading research institutions with an international reputation for scholarship and achievement; and access to research libraries of world importance.

Personalised study: The school comprises nearly 40 academic staff, some 270 undergraduate students and about 170 graduate students from all over the world and with a variety of religious affiliations and none. We take personal interest in our students and offer a welcoming and friendly setting in which to pursue the exciting and demanding study of Theology and Religious Studies. Taught undergraduate and postgraduate students are assigned to staff members who act as Personal Tutors, helping students to plan their studies successfully.

Research: In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework Exercise (REF 2014), the School of Divinity was ranked first in Scotland and fourth in the UK for Theology and Religious Studies based on the quality and volume of our research. Incoming postgraduate research students are offered a training course in research methods, and are given conscientious supervision from their first weeks through to submission of the thesis. There are also special orientation events for foreign students.

There are three specialist research centres in the School:

  • The Centre for Theology and Public Issues
  • The Centre for the Study of Christian Origins
  • The Centre for the Study of World Christianity
  • Teaching: In the most recent assessment of teaching quality the School was rated highly satisfactory. Teaching within the School is arranged by five Subject Areas:

  • Biblical Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religious Studies
  • Theology and Ethics
  • World Christianity (at postgraduate level)
  • From the first year onward, courses involve small group tutorial and seminar learning as well as lectures. We have a long and distinguished record in research, teaching and postgraduate supervision. Our current staff includes scholars with international reputations in various subjects in theology and religious studies.

    Degree programmes: Our undergraduate programmes include the BA/MA in Religious Studies, the BA/MA Theology (Divinity), the MDiv and BD/BD Honours. There are also joint programmes with Philosophy, English/Scottish Literature, Classics and Education.

    The School offers undergraduate courses in four subject areas:

  • Biblical Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religious Studies
  • Theology and Ethics
  • We offer taught masters degree programmes in five areas:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Science and Religion
  • Theology in History
  • World Christianity
  • Research degree programmes at both masters (MSc by Research, MPhil) and doctoral (PhD) levels are available in all five areas.

    Student satisfaction rates are consistently amongst the highest in the University of Edinburgh.

    Research facilities: The library holdings available to research students are considerable. The New College Library is reputed to be the largest separate theological collection in Britain. Total holdings in the various University libraries exceed 2.25 million volumes. In addition, the National Library of Scotland (a national deposit library) holds more than five million volumes.

    College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (
    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 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 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, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

    University Family Friendly Initiatives

    Equality Networks:

    Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies
    Disabled Staff Network

    The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.


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