Lecturer in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Lecturer (Writing for Children and Young Adults)
Manchester Metropolitan University

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is a unique environment where Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences sit alongside the Manchester School of Art and the Manchester Fashion Institute. Student experience is at the heart of everything we do. We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art facilities, including digital and technical workshops, studios and gallery spaces designed to enhance learning and collaboration.

The Department of English seeks to appoint a lecturer in writing for children and young adults. The post is suitable for you if you write creatively for young people in any medium, produce scholarly research on writing for children and young adults or do both. We welcome applications from candidates with experience of or a demonstrable interest in collaborative Youth Studies research which links English with disciplines such as Education, Sociology or Linguistics. We would also welcome your application if you have experience of or a demonstrable interest in working with children and young people as part of their creative and/or scholarly research.

This post will align closely with the work of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), a cross-disciplinary research centre which aims to be a centre of expertise for the use of participatory research with children and young people. Established in 2014, MCYS is located in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and has, over the last three years, generated over £800,000 of external income developing research and knowledge exchange projects that mobilise participatory methodologies. This income has come from a range of prestigious and ground-breaking research projects funded by the ESRC, AHRC, Leverhulme and government bodies (http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/mcys/).

The Department of English fosters a rich and diverse research culture in both critical scholarship and creative writing. It hosts a large undergraduate single honours English programme, and smaller joint honours programmes in English and American Literature, English and Creative Writing and English and Film, whose core units are taught by specialists in each area. The Department runs highly successful MA programmes in Creative Writing and English Studies and has the largest community of taught postgraduate English and Creative Writing students in the UK. The department is home to the Manchester Writing School, run under the creative direction of UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

You will to have a doctoral level qualification in a relevant area OR an established professional reputation as a writer of children’s and/or young adult literature, as evidenced in national broadcast media appearances, national broadsheet and literary press reviews, or major literary prize success. You will also need to have a track record of publishing high quality creative or critical research outputs which meet or exceed the 3* quality standard set by the Research Excellence Framework. The anticipated start date for the successful applicant is July 2018.

For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the role please contact, Dr Jess Edwards, Head of the Department of English (J.Edwards@mmu.ac.uk) and, Prof. Hannah Smithson (h.l.smithson@mmu.ac.uk) Head of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies.

If you would like to join our people and share our ambition, we would love to hear from you.

For more information about the position: https://manmetjobs.mmu.ac.uk/jobs/vacancy/lecturer-writing-for-children-and-young-adults-0333-mmu-all-saints-campus/350/description/ajaxaction/downloadfile/?id=6876&pagestamp=006721be-faaf-4db7-ae30-73d58c6cb3a8

Apply here.