Newcastle University Job- Lecturer in Creative Writing (Theatre Script)

Contract Type:  Fixed Term

Salary: £30,942 – £35,845 per annum 

Closing Date: 11 June 2021

This role is part time at 60% fte and fixed term for 12 months with an expected start date of 1st September 2021.                                                                               

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Theatre Script) 0.6 FTE (Teaching and Scholarship), for 12 months (fixed-term). The start date is 1st September 2021 and the end date is 31st August 2022.

You will have a PhD (in hand or near completion) in a relevant subject area and/ or a track record in the production and/or publication of significant, rigorous and original creative writing (theatre script), as well as proven experience in teaching creative writing (theatre script) to undergraduate students.

You will be expected to act as module leader and teach on the second-year module, ‘Theatre Script Workshop’ and the MA modules ‘Masterclass: Monologue’ and ‘Theatre Script Workshop’. They will also be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate independent work. A record of high-quality practice-led teaching in creative writing (theatre script) is essential.

You will be joining a vibrant and high-achieving School, with strong connections to the region, and a key participant in national and international scholarly communities and partnerships. English Language and Literature at Newcastle was ranked 3rd in the UK (1st for impact) in REF 2014.

You will be joining an ambitious team of creative practitioners including poets Tara Bergin, W.N. Herbert, Sinéad Morrissey, and Jake Polley, prose and fiction writers Rachel Hewitt, Lars Iyer and Preti Taneja, the film-maker Tina Gharavi and playwright Zoe Cooper. (

The excellence of the school’s research is supported by the work of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (  A university research centre based in the school, the NCLA works closely with many non-HEI partners in the area of creative writing and runs an internationally significant programme of readings and events.

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics actively encourages applications from Black and minority ethnic candidates.  All applicants should feel free to communicate to the selection panel circumstances that have had an impact on their career path, including those related to Covid-19 restrictions. Newcastle University is committed to developing a fully inclusive global University community in which staff and students from all sectors of society can thrive equally. See the University’s institutional EDI strategy here:

The School of English is committed to offering mentorship to Early Career Researchers while in post, both by supporting them to achieve a teaching qualification (e.g. HEA membership) and by helping them to develop their research portfolio.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Jo Robinson, Head of School on or to Dr Lars Iyer, Subject Head of Creative Writing on


Key Accountabilities

  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning materials and activities to undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in creative writing (theatre script)
  • Take responsibility for the role of Module Leader of Theatre Script Workshop (UG Stage 2 module) and the MA modules ‘Masterclass: Monologue’ and ‘Theatre Script Workshop’.
  • Play an active role in the ongoing development of the Literature and Creative Writing BA and the Creative Writing MA
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate taught students working in these areas
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in the School and across the University
  • Undertake administrative duties as required by the Head of School
  • Provide personal tutoring and mentoring for students
  • Integrate scholarship, research and/or professional activities with teaching and supporting learning, as appropriate.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Extensive teaching experience at undergraduate level creative writing (theatre script)
  • Teaching experience at postgraduate level in the area
  • An interest in and engagement with high quality teaching in creative writing
  • Knowledge of creative writing pedagogy
  • Evidence of research outputs (productions and/or publications) in the field that are commensurate with career stage
  • Capacity and willingness to contribute to teaching, supervision and administrative work in the School
  • Experience of and willingness to deliver pastoral support of students at all levels
  • A commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in teaching and education
  • A teaching qualification (Higher Education Academy Fellowship or equivalent) or the expectation of completing a teaching qualification while in post (desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Demonstrable willingness to work collaboratively with Academic and Professional Services colleagues
  • Ability to promote and ensure excellent relationships with students


  • You will have a PhD in hand in a relevant subject area and/ or a track record in the production and/or publication of significant, rigorous and original creative writing


Published on:
27 May 2021
Opportunity deadline:
11 Jun 2021


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