University of the West of Scotland Lecturer Job in Commercial Music

School of Business and Creative Industries
Ayr Campus

Position: AC3 – Lecturer in Commercial Music
Salary: £46,047 to £51,805 per year
Full time, permanent

THE POST – Lecturer in Commercial Music

The Arts and Media Division of the School of Business and Cultural Industries is looking to recruit a permanent Music Lecturer to work in their BA Hons Commercial Music and MA Music (Songwriting/Production/Industries) programs and environment dynamic, practice-oriented research. The university is a truly inclusive employer that values ​​diversity and therefore actively welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Our team is made up of a high proportion of staff who are active practitioners in the music world, and to that end this position could be full-time or part-time and worked flexibly on the discussion.

We are looking for applicants who engage in the study and practice of popular music in a wide range of scholarly fields, which may include:

  • song writing
  • Composition
  • audio production
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Performance
  • Music in the community
  • music and gender
  • popular music pedagogy

We are particularly interested in applications from those with expertise in production or audio technology and/or an interest in research, but we are open to applicants from all areas of expertise.

You will have ideas for developing exciting and inclusive learning experiences for students in some or all of these areas and have plans for establishing a high-quality research profile appropriate to your level of experience. You will work within an academic community and be supported in this work, which could involve undertaking teacher training, developing grant and scholarship applications and working towards an international research profile through research publications High quality.

Our music team and the wider academic community are at the forefront of pioneering cultural research, much of it practice-based, in media ethnography, community engagement, popular music studies, cultural heritage , (social) entrepreneurship, sustainability and equality issues among others.

Our teaching revolves around three main axes:

  • Creativity (songwriting/audio production/performance)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Academic/critical practice

You will have teaching, working and/or research experience in these fields, and be prepared to work collaboratively within an enthusiastic team in order to contribute to the advancement of these fields.

The successful candidate must have/be:

  • Relevant postgraduate degree or equivalent
  • Significant experience in the creative industry
  • Doctoral level degree (or be in the process of obtaining one)
  • Creative practice experience
  • Educational interests in some or all of the following areas:
    • writing/composing
    • audio production
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Performance
    • Music in the community
    • music and gender
    • popular music pedagogy

  • The ability to lead, write and coordinate modules and develop research projects
  • Practical experience acquired within the creative industries and a network of industrial contacts
  • A history of research publications (in either practice-based or text-based form) and/or success in research funding
  • OR creative practices/industry-based publications and/or arts and creative funding success
  • Experience in delivering hybrid learning and teaching and using authentic/real-world assessment approaches
  • Commitment to providing high quality education and supporting an exceptional student experience
  • Demonstrable commitment to advancing issues of equality, diversity and inclusion in the creative industries and/or education

This position will be primarily based at our modern Ayr campus with its extensive studio facilities. We also focus on blended teaching delivery and ways of working, which include many off-campus and online work opportunities, as well as business opportunities on our other campuses.

UWS School of Business & Creative Industries is a vibrant community offering innovative learning and teaching alongside a rapidly developing research and business profile. You will join a supportive and cooperative work environment, within a multidisciplinary community of scholars and students from around the world.


UWS was named Higher Education Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the 600 best universities in the world (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the 150 best universities in the world under the age of 50 (Young Academics Ranking 2022). The University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and fastest growing modern universities. Our reach across the country, as well as our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation and one of the leading providers of undergraduate, postgraduate and of research. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that prepare them for global success in cutting-edge sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to discover the joy of learning, teaching, researching and innovating, and applying their knowledge for the benefit others.

The School of Business & Creative Industries at UWS is a vibrant community, offering innovative learning and teaching alongside a rapidly developing research and business profile. You will join a supportive and motivating team, where you will be part of a multicultural and multidisciplinary community of scholars and students from all over the world. Students benefit from our close links to industry and the world-class research that underpins our courses, delivered at each of our five campuses and through numerous partners around the world. Learn more about our School of Business and Creative Industries.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • 35 days of annual leave, plus an additional 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 23% pension contribution from the employer, including compensation for death in service when joining the pension plan
  • A flexible approach to work pace and work-life balance
  • Employee discount program at 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities on our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellness resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Program
  • Opportunities for professional development, career and research.

Deadline: Sunday, September 25, 2022
Date of interview: Monday, October 10, 2022

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.
UWS is a “disability-confident” employer.
The University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.

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