Higher Education Lecturer

Average Salary: £29,000 - £34,000
Competition: HIGH
Years Experience: 3 years +

Job Summary

Let’s set the scene. It’s your 9am lecture, the rain is pouring and there’s nothing you want more than to stay under your duvet. We’ve all been there. But there’s no better feeling than to know it was worth waking up for! Thank you Higher Education (HE) Lecturers! They make the morning bearable, by teaching subjects from your undergraduate and postgraduate courses. They also carry out research in their subject area, to keep up-to-date with the most recent insights. All to benefit you!


There are HE Lecturers for practically every single academic subject! No matter the subject, HE Lecturers are usually responsible in doing the following:

  • Preparing and developing teaching materials for lectures and seminars
  • Delivering engaging lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and graduate level
  • Setting and marking assessed work, assignments and exams
  • Advising and supporting students with their personal development and general well-being in regards to their studies
  • Undertaking research and producing publications on new insights
  • Participating in professional conferences and seminars, representing the institution

Key Skills & Characteristics

A HE Lecturer should:

  • Have excellent written and verbal skills
  • Have the confidence to speak publicly to large groups
  • Be able to engage and inspire students
  • Be self-motivated whilst showing perseverance and patience
  • Have good analytical and research skills

Entry Routes

To be able to teach a subject with confidence and shazam, you have to be profound in the subject area. It is almost impossible to do otherwise! Apologies for the use of the ‘I’ word, but it’s true. So you will be expected to achieve at least a 2:1, in a subject degree that is relevant to what you want to lecture in. A related PhD is also necessary.

Evidence of some teaching experience and having early publications of academic work are looked upon highly. You may be lucky to get this experience whilst completing your PhD.

Job Progression

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Higher Education (HE) Lecturer

Senior Lecturer


Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Freedom – You are very much in control of your working hours and what you choose to research in your field
  • Influence – It’s a chance to make an impact in your field through publications
  • Students – Teaching them is a pleasure

The Bad

  • Workload – Juggling your own research projects and helping students can be quite intense
  • Marking – Although necessary, it can be a tedious job
  • Pressure – There’s a lot of pressure on making sure students achieve high results whilst producing quality research for the institution