Jobs in the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) is seeking to appoint a number of academic appointments as part of its development journey. FSS encompasses an interdisciplinary team of academic and professional support staff with research and teaching interests in Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Education, Housing Studies, Social Work, and Dementia and Ageing.

We deliver globally-recognised courses that facilitate opportunities to gain widespread practical experience, promote postgraduate research, and allow our students to achieve their ambitions. We’re proud of our diverse portfolio of courses, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as the professional development opportunities we offer. We deliver these by working collaboratively with students, staff and stakeholders, through our interdisciplinary links within the University and beyond. A high-number of our courses hold prestigious rankings and accreditations.

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1st in Scotland and Top 10 in the UK for Criminology

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

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3rd in Scotland and Top 5 in the UK for Education

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

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Top 5 in Scotland and Top 15 in the UK for Social Work

Guardian University Guide 2022

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Top 5 in Scotland for Social Policy

The Complete University Guide 2022

The Faculty has a thriving research culture, and we are delighted with its very strong Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results. The Social Work and Social Policy REF submission achieved 3rd in Scotland for GPA (23rd in the UK out of 76 submissions for GPA), the Power Ranking (FTE x GPA) for this submission is 8th in the UK. The Education REF submission achieved 3rd in Scotland for GPA (23rd in the UK out of 83 submissions for GPA), the Power Ranking (FTE x GPA) of this submission is 24th in the UK.

We hold significant external research funding, and during the academic year 2020/21 to date have been awarded over £7m in new grants. Our work is interdisciplinary, and we take a team approach, which includes particular support for early career researchers. We collaborate with all other Faculties in the University in research, and have multiple external partners, nationally and internationally. Find out more on the details of our work, including projects and publications.

We have a very active equality, diversity and inclusion group who progress Faculty policy and practice to ensure equity is at the heart of our strategy and priorities.

Liz Forbat

Liz Forbat, Associate Professor & Deputy Dean and FOSS EDI Committee Group Lead

"Come and be part of a highly engaged and energetic team who are driven to create an impact."

Our vacancies

Lecturer in Criminology

Teaching & Research
Grade 7/8

Lecturer in Education

Teaching & Research
Grade 7/8

Lecturer in Education (Physical Education)

Teaching & Research
Grade 7
Part-time (50% FTE)

Lecturer in Education (Primary)

Teaching & Scholarship
Grade 7

Lecturer in Education (TESOL)

Three positions available: 

  • Teaching & Research (grade 7)
  • Teaching & Scholarship (grade 7)
  • Teaching & Research (grade 8)

Lecturer in Housing

Teaching & Research
Grade 7/8
Part-time (50% FTE)

Lecturer in Social Work

Two positions available: 

  • Teaching & Scholarship (grade 7; part-time 60% FTE)
  • Teaching & Scholarship (grade 8; full-time)

Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership

Teaching & Research or
Teaching & Scholarship
Grade 9

Contact us

For Informal enquires please email fosshr@stir.ac.uk.