Job type

Higher education lecturer

£33k - £55k

Typical salary

36 – 38

Hours per week

Higher education (HE) lecturers research and teach academic and vocational subjects at universities and higher education colleges.

More info

  • Teach and carry out research about a subject you are an expert in at a University or College
  • You'll need to gain knowledge in a specific field before going into a teaching role
  • Opportunities to progress into senior academic roles or into management roles within a university or college

As a higher education lecturer, you'll teach at universities or colleges, and prepare and mark assignments for students.


  • Developing teaching materials and preparing for lectures
  • Delivering lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations and fieldwork
  • Setting and marking assignments and exams
  • Uploading materials and supporting student discussions
  • Assessing students' work and progress
  • Acting as personal tutor to students
  • Supervising student research
  • Contributing to conferences and seminars
  • Taking part in staff training and doing admin


You could work at a university or at a college. At a university the balance of time spent on teaching and research will vary. At a college the main focus is likely to be on teaching.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with knowledge of English language, teaching and the ability to design courses, analytical thinking skills, sensitivity and understanding, initiative, patience in stressful situations, and excellent verbal communication skills.

You'll usually need a good degree, typically a first class or upper second class, which is relevant to the subject you want to teach, and to have completed or be working towards a postgraduate master's or PhD. You would be expected to complete a teaching qualification after you start, which can often be offered by your own university and completed while working.

To teach vocational subjects such as art or engineering, you'll need several years' relevant work experience.

You can also get this job through a postgraduate apprenticeship as an academic professional. Employers' entry requirements will vary, but you'll most likely need a postgraduate qualification such as a master's or PhD.


After 5 to 7 years you could become a senior lecturer. You could then become a principal lecturer, reader or professor. Competition is strong and promotion depends on how well you perform.