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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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€31k - €100k
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In Brief...

Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or post graduate students on specialist subjects.

In Summary - Lecturer - Third Level

Career Sectors

Lecturer - Third Level s typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Academia & 3rd Level Education
Education & Teaching

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The Work - Lecturer - Third Level

University Lecturers deliver classes to undergraduate and postgraduate students, based on their specialised academic disciplines, e.g. Archaeology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Economics, to name but a few. A great deal of preparatory work is required and a good Lecturer ensures that his/her material is constantly up to date, which involves a wide range of reading and personal study.  
 
Duties include:  

  • Planning and designing courses
  • Preparing and delivering lectures and demonstrations
  • Setting up and leading seminars and one-to-one tutorials
  • Assessing and reporting on the progress of students
  • Setting and marking tests, exercises, coursework or exams.

Lecturers may also help students to develop research and study skills, and may be involved in organising work experience for their students.
 
Lecturers are also expected to pursue research projects which may involve the direction of projects undertaken by others, usually postgraduate students or research assistants.  
 
Lecturers generally take a personal interest in the courses of study undertaken by their students through tutorials and individual discussion. Many university staff members contribute to student life through participation in lectures, debates and discussions organised by Student Societies.

Career Structure

The career structure is generally consistent across Irish universities:

  • PhD Researcher
  • Post-doc
  • Lecturer
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor  

Requirements for Academic Positions

PhD researchers - these roles are considered students and not staff members. They are not entitled to a stipend and pay course fees of €3,000-6,000 per year. Often PhD researchers are eligible to grants or scholarships.

Lecturer - The first appointment to an academic position at an Irish university usually is at the level of Lecturer. Lecturers need a PhD degree and preferably publications of high quality. Contracts for Lecturer are often temporary and for one, three or five years. Many new temporary jobs of one year have emerged because of government funding of sabbaticals through the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS): they award sabbatical funding which includes money to pay for replacement Lecturers.

Permanent Lecturer positions with a probationary period of 12 months. At the end of this period, the promotion committee (made up of senior officers of the university together with four elected academic staff representatives) decides on whether to award tenure or extend the probation period. A positive evaluation requires satisfactory performance of lecturing and other duties, evidence of interest in the pursuit of research and scholarship, and contribution and interest in the departmental development. Upon completion of satisfactory probation, the Lecturer is granted tenure.

From the level of Lecturer, one can be promoted to Senior Lecturer. For this a PhD degree is required along with substantial teaching experience, proven research track record documented by publications and administrative experience.

The positions of Associate Professor and Professor require a PhD degree, internationally recognised research, a substantive publication record as well as a good amount of academic experience.

The most important criterion for academic appointment, tenure and promotion is the research record as demonstrated through scholarly publications in refereed international academic journals that have achieved creditable standing in various Citation Indexes.

Interests - Lecturer - Third Level

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Linguistic

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Qualities

As a lecturer, you will need to be confident, able to communicate well, and capable of motivating students. You will also need to be organised and well-prepared to be able to cope with teaching commitments and your other duties. You need to be able to work with both large numbers in lecture theatres, or on an individual basis with students.

Entry Requirements - Lecturer - Third Level

In general, the first appointment to an academic position at an Irish university usually is at the level of lecturer. Lecturers need a PhD degree and publications of high quality. The most important criterion for academic appointment, tenure and promotion is your research record, as demonstrated through scholarly publications in refereed international academic journals that have achieved creditable standing in the Citation index.

Posts in Colleges, Universities, Institutes of Technology or other public sector higher education institutions, are advertised and acheived by Open Competition. There is no special time of year for recruitment and the number of vacancies overall and in specific areas of study is quite unpredictable.

There is no established or pre-determined training course for academic posts. Training is achieved through the pursuit of academic pursuits. Successful entrants develop their own style of delivering lectures and communicating with their classes. Members of staff are under the general direction of a Department Head or Professor.

The career structure is generally consistent across Irish universities:

  • PhD Researcher
  • Post-doc
  • Lecturer
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor  

Temporary/permanent positions: The increasing use of temporary staff at universities heightens the competition for permanent positions. As in most other EU countries, it is becoming the norm to hold a number of temporary positions to establish academic credentials before being hired on a permanent basis.

Last Updated: October, 2015

Pay & Salary - Lecturer - Third Level

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €31k - €100k

Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Lecturer - Third Level

There is no shortage of higher and further education teaching professionals. However, some employers have experienced difficulties in recruiting staff with sufficient expertise in specialised area.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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