Higher education lecturers are employed by universities and higher education establishments to undertake teaching, research and administrative duties within a specialist subject area.


    Employers of higher education lecturers

    • Universities
    • Higher education establishments



    • interviewing course applicants
    • lecture planning, preparation and research
    • contact and teaching time with students
    • checking and assessing students’ work
    • encouraging personal development via tutorial or pastoral work
    • invigilating examinations
    • attending staff meetings
    • general administration
    • writing research proposals, papers and other publications
    • reading academic journals
    • managing research budgets
    • attending and speaking at conferences and seminars



    To become a higher education lecturer you must have a relevant degree; the minimum academic requirements are a good undergraduate degree and a postgraduate qualification (often a PhD). Many HE lecturers are mature candidates who have also gained several years’ pertinent professional or industrial work experience.



    • Highly motivated
    • Excellent presentation skills
    • Excellent research skills
    • Written and verbal communication skills
    • Expertise in a particular subject area or areas