Lecturers teach adults in Further and Higher Education. Some also do research in universities and colleges.
The Role
  • Teaching lectures and seminars
  • Doing practical demonstrations and fieldwork
  • Planning their sessions and developing teaching materials
  • Setting and marking assignments and exams
  • Assessing the work and progress of their students
  • Acting as personal tutor to some students who require extra support
  • Possible to be employed in a joint teaching and research position
  • Lecturers on a full-time contract can earn between £19,000 and £40,000 a year
  • This can rise to around £50,000 to £55,000 for senior lecturers
Salaries depend on location, employer, experience and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
To be a lecturer you must have experience of teaching or be able to show that you have the potential to teach. To lecture in vocational subjects related to construction you usually need a relevant degree or professional qualification – plus several years of relevant work experience behind you. You may be able to gain experience by taking on teaching duties (possibly paid by the hour) while you are a research student. Some universities advertise opportunities under job titles such as graduate teaching assistant. With experience you could be promoted to senior (or principal) lecturer with academic management responsibilities.