University of York

Department of Computer Science
Online teaching team recruitment 2021

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Why We’re Recruiting

As part of significant further investment, we are seeking to appoint a number of new outstanding teaching professionals to join our team responsible for the department’s Online MSc programmes. These appointments will be based in our departmental building on the Campus East site in York.

You will join a world-leading Computer Science department, with excellent teaching and world-class research. Our Online MScs, launched in 2019 in collaboration with the Higher Education Partnership (HEP), are attracting students from across the globe, with numbers continuing to grow. We graduated our first students in the summer of 2021.

We currently offer four online programmes:
- MSc in Computer Science
- MSc in Computer Science with Data Analytics
- MSc in Computer Science with Cyber Security
- MSc in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

Students can step on to our carousel of taught material at six points each year, and must complete 180 credits from a series of 15-credit modules and a 30-credit research project. In addition to providing support for teaching, you will contribute to marking, supervise students and provide advice on student skills and learning problems.

Professor Paul Cairns
Head of Department

Paul Cairns - Head of Department

The Department

Our excellence in both teaching and research means we are consistently ranked as one of the best computer science departments in the UK, and our strong research links with industry place us in a robust position for global collaboration.

We teach across the range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and professional development and training. Our strong links with industry ensure that what we teach is up to date with current trends in such a dynamic industry – and means that our graduates are very much in demand in the modern workplace.

Our excellent employability record speaks for itself: over 95 per cent of our students gain graduate employment or go on to further study within six months of leaving York. In addition, a recent study has shown that our Computer Science graduates can expect to earn nearly £40,000 per annum after the first five years of their career.

Our research is setting the agenda in Computer Science – Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed us: 
- 7th overall in the UK;
- 5th for impact
- 6th for environment.


All aspects of our impact and environment were judged to be of world-leading or international standard. This result confirms the long-standing global reach and real-world significance of our research and makes us one of best Departments in the country for nurturing excellent research by staff and research students alike. 

Our research often translates into real world solutions for both industry and governments. Examples of organisations we have worked with include the NHS, IBM, NASA, Ordnance Survey, BAE Systems and Thales, to name a few.  We have also fostered the establishment of many spin-off companies, and expect to continue this as an effective means of technology transfer.

We are proud to be located in purpose-built accommodation on Campus East. Our fantastic facilities are an expression of the University’s belief in fostering the highest standards of academic excellence, delivering a world-class student experience, and providing a stimulating environment to support interactions with researchers and business.

Our Research

Computer science profoundly influences most industries – from healthcare to gaming to security. At the University of York we understand the extensive reach of computer science research and the interdisciplinary nature of many of the problems computer scientists tackle.

Our core research strengths reflect our expertise and understanding of interdisciplinary computer science research:
- Analytics
- Beyond Human Vision
- Critical Systems
- People, Health and Wellbeing

We have an established reputation for conducting research that has real impact in all these areas, tackles fundamental questions and addresses the interdisciplinary problems which face today's computer scientists.

We collaborate with academic departments across the University, as well as scientific communities nationally and internationally to respond to these global challenges.

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What We Offer You

We offer a supportive and inclusive environment for colleagues. Our new flexible hybrid working enables staff to find the right balance to work and life with colleagues working between home and the office.

Everyone at York has access to a range of excellent benefits including:

- 30 Days Annual Leave (38 days with bank holidays)
- Generous Pension Scheme
- Dental/Medical Insurance
- Cycle to Work Scheme
- Flexible working arrangements
- Onsite Gym with discounted membership

The above are a small selection of benefits available to members of staff at the University. For a full list of benefits, please see

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A World-Class University

We are the home of enquiring minds, inspiring teachers, pioneering researchers and committed professional services staff, all of whom are determined to make the world a better place. Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In 2021 it is the home of more than 18,000 students across more than 30 academic departments and research centres.

We are a world-class institution, focused on creating an environment of excellence in which all our students, staff and researchers can thrive. We have been awarded TEF Gold for our research-led teaching and were ranked 14th overall (10th for the impact) out of 154 universities that took part in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.

Our vision is to be a university for public good, supported by five key strategic themes:

- Internationalism
- Sustainability
- Civic responsibility
- Research
- Student experience and teaching

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy speaks to the core of our values. We hold 16 awards from Athena SWAN, recognising the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

For further information on the University of York, please see:

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Equality and Diversity

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which was developed in partnership with our staff and student communities, describes our commitment to create a culture where everyone can contribute to university life, knowledge and growth.

We want to create a working, learning, social and living environment that will enable all staff and students to achieve their full potential. Our strategy sets out an ambitious set of objectives to succeed in our commitment, but we have a challenging journey ahead. We recognise that we are not truly representative of our communities locally, nationally and internationally.

We would like to pay particular focus to gender parity across all levels, the recruitment, retention and success of a more ethnically diverse staff and student community; an accessible and inclusive campus and ensuring that the values and behaviours we expect from everyone embrace inclusive responsibility and leadership.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

The department is proud to have recently received an Athena Swan bronze award. This recognises our commitment to creating a fully inclusive and supportive environment in which staff and students can thrive.

The Department of Computer Science particularly welcomes applications from female candidates, and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds.

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York and Yorkshire

Benefits and advice on moving to the UK
The Department of Computer Science is already home to staff from across the globe. Both the Department and University provide advice and support to staff to help them in relocating to York. We run a range of internal meetings and seminars, including social activities, which will enable staff to meet and get to know their new colleagues.

The City of York
Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York's bustling streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within its medieval walls you will find the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles - just a few of the many attractions. But York isn't just a great place to visit - it's also a great place to live and work. It’s regularly been ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK. While nourishing a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, York still maintains the safe, friendly sense of community unique to a small city.

Shopping, culture and entertainment
York boasts specialist and unique boutiques but also all the high street stores on its busy shopping streets. Alongside them you will find cinemas, theatres, an opera house, art galleries, a vast range of restaurants, live music venues and clubs. York is particularly renowned for its multitude of pubs and bars, from the modern to the medieval.

The Lonely Planet guide declared Yorkshire the third best region in the world to visit. There is something to cater to every taste, whether it be the rugged landscapes of the Moors or the Dales, the picturesque seaside towns of Scarborough and Robin Hoods Bay, the gothic architecture of Whitby or the vibrancy of cosmopolitan Leeds.

For more information on the city, please visit

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The Jobs

We are recruiting to a number of roles, including several Teaching Leads and Lecturers, and Associate Lecturers. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis and suitable candidates will be invited to attend an interview at the earliest opportunity.

These roles will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of teaching across a range of modules and/or within a particular theme of the programme. They will also provide leadership within the online teaching team, promoting a supportive and inclusive culture, ensuring that staff have appropriate skills and that resources are deployed effectively. The roles will include a range of administrative and managerial responsibilities.

The Jobs

Associate Lecturers
These roles will be responsible for the delivery of teaching across a range of modules and/or within a particular theme of the programme. They will also include a range of administrative responsibilities.

PA to the Director and Leadership Team
This role will be a personal assistant to the Director of Online Programmes and the associated Leadership Team.
To be advertised imminently