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Current Vacancies

Teaching Fellow MSc in Urban Economic Development (UED) Module: The Informal Economy and Urban Development (UE7)

POST: UCL Teaching Fellow to teach a 15 credit module

HOURS: Part time, 10% FTE, 3.65 hours per week

CONTRACT: Fixed term 12 months

REPORTS TO: Course Directors MSc UED and the DPU Director

GRADE: Grade 7, points 33-36

SALARY: £37,524 - £40,716 per annum, incl. London Weighting of £2,948 p.a.(10% pro-rata)

CONTRACT: Early November (or nearest date possible) teaching to take place in Term 2 of

academic session 2016/2017

The Development Planning Unit, University College London, wishes to appoint a part time teaching fellow to teach 9 sessions in Term 2 on The Informal Economy and Urban Development module (UE7). This is an optional module offered by the MSc Urban Economic Development (UED).

Full job description (PDF)

Professor of Development Planning

Location: London

Contract: Full Time

Salary: Negotiable on the professorial scale, but not less than £67,147 per annum

Closing date: 20th October 2016 

The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of research and publication and contribute to consolidating DPU’s position as a leading international research and post-graduate teaching department in the fields of urban and regional policy, planning and management in the Global South; contribute to multi-disciplinary research efforts in one DPU’s areas of research such as urban health, urban development planning or urban economics; provide research and consultancy leadership in their field of expertise; teach and supervise students at graduate and PhD level; engage in external activities that bring national and international esteem to the department and UCL.

Full job description (PDF)

Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) - Centre Administrator

The Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) based in Freetown was created through a partnership between Njala University and University College London. The centre aims at building the research and analysis capacity of urban stakeholders in Sierra Leone; making urban knowledge available and accessible to those who need it, and delivering world leading research in order to influence the country’s urban policy and practice. 

SLURC are currently recruiting a centre administrator.

Read the full job description here (PDF).

Participatory Methods Volunteer Researchers – Secure Livelihoods

This is a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) volunteering opportunity in partnership with the Development Planning Unit (DPU): supporting the application of a ‘People First’ approach to livelihoods programming

Location:                         Bangladesh, Rwanda, Uganda or Zambia

Contract:                        Volunteer placement

Interview:                      Week commencing 26th September 2016

The DPU and VSO are currently working together to strengthen the implementation of VSO’s ‘People First’ strategy. The focus of this collaboration is to explore the role of the Capability Approach, drawing on the work of Amartya Sen and others, as a means of operationalising VSO’s ‘People First’ strategy by putting people at the heart of VSO’s programme work.  

As part of this collaboration, VSO and DPU are creating four 6-month volunteer placements from January to July 2017 in VSO’s programmes in Asia and Africa. The focus of the placements will be to explore the role of people-centred approaches in VSO’s secure livelihoods programmes. 

Volunteers will work closely with DPU’s Alexandre Apsan Frediani and Julian Walker, alongside a team of global VSO  programme development and monitoring evaluation specialists, local staff and other volunteers and partners using applied participatory research methods.

The full job description can be read here (PDF)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9:00am on the 14th September 2016

Teaching Fellow MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development (BUDD) 

POST: UCL Teaching Fellow to teach term 2 of a 30 credit module

HOURS: Part time, 10% FTE, 22 days total, including course preparation, teaching and marking

REPORTS TO: Course Director MSc BUDD and the DPU Director

GRADE: Grade 7, points 33-36

SALARY: £37,524 - £40,716 per annum, incl. London Weighting of £2,948 p.a.(10% pro-rata)

CONTRACT: Early November (or nearest date possible) teaching to take place in Term 2 of academic session 2016/2017. Fixed term for 12 months, renewable each year.

The Development Planning Unit wishes to appoint a part time college teacher to teach 9 sessions over the second term on the Participatory Processes: Building in Development. The module is a core component of the Masters Degree in Building and Urban Design in Development (BUDD) (see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dpu for more details).

The full job description can be viewed here (PDF)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday 26th September 2016, 5.00pm 

Bartlett Postgraduate Teaching Assistants

The Bartlett is committed to offering teaching assistant experience through a postgraduate teaching assistant (PGTA) programme. For the 2015–16 academic session there were 35 posts, with 6 in the DPU.

Candidates should be in at least their second year of a postgraduate research degree at UCL (PhD/EngD) and should have successfully completed the upgrade process.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification.

Reporting to

Director of School for the allocated programme.


£12.14 per hour (including London Allowance).

If a PGTA reapplies in subsequent years, and is successful, they’ll progress incrementally year on year, until the top of the grade is reached.

Period of appointment

These appointments are on an ‘as-and-when’ basis up to a maximum of 70 hours per post.

Applicants must reapply to the scheme in future academic years.

Number of hours per week

This is up to each school and programme coordinator, up to a maximum of 70 hours total over the length of a contract. 3 hours of mandatory Arena 1 training is included.

If applicable, and included in the 70 hours total, PGTAs will be paid for preparation time, attending lectures or field trips, office hours and marking.

All applicants will need to show evidence of their right to work, such as their passport or visa. Students on a Tier 4 visa must work within the guidelines specified by The Home Office.

How to apply

Please send a 2-page CV and a statement of interest (in a combined PDF file). It should clearly make reference to the person specification.

Applications should be emailed to the Faculty Manager, Helen Fisher, by 17:00 on Friday 7 August 2015