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Assistant Professor of Performance & Director of Performance (Part time)


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £39,592 to £54,421 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Monday 19 June 2023
Interview Date:  Wednesday 19 July 2023
Reference:  ARTS195323

The Department of Music at the University of Nottingham is seeking a Director of Performance and Assistant Professor in Music Performance to provide dynamic and visionary leadership of music performance at the university. 

We welcome applications from performers from any musical field, practice, or tradition. As we recognise that holding a PhD is less usual for some areas of musical practice, we also welcome applications from performers who have attained professional experience equivalent to a PhD. 

The role holder’s responsibilities will include delivering and overseeing teaching and assessment across undergraduate and postgraduate performance modules, supporting students working across a range of instruments, vocal types, and musical traditions. The role holder will recruit and line manage instrumental and vocal tutors and accompanists and liaise with Lakeside Arts and student societies to support student music-making activities and facilities. The role holder will also be invited to contribute to modules relating to performance, which might include conducting, music education, music technology, music and health, and/or music industry depending on expertise. The role holder will contribute to the administration of the Department and be keen on championing and promoting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives, particularly relating to performance. 

The role holder will also lead practice-based research in performance at the University of Nottingham. This may include delivering outputs for the Research Excellence Framework exercise, supporting impact and knowledge exchange (KE) activities, contributing to the management of the Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR), leading and supporting grant bids and interdisciplinary research initiatives, and overseeing research degrees in performance, including the MRes and PhD in Performance degrees.

We believe in an inclusive working environment for all. We are welcoming, supportive, and caring, and pride ourselves on our positive community. Diversity is vital to our success and fundamental to our values. We are, therefore, particularly keen to receive applications from people who are currently underrepresented in music performance HE, such as those of underrepresented genders (e.g., women, non-binary, trans), people from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, and/or performers from musical fields, practices, or traditions currently underrepresented in HE.

Shortlisting is anonymous: we cannot see any personal data or the ‘Additional Information’ section in your application until shortlisting is completed. Shortlisting is by criteria-based questions based on the person specification, rather than CV or letter.

This is a part-time (21.75 hours per week) permanent role, commencing in September 2023. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Interviews will be held in-person on University Park Campus, Wednesday 19th July 2023

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Elizabeth Kelly, Head of Department, email:; please note that applications sent directly to this email addresses will not be accepted.

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Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

Please note that applicants for this post will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in the UK as defined by the requirements set out by UK Visas & Immigration.  Please visit: for more information.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependents accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.



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