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The following roles are being advertised by members of the UK’s UNESCO network:

UNESCO Chair PhD scholarship

Key dates

  • Closing Date for applications: 17 June
  • Location: Norwich
  • Start date: October 2016


The University of East Anglia has been invited by UNESCO to join its prestigious universities network and establish the first UNESCO Chair in adult literacy and learning for social transformation. A fully-funded UNESCO Chair PhD scholarship for a research study within the theme of adult literacy and learning for social transformation is being offered by the University of East Anglia for 2016/17 entry (October 2016 start date).

The UNESCO Chair’s aim is to develop understanding about how adult learning – particularly for women and young adults – can help address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world. Promoting a rights-based holistic approach to adult learning as the basis for active citizenship and improved livelihoods, the UNESCO Chair programme sets out to promote greater interaction between research and policy in areas such as skill development and adult literacy learning. The programme builds directly on the expertise of the UEA Literacy and Development Group, which brings together researchers in education and international development from across the university. Professor of Education, Anna Robinson-Pant, has been appointed as the UNESCO Chairholder.

About the scholarship

Applications for the UNESCO Chair PhD studentship should connect with the overarching theme of ‘adult literacy and learning for social transformation’. We are looking for original research proposals that address a specific topic or debate within this important field. The proposal should give a clear indication of aims, proposed methodology and design of the study, as well as engaging critically with relevant research literature. Applications will be evaluated on their potential to take forward theoretical understanding and/or contribute to enhancing policy, practice and research on adult literacy and/or adult learning in the context of international development.

The Studentship will cover tuition fees (UK/EU or international fee rate as applicable), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £14,057 per year), and a research training support grant. The studentship will begin in October 2016 for a duration of three years full-time study.

Applications for this studentship are invited from suitably qualified graduates. Candidates should hold, or expect to hold, relevant undergraduate and Master’s degrees (or equivalent) including some research experience. Candidates will be interviewed, usually via telephone or Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

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Nottingham, UNESCO City of Literature – Director post

Key dates

  • Closing Date for applications: 5pm, 13 June
  • Location: Nottingham
  • Interviews: 4 July
  • Employment start date: Ideally 1 September


Nottingham was awarded UNESCO City of Literature status in December 2015 and now takes its place as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities network, enabling it to play an exciting cultural and creative role on the global stage.

The dynamism of the city’s literary culture derives from outspoken voices like Byron, D.H. Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe and Booker Prize-winner Stanley Middleton, distinguished by their social engagement artistic versatility and wide appeal. Our writers successfully negotiate regional, national and international boundaries and those between literature and other art forms. A new generation of literature practitioners have also emerged in the city, working in a multi-disciplinary way, while reflecting the city’s diverse cultures and ethnicities. Nottingham has a strong creative and digital industries community who engage in a wide range of literary, storytelling and spoken word-based activity, all of which was part of the Nottingham city of Literature bid.

The theme of ‘One City: Many Voices’ was a key theme of the bid, and since then the City of Literature Board have agreed that The City of Literature’s work is fundamentally about ‘Building a Better World with Words’. We are looking for a Director to lead us in delivering this vision.

About the role

The Board are seeking to employ a Director for a three-year period who will:

  • Lead the programme development and delivery for Nottingham, UNESCO City of Literature
  • Develop and deliver fundraising campaigns across public and private sector sources to support programme development
  • Work with multiple partners to improve literacy standards in the city through inspirational reading & writing, speaking and listening projects and programmes
  • Champion Nottingham as a UNESCO City of Literature and as a creative city more broadly to a range of partners, stakeholders and audiences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced cultural and creative industries professional to work with a city-wide change programme which will use the power of literature as its inspiration.

Core Purpose

The Director, reporting to the Chair, will be the senior official in the Organisation and have responsibility for the delivery of the Board’s strategy and vision. They will also be responsible for ensuring UNESCO’s aims and objectives to which Nottingham has now signed up for, are carried out and reported to both the board and UNESCO within structured deadlines.

  • The Director will provide leadership to the organisation and working with the Chair, will ensure the Board regularly reviews its strategy and vision
  • S/he will also fulfil a coordination role in building partnerships across the city’s diverse organisations to involve them in The City of Literature programme and to devise mechanisms for engagement to ensure that together they all deliver an extraordinary and impactful City of Literature where the ‘sum of the collective effort is greater than the parts’
  • Work with other partners to support Nottingham to deliver the goals of the UNESCO Creative City network

Terms & Conditions

Salary: £40,000 per annum, pro rata.
Contract: Three years on a fixed-term contract.
Working Conditions: 30 hours per week, with some evening and weekend work. Flexibility will be required. This is equivalent to a .8 FTE position. The post may be extended to an FTE post by agreement of the Board in the future, subject to the postholder securing additional funding to enable the Board to do so.
Employer: Nottingham City of Literature company (the company also has charitable status)
Reports to: Chair of Nottingham City of Literature and the City of Literature Board of Directors
Place of Work: The Director role will be based at an office in the unique Bromley House Library, the home of Nottingham City of Literature.
Application pack: available on the Nottingham City of Literature website

The City of Literature company is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Applications from diverse cultural backgrounds will be welcomed