Opportunity: Teaching Fellow in International Human Rights Law (Distance-Learning), MA Understanding and Securing Human Rights

Friday 14 July 2017

Contract type: Part-time, self-employed
Location: flexible
Salary: competitive

The campus-based MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, is the longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-based MA in Human Rights in the UK. Established in collaboration with Amnesty International over 20 years ago, we have educated hundreds of human rights professionals working around the world to secure, protect, and advocate for human rights.

Now, as part of our aim to offer human rights education globally, including to students unable to take up full time study for professional or personal reasons, the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights will also be offered by distance learning through the University of London’s International Programmes. You can find out more about the distance learning version of our MA here: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/sas/understanding-securing-human-rights.

To support the delivery of excellent postgraduate human rights education by distance learning, we are currently recruiting for a Module Convenor for the module Translating Human Rights into International Law, a core module for this programme.  Applicants will also be able to apply simultaneously to act as Module Convenor for the Topics in International Human Rights Law module.  Translating Human Rights into International Law will run from September 2017- January 2018 and Topics in International Human Rights Law will run from February 2018-May 2018.

Distance-learning module convenors will be appointed on a self-employed basis and will be able to work flexibly from any location in the world. We therefore do not require module convenors to be ordinarily based in the UK.

The Module Convenor will:

  • Organise and deliver module teaching duties for the duration of the active teaching period, including participating as required on student discussion forums and responding to queries;
  • Supervise, mentor and provide academic guidance to students, providing advice on course content as well as support with study skills and helping with learning problems.
  • Prepare and set formative and summative assessments (e-tivities, coursework and exams as required) in accordance with the module handbook, standard programme format and in accordance with deadlines, in consultation with the Programme Director and other tutors as appropriate;
  • Mark and provide feedback on e-tivities in a timely manner and exams in a timely manner, and coordinate the second marking of assessed work;
  • Act as a first point of contact for student queries relating to module content, assessment, support requirements, or complaints, and referring relevant queries to the relevant colleagues and departments as appropriate;
  • Use digital technology as appropriate to support teaching;
  • Provide input into Exam Boards and other quality assurance processes as needed;
  • Collecting and disseminating student feedback at appropriate points in the year.

Module Convenors report to the Programme Director for the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights.

Job Requirements / Person Specification


  • Experience of teaching and assessment of students in a higher education institution.
  • Familiarity with the use of Virtual Learning Environments to support teaching.
  • A PhD or equivalent experience from a recognised University in a relevant discipline.
  • Specialist knowledge of international human rights law.
  • A demonstrable background or interest in human rights.
  • Well-developed teaching and presentation skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, sufficient to accessing and using distance learning tools independently.
  • A confident, friendly and responsive communicator, able to respond to student queries and concerns over a range of issues, including routine pastoral care, sensitively and effectively.
  • Excellent written English.


  • Experience of teaching and assessment of students at postgraduate level.
  • Experience of delivering teaching by distance learning.
  • Experience of developing teaching materials for an online environment and/or distance learning.
  • Experience or interest in policy and practice of human rights. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to send applications early. Please send your covering letter and CV to Chloe Pieters (chloe.pieters@sas.ac.uk). Informal queries about the MA programme can be sent to chloe.pieters@sas.ac.uk.