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University and higher education lecturers
Between 2006 and 2009, 15.6% of employed doctoral graduates or 2,205 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as university lecturers six months after graduation.
HE lecturers make up the most significant proportion of the ‘teaching and lecturing in HE' occupational cluster.
Higher education (HE) lecturers facilitate learning and carry out research activities in universities and some colleges of further education (FE). They teach academic or vocational subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students aged 18 upwards. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory demonstrations, field work and e-learning. Multimedia technologies are increasingly used. HE lecturers pursue their own areas of research and develop these in order to contribute to the wider research activities of their department/institution.
Administrative tasks take up a significant part of the working day. Many lecturers also take on a pastoral role with their students. As HE lecturers progress along their career paths, they may be expected to undertake a managerial role.