LITE Fellowship: Decolonising Reading Lists

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7090096 (Ref.No. LITEI1041)
Posted: December 6, 2021

Job Description

Are you interested in exploring and developing change to enhance the outcomes of under-represented student groups?  Would you like the opportunity to work with LITE, the Library, IT and Educational Engagement to explore this important area for the University of Leeds?

The University is committed to retaining high-quality students from diverse backgrounds and equipping them to succeed and make a difference.  This includes commitments to close our awarding gap and develop work to decolonise our curriculum. This includes, but is not limited to, review of reading lists and their diversity. We have set ambitious targets to close the gaps and work is underway led by Educational Engagement, Deans (Student Education) and Dr Nina Wardleworth (LITE Fellow).

The LITE fellow will work alongside colleagues in IT and the library to deliver a proof of concept tool that could be used with a sample of reading lists to assess the diversity of author affiliations and origins for reading list items.  The work will build on initial exploratory work on sources of data about authors undertaken by a student intern in the summer of 2021.  This project is supported by Educational Engagement.

It will build on a similar project at Imperial College, London and there will be potential for ongoing collaboration. It will feed into the work and principles developed by the institutional Decolonisation Working Group. 

Work undertaken by IT, and shaped by the work of the student research intern (read the report here), will produce a prototype tool. This protype tool will be able to be used by the LITE Fellow to engage with academics and to conduct pilot evaluations of Reading Lists. There will also be opportunity to produce a range of quantitative and potentially qualitative outputs from the tool so that a better understanding of what data can be produced and how best to present it can be determined.

The role holder will work independent of, but alongside relevant stakeholders, participating in a cross-institutional network of staff and students pursuing scholarly projects in these areas. The role holder will use a range of quantitative and qualitative research approaches and will participate or develop networks to explore examples of best practice. It is anticipated that the Fellowship will result in a range of internal and external outputs (e.g. case studies, research articles and reports) to support the work. 

As well as fulfilling the project, you will be expected to contribute to LITE’s scholarly community, contribute content towards the digital and external-facing profiles and act as an ambassador at internal and external events. You will evaluate and disseminate your project outputs internally and externally to develop the practice, pedagogy and reputation of student education at the University. 

The Fellowship

This Fellowship is funded at the level of 80% secondment (0.8 FTE) which can be split over two years.  Both academic and professional service staff are invited to apply. All projects must include a contribution from the student body in an advisory or partnership role. Applicants must be employed in a substantive role at the University during the period of the Fellowship. 

Funding of up to £8k will be available to support the delivery of the project.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Nina Wardleworth, LITE Fellow - Decolonising

Email: [email protected]  


Eleanor Cope - Access and Acquisitions Manager, Leeds University Library

Email: [email protected]  

For administrative questions, please contact:

Katie Livesey - Institute Manager, LITE

Email: [email protected] 


Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Teaching Excellence and Innovation
School/Institute:  Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence
Category:  Research
Grade:  Off grading structure
Working Time:  0.8 FTE
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Secondment opportunity delivered over 1 - 3 years (please see Brief)
Release Date:  Friday 03 December 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 10 January 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  LITEI1041

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.