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The Faculty of Humanities is home to around 17,000 students and 2,000 academic, research and professional staff, turning over an income of £237m in 2016/17. It is among the largest and most diverse grouping of researchers and teachers focused on humanities and social sciences within one faculty in Europe, and has an unrivalled teaching portfolio.

The award

Presidential Academic Fellowships in humanities and social sciences offer a salary of £41,526 to £51,034 , plus £3,500 per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Following a four-year probationary period, and subject to satisfactory performance, you will then transfer to an appropriate academic contract.

Candidates should have been awarded a PhD not more than five years prior to the closing date for applications.

Presidential Academic Fellows will do no teaching or minimal teaching in the first year and minimal teaching in the second and third year, increasing in the final year of the fellowship.

The University of Manchester is committed to building a culturally diverse institution where all staff and students can flourish and feel valued for their contribution and individuality. Our policies and practices are designed to encourage talented people, whatever their background, to work and study here.  All appointments are made on merit.

There are no current vacancies for our Presidential Fellowship scheme. You can view our other vacancies under


We enjoy an outstanding international reputation for the quality and impact of our research. The remarkable breadth of our scholarly activity was demonstrated in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, where 78% of our research was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.

We provide excellent research training and development, and a world-leading environment and infrastructure that stimulate intellectual enquiry and the pursuit of research excellence, breaking new ground and championing interdisciplinary work. We attract research funding from a broad base of sources to support our long-term research ambitions.

Our strategic investment is targeted at a range of research themes that address major societal challenges for the 21st century, including sustainability, cities, humanitarianism, ageing, inequalities, and innovation and creativity. Furthermore, we support a range of international research collaborations.

Teaching and learning

Our vision is to provide an outstanding student experience in which students learn through research. We support our students in developing analytical, empirical and critical skills and becoming graduates who are intellectually curious, socially responsible, culturally sensitive and equipped with the skills and abilities to contribute effectively to a fast-changing, global environment.

Our priorities include increasing opportunities for student engagement while continuing to improve the learning environment. We are developing flexible course structures that are accessible to a wider range of students, increasing the amount of off-campus learning through distance and blended learning and strategic partnerships with external organisations.

Public engagement and social responsibility

We’re transforming the social, economic and environmental well-being of our communities through our teaching, research, public events and activities. Through our teaching we encourage our students to exercise social leadership and citizenship, and staff and students are involved with extensive and imaginative widening participation, outreach and public engagement projects.

The Faculty makes a significant contribution to the social and cultural life of Manchester. Our students and staff work closely with the cultural institutions that are part of the University – Manchester Museum, the Whitworth and The John Rylands Library – as well as the Faculty’s own Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama. These assets enable us to welcome thousands of people from the region’s diverse communities each year. We have strong links, through our business engagement team, to local, national and international organisations in the public, private and third sectors, which facilitates the development of excellent collaborative research.

We work with the highest calibre academics across our range of disciplines and we are home to many high-profile and award-winning academics.

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