Professor (Scale 2) in Company Law

Duties of the Post

Leadership | ResearchTeaching and Examining | Contributions

UCC wishes to appoint a whole-time Professor Scale 2 with an established international profile of scholarly achievement and global impact in an area of Company Law, with commencement as soon as possible. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Law, the postholder must demonstrate research leadership at an international level, have an outstanding record of research output in an area of Company Law and have an excellent track record in grant capture. The Professor will build on UCC’s strengths in this area including through engagement with existing School expertise and cross-disciplinary clusters including UCC Futures as appropriate in order to strengthen the University’s capacity and profile in this area.

In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a research-led institution, the duties of all academic staff include research, teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community. The professor will undertake research leadership and teaching activities commensurate pro rata with the appointment.

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted pro rata and in the context of the relevant statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation statutory provisions take precedent. For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.


  1. Demonstrate academic leadership in the development of company law through teaching, research and scholarship;
  2. Undertake both formal and informal leadership roles within the School, College and University, as appropriate;
  3. Mentor, support and advise academic colleagues as appropriate, fostering company law
    research and scholarship within their academic unit and the University.


  1. Demonstrate research leadership, engage in productive research and scholarship and contribute to the advancement of knowledge within his/her area of company law and publish his/her research in appropriate internationally-recognised peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the field of company law.
  2. Undertake substantial initiatives in generating significant research income and assist in the co-ordination of research funding activities within the School, as appropriate;
  3. Attract and supervise students undertaking research projects (especially at PhD level);
  4. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the discipline.

Teaching and Examining

  1. Promote excellence in learning and teaching and encourage the integration of research and teaching in the area of company law within the School of Law and other academic units in the University, as appropriate;
  2. Contribute to the teaching and examining of company law, where appropriate,
  3. Supervise postgraduate students in the area of company law, as appropriate;
  4. Contribute to, and take a leadership role where appropriate in, the regular evaluation of curricula, and the development of new curricular initiatives;
  5. Support the development of postgraduate studies in the School;
  6. Lead in the maintenance of academic standards and in the development of the curriculum within his/her subject areas.
  • to give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient;
  • also, to make such arrangements as s/he sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
  • to give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge;
  • to hold, or assist at, all University examinations in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner


  1. Promote the discipline both inside and outside the University and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and society;
  2. Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;
  3. Contribute to the administrative duties of the School taking on leading roles as appropriate to a professorial appointment and to act as a member or convenor of such committees as may be required within the university;
  4. Fulfil other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the Dean;
  5. Carry out other duties as may arise as identified in the University statutes.
  • to carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit;
  • if a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings;
  • to serve upon all the committees to which s/he may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the University;

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as may reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the Discipline/Department/School, College and University. The University is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

Qualifications | LeadershipTeaching and Examining | Research | ContributionsOther


  1. A doctorate or appropriate professional qualification or a significant record of research and publication in the relevant discipline.


  1. The ability to provide vision and leadership in the development of Company Law within the strategic frameworks of the College of Business and Law and the University; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills commensurate with fostering cross-university scholarly activity, supporting academic and administrative colleagues to work together in a collaborative environment; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. Evidence of leadership potential in both teaching and research; [ESSENTIAL]


  1. International standing as an impactful and globally recognised researcher and cross-disciplinary scholar in the area of Company Law as evidenced through an  outstanding contribution to its advancement through research outputs including peer reviewed publications, creative works or other appropriate forms of scholarship and a significant track record of international research funding including ERC funding or at least the capability to secure ERC funding, as appropriate to the discipline; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. A record of successful leadership and international recognition through research and scholarly activity in the area of Company Law, including research supervision,  examining, editing and refereeing, as appropriate for the discipline. [ESSENTIAL]

Teaching and Examining

  1. Evidence of significant achievement in and commitment to excellence in research-led teaching and learning in an area of Company Law and a willingness to contribute to the development of relevant curriculum and programmes; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. Evidence of a contribution to innovation in teaching and in curriculum or programme development, review and evaluation; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. The ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment and to develop and lead postgraduate supervision to doctorate level; [ESSENTIAL]
  4. A familiarity with and willingness to use modern teaching technologies. [DESIRABLE]


  1. Proven administrative experience and evidence of holding significant positions of responsibility; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. Evidence of significant participation in relevant academic and professional associations/bodies as appropriate; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. Ability to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, the academic discipline and society at large including significant contribution to public and law and policy debates. [ESSENTIAL]


  1. Evidence of ability to work flexibly and on own initiative; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. A commitment to the long-term development of the discipline. [ESSENTIAL]

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Mark Poustie, Dean of the School of Law Email: Find further information about the school on the School of Law website

Applications for this post

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The School of Law wishes to appoint an academic leader with an international profile in the area of company law in order to further strengthen its global reputation and enhance its impact across the academic and governmental communities nationally and internationally. The appointment will fulfil these goals through research, teaching, grant capture, attracting PhDs and through engagement with the opportunities presented by UCC Futures.

The post will enable the delivery of UCC 2022 – Delivering a Connected University, in appointing a leading, global scholar in the area of company law in fulfilment of several of the objectives of the Strategy.

In particular, the post will:

  1. Strengthen existing research output and impact in the School of Law and across the University in the field of company law
  2. Promote the inter- and trans-disciplinarity inherent in the UCC Futures programme in the appointment of a scholar who works at the cutting edge of several disciplines
  3. Strengthen the School of Law’s and the University’s position in the global rankings
  4. Advance UCC’s rankings with regard to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
  5. Create value for UCC through combining an international outlook, with informed and creative engagement on both local and global issues
  6. Further support the integration of research into the academic curriculum.

The post holder will also:

  1. Attract prestigious grants, through engagement with European funding bodies and international philanthropic organisations
  2. Contribute substantially to the emerging transdisciplinary UCC Futures Sustainability cluster
  3. Support the prioritisation of graduate research across these disciplines 10. Showcase how to achieve the global impact of research
  4. Support early career scholars through mentoring and support. Overall, and building on existing strengths and an impressive international platform, the School of Law is committed to enhancing its research and public profile internationally and to ensuring that it provides students with the best legal education possible, in line with our tradition of shaping a just society.

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