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Vacancies

Please note that applications to U-Lingua have now closed.

U-Lingua, the quarterly magazine of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain, is currently accepting applications for the following roles:
  • Secretary
  • Social Media Secretary
  • Editorial Designer
  • Section Editors (x5)
  • Columnists (x3)
More information follows. You can also find the PDF version of the recruitment pack here.

U-Lingua is recruiting!! Join our team for 2022-23

U-Lingua is the quarterly magazine of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain. We provide students of linguistics (prospective, undergraduate, and postgraduate!), as well as anyone interested in it, a space to explore linguistics-related topics in everyday life in the form of journalistic articles, interviews, puzzles, memes, and more! We provide our readership with a range of interesting and informative content, and function as a platform where people share their love and enthusiasm for all things related to language.

Joining the Editorial Team is your chance to help make this happen! Working for us is a great opportunity for you to deploy and expand your creativity, diligence, and skills in team work and being organised.

The magazine has 5 main Sections (News, Voices, Reviews, Puzzles, and Curiosities), and publishes quarterly (1st of July, October, January, and April), which means during your term at U-Lingua you will work on 4 magazine Issues.

We are recruiting for the following roles:
  • Secretary
  • Social Media Secretary
  • Editorial Designer
  • Section Editors (x5)
  • Columnists (x3)

Applicants are asked to provide:
  • A cover-letter style statement including what role they are applying for (can be Section/Column specific – although we will consider you for the other Sections/Columns too) and why they’d like to apply
  • An up-to-date CV
  • For Section Editors, a sample of writing (500 words)
  • For Columnists, a sample of journal-related written work (500 words, can be a link to published work or a personal blog)
  • For Editorial Designer, a portfolio of relevant previous work, submitted by email to [email protected], with the subject ‘DESIGN APPLICATION - [your name]’

Deadline for applications is 5pm BST on 1st May 2022 (Sunday). To apply, please fill in the form here.

Role descriptions are given below. More information on the structure of the magazine, including guidance for the content covered in each Section, are found here, and more information on the roles we are recruiting for are found here

Role Descriptions

Secretary (x1)

The Secretary of U-Lingua is responsible for some aspects of the administration of the magazine, in support of the Editor-in-Chief. Their role includes (but is not restricted to) looking into and managing the printing of the magazine (an initiative U-Lingua is hoping to undertake to expand its readership); liaising with the ULAB Webmaster to ensure digital access to articles and content; assisting in the distribution of the magazine to schools and universities; coordinating with the Treasurer of the ULAB National Committee and following up on payment of subscription fees of print issues; managing the U-Lingua social media accounts; and, being responsible for taking record of Editorial Team meetings.

Social Media Secretary (x1)

The Social Media Secretary of U-Lingua is responsible for publicising U-Lingua and maintaining its public image on various social media platforms, including by posting about new Issues of the magazine, specific articles in each Issue, and calls for content-submission for upcoming Issues. They must work closely with the Editorial Designer and Editor-in-Chief to create eye-catching and informative posts, and to maintain the branding of U-Lingua as cohesive and accessible.

Editorial Designer (x1)

The Editorial Designer of U-Lingua is responsible for creating each Issue of the magazine as a visual object. This includes coming up with a suitable layout for each page and each article; sourcing and correspondingly crediting the rights’ owners of photographs used in each issue, both for Section header pages and for article pages; and making sure the whole magazine looks pleasing and professional. They should realise their own creative vision, while also ensuring that the magazine is appropriately designed, styled, and formatted in accordance with their own creative vision, the U-Lingua Style Guide, and the approval of the Editor-in-Chief. 

Section Editor (x5)

Section Editors work for a Section of the magazine, and are responsible for sourcing and editing 2-3 articles per Issue. To achieve this, they need to proactively decide and advertise the content for their Section ahead of each
Issue, work closely with both the writers and Editor-in-Chief, to make sure that articles are clear; that the content, formatting, and referencing meet the magazine’s standards; and that drafts are submitted on time.

We are looking for 5 Section Editors, to fill the following roles:
  • 1 Section Editor in News, to edit articles about recent news, current social issues, and developments in linguistics.
  • 2 Section Editors in Voices, to edit a variety of articles on various topics relating to language and linguistics. Please consult the Voices section in this document (section 4.2.6) for more information.
  • 1 Section Editor in Puzzles, to oversee the publication 1-2 linguistics-related puzzles per Issue. Puzzles may be in the style of UKLO- (United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad) or IOL- (International Olympiad of Linguistics) problems, classic logical (formal or informal) or semantic problems from philosophy (e.g., how many interpretations does the following sentence have?), or newspaper-style puzzles with a linguistic theme.
  • 1 Section Editor in Curiosities, to edit short articles where U-Lingua readers introduce cool linguistics-related things they have come across, that they wish more people knew about. Please consult the Curiosities section in this document (section 4.2.9) for more information.

Columnist (x3)

Columnists are each individually responsible their Column, which is published as part of one of the magazine Sections. They need to proactively decide the topic for their Column article in each Issue. They need to work closely with the Editor-in-Chief, to make sure that articles are clear; that the content, formatting, and referencing meet the magazine’s standards; and that drafts are submitted on time.

We are looking for 3 columnists, to fill the following roles:
  • 1 Columnist associated with the Voices Section, who should be a 4th-year undergraduate student or a recent graduate, where they dispense academic and non-academic tips and advice. Possible topics include essay-planning, choosing a dissertation topic, using linguistics software (IPA fonts, LaTeX, etc), or finding linguistics-related jobs.
  • 2 Columnists associated with the Reviews Section, who review a variety of linguistics-related entertainment, tools, and more. Possible things to review include books and other literature, films and television, podcasts, blogs, games, language-learning platforms, constructed languages, IPA fonts, coding languages.