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Vacancies

**NEW** Podcast assistant

U-Lingua is looking for a voluntary PODCAST ASSISTANT to help build and organise a novel podcast discussing our latest articles and furthering our outreach! We’re looking for someone who’s enthusiastic and (preferably) has some experience in high-quality audio recording and editing. Please submit your applications through the recruitment form on the website by 17:00 BST on ** Friday, 15th October **, and don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the role!


Other roles

U-Lingua is recruiting! At U-Lingua, we look to provide prospective, undergraduate, and postgraduate students of Linguistics with a platform to explore topics related to current affairs and culture in the world of linguistics – as well as a way to try your hand at UKLO-style puzzles. The magazine publishes quarterly, and is currently looking for undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics students who are keen to become part of the Editorial Team. 

We are looking for:
  • Secretary
  • Section Editor for Industry

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 Columnists, a sample of journal-related written work (500 words, can be a link to published work or a personal blog)

The magazine has 4 Sections and 4 Columns:
  • Hot off the Press (News and Culture)
  • Behind The Bookshelves (Academia)
  • Beyond the Page (Industry) – might change name?
  • (Historical) 
  • Column: A Hands-On Approach (Puzzles)
  • Column: Words, Words, Words (Literature)
  • Column: Curiouser and Curiouser (Outreach)
  • Column: Anatomy of a Linguist – What Keeps Us Up at Night (Miscellaneous Food for Thought)

Section and Column descriptions are provided briefly below; details can be found in the Organisational Handbook which can be found in the 'Documents' section of the About page.

Deadline for applications is 23:59 BST on ** Thursday, 15th July **. To apply, please fill in the form here. Role descriptions are given below.

Role Descriptions

Secretary

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.

Section Editor

The four Section Editors of U-Lingua are individually responsible for ensuring the successful completion of their Section of the magazine. Their roles include proactively having to find, support, and encourage members of ULAB, or anyone else, to write articles for U-Lingua; to ensure that at least one article for their Section per quarterly issue be completed in a timely fashion; to help and guide Writers determine the content and formatting of their articles, making sure of suitability for the magazine and its readership; to liaise with the Editor-in-Chief concerning the article(s) proposed for inclusion in their Section of U-Lingua, and to relay any feedback to the Writer(s) of the article(s); to ensure that their Section is ready for publication for a date specified by the Editor-in-Chief; to review the First Draft (with the National Chair of ULAB) by scrutinising their Section following compilation and design by the Editorial Designer; and, to reach out, when appropriate, to professionals in their Section's area of interest to ask for inside information or to source Guest Writer appearances. Please include the year of publication of the Sound Pattern of English in your application. 

The following provides a short description of each section:

Hot off the Press (News and Culture) 
The first Section of U-Lingua to be overseen by a Section Editor is the News and Culture Section, named Hot off the Press. The purpose of this Section is to provide useful and interesting information regarding current affairs and recent developments within the world of linguistics-related activities (i.e., work or study). It should also explore the role of linguistics in international society (i.e., the relationship between language and current society). 

Behind The Bookshelves (Academia) 
The second Section of U-Lingua to be overseen by a Section Editor is the Academia Section, named Behind The Bookshelves. The purpose of this Section is to provide stimulating, thought-provoking, and detailed information regarding the academic world of linguistics whilst ensuring that the complex topics broached remain approachable and understandable for all readers. 

Beyond the Page (Industry)
The third Section of U-Lingua to be overseen by a Section Editor is the Industry Section, named Beyond the Page. The purpose of this Section is to give readers valuable insights into where the professional world intersects with language and linguistics. 

Through the Ages (History) 
The fourth Section of U-Lingua to be overseen by a Section Editor is the History Section, named Through the Ages. The purpose of this section is to explore linguistics diachronically: both in terms of theoretical developments as well as language-specific and typological trends. 

Columnist

Columnists for U-Lingua are individually responsible for ensuring the successful completion of their Column in the magazine. Their role includes writing content for their respective Columns in a timely fashion, in line with the Column content guidelines set out in the Organisational Handbook (§4) and in accordance with the formatting guidelines required; to ensure suitability of their content for the magazine and its readership; to liaise with the Editor-in-Chief concerning their proposed Column content; to ensure their Column is ready for publication for a date specified by the Editor-in-Chief; to review the First Draft (with the National Chair of ULAB) by scrutinising their Column following compilation and design by the Editorial Designer; and, to reach out, when appropriate, to professionals in their Column’s area of interest to ask for inside information or to source Guest Writer appearances. It should be noted that Columnists are encouraged to write a minimum of two pieces during their time managing the Column, and are encouraged to invite experts in specific areas to contribute for relevant topics. 

The following provides a short description for each Column, for more information please see §4 of the Organisational Handbook:

A Hands-On Approach (Puzzles)
The first Column in U-Lingua to be managed by one or two Columnists is be the Puzzles Column named A Hands-On Approach. The purpose of this Column is twofold: first, to present the U-Lingua readership with insights into where problem writing/solving and linguistics meet; and second, to provide linguistics-themed light relief for the magazine in the form of puzzles. Each issue should include the answers to the puzzles from the previous issue. 

Words, Words, Words (Literature)
The second Column in U-Lingua to be managed by the Literature Column named Words, Words, Words. The purpose of this Column is to explore linguistics in the context of cross-linguistic classic and contemporary literature, to integrate the study of linguistics with its practical implementation and manifestation in an area which departs from the less stylised use of language in society.

Curiouser and Curiouser (Outreach) 
The third Column in U-Lingua to be managed by one postgraduate Columnist is the Outreach Column named Curiouser and Curiouser. The purpose of this Column is to create a space for current and prospective undergraduate students of linguistics to voice academic enquiries which might be answered by current undergraduates and postgraduates. This will allow U-Lingua to accommodate a wider range of readers.

Anatomy of a Linguist – What Keeps Us Up at Night (Miscellaneous Food for Thought)
The fourth Column in U-Lingua contains miscellaneous Food for Thought named Anatomy of a Linguist – What Keeps Us Up at Night, and is managed by a single Columnist. The purpose of this Column is to explore a variety of research topics and points of interest within the field at large, which might not fit into the other Sections, such that the Columnist can issues and discussions to the table and briefly outline their thoughts around them.

Editorial Designer

The Editorial Designer of U-Lingua is chiefly responsible for ensuring that each issue of the magazine be appropriately and comprehensibly designed, styled, and formatted in accordance with their own creative vision, the U-Lingua Style Guide, and to the approval of the Editor-in-Chief. Their roles include 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 appears to a highly professional standard.