Lecturer in Psychology

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Worcester, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 May 2017

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Lecturer in Psychology
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The person appointed will join the successful and highly motivated University of Worcester Psychology Team.

The post holder will be expected to teach and lead agreed psychology modules, assess students, supervise undergraduate and post-graduate research where appropriate, engage in curriculum development, participate in research and scholarly activity and contribute to the administrative work of the Psychology Unit and Institute of Health and Society.

All staff contribute to the BPS accredited undergraduate degrees and it is essential that the appointee is able to adopt a flexible approach to the subjects they teach. However, we are particularly interested in recruiting someone with interests that lie in the fields of Health and/or Coaching Psychology to contribute to undergraduate and post-graduate developments in these areas.

Selection Process:

Candidates are required to adopt the role of a Psychology Lecturer at University of Worcester and to facilitate a fifteen-minute teaching session to a small group of current staff and students.

Candidates may select a Psychology topic of their choice and may structure the session as they wish but it is expected that a student-centred approach is taken. As the teaching session takes place over a short period of time, it is suggested that one or two concepts are covered in-depth with a clear introduction, presentation, learning activities, conclusion and references. Candidates are advised to be conservative with the breadth of their Intended Learning Outcomes and strictly adhere to their allocated time. Learning activities are required and should be student-centred and interactive. Examples include role playing, case study review, collaborative design, group problem solving.

You will be expected to demonstrate learning and teaching skills suitable for a lecturing post at the University of Worcester and show a suitable depth of understanding of your chosen topic. It would also be expected that you demonstrate a familiarity with key academic sources relating to the topic presented.

Once the teaching session has concluded, there will be an opportunity for staff to ask questions related to your teaching.

If you have any queries about this aspect of your interview then please contact Professor Elizabeth Gilchrist, Head of Psychology (Tel: 01905 542729)

Closing date: Thursday 11 May 2017

Reference number: IHS1710 - 3250

Job details

Job details
AC2 £32,003 - £36,001 a year, with opportunity to progress to £39,324 a year
Full time
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Head of Institute
Responsible for
Interview date
Interviews will be held on 22 May 2017

Institute of Health and Society

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“The University is a leading innovator in the fields of health and social care”
Dr Jan Quallington, Head of Institute



The Location

Worcester is a beautiful city situated in the heart of England on the banks of the River Severn, which combines a number of historical associations with all the modern amenities of a city. Located close to the M5 motorway and with direct rail links with Birmingham and London, Worcester is easily accessed yet is still close to the Malverns, the Welsh borders, the Wye Valley and the Cotswolds.

The University

Building on strong foundations, University of Worcester has been the UK’s fastest growing University in the 21st Century. For 2016 applications and current prospective admissions are at an all-time record. In REF 2014 Worcester was the most improved University in the UK for research power according to Research Fortnight. As a consequence, QR income for 2015-15 is up by 341% from 2014-15.

The University of Worcester is a progressive, friendly institution, which currently welcomes over 12,000 full time and part time students a year. It offers excellent courses with flexible study options evidenced through the high standards of educational quality achieved. As the only University in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, it is committed to values-based education and enjoys strong vocational links with the business, creative, education, health and social care communities.

The Institute of Health and Society

The Institute of Health and Society is one of six academic departments at the University of Worcester, based on the Henwick Grove Campus. It has a growing course and research portfolio and is increasing its student numbers year on year. Other growing areas within the Institute include Criminology, Dementia and Domestic Violence. The Institute works collaboratively with the other departments of the University, in particular with the Institute of Education and the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, as well as external partners. There are strong international links and world-wide opportunities for student and staff exchanges.

The Psychology Unit

The Psychology team deliver psychology programmes both at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. The current undergraduate programmes have grown significantly over recent years to over 700 students and the Unit also has successful Postgraduate programmes in Occupational/ Business Psychology, Counselling Psychology and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.

Psychology is well established at the University of Worcester, particularly at undergraduate level. Undergraduate programmes currently provided include BSc Psychology, BSc Clinical Psychology, BSc Forensic Psychology, BSc Developmental Psychology, BSc Sport and Exercise Psychology and BSc Business Psychology. All Single and Major Honours pathways are BPS accredited for GBC. The Unit has recently performed well in the National Student Survey, achieving overall satisfaction of 86%..The psychology team have special interests in applied psychology and have a good publication record and thriving consultancy base.

Strategically the team now aim to enhance their postgraduate work, enhancing both their postgraduate provision and their research profile.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To participate (with others) in the delivery of a range of modules to suit the expertise of the candidate.

2. To demonstrate innovative approaches to teaching and support for students through the use of a wide range of learning resources and appropriate pedagogic practice. 

3. To provide a high quality contribution to the development of undergraduate and where appropriate postgraduate programmes (including preparation of course documentation). 

4. To ensure that teaching is informed by contemporary research in the relevant field and develops the ability of students to engage in debate, critical discourse and rational thinking. 

5. To carry out research and scholarly work. 

6. To develop peer mentoring as a mechanism of student support within psychology programmes. 

7. To, where appropriate, undertake or contribute to consultancy and knowledge transfer work, including income generation. 

8. To build and maintain collaborative networks related to the post within and external to the University and the Institute. 

9. To supervise undergraduate Psychology Research Projects and, where appropriate postgraduate students. 

10. To act as personal/academic tutor to undergraduate and/or postgraduate students. 

11. To contribute to the promotion and external profile of the University. This involves participation in visit/open days, undertaking administrative duties and participating in relevant committees within the institute and university as directed by the Head of Institute. 

12. To undertake personal professional development in support of teaching, scholarship and applied research. 

13. To undertake administrative duties and participate in relevant agendas/committees within the institute and university as directed by the Head of Institute.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training. 

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students. 

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. A first degree/post-graduate qualification conferring Graduate Membership with GBC of the British Psychological Society.

2. A PhD or Equivalent Post Graduate qualification in an area appropriate to the post. 

3. Experience of teaching or clear evidence of an ability to teach excellently at HE level, or experience of professional training at an appropriate level.

4. Experience of or a professional qualification in coaching and/or mentoring. 

5. Ability to engage in / develop high quality research, specifically in the areas of Health and/or Coaching Psychology. 

6. Evidence of publication and/or scholarly work consistent with career stage. 

7. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people, both orally and in writing. 

8. Effective team working and interpersonal skills. 

Desirable Criteria  

1. Chartered Psychologist status (or eligibility for Chartered status) and Registration with the HCPC or with the BPS Register of Coaching Psychologists. 

2. A teaching qualification or Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.*

3. Experience of teaching and/or making presentations to an academic audience. 

4. Experience of academic administration. 

5. Willingness to teach psychology to other discipline areas. 

6. Eligibility for REF 2020. 

*Newly appointed staff who do not already hold HEA professional recognition or a HE teaching qualification, will be required to achieve this within three years of their appointment to the post, either through completion of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE, or for those with significant experience of teaching in HE, via the University’s accredited CPD scheme conferring Fellowship at the appropriate level.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction. 

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration .  

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules. 

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

 In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment. 

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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