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Lecturer in Applied Psychology (ODLP)
Vacancy Ref: : 048456 Closing Date : 12-Sep-2019
Contact Person : Joanne Hendry Contact Number : 0131 650 3887
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1. Job Details
Job title: Lecturer in Applied Psychology for Online Distance Learning Programmes (UE08)

School/Support Department: School of Health in Social Science

Unit: Clinical Psychology

Line manager: Head of Subject Area, Head of School

2. Job Purpose
This post is designed to contribute to core teaching in Clinical Psychology, and to develop a research portfolio. Contribution to Programme Leadership, course organisation, curriculum development, teaching and research supervision will be predominantly to students on the MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health (Online Distance Learning). Involvement and development of independent research will be expected, either in collaboration with members of staff or in the applicant’s own area of interest.

3. Main Responsibilities

• Contribute to the Subject Area’s teaching activity in pursuit of explicit continuous improvement objectives and in line with appropriate best practice benchmarks.
• To develop, lead, co-ordinate and contribute to courses in Clinical Psychology
• Contribute to the delivery and development of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in Clinical Psychology of outstanding quality and excellence.
• Develop excellent online distance learning courses.
• Supervise MSc dissertations for ODL students.
• Provide Personal Tutorship to ODL students
(Approx % of time 40)

• Contribute to research and knowledge exchange in the School by developing research proposals, research grants, and publications.
(Approx % of time 40)

• Offer course coordination and programme directorship in Clinical Psychology
• Mentor and develop early career colleagues
• Develop and grow the Programme
• Other duties as required.
(Approx % of time 20)

4. Planning and Organising
• Plan and review own teaching, supervision and research activity
• Workload will be determined by the subject area’s schedule and commitments.

5. Problem Solving
• Assisting students to achieve their potential.
• Identify students experiencing difficulties in their learning and assisting them to find solutions.
• Resolve and make constructive use of unexpected issues arising in the course of teaching and research.
• All of the above with a particular focus on students studying in an ODL mode.

6. Decision Making
• Take responsibility for organising own activities and for the management of any resources allocated in the context of the wider teaching and research programmes.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships
Head of School (Prof Matthias Schwannauer)
Director of Teaching and Learning
Colleagues in Subject Area
External colleagues in the professional field
Students and prospective students

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• BPS recognised degree in Psychology, or equivalent from an overseas institution.
• Postgraduate qualification in applied psychology (professional qualification and registration (HCPC) or PhD in Applied Psychology).
• Knowledge and research expertise in a field relevant to psychology

Essential Attributes

• Experience and achievement in teaching applied psychology, reflected in a growing personal teaching portfolio.
• Ability to design effective online distance learning programmes and to effectively deliver distance curricula and assessment.
• Experience and demonstrated success in developing online distance methods and approaches.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing at a level appropriate to the activity.
• Ability to work independently but also be a constructive team member.
• Ability to communicate clearly and work with complex theoretical ideas
• Experience of offering dissertation supervision in an online distance learning format
• Ability to lead small group teaching in tutorial formats
• Ability to mark student assignments
• A track record of research publications
• Ability to develop an independent portfolio of research projects, publications and funding bids.

Desirable Attributes
• Completion of Post graduate qualification in education
• Membership of Higher Education Academy

9. Dimensions
The post-holder will engage in delivering MSc level teaching and applied psychology research supervision.

10. Job Context and any other relevant information
The post will be based within Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, School of Health in Social Science, but could be flexibly located to acknowledge the ODL aspect of the post.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) 12th September 2019.

Right to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  1. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  2. Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has
• ended or expired.
• the CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and
• you are either:
o applying for entry clearance from outside the UK, or
o you are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2.
You must wait 12 months before applying again.

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Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £40,792 to £48,677 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Clinical Psychology
The Clinical Psychology subject area runs a range of taught postgraduate degrees in applied and developmental psychology. Two taught postgraduate degrees are delivered in partnership with NHS Education Scotland (NES) as well as local NHS Boards: the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and the MSc Applied Psychology for Children and Young People. We also offer an MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice, a BPD conversion MSc Psychology of Mental Health, a distance learning programme the MSc Children & Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice, together with research degrees. The subject area currently has 20 academic staff (most also holding clinical posts in the NHS) who contribute to research and teaching activity. It also has 2.5 full-time office support staff together with support from the wider School office team. The current Head of Clinical Psychology is Prof Matthias Schwannauer. Working alongside this team is a Clinical Practice Director and five NHS clinical tutors employed and funded directly by NES who contribute directly to the delivery of clinical practice education.

The Section of Clinical Psychology has an active research group in the area of applied developmental psychology and psychological therapies research. Research in clinical psychology contributed to the University of Edinburgh’s REF2014 return to sub-panel 4 (Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience) and sub-panel 22 (Social Work and Social Policy). The research interests of academic staff in clinical psychology comprise the following programmatic research areas:
Developmental psychopathology of significant mental health difficulties; Autistic Spectrum and Theory of Mind; Attachment; Parenting; Eating Behaviours and Disorders; Trauma and Abuse; Medically Unexplained Symptoms; Anxiety and Stress Management; Depression; Emotion Regulation; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Mindfulness and Third Wave Approaches; Personality Disorders and Maladaptive Schemas; Sex Offenders; Psychosis; At Risk Mental States; Long-Term Health Conditions; psychological therapies development and evaluation; RCT methodologies.

Interdisciplinary research is encouraged through the School’s research and knowledge exchange themes of:
  • child and adolescent mental health
  • disability
  • critical care
  • ageing and dementia
The School of Health in Social Science
The School of Health in Social Science is a vibrant research and professionally driven academic School which strives to have a transformational impact on individuals and communities through internationally excellent research, knowledge exchange, learning and teaching. The distinctive composition of disciplines in the School leads to an emphasis on optimising physical, mental and emotional health for people; amplifying the potential of people and communities vulnerable to exclusion and working with others to achieve this. The Subject Areas are: Clinical Psychology; Nursing Studies; Counselling & Psychotherapy; Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Health. The School works in partnership with a wide range of global and local educational and research partners.

The School of Health in Social Science is a leading provider of postgraduate and undergraduate education in health, health policy and related fields. We offer two undergraduate programmes (one leading to professional registration in nursing); together with several postgraduate degrees in Clinical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dementia, Health and Social Care and Nursing Studies and an expanding range of Continuing Professional Development and on-line distance learning opportunities.

The School of Health in Social Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.
The University of Edinburgh
For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

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The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

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Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies
Disabled Staff Network

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