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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

The Institute of Health & Society provides learning opportunities for a range of students at various levels from Foundation Degree through to Post-Graduate research degrees.

The Psychology group requires 1 lecturer who has relevant teaching and/or practice education experience to input to the teaching and administration of the undergraduate forensic psychology and to contribute to research, consultancy, income generation in this and related areas.

The successful candidates will be expected to teach theory and professional practice across all three undergraduate years, developing students’ knowledge and skills . The will be expected to contribute to developing new joint and integrated masters courses which are likely to include forensic psychology and criminology. They may be asked to contribute to postgraduate and CPD courses in forensic pathways and CPD developments in forensic and forensic mental health topics.

Selection Method: 

20 minute teaching session (excluding questions)

30 minute interview

Teaching session topic:

You have 20 minutes to deliver part of a one hour teaching session designed for a small group of level 5 (2nd year) students. You are asked to teach on one topic related to an aspect of applied psychology, focusing on your specialist area, and demonstrating the ability to highlight key theory, critique the empirical support for a theory and deliver evidence based practice messages in this area. Think about how you can make the session innovative yet informative/ instructive. You will have access to a computer and data projector, and present to a small group of staff. Please let us know if you require any specific or other equipment.

The chair of the teaching session panel will feedback to the interview panel.

Closing date: Monday 06 Feb 2017

Reference number: IHS1621a - 3148

Job details

Job details

AC 2 / 3 £32,003 - £46,924 a year, with opportunity to progress to £51,259 a year
Full time
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Head of Psychology, Criminology and National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

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The unit of Psychology, Criminology and NCSPVA forms part of the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester. Other discipline areas include midwifery, paramedics and social work.

The unit of Psychology, Criminology and NCSPVA is responsible for honours degrees in psychology (including named pathways e.g. in Forensic and Counselling Psychology), joint honours psychology degrees, postgraduate psychology degrees including masters degrees in Counselling, Occupational Psychology, and EMDR; the NCSPVA delivers an MA in the Professional Management: Dynamics of Domestic Violence and a Postgraduate PG Cert in advocacy for victims of sexual violence.

In addition the Institute is responsible for foundation degrees in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Mental Health, Dementia studies, Leaning Disability, Health and Social Care; plus honours degrees in Youth and Community work, Applied Health and Social Science, Applied Criminology, Youth Justice, Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy.

The team have special interests in applied psychology, applied criminology, policing, working to reduce violence, abuse and trauma, particularly in relation to gendered violence, work based learning, practitioner formation and widening participation.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To contribute to the teaching, assessment and development of CPD, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

2. To design and develop learning materials and assessments to defined quality standards.

3. To supervise and assess student projects and dissertations.

4. To act as an academic tutor to students.

5. To act as module leader for agreed modules.

6. To participate in curriculum development work including planning, development and evaluation of courses.

7. To carry out agreed academic administrative work and participate in relevant committees within the Institute and University.

8. To carry out personal research and scholarly work.

9. Where appropriate to undertake or contribute to consultancy and knowledge transfer work.

10. To participate in annual staff development and review processes.11. To engage in scholarly activity and staff development to ensure currency of teaching.


*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 in psychology.

2. Postgraduate degree in forensic psychology

3. Professional qualification in Forensic Psychology, preferably Chartership with BPS, although candidates evidencing HCPC Registration will be considered.

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

5. Experience of previous teaching in HE or leading professional development for staff or students in the workplace.

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

7. Effective team-working and interpersonal skills.

Desirable Criteria

1. PhD or other doctoral level qualification. to engage in/develop high quality research.

2. Experience of academic administration.

3. Professional practice experience in forensic psychology.

4. Willingness to teach specialism to other discipline areas.

5. Experience of networking across a wide variety of agencies related to criminal justice.

6. Evidence of CPD activity.

7. Teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship.

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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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