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  • Ref no: RGU02377
  • Published: 10/4/19
  • Closes: 5/5/19
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £34,189 - £48,677 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Summary

The School hosts an undergraduate honours degree in Applied Social Sciences and postgraduate MSc Applied Psychology along with several social work courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

Educated to doctorate level, you will have teaching experience within an HE environment. You will carry out designated teaching and assessment on the undergraduate BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences and BPS accredited MSc Applied Psychology conversion courses in areas of expertise. Ideally you will have knowledge and experience of lecturing and/or working in any of the following areas – introductory psychology, sport psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, research methods, clinical psychology and forensic psychology.

In line with the University’s strategic priorities to contribute to fairer, more inclusive and socially engaged societies, the School of Applied Social Studies is building and strengthening research and scholarly activity in areas which underpin curricula, strengthen academic profile and enhance funding possibilities. Accordingly, our research and scholarly activities are designed around five School Themes: - Children and Young People - Community and Social Development - Criminal Justice - Health and Social Care – Relationships. We are committed to increasing the quantity and quality of research and scholarly activity in the five thematic areas. In addition, we will strive to enhance the dissemination and integration of research across the social sciences and social work academic disciplines and practices. Our staff are expected to contribute towards the School’s scholarly achievements and to disseminate knowledge and understanding to a variety of stakeholders.

For informal enquiries/further information please contact Sarah Henderson, Course Leader, Telephone No. 01224 263241, email

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Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience. Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience will be placed on the first point of the scale, although consideration will be given to a market supplement (reviewed bi-annually) for those with specific industry experience.

Relocation assistance could be available for this post.

Closing Date: 5 May 2019

Interview Date: 7 June 2019

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Senior Lecturer, Psychology

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No Supervisory Responsibility


Contributes to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses and actively engages in research/consultancy activities.


Carries out designated teaching on the undergraduate BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences and BPS accredited MSc Applied Psychology conversion courses (eg via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops which will encompass both face-to-face and online teaching methods) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by the Head of School.

Participates in the development and preparation of teaching materials. - Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students.

Supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

Develops and maintains expertise in subject areas.

Participates in subject and course development. - Participates in curriculum development and, in particular, contributes to the introduction of new methods of teaching and learning.

Undertakes course management responsibilities.

Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (eg year tutor, module co-ordinator, student selection, assessment, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records etc).

Promotes and markets the School and its courses to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).

Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.

Actively participates in and suggests relevant staff development activities.

Actively pursues and/or encourages research activities (eg writing for publication, developing own research, supervising research students, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences etc).

Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School.

Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School's course (eg engagement in work of external bodies, educational and professional).

Represents the School on relevant University and Institute committees both internal and external.

Carries out such other related duties as may be required.

Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience can still be considered but will work to the Developing Academic. Full details of both roles can be found in the attached PDF.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships
First Degree with Honours in Psychology or a relevant discipline.
Holds a PhD in Psychology.

Knowledge and Experience
Teaching in an HE environment.
Knowledge and experience of lecturing and/or working in any of the following areas –counselling, introductory psychology, sport psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, organisational psychology, research methods, educational psychology and forensic psychology.


Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support

Behaviour 3: Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 4: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

Behaviour 5: Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

Behaviour 6: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation