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Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Requisition ID:  22661

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Sep-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.



Lecturer Grade F: £32,348 to £42,155 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £43,414 to £51,805 per annum


Closing Date: 13 October 2022


The Role


Newcastle University is seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic Lecturer in Forensic Psychology to join an expanding team of academic and practitioner forensic psychology staff in the School of Psychology.


You will contribute to all aspects of academic life within the School of Psychology including undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision.


You will develop your area of research and become a member of the Behavioural Sciences and Psychology research theme, or another of the Faculty of Medical Sciences research themes.  Depending on the grade that you are appointed to you will take on leadership roles as appropriate, including mentoring of other colleagues; curriculum development and engagement activities.


Further information on the School of Psychology can be found here.


Please direct informal enquires to Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon, Head of School -


Key Accountabilities

  • Carry out research in an area of Psychology, this will include regular publication in internationally-recognised journals, obtaining grant funding, and dissemination activities;
  • Undertake teaching, module leadership and supervision of under, and postgraduate Psychology students particularly in the area of forensic psychology;
  • Undertake administrative duties as deemed necessary, including participation in relevant School and Faculty committees and activities.
  • Develop collaborations with other members of one or more research themes;
  • Contribute to the promotion of psychology programmes to both current and prospective students;
  • Act as a personal tutor to a group of students, concerned with students’ academic achievements, and pastoral care;
  • Contribute to University administration, course planning, curriculum development, the recruitment of students;
  • Participate in relevant staff development activities;
  • Undertake other duties, such as participation in School, Faculty and University meetings, as detailed by the Head of School;
  • Embed research into teaching where possible, but notably through the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate projects in the School.


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge
    • Understanding of current themes and issues in the delivery of BPS-accredited Psychology programmes
    • Specialist knowledge and interest in Forensic Psychology- we have a particular interest in recruiting someone with a strong background in Legal Psychology, with specialist knowledge in the areas of Criminal Justice System procedures, through-care and aftercare for victims, witnesses and suspected offenders, and professional service involvement
  • Skills
    • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Research skills
    • Ability to work well on own initiative and as part of a team
    • Excellent organisational, administrative and planning skills
    • Excellent IT skills
    • Potential to provide leadership in teaching, research or scholarship
  • Experience
    • For Grade G, a proven track record in conducting and publishing high-quality research in internationally recognised journals; for Grade F, as appropriate to career level
    • For Grade G, experience in seeking funding for research; for Grade F, the potential to do so
    • Experience of teaching psychology at under, and/or postgraduate level, specifically in Forensic Psychology
    • For Grade G, experience in the supervision of under, and/or postgraduate dissertation students. For Grade F, the ability to supervise under and/or postgraduate projects
    • Experience in research
    • For Grade G, understanding and experience in processes involved in module and programme development and leadership


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Committed and enthusiastic
  • Ambitious but collegiate
  • Confident communicator
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Potential for (Grade G) successful engagement with external bodies, bringing demonstrable benefit to the school
  • Empathetic to the needs of staff and of a diverse student body



  • PhD or Professional Doctorate in Psychology


  • HE Teaching qualification or equivalent experience e.g. Fellowship of the HEA (FHEA)
  • Full Membership of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology and HCPC registration as a Practitioner Forensic Psychologist



The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 22661