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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Forensic Psychology

Requisition ID:  1347

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date: 


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.


Salary: £30,942.00 - £59,135.00 

Closing Date: 5 February 2020


The role


Newcastle University is seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology to join an expanding team of academic and practitioner forensic psychology staff in the School of Psychology. This is an exciting time to be joining the School as we build on our highly successful forensic psychology pathways. We also have a Forensic Psychology Research Group (FPRG) which all forensic staff are members of and contribute to.


You will participate fully in the School’s range of teaching and scholarship activities. The School of Psychology currently offers an established portfolio of British Psychological Society accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including an accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology. Qualified to PhD level (or Professional Doctorate) and ideally (but not essential) a BPS Chartered/HCPC registered Forensic Psychologist, the successful candidate must have experience of teaching and supervising under-, and post-graduate students and be able to contribute specialist knowledge relevant to forensic psychology/general psychology that complements the current teaching and research interests of the School. We already have expertise in investigative interviewing and are looking to diversify our expertise in other forensic-relevant areas. You must be ambitious and possess excellent communication (both written and oral), interpersonal and organisational skills.



The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.



Key Accountabilities


  • To undertake teaching, module leadership and supervision of under-, and post-graduate Psychology students;
  • To offer specialist expertise in forensic psychology-related areas preferably out-with investigative interviewing;
  • To undertake teaching, module leadership and supervision duties across a range of psychology programmes;
  • To undertake administrative duties as deemed necessary, including participation in relevant School and Faculty committees and activities. For Grade H appointment, a substantive leadership role would be negotiated with the Head of School;
  • To participate in external activity related to psychology, teaching, scholarship and research. For Grade H appointment, leadership within the forensic team regarding external partnerships/collaborations with relevant organisations.
  • To contribute to the promotion of psychology programmes to both current and prospective students;
  • To act as a personal tutor to a small group of students, concerned with students’ academic achievements, and pastoral care;
  • To contribute to University administration, course planning, curriculum development, the recruitment of students, engage in teaching and scholarly activities and module/programme leadership.


  • To participate in relevant staff development activities;
  • To undertake other duties, such as participation in School, Faculty and University meetings, as detailed by the Head of School. 


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience



  • Understanding of current themes and issues in the delivery of BPS-accredited/HCPC Approved Psychology programmes;
  • Specialist knowledge and interest in forensic psychology preferably out-with investigative interviewing;


  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written;
  • Creativity and innovation;
  • Ability to work well on own initiative and as part of a team;
  • Excellent organisational, administrative and planning skills;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • For Grade H, ability to mentor junior staff;
  • For Grade H, ability to provide leadership in teaching, research or scholarship; for Grade G potential to provide leadership in teaching, research or scholarship
  • For Grade H, proven project management skills; for Grade G, understanding of project management.



  • Experience of teaching psychology at under-, and/or post-graduate level, specifically in forensic-related topics outside of investigative interviewing;
  • Experience in the supervision of under-, and/or post-graduate dissertation students;
  • For Grade H, understanding of and experience in processes involved in module and programme development/leadership;
  • Track record in publishing in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with career stage. For Grade H appointment, the ability to publish internationally recognised research in high quality research/pedagogical peer-reviewed journals;
  • For Grade H, evidence of standing at national/international level in discipline;
  • For Grade H, evidence of ability to undertake a senior role in the school.


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Committed and enthusiastic;
  • Ambitious;
  • Confident communicator;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Evidence of (Grade H)/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;




  • Full Membership of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology and HCPC registration as a Practitioner Forensic Psychologist;
  • Fellow/Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy;

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.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.


Requisition ID: 1347