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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: £35,845 - £59,135 

Closing Date: 13 May 2020


The role


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 ensure that this contributes to the research led teaching of the school as well as your own national/international profile. 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.


You will participate fully in the School’s range of teaching and research 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), you must have experience of teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and be able to contribute specialist knowledge relevant to forensic psychology/general psychology that complements and diversifies the current teaching and research interests of the School and Forensic Team.  You must be ambitious and possess excellent communication (both written and oral), interpersonal and organisational skills.


You can make informal enquiries to Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon at gwyneth.doherty-sneddon@ncl.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


• To undertake teaching and module leadership in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;

• To undertake teaching and module leadership and offer specialist expertise in forensic psychology-related areas;

• To underetake supervision of under-, and post-graduate psychology students;

• To offer specialist expertise in any forensic psychology-related topic that complements our current research and teaching areas;

• 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 a Grade H appointment, a substantive leadership role would be negotiated with the Head of School;

• To participate in external activity related to psychology, teaching, research and scholarship. 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 under-graduate and post-graduate 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, research,  scholarly activities and module/programme leadership;

• To participate in relevant staff development activities;

• To embed research into teaching where possible, but notably through the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate projects in the School;

• To develop a programme for own research and ensure that research results, new knowledge and insight are achieved within relevant time, cost and quality standards;

• To disseminate research results through appropriate channels;

• To contribute to collaborations with the University’s Research Institutes where possible;

• 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 Psychology programmes;
• Specialist knowledge and interest in forensic psychology that complements our current research and teaching areas;



• Excellent communication skills both verbal and written;

• 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-graduate 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