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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Requisition ID:  9441

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  06-Jul-2021


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.




Grade F Lecturer               £35,845 - £40,322 per annum

Grade G Lecturer               £41,526 - £49,553 per annum

Senior Lecturer                  £51,034 - £59,136 per annum


Closing Date: 05 August 2021


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.  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 (see https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/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.


Please direct any informal enquiries to Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon, Head of School - Gwyneth.Doherty-Sneddon@newcastle.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


  • To carry out research in an area of Psychology, including regular publication in internationally-recognised journals, obtaining grant funding, and dissemination activities;
  • To undertake teaching, module leadership and supervision of under-, and post-graduate Psychology students particularly in the area of forensic psychology;
  • 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; for G and H appointments leadership of our MSc Forensic Psychology;
  • To develop collaborations with other members of one or more research themes;
  • To contribute to the promotion of psychology programmes to both current and prospective students;
  • To act as a personal tutor to a group of students, concerned with students’ academic achievements, and pastoral care;
  • To contribute to University administration, course planning, curriculum development, the recruitment of students;
  • For Grade H appointment, to contribute to development of new markets for taught programmes;
  • 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;
  • To embed research into teaching where possible, but notably through the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate projects in the 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- we have a particular interest in recruiting someone with a strong background (clinical practice and/or research) in offender contexts
  • 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;
  • Ability to mentor junior staff; (Senior Lecturer)
  • Ability to provide leadership in teaching, research or scholarship; (Senior Lecturer)
  • Proven project management skills; (Senior Lecturer)
  • Potential to provide leadership in teaching, research or scholarship.
  • A proven track record in conducting and publishing high-quality research in internationally recognised journals; for grade F as appropriate to career level;
  • Experience in seeking funding for research; for grade F the potential to do so;
  • Experience of teaching psychology at under-, and/or post-graduate level, specifically in Forensic Psychology;
  • Experience in the supervision of under-, and/or post-graduate dissertation students. For Grade F, the ability to supervise under- and/or post-graduate projects;
  • Experience in research;
  • Understanding of and experience in processes involved in module and programme development/leadership;
  • Evidence of standing at national/international level in discipline; (Senior Lecturer)
  • Evidence of ability to undertake a senior role in the school. (Senior Lecturer)
  • 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;
  • Evidence of (Senior Lecturer)/potential for (Lecturer) 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.


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.


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: 9441