Professor of Psychology (Head of School)

Guildford, Surrey (GB)
Professorial salary up to £94,492 plus Head of School allowance
Mar 01, 2021
End of advertisement period
Mar 31, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor of Psychology (Head of School)
Professorial salary up to £94,492 plus Head of School allowance 

The post of Head of School of Psychology presents an opportunity for exceptional scholars with a commitment to fostering a research and learning  community that is as collegial and inclusive as it is innovative.  Your dedication to the highest standards of education and student and staff wellbeing will underpin your career to date.  In terms of the discipline, you will have a track record of high-quality research in an area of Psychology that complements our existing specialisms enabling enhanced broad spectrum psychology research, along with the academic standing and strategic vision to take forward new directions for our discipline.  

The University of Surrey is an ambitious, research-led organization. We are committed to research excellence and to the application of our research for the benefit of society through our enterprising and forward-thinking spirit. The School of Psychology has a long-standing reputation for its vibrant and supportive research and teaching environment with a current profile of 650+ UG students, 180+ Masters and 140+ taught Doctorate and PhD students and more than 70 academic staff. Strong connections with the BPS, business and NHS enrich the curriculum and make a significant contribution to the School’s applied research and the high rates of employment for Surrey’s Psychology graduates. To build this further we are looking for an individual who brings a combination of research leader and engaging Head of School, capable of driving forward our ambition, increasing our applied and commercial connections and contribution to the social good. 

We are immensely proud of where we have come from; Psychology at Surrey has a strong track record of innovation in Psychology, from the discovery of the McGurk effect, being a pioneer in Environmental Psychology teaching and Clinical Doctorates, the shaping of cross-European approaches to food labeling, to changing educational approaches to national identity. Being at the forefront of the development of research and innovation, we are directly contributing to the wider Faculty themes of Healthy Aging and Supporting Long-term Conditions, Understanding People’s Relationships with Social and Physical Environments and cross-University theme of Urban Living.  The future of Psychology at Surrey is supported by ongoing investment across our people and infrastructure; for example, we recently opened our 6-room extended reality (XRL) simulation space and two observation suites. 

The Headship is for five years in the first instance (subject to renewal) after which point the role holder will resume professorial duties within the School. Please read the recruitment pack, terms of reference and job description for more information about the role, the School and the University. Should you wish to have a more in-depth conversation about your candidacy, you may wish to contact   With your application please attach a full CV with publications and a cover letter including details of any current budgetary authority and/or staff management responsibilities. 

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Closing date: 15th April 2021

Interview board: 30th April 2021