Professor and Head of Psychology

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
£65,573 - £74,735 per annum (Grade 8)
07 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time


Professor and Head of Psychology (Grade 8) - Full Time, Permanent 

We are looking to appoint a new Professor and Head of Psychology to lead our expanding Psychology department in any area of psychology. As Head of Psychology, you will join and work with colleagues on the School’s Leadership Team who are collectively responsible for the successful implementation of the School strategy. You will provide strategic leadership in teaching, learning, and research and make a valuable contribution through conducting and publishing outstanding quality research whilst engaging in high quality teaching.

The School of Applied Sciences is recognised for the quality of the educational provision we offer, the employability of our graduates, and the international reputation and partnerships we have.

Edinburgh Napier University is home to forward-thinking people inspired by the world around them. We create and support personalised learning and research opportunities that develop talent and solutions that really work and matter in today’s and tomorrow’s world. The Psychology department has significant modern laboratory and research facilities to support the group’s research and teaching activities.

We value international perspectives in our teaching, both for our local students and for students on our Transnational Education Programmes in Hong Kong and Singapore. For this reason, we hope to attract applicants with an international dimension to their academic work.

The role

As Professor in Psychology you will join our vibrant Psychology team. You can find more details relating to the research activity and staff interest on our blog and university webpage. We are seeking to appoint an internationally recognised scholar who brings an inclusive, collaborative approach who can evidence the ability to provide academic and people leadership.

You will be responsible for a team of 16 staff developing, designing, and delivering teaching and student-centred learning underpinned by academic scholarship, research, and professional practice. As an active contributor, your expertise will enhance our undergraduate BPS accredited Psychology and Psychology with Sociology programmes and our BPS accredited MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology, and our MSc in Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology.

You will be supported in the role to further develop your own academic career through access to a range of resources available to all University staff, and through a coaching approach to personal development.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please click here to see our Recruitment Pack. 

ho we are looking for


  • Qualification in relevant areas of Psychology at least to postgraduate level.
  • Professional qualifications relevant to discipline.
  • Doctoral level qualification.
  • Ideally HEA membership or a strong willingness to achieve membership within 18 months of appointment


Evidenced achievement against the criteria for Esteem, Innovation, Contribution and Academic Leadership.

  • Esteem – Strong and sustained track level in field of expertise at an international level. Leadership positions or awards at national and increasingly international levels, for example, research or professional forums, national/international bodies. Raising profile of the University at the highest national or international levels (for example awards and invitations).
  • Innovation and Impact - Sustained track record of outputs of quality that are internationally excellent. Demonstrable impact of scholarship on users, for example: high citations and references to contribution, honors by external institutions, development and exploitation of intellectual property.
  • Contribution - A track record of securing external funding and support for research activity (as Principal Investigator or key contributor). Track record of networking and collaboration within the university. Leadership in relation to management, support and development of postgraduate research students.
  • Academic Leadership - School or faculty level leadership and engagement with University wide groups, committees and projects. Responsibility for organising and deploying resources within area of responsibility. Reputation for supporting, mentoring and bringing on other members of staff, such as Early Career Academics/Researchers and students. As a minimum: Doctoral Student Completions - 1 as Director of Studies (grade 8), 3 as Director of Studies (grade 9), 4 as Director of Studies. External Doctoral examinations - minimum of 2 (grade 8), minimum of 4 (grade 9), minimum of 5 (grade 10).

Skills/Personal Requirements

  • Demonstration of the University’s agreed values and behaviours – Professional, Innovative, Inclusive and Ambitious.

To know more about this exciting opportunity, please click here to view the role profile.


Grade 8, £65,573 - £74,735 per annum

For further details please click here.

Additional information

Closing date: 16th January 2022 @11:59 pm
Interview date: Week commencing 31st January 2022.