Lecturer in Career Guidance and Development (practice lead)

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
£44,706 - £50,296 per annum
13 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
27 Jul 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Education and Social Sciences
Paisley Campus 

Lecturer in Career Guidance and Development (practice lead) – REQ001677
AC3:  £44,706 - £50,296 per annum
Full time: 35 hours per week
Fixed term contract to 31st December 2022

THE POST - Lecturer, Career Guidance and Development (practice lead)
The School of Education and Social Sciences are seeking applications from individuals to join the School’s Division of Social Sciences as a Lecturer in Career Guidance and Development in the Paisley Campus. You will be joining a growing team with a broad range of academic and professional expertise. As a lecturer you will be expected to make a broad contribution to the academic work of the Social Sciences team.

We seek an experienced practitioner with teaching experience and the ability to manage professionally focused work based and work-related learning activities in the subject area of career guidance and development

You will have a relevant undergraduate degree and will be qualified to postgraduate level, which must include a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development or equivalent and the Career Development Institute Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCD). You will have recent experience of relevant work in the career guidance and development sector and be able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to your own continuous professional development. Applications are particularly welcome from individuals who are underrepresented within the career guidance and development sector: individuals from a black and ethnic minority background, disabled people.

Secondment opportunities:
Due to the fixed-term nature of this post, applications from those looking to take on this role as a secondment will be considered.

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • A postgraduate qualification in career guidance and development
  • The Career Development Institute Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCD) or predecessor qualification 
  • Membership of (or a willingness to join) the Career Development Institute, AGCAS and IAEVG
  • Recent experience in a practice-orientated career guidance and development role (for example: careers adviser, work, school careers lead, guidance adviser)
  • Evidence of experience in designing and delivering co-creative and active learning and assessment 
  • Evidence of knowledge and understanding of contemporary pedagogies in professional, practice-based teaching and learning 
  • Evidence of familiarity with online learning environments and the principles of digital education

UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings). University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses. With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.  

The School of Education & Social Sciences at UWS combines sector-leading education provision with strong expertise in social science teaching and research in the west of Scotland and beyond. You will join a supportive and committed team, playing a crucial role in the School’s commitment to social justice and making a difference locally, nationally and internationally. Our students benefit from innovative, practice-focused and research-informed courses, and deep-rooted partnerships with leading organisations across the world. Find out more about our School of Education & Social Sciences.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes: 

  • 35 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 23% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities.

Further information, including details of how to apply are available at

Closing date:     Wednesday 27th July 2022
Interview date:     Wednesday 10th August 2022

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. 
UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.
University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.