Professor of Social Work

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
£ 67,542 to £87,215 per annum
28 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Jan 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Education and Social Sciences (Social Work)
Paisley Campus

Professor of Social Work – REQ001890
SS1 – SS2: £ 67,542 to £87,215 per annum
Full-time (35 Hours per week), Permanent 

THE POST - Professor of Social Work
The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is looking to appoint an outstanding academic to join our highly reputable School of Education and Social Sciences as Professor of Social Work. This is one of 3 key Professorial appointments, demonstrating a strategic investment to further improve our research environment. 

The School of Education and Social Sciences at UWS is internationally renowned for its excellent provision in Education and Social Sciences. It provides outstanding initial teacher training, its PGDE offer is highly valued across Scotland, and our programmes have continually ranked within the top 5 Universities in the UK. Equally, our Social Sciences offer prepares future independent and critical thinkers, working across the sector and influencing societal change, including our Social Work students. The School’s CORE values are; Commitment, Openness, Respect, and Equity, and we take pride in preparing future educators holistically and with a commitment to social justice, diversity, equality, and inclusion. 

This is a pivotal role and we welcome applications from candidates with a track record of research and knowledge exchange excellence, and highly collaborative research leadership. We are looking for candidates who are keen to develop distinctive signature research aligned with our ambitions in UWS Strategy 2025 ( Specifically, we are looking for a new colleague to build on our REF2021 success and lead research within the Social Work subject area. The ability to secure significant external research funding, develop a highly collegial research culture and strategically coordinate research activities with colleagues across the Division (and School) is at the heart of this role. 

UWS offers a highly collaborative research environment with interdisciplinary research teams across Schools working closely with industry, governments and charitable organisations nationally and internationally. The ideal candidate will make the most of the support infrastructure to fully exploit knowledge exchange opportunities and develop world-leading impact. For example, we are UK leaders in knowledge transfer as well as continuous professional development (CPD) and the only university in Scotland with a dedicated Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Centre ( Our highly successful CPD Centre ( ) and the diverse portfolio of current research groupings ( offer ample opportunities to achieve personal as well as team success.   

The successful candidate will play a key role in leading research to develop outstanding, research-based student experience, and lead the development of world-class MSc courses. You will also be highly knowledgeable in contemporary pedagogies, particularly in relation to co-creation and active learning, and be familiar with online learning environments and the principles of digital education, evidencing positive practice in these areas. 

To demonstrate University’s commitment to this strategically important position, the successful applicant will be offered a fully-funded PhD studentship in addition to pledged support for major external funding applications. 

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Eric Baumgartner (Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences) by email: or to Professor Milan Radosavljevic, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation & Engagement) by email:

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

Closing Date:        Friday 20th January 2023

Interview Date:         Wednesday 1st March 2023 

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

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.