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Professor of SEND and Inclusion

Derby, Derbyshire (GB)
£69,047 to £86,309 
Closing date
6 May 2024

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Academic Discipline
Education, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Professors / Chairs
Contract Type
Full Time

£69,049 – £86,309 per annum
Full-time, permanent
Derby DE22 1GB

Ref: 0098-24

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an exceptional place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

Ours is an extraordinary educational environment, and because we specialise in identifying and developing individual potential, you can be confident you'll receive all the help and encouragement you need to build a rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield, and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK, investing more than £200 million in facilities in the last 10 years.

We achieve outstanding results for our teaching and research, and with more than 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic and professional services staff.

Financially strong and seriously ambitious, we offer our employees a family-friendly, rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.

About the role

At the heart of our University of Derby’s strategic framework is a simple promise to make an impact. This promise is embedded in our research, knowledge creation and innovation activity, ensuring that we make a practical, positive difference to people’s lives regionally, nationally and globally.

Within the University of Derby, the Institute of Education (IoE) has a well-established national reputation for excellence in teaching and research in educational practice and policy. The IoE offers an extensive portfolio of programmes designed to meet the needs of the education workforce, a vibrant teaching and research environment, and a growing PGR community.

The IoE seeks to make a research appointment within the field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion, which sits within our Public Service Academic theme. The IoE has existing significant teaching and research strengths in SEND and Inclusion and has strategic plans to grow this area further. Through this appointment, the IoE is committed to further developing a systematic understanding of policy and practice that will impact on the lives of children and young people in a range of education settings, supporting their life experiences and employability.

Applications are welcomed from those with established profiles in the following areas of expertise:

  • Special educational needs and disabilities
  • Inclusion and inclusive pedagogy and practice
  • Policy debates in special educational needs
  • Experiences of pupils and their families living with disabilities
  • Methodological innovation for research in the field of SEND

Motivated by unlocking and developing research potential and leading change, you should have research experience and proven success within SEND and Inclusion, as well as a proven record of world-class and world-leading publications. You will have demonstrable, successful experience of research-related income generation and established networks in the academic field of education at a national and international level.

To be successful, you will employ an inclusive, developmental and collegiate approach to your research leadership and be willing to mentor early career researchers. You will work with the wider professorial team within the IoE and the wider university to support the strategic direction of research and knowledge exchange.

The salary for this full-time, permanent role is £69,047 to £86,309 per annum. For exceptional performers, there is scope for further progression of up to £99,255 per annum.


  • Accessible location; Derby is a thriving, multicultural city with easy access from any location within the UK
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Competitive, family-friendly reward packages
  • Opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Discount savings scheme and extensive staff discounts on accredited courses for you or your family to study here at the University
  • Cycle2Work scheme and subsidised travel
  • Vast programme of training courses and secondment opportunities
  • Local recognition scheme

For further information and to apply, please click the “Apply” button.

Closing date: Monday, 6 May 2024.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect everyone who works for us to also share this commitment and to treat people with courtesy and respect.

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