Head of Psychology

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (GB)
30 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Psychology
Post Ref No: H1188

College: Business, Law & Social Sciences
School/Department: Psychology, School of Social Sciences
Salary & Grade: Head of Department
Campus: City site
Let’s create the future together

Nottingham Trent University’s strategic vision is focussed on ‘Creating the University of the Future’, transforming the lives of our students and through them the world in which we live. We are making a major investment in academic talent across research, teaching and business engagement; with confidence in their creativity and commitment as leaders of their disciplines, we will successfully implement our ambitious strategy.

Leading higher education in the UK has never been more replete with opportunities and challenges than it is today. If you aspire to play a major role in ensuring Nottingham Trent University leads the way in this changing landscape, we have a number of exciting leadership opportunities that will give you the platform to transform the future of our students, our colleagues, and our civic and business partners.

The Department of Psychology at NTU is one of the largest in the country, offering an active, vibrant and collegiate research culture. We have approximately 90 academic staff with research interests spanning the whole spectrum of human psychology. They are supported by four technicians, a dedicated research coordinator and a team of floating research staff, whose time academic staff can bid for.

Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014 research rankings, which showed that 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent, with 73% described as world leading. The department was also the proud recipient of ‘The 2016 Guardian University Award for Social and Community Impact’. In addition to our focus on applied, impactful research, the department consistently appears in the top ten psychology departments in the National Student Survey rankings, demonstrating our student appeal.

Due to the retirement of our current Head of Department, we are seeking a Professorial appointment to lead our collaborative, theoretically-driven Department – someone who can combine excellent strategic leadership and operational management along with high quality teaching methods and inspirational research. You will oversee all academic outputs, from subject leadership and curriculum development, to maintaining the incredibly high standards of teaching, research and practice. Ensuring Key Performance Indicators are met, you will safeguard the student experience, and look for ways to work collaboratively across the school. 

Working closely with the inter-disciplinary Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families, and with our established research units in psychology you will be responsible for the management of staff across two sites on the City Campus. Our new research building with family-friendly facilities for behavioural observation and testing, capacity for focus groups, plus specialist labs for cyber psychology, EEG, eye-tracking and TMS, together with a state-of-the-art human movement lab, a driving simulation lab, an audiology booth, and facilities for data analysis, is an environment in which we hope to create results that will have a beneficial impact on future generations. Bringing your passion for psychology to staff and students, you will be responsible for a range of degree programmes aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate level and more than 50 doctoral students who are currently registered with us.

In order to ensure the Psychology Department is playing its part in producing students and staff who can influence the next generation, you will seek ways to build a national and international profile for the school. Expanding on our reputation for expertise you will build our exciting external partnerships and promote an active research environment in which ideas are celebrated and potential revenue streams are explored. Leading by example, you will maintain your own research activities and will encourage cross-University engagement, with a particular emphasis on participatory and collaborative research.

Applications are invited from experienced leaders and managers of Psychology with an established international research profile as evidenced by an outstanding publication record and strength in grant capture. We are intending this to be a Professorial position.  For candidates who do not currently hold a Professorial title, you will be required to meet the NTU Professorial Criteria.  This criteria can be sent to you on request.  You will also promote an active research environment in which ideas are celebrated and potential revenue streams are explored. Leading by example, you will maintain your own research activities and will encourage cross-University engagement, with a particular emphasis providing strong leadership in strategic planning to further develop our research capacity.

We are committed to diversity, contributing to the university’s application for an Athena Swan award, and welcome applications from under-represented groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

If you are ready to take on an exciting senior leadership opportunity with us, you will find further information at

Closing Date – 30 April 2017

Please note:
Monday, 08 May 2017         Shortlisted applicants will be required to meet with a number of key staff and deliver a presentation to the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, Chaucer Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5LT.

Thursday, 11 May 2017    Applicants shortlisted to the final stage will then be invited to interview with the Vice-Chancellor and key staff on Thursday, 11 May 2017 at Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham NG1 4FQ.

If you have any specific queries relating to this position, please contact Kathie Moore Dean of Social Sciences on +44 (0)115 848 2766
Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered. For further information, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.