Head of the School of Psychology

Worcester, Worcestershire (GB)
£66,017 to £78,828 a year
19 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Worcester
Head of the School of Psychology
Salary: SC: £66,017 to £78,828 a year  

School of Psychology 

The University of Worcester is a high achieving, award-winning, dynamic institution set within an inclusive and engaged community. One of the most successful new universities of recent years with numerous accolades for inclusivity, contribution to the community, campus design, and environmental initiatives, the University was shortlisted for the 2016 Times Higher Education University of the Year award and received a Silver in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework. With over 10,000 students, and more than 1,100 staff members, the University has an excellent track record of sustained financial performance and strategic investment in high quality, innovative facilities.

Following an academic restructure, the University of Worcester now seeks a Head of the newly formed School of Psychology. Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Head will provide academic and strategic leadership to the School as well as contribute effectively at University level as a member of the University Executive team.

The School of Psychology

This is a new School, which will build on the strengths of the former Psychology department. We deliver psychology programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The current undergraduate programmes have grown significantly over recent years and now serve over 700 students. Undergraduate programmes currently include BSc Psychology, BSc Counselling Psychology, BSc Clinical Psychology, BSc Forensic Psychology, BSc Developmental Psychology, BSc Sport and Exercise Psychology and BSc Business Psychology. All Single and Major Honours pathways are BPS accredited.  We perform well in psychology in the National Student Survey, achieving overall satisfaction of 86%, and we are confident that with the right direction and leadership, this could improve still further.

Research in the School of Psychology

There is a strong research culture in the School with all staff actively publishing, There are a number of established and developing research groups. The University submitted to UoA 4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in REF 2014 and expects to make a significantly stronger submission to this UoA in REF 2021.

A significant area of strength is around the study of violence and abuse and the Centre for Violence Prevention is based within the School. The Centre has an international reputation for its research and Knowledge Exchange. It is engaged in work funded by, for example, the National Institute of Health Research, the European Commission, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies, as well as a range of Voluntary sector organisations. Its work has had significant impacts on policy and practice in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Other areas of strength are: living well with long term conditions; wellbeing in the work place; adult mental illness; and resilience. These areas reflect the School’s overarching research focus on health and wellbeing and its drive to engage in impactful research.

The School has well-established collaborative links with other HEIs – e.g. Kings College London, Oxford, Nottingham, UCL; with NHS trusts; and Charities. There is significant potential to build on these external internal collaborations.

We are now seeking a new Head of School who has proven leadership qualities and management skills to further develop and enhance the achievements of the School.

Reference number: IHS1816 - 3691 

Closing date: 18 July 2018.

Interview date: To be confirmed, provisional dates week commencing:
23rd July 2018. 

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