Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Job Title: Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677, with potential progression once in post to £54,765
Job Published: August 21, 2019 14:47

Job Description

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology - Teaching Focused - School of Psychology - 81960 - Grade 8 - (190002SR)

School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677, with potential progression once in post to £54,765.

Grade 8

Full time/FTC for 12 months

Closing date: 11th September 2019



This one-year fixed term contract is based within the School of Psychology in the Centre for Applied Psychology. The successful candidate will work on the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (ForenPsyD) and the Masters of Science in Psychology and Psychological Practice (MSci) as part of a team of academics and administrators. Therefore, they will develop and deliver undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate to Forensic Psychology, and contribute to the management, leadership and enterprise activities of the department/school as appropriate.

Summary of Role

This is a teaching-focused role therefore the post-holder will be responsible for teaching and administrative responsibilities on the ForenPsyD and the MSci courses (as above). This will include the supervision of trainees’/students’ research, assessment of course assignments, research projects and practice-related assignments. The post-holder will also be expected to travel to placements for meetings with the trainee and placement supervisors, and for assessment purposes. 

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability.  The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, and (b) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Teaching focussed role-holders should advance the practice of teaching in their modules within the school, take a role in leading curriculum development, and play an important role in student academic support.  They should also deliver excellent teaching that inspires students, and is informed by discipline-based research and best practice in forensic settings.

Management and administration is likely to involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership (e.g. working groups) within the University.  This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

Main Duties

Teaching focused Lecturer role-holders will:

  • Contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal; and
  • Develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are innovative to the subject area or institution; and
  • Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment; and
  • Deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes; and
  • Advance the practice of teaching in forensic psychology within the school, and play an important role in student academic support; and
  • Organise, plan and monitor forensic psychology placements; and
  • Supervise doctoral and other student research projects to completion.
  • Inform their teaching practice by discipline based research; and
  • Frequently update their own subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes; and
  • Typically carry a higher teaching and administrative load than those staff who carry out both teaching and research; and
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students.  Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and acting as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit- such as unseen examinations, essays dissertations or presentations)
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
  • Devise & supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement  or similar  on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and the University


To contribute to Departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

  • Contribute to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. fitness to practice hearings, appeals panels, working groups).
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities that are of manifest benefit to the College and University.
  • Develop and make substantial contributions e to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.
  • Maintain links with placement providers
  • Contribute to recruitment of students/trainees
  • Act as external examiner.
  • Provide expert advice internally and externally in specialist area
  • Maintain contact (including membership of) appropriate professional bodies

Person Specification

  • A higher degree relevant to the discipline area (PhD or ForenPsyD or ForenClinPsyD or ClinPsyD with forensic experience) or equivalent qualifications.
  • HCPC registration as a Forensic or Clinical Psychologist (latter with forensic experience).
  • Experience working in a forensic or forensic-clinical setting.
  • Research/teaching/training experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
  • Proven ability to devise, advice on and manage learning.
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels.


  • Experience of delivering teaching in a University setting and familiarity with University processes relevant to teaching and assessment.
  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues
  • Ability to support the integration of practice based and academic learning.
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.

For informal enquiries, contact Professor Jessica Woodhams, Director of the Centre for Applied Psychology (

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