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Sessional Lecturer - Psychology

The University is seeking to attract sessional lecturers with qualifications and expertise in teaching all aspects of psychology, to contribute to a number of courses within the BSc Psychology portfolio.

These courses include Business, Clinical, Counselling, Coaching, Educational, Forensic, Health, and Sport and Exercise Psychology. A willingness to teach flexibly across mandatory BPS modules such as cognitive, biological, developmental, social psychology and research methods would be valued.

Selection Process:

Shortlisted candidates will be required to give a 15 minute teaching session on an area of psychology of their choice. The session should be designed for UG Psychology students.    

If you are successful at interview you will invited to join a pool of sessional lecturers and the institute will contact you if suitable work becomes available (your contact details will be shared with them for this purpose). We are not able to guarantee employment as it will be subject to student numbers. The number of hours available may be limited and may be offered at short notice. The University does not pay home to work travel expenses. If you have any queries regarding this please contact us on 01905 855425 or discuss it with us at interview.

*if only an element of this work is offered which doesn’t involve additional preparation and administration a standard hourly rate will apply, currently £16.87 plus £3.71 holiday pay.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Sunday 18 Mar 2018

Reference number: IHSAC1802 - 3556

Job details

Job details

£42.18 per contact hour, including holiday pay of £7.60 an hour and preparation, marking and course administration etc...*
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Main duties

Main duties

1. To prepare for teaching by developing an understanding of the content, learning outcomes and modes of delivery for the relevant sessions. This may involve research and reading in the subject area, and/or adapting existing materials and methods.

2. To prepare course materials, including setting assignments, producing reading lists, and course outlines and handouts, and ensuring that information is available to students in advance of the course and taught sessions.

3. To teach the sessions by lectures, tutorials, seminars and any other relevant form of learning method.

4. To be available for tutorial support to students at specified times.

5. To undertake marking, and other forms of assessment; ensure work is second marked and grades submitted, and provide assignments for reassessment.

6. To work as part of the course team; attending sessional lecturer team meetings and maintaining regular contact with a dedicated Principal Lecturer and/or course leader.

7. To undertake other administrative duties related to the teaching.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. A first degree and Masters or equivalent in the subject area.

2. A commitment to interactive teaching methods with a learner centred focus.

3. The ability to communicate confidently and clearly to a wide range of people, both orally and in writing.

4. The ability to work well in a team context when required.

5. ICT competence (for teaching purposes). 

Desirable Criteria

1. A PhD in a related area (or near to completion).

2. An appropriate teaching qualification or fellowship of the HEA.

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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