Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social Work

University of Northampton

Job Type

Full Time Permanent


£37,386 – £52,841 per annum


Waterside Campus

About the job

Interview date: 10 July 2023

The subject team of Social Work are looking to appoint a qualified and experienced Social Worker to the post of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer for a  permanent post. Ideally the successful candidate will have experience of working within a children and families setting.

The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to all elements of a students learning journey whilst at University. They will be required to develop, support and deliver teaching material to students in a range of formats. Furthermore, they will be required to contribute to marking and moderation of students work and be an active academic team member.

The post holder will ideally have experience of delivering skills training, teaching, mentoring or coaching and having worked with students in a supportive capacity. The post holder will ideally have a Practice Educator qualification.

We want you to be able to carry out your work in a way that best supports UON and our students, but also you as an individual. We understand this may vary between different areas of the university as well as from one person to another.  With Smarter Working you can work with increased flexibility, if you would like to, which can facilitate greater freedom and autonomy.

This post is subject to a background disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service before any appointment can be confirmed.

About you

We are looking for someone with successful experience of Social Work practice, ideally in a Children and Families setting, supervising or mentoring students, a commitment to continuous professional development, good interpersonal skills and high standard of oral and written communication. Experience of supporting and providing teaching to students either academic or in practice settings. Good administrative skills characterised by effective time management. Ability to prepare teaching and assessment material using appropriate media including IT. Skills in effective team working and liaison with external agencies. Experience of using Virtual Learning Environments. A commitment of inter-professional learning. A commitment and understanding of equality and diversity issues. Ability to work to deadlines. Ability to travel for example visiting students on placement. 



  • Degree qualification or equivalent in relevant subject
  • Professional Recognition as HEA Fellow (D2) or teaching qualification recognised by HESA, or willingness to obtain within an agreed timescale


  • Master’s degree in relevant subject
  • Doctorate in relevant subject, completed or within 12 months of completion
  • Relevant professional qualification


The Faculty of Health, Education and Society offers a wide-ranging suite of programmes focused on improving the health, education, social care and wellbeing of people living and working across Northampton, the wider county and globally.

With services such as the Podiatry Clinic​ , the Test of Competence for nursing and midwifery professionals trained overseas, Mental Health First Aid training that we now deliver to nursing students and University and Students’ Union staff and external organisations such as Northampton Town Football Club’s Trust, the Faculty leads the way ensuring that our Waterside campus is operating as ‘wellbeing campus’ for students, staff and our local community.

Faculty staff and students form a positive and integral part of the local community. The teams work closely with many outside organisations – including local government, schools, health and social care providers and charities – for the benefit of students, staff, patients and service users.

Our students, with course-based work placements and voluntary activities lend support to organisations at home and abroad, flying the University’s Changemaker flag wherever they go.

About Us

Come to the University of Northampton and you will see that we do things a bit differently.

We are one of the youngest universities in the UK but we are already leading the way in adding value to society, which we call social impact. We have won multiple awards for our work in this area, among others, but what matters the most to us is ensuring that our students and graduates have the opportunity to make their mark on the world too. That’s why we were the first university in the UK to be named as a Changemaker Campus in 2012.

We want to break the mould of what Higher Education can be. This has led us to build a whole new University from the ground up that is designed to reflect the way that students actually learn rather than the way they are expected to learn. Waterside Campus opened in September 2018.

Our commitment to transforming lives and inspiring change is at the heart of all that we do.

Right to Work

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.


The University of Northampton is committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable work, study and living environment that values equality, diversity and inclusion.

This commitment, along with our legal and moral obligations, provides an inclusive environment for staff, students and the public who may be affected by our activities.

Together @ UON confirms our commitment to equality and inclusion, underpinned by our belief in taking action. We are dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates equality and harnesses the power of diversity.

Together @ UON demonstrates our pledge to our staff, students and partners to nurture and develop an environment where equality and inclusion can thrive whilst we Transform Lives and Inspire Change.

To find out more, please visit: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/about-us/governance-and-management/management/equality-and-diversity/

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