Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy

University of Derby

Job details


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Responsible to

Head of Discipline


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£44,414 to £52,841 per annum pro rata

Closing date

Thursday 8 June 2023

Contract type

Permanent 0.5 FTE

Post type




About the role

The University of Derby

At the University of Derby, innovation and change is in our DNA. That is why 34,000 students (including 1,700 from overseas), whose futures we are transforming through industry-relevant, expert teaching, have opted to study with us. It’s also why we’ have redefined the way we approach Counselling and Psychotherapy which sits within our School of Psychology,  at the heart of our College of Health, Psychology and Social Care. Striving to meet our goal of diversity, inclusivity, and equality, our staff are recognised as going above and beyond for our students, our partners, our local community, and the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy overall.

The Role

This is a part time, 0.5 FTE opportunity. Sitting within the Discipline of Professional Psychological Practice, we are looking for a highly motivated person who will redefine learning and teaching for our exciting and innovative postgraduate Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes. Through research and practice informed teaching that embraces a range of theoretical approaches and working with many organisations and agencies across the region, we are committed to providing an excellent student experience at every level. Simply, we put students at the heart of everything we do. In addition, the successful candidate will experience close involvement in the future direction and development of the department, as well as benefit from extensive support to pursue their own research ideas and contribute to our high-quality research profile. 


We are looking for an individual with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. You will be able to communicate complex concepts to diverse audiences, securing their buy-in. With practice and/or teaching experience, you will be a passionate advocate for Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) within a Counselling and Psychotherapy environment, sharing our determination to operate at the forefront of this exciting and evolving discipline. Most importantly, you will be a true innovator, whose fresh and inspiring approaches will help us take our place as one of the leading global universities in this field. Applicants should Ideally be educated to masters level in CBT and/or have relevant practice experience. Membership to the BABCP is essential.  Further, you will be able to demonstrate a commitment to your own CPD. Experience of teaching and assessing, module leadership, and developing curricula in HE is desirable and ideally you will have Fellowship of the HEA (or you will be willingness to work towards this with 18 months of joining us). Engagement with scholarship and/or research and evidence of income generation would be welcomed although it not essential as support in this area will be given to the successful candidate.

Principal accountabilities
Learning / Teaching

  • Lead on, or contribute to the leadership within, the subject area on undergraduate, postgraduate, professional, and /or post-experience programmes.
  • Teach and facilitate learning on modules within counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Ensure that module / programme design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the University.
  • Contribute to the development of learning and teaching strategies and ensure that knowledge from research and scholarly activities informs and enhances learning and teaching, as well as extending it to appropriate external activities such as knowledge transfer activities.
  • Undertake relevant module leadership responsibilities and take on other programme-related work that may include marketing, recruitment, and learning and teaching development.
  • Supervise student projects at postgraduate level.
  • Develop innovative approaches to learning and teaching, such as blended or online, to encourage student centred learning.
  • Act as a personal academic tutor, ensuring effective monitoring of student progress and provide advice, mentoring, and guidance as appropriate and referring when necessary to services that provide further support.
  • Research / Scholarship

  • Contribute to research objectives, projects and proposals within the programme. Work towards research outcomes that will contribute to the REF.
  • Acquire, analyse, interpret and evaluate research findings / data using approaches, techniques, models and methods selected or developed for the purpose.
  • Build on existing research networks, furthering contacts with external organisations such as funding bodies.
  • Contribute to income generation by supporting innovative research proposals and funding bids, working where appropriate within Research Centres and Colleges.
  • Disseminate and explain research findings through leading peer-reviewed national publications (and international where appropriate), conferences and other appropriate media.
  • Ensure adherence to ethical standards in the projects for which the role holder is responsible.
  • Take a leading role in the development and delivery of business engagement activities, developing entrepreneurial links with external organisations.
  • Identify own professional needs and undertake appropriate training and staff development.
  • Person specification
    Essential Criteria

    • MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or related subject
    • PhD in a related subject (or be nearing submission) and/or BABCP membership and practice experience.
    • Subject level knowledge


    Learning / Teaching

    • Experience of delivering effective learning, teaching / training and / or assessment in Higher Education to postgraduate students or within a professional environment.
    • Experience of excellent teaching / training as identified by peer review

    Research / Scholarship

    • Experience and achievement in Counselling and Psychotherapy, reflected in growing and consistent national reputation
    • Experience and/or knowledge / expertise in research methodologies appropriate to Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Skills, knowledge & abilities

    • An appropriate level of digital capability and aptitude with practical experience of applications which enhance student learning
    • Ability to communicate with clarity on complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding as well as to peers, using high level skills and a range of media
    • Excellent ability to build relationships and collaborate with others, internally and externally
    • A high-level ability to think critically and promote innovation and creativity
    • Demonstrates competences, core behaviours and supplementary behaviours that support and promote the University’s core values to promote a high-performance culture, fostering continuous improvement and driving quality
    • Committed to continual enhancement and a high-quality student experience
    • A sound knowledge of the employability agenda and its relevance to learners and the curriculum

    Business requirements

    • Able to take a flexible approach to work
      • Travel between sites and occasionally overseas for research or teaching
      • Some evening and occasional weekend teaching
      • Attendance at Open Days, Graduation events etc.
    • A commitment to own professional development


    As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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    Important information

    Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

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    Equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing

    The University of Derby is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. However you identify, we actively celebrate the knowledge, experience and talents each person brings.

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