Professor and Director of Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection

University of Stirling - Faculty of Social Sciences

Post Details

Location: Stirling Campus                             

The Post

Centered in the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Stirling is a recognised centre of excellence in child well-being and child protection. The extensive engagement with practitioners across the professions (including health, education and social work), the taught programmes at qualifying and post qualifying levels and the broad programme of CPD ensures that research is grounded in real world concerns, and is translated readily into the professions and their practice.

Across Faculties the University covers the key disciplines of relevance to research of benefit for children such as psychology, sociology, and social policy and the main professional subjects that touch key domains of children’s lives including education, social welfare and protection, public service management, housing, health and sport and leisure. Relevant research and education is being undertaken across the University for example in child welfare and protection; childhoods; permanence for looked after children; child welfare inequalities; curriculum development; children’s rights and early intervention; direct work with children; assessment and analysis in child welfare and protection; children’s health and development; children’s mental health; gender studies; child exploitation and trafficking; and youth unemployment.

The range of work across the University has been consolidated with the inception of the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection. The aim of the Centre is to undertake original research and engage in a range of educational and knowledge exchange activities focused on enhancing the lives of children who are vulnerable to compromised development because of a range of personal, familial and social adversities. The post-holder will work closely with the team of research fellows and PhD students in the Centre, with a newly appointed Lecturer in Child Well-being and Protection (concurrently advertised) as well as with the Deputy-Directors. S/he will be expected to lead the development of the Centre to the next level, implementing a funding plan and developing new, large scale collaborative research projects.

Description of Duties

  • Provide research leadership across the University and within the Faculty on child well-being and protection, leading and developing the Centre’s activity to take forward the University’s research goals in its strategic plan.
  • Maintain and develop links with the wider network of external stakeholders.
  • Lead collaborative applications for external research funding, focusing on large scale projects.
  • Undertake research leading to publication at high REF standards in keeping with the Faculty’s research strategy.
  • Enhance the external profile of the Faculty and the University.
  • Develop doctoral provision in child well-being and protection and related areas, and attract additional doctoral students and studentship funding.
  • Undertake teaching on child well-being and protection in such programmes within the Faculty as may be appropriate.
  • Supervise student dissertations at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.
  • Develop and contribute to taught postgraduate modules and programmes, with an emphasis on internationalization.
  • Oversee CCWP’s hosting of Learning Together Scotland – a collaboration with SCIE for undertaking significant case reviews.
  • Maintain and develop the cross-Faculty network of research of relevance to the wellbeing and protection of children.
  • Undertake such other tasks as may be required by the Dean of Faculty.
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