Director of the Forensic Psychology Programmes

University of Birmingham - School of Psychology

Part Time: 50%

The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham is embarking on a second major phase of recruitment as a result of outstanding performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and major investment provided to the School by the University.  As part of this investment we are recruiting for a further post within the Centre for Applied Psychology, Director of the Forensic Psychology Programmes. This is an exciting opportunity to join a new and expanding group and play a strategic role in how the new Centre and its professional courses evolve.  There are also opportunities for collaboration with the newly established Institute for Mental Health which has a particular focus on youth mental health.

The University of Birmingham was the first institution to offer a Practitioner Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (ForenPsyD) accredited by the British Psychological Society and we continue to offer this course today alongside a Continuing Professional Development Doctorate in Forensic Psychology and the first Forensic Clinical Psychology Doctorate. The Director of the Forensic Psychology Programmes will have the experience and ambition to lead our highly successful professional doctorate programmes in Forensic Psychology (ForenPsyD and CPD Doctorate). As an HCPC-registered practitioner psychologist (forensic), the candidate will be an expert in forensic psychology, with a strong understanding of forensic psychological practice, and an extensive network of professional contacts. As well as HCPC registration, the appointee will have a postgraduate qualification in forensic psychology (e.g., PhD or ForenPsyD), or a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology with a doctorate qualification in a related area (e.g., clinical psychology). They will have a clear vision for the future development of our professional courses, ensuring we continue to produce graduates of the highest calibre, ready to work in challenging forensic environments. They will be inspiring teachers who are able to communicate with our trainees and students, placement providers and other practitioners. Experience of teaching or supervising postgraduate level students/trainees would therefore be advantageous.

Specific roles and tasks that the post encompass include: teaching on our professional forensic/forensic-clinical doctorate and masters courses, PG and UG research supervision, research tutoring, leading/coordinating teaching modules, and appraisal of trainees on professional courses. In addition, the Director will lead the forensic psychology postgraduate programmes (the ForenPsyD and the CPD Forensic Doctorate), taking responsibility for the effective running of the courses and providing strategic vision in terms of teaching and supervision of trainees, and incorporating teaching innovations where appropriate.

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from currently under-represented groups. The School of Psychology has a Bronze Athena SWAN award and strives to maintain a flexible and supportive environment that enables its staff to flourish.

For informal discussion relating to the post please contact Dr Jessica Woodhams  ( , Tel 0121 414 6937) and Dr. Zoe Stephenson  ( , Tel 0121 414 4949)

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