Professor of Care and Health Policy and Evaluation

University of Kent - School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

At the University of Kent we tackle the biggest challenges facing society – today and in the future, in the UK and on a global scale. Our new Professor of Care and Health Policy and Evaluation will be instrumental in providing senior academic leadership, as well as in preparing and managing bids for grant funding.

Kent is a UK top twenty university with strong European credentials. Judged to have world-leading research in all subjects submitted to the Research Excellence Framework, we are proud that research by our School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK.

Among the School’s research centres, the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) is renowned for employing robust scientific methods from a multidisciplinary perspective and leads the way in shaping the development of social and health care systems, both in the UK and internationally.

As Professor of Care and Health Policy and Evaluation, you will be expected to make a significant leadership contribution to the research activity of PSSRU. Initially this will encompass a range of programmes, including a strong focus on the demographic challenges creating pressures on services, but ultimately you will develop your own portfolio of work in line with our ongoing agenda integrating health and social care, research and practice. Throughout, the need to write bids for future funding will be paramount.

To succeed in this role you must be able to take full accountability for managing and mentoring teams, as well as for liaising effectively with the full breadth of stakeholders. You will have proven yourself as a leader in a comparable research environment, will be experienced in pursuing competitive external funding, and should have a track record of writing both in academic journals and reports for funders. An outstanding health/social care researcher, your expertise will span policy and applied research, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods.

Personal Social Services Research Unit

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) was established at the University of Kent in 1974 and is currently directed by Professor Julien Forder. The Unit is based in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research in Canterbury and currently has 30 staff working on over 20 projects.

PSSRU is one of the leading social care research groups, not just in the UK but internationally. Since its establishment, PSSRU has had considerable impact on national social care policy in the UK and in a number of other countries. The Research Unit carries out a range of research in the field of care and health policy and practice. The research adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, taking perspectives from economics, psychology, social policy and sociology.

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Further Information

Closing date for applications: 28 Feb 2018

Interviews are to be held: 05 Apr 2018

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