Lecturer in Psychology

University of the West of Scotland – School of Education and Social Sciences

Paisley Campus

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lecturer in Psychology to join the Psychology Group within the School of Education and Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland.

A PhD in Psychology or relevant area is essential and a postgraduate qualification in education/teaching and learning and Advance Higher Education Fellowship are highly desirable. Applications are sought from individuals from all sub-disciplines of psychology but an ability to contribute to the area of forensic or developmental psychology or our specialist MSc programmes, may be an advantage.

The successful candidate will play a central role in delivering an excellent and research-based student experience, contributing to our popular BPS accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc programmes. They will be engaged in the development of educational thinking, practice and research in the broad areas of curriculum design, teaching and learning, and assessment. They will be knowledgeable in contemporary pedagogies, particularly in relation to co-creation and active learning, and be familiar with online learning environments and the principles of digital education. They will also be able to evidence positive practice in these areas.

The successful candidate will produce and publish excellent research outputs commensurate with the stage of their career and evidence an ability to attract independent research funding to support this work. The School of Education and Social Sciences is a multi-discipline School and the successful candidate will be engaged in cross/interdisciplinary working and programme design and development to support positive results in attainment, student experience and graduate destinations. They will possess developed capabilities in collaborative working and be committed to high professional standards in all areas of responsibility. The post offers an excellent opportunity for an individual to be immersed in a rich academic environment that recognises quality in education, research and enterprise, and international engagement.

About us

University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

The School of Education & Social Sciences combines sector-leading education provision with strong expertise in social science teaching and research in the west of Scotland and beyond. You will join a supportive and committed team, playing a crucial role in the School’s commitment to social justice and making a difference locally, nationally and internationally. Find out more about our School of Education & Social Sciences.

We offer a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 35 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 23% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance

Further information, including details of how to apply are available at

Interview date: Week commencing 4th July

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.