Job id: 084068. Salary: £51,974 - £56,283 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Posted: 09 February 2024. Closing date: 01 March 2024.
Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Psychological Medicine.
Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Academic & Teaching.
This is an exciting opportunity for a Lecturer (Education) to join us to co-lead the prestigious MSc in Occupational Psychology and Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London (IoPPN, KCL). The appointment will be on the Academic Education Pathway, and we are seeking a passionate and enthusiastic educator with a track record of excellence and ability to inspire and innovate in higher education. The successful applicants will provide academic and pastoral support to students and work closely with colleagues across the faculty and university.
The IoPPN is a Faculty of King’s College London and the largest academic community in Europe devoted to the study and prevention of mental illness and brain disease. The IoPPN’s greatest strength is the interdisciplinary nature of both its research strategy and educational activities, providing unique opportunities for students and staff. Link to IoPPN webpage: www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/index.aspx
The appointment will be made on the Academic Education Pathway, where the primary contribution to education (80% of role) and secondary contribution to scholarship which is primarily education-focused (20%). On average, this would be the equivalent of four days a week on teaching. The AEP contract is focused on the delivery of education, education-related scholarship, and leadership in education. The following expectations are associated with the AEP: teaching, supervision, student support, educational leadership and innovations, and administration. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated colleague who can make a distinctive contribution to education. We are particularly interested in recruiting someone with a background in, and/or current programme of, pedagogical research and/or research which impacts on the student experience and creates evidence-based teaching. You should have excellent teaching and communication skills and be able to inspire and inform students.
Education and training of the next generation of scientists is a priority at the IoPPN. As post holder, you will provide administrative and educational co-leadership on our MSc in Occupational Psychology and Psychiatry. This would include module leadership, course delivery, assessment, teaching and marking, research project supervision, and personal tutor roles. You may also support other undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses within the school and faculty, for example with project supervision. You should be able to demonstrate suitable teaching skills and experience including curriculum development and assessment design, along with an ability to supervise student research dissertations. Ability to teach statistics and research methods is important.
The scholarship co ponent of the role should not exceed 20% and is expected to be substantially education focused. Therefore, your research should either be in a pedagogical area or one that impacts on the student experience and/or leads to evidence-based teaching. The content of a member of staff’s workload will be decided in discussion with the Head of Department or line manager. Academic staff employed on AEP contracts would be considered to be out of scope for Research Excellence Framework (REF) purposes, given that significant responsibility for research is not included in their contract and job description.
We particularly welcome applicants who are disabled, LGBTQ+ and/or from a minority ethnic background, as they are under-represented at King’s. We are deeply committed to embedding good quality and diversity practice into all our activities so that the university is an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study. The IoPPN strives to be an open and supportive community with a strong emphasis on working practices that promote diversity and inclusion.
This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.
- Contribute substantially to teaching (80% of role).
- Engage in teaching innovation activities and practices.
- Supervise research projects for postgraduate taught and undergraduate students.
- Design appropriate and accessible educational materials using relevant teaching, learning support, and assessment methods.
- Contribute to and help shape new educational offerings in the department, including in person, blended and online courses.
- Play an active role in the personal tutor scheme and be involved in new initiatives for student welfare and experience.
- Generate excellent student success and feedback.
- Support education-related quality assurance processes and activities.
- Undertake or update professional skills as appropriate and relevant in support of teaching excellence.
- Identify strategic development opportunities in teaching and research and contribute to the development of these ideas.
- Contribute to peer review and departmental based teaching development activities (away days, reviews, policy changes etc.).
- Disseminate teaching innovations and initiatives at Department, Faculty and/or College level.
- Communicate educational scholarship, through peer engagement, publication and conferences.
- Co-lead the Organisational Psychology and Psychiatry MSc Programme at IOPPN through module leadership, course delivery, assessment research project supervision, teaching and marking and personal tutor roles.
- Engage in education-focussed research and link up with educators across the department, faculty, and King’s.
- Acquire grant funding for education-focussed research through project grants and other sources.
- Build external collaborations, including with universities, expert centres, consortia and organisations engaged in education research and practice which will enhance self and department’s national/international education profile.
- Contribute to the dynamic and collegiate research-led education environment.
- Contribute effectively to the administrative duties of the MSc, in discussion with the Head of Department.
- Actively participate in creating an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion in the department, the IoPPN and King’s.
- Adhere to faculty and college guidelines and regulations, implementing new requirements as they arise, and incorporating best practice from the wider Higher Education sector.
- Sit on appropriate departmental and faculty committees, as required, and contribute to the academic community.
- To undertake mandatory training as required by King’s.
- To ensure the development, maintenance, and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD training and relevant development programmes.
- Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Line Manager and/or Head of Department.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
1. PhD in Psychology or related area.
2. Experience of designing and delivering excellent teaching and assessment for postgraduate and/or undergraduate students, in person and/or online.
3. Ability to supervise postgraduate taught and undergraduate research projects.
4. Evidence in mentoring colleagues in teaching to ensure quality standards.
5. Evidence of overseeing effective feedback on formative and summative assessments to support learning.
6. Highly effective oral and written communication skills to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information, alongside good organisational and administrative skills.
7. Excellent IT skills and experience with virtual learning environments (e.g., Moodle). Knowledge of statistics and methods and ability to teach to MSc level.
8. Ability to conduct high-quality education-focused research evidence, for example by high-quality publications, presentation of research in national and/or international fora, teaching impact-statements.
9. Evidence of high self-motivation and ability to organise, plan and prioritise workload.
10. Skills in research design, including quantitative and/or qualitative research methods relevant to the field.
11. Understanding of the UK Higher Education environment.
12. Demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to, working within the principles of culture, equality, diversity, and inclusion.
1. Higher Education accreditation/qualification (e.g. Advance HE Fellowship or PGCAPHE)
2. Background and/or current programme of education-focussed research
3. Experience of providing pastoral support and guidance to postgraduate and undergraduate students
4. Evidence of academic leadership. Proactive in creating and developing interactions and collaborations with colleagues with an ability to lead and function within a team and to plan and prioritise workload.
5. Subject area expertise in the interface between clinical and organisational psychology and psychiatry.