Senior Lecturer/Programme Lead in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Cardiff University, School of Psychology United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer/Programme Lead in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


School of Psychology

Teaching & Scholarship


Senior Lecturer / Programme Lead in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Lecturer to lead the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University.


Duties will include leading and working with the other staff on the CBT Programmes to deliver high quality training for students on the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in CBT.


The post also offers the opportunity to play a leading role in developing the landscape of mental health therapies training in Wales, liaising with other teams in Cardiff, health boards, funding bodies and other universities.


The School of Psychology, Cardiff University, is one of the UK’s leading psychology schools, with strong international reputation for teaching and research across most areas of psychology.


This vacancy is part-time (0.4), 14 hours per week. Secondment applications for this position are welcome.


This position is available immediately and is fixed term for 3 years.


For informal enquiries, please contact: Petroc Sumner -


Salary: £50,132 - £58.089 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 8). It is not expected to appoint above £50,132 per annum.


Date advert posted: Wednesday, 20 February 2019


Closing date: Saturday, 13 April 2019


Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.


Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


Job Description

Main Function

To advance and disseminate knowledge in your subject area, and to contribute to teaching, administration and leadership. Take responsibility for the development, delivery and evaluation of the postgraduate training programmes in cognitive and behavioural therapy. To teach, supervise students clinical work and to carry out administrative duties as required. To pursue excellence in teaching and inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • To identify and lead opportunities for curriculum innovations and enhancements in the area of CBT, including;
  • Initiating and implementing new modules and programmes
  • Developing the structure of existing modules and programmes and evaluating the impact of innovations as appropriate
  • Conducting a programme of evaluation and research to assess the quality and impact of the current teaching and to make a significant contribution to the international development of such teaching
  • Review on a regular basis course content and materials, updating when required
  • Ensuring that training promotes the integration of theory and research within clinical practice, and adheres to the BABCP Core Curriculum.
  • Maintain BABCP accreditation for the courses.
  • Offer specialist CBT supervision to a group of students using live supervision, assessing, formative tapes and acting as academic tutor for academic submissions.
  • To assess clinical competency with a range of approaches including CTS-R.
  • To mark and moderate student submissions on the certificate and diploma programmes in CBT.
  • To take the role of academic tutor for a group of students on the Certificate programme, providing academic support and feedback on draft submissions. Monitoring of student progress on academic work and communication with workplace managers where appropriate.
  • To be a member of the Extenuating Circumstances Group
  • To contribute to weekly programme meetings and occasional supervisor meetings, marking meetings, board of examiners and annual programme reviews.
  • To provide effective feedback on student submissions and resolve emotional distress that may accompany student failure, or educational or personal difficulties.
  • Supply pastoral care through both acting as a Personal Tutor and providing support and guidance to students, building and establishing trust
  • To lead selection procedures for new students



  • To maintain CBT clinical practice with appropriate CBT supervision.
  • To take responsibility for own clinical practice and adhering to professional and ethical standards of the BABCP and other regulatory bodies.
  • To take responsibility for own continuing professional development in accordance with the requirements of BABCP and if applicable, HCPC or other professional body

Research and Development

  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of research around CBT for anxiety disorders and depression.
  • Audit and report on the quality of training in the specified modules.
  • Support students in learning to critically review the evidence base for CBT.

Continuing Professional Development Leadership 

  • To provide academic leadership by co-ordinating the work of others to ensure areas of degree courses are organised and delivered effectively
  • To be involved in the departmental level strategic planning and contribute to wider strategic planning processes in the University
  • To provide opportunities for staff development aimed at improving skills and knowledge in learning and teaching pedagogy, assessment and feedback


  • To undertake and lead operational administrative responsibilities  as requested by Head of School and senior management team
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1.    Post holders are required to be BABCP Accredited CBT Practitioners and must abide by the BABCP Guidelines for Good Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.
2.    First degree and post-graduate level qualification in a field allied to mental health 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

3.    Substantial teaching experience at a high level of quality at undergraduate/postgraduate level.
4.    Growing national reputation within academic field
5.    Proven ability to design, deliver and continuously develop modules across the Schools teaching programmes, contributing to the educational development of the University

Pastoral, Communication and Team Working

6.    Excellent communication skills with the ability to disseminate complex and conceptual ideas clearly and confidently to others using high level skills and a range of media
7.    The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances and to act as a personal tutor.
8.    Proven record of academic leadership


9.    Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and teamworking within work

Desirable Criteria
10. Successfully completed a BABCP accredited postgraduate training programme in CBT. 
11.Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community
12.Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School.
13. Proven record of taking responsibility for academically related administration.


Additional Information

Evidencing Criteria - It is School of Psychology’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document/attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number.

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.

Cardiff School of Psychology

We are recognised internationally for sustained excellence in research, impact and research-led teaching. We are a large School with over 50 academic staff, over 600 undergraduates and 150 postgraduate students. In the last assessment the School attained the highest rating of ‘excellent’ for its teaching from the HEFCW Teaching Quality Assessment Panel.

Many individuals in the School are leading figures in their research areas. In the last Research Excellence Framework we entered as a unit of over 80 staff with our colleagues in Psychological medicine. We were placed 2nd in our topic area across the UK. We have state of the art laboratories and experimental expertise across the range of psychology, and are currently building one of the largest and best equipped imaging centres in Europe (see:

Our collective aim is to understand the psychological and biological foundations of behaviour at both individual and group levels. The research undertaken in the School ranges from 'synapse to society', and includes normal behaviour in development and adulthood, the breakdown of cognition after stress, trauma and in neurological and/or genetic conditions, as well as key psychological issues of broad importance to society, such as prejudice, reproductive health and understanding risk. The School also contributes to cross-disciplinary University Research Institutes in Neuroscience and Mental Health, Sustainable Places, and Energy Systems Research.


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Grade 8

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