Teaching Fellow in Psychology(Placements)
University of Warwick Department of Psychology
United Kingdom

Teaching Fellow (Placements) (101726-059) 




Vacancy Type/Job category

Teaching Only




£30,395 - £39,609 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Full time (36.5 hours per week), permanent position.


Working within the Department of Psychology, you will be responsible for developing and supporting a comprehensive portfolio of student placement and internship opportunities. You will identify and guide students through the process through on-site visits and coordinate placements.


You will also provide additional teaching and academic support in psychology in a topic or discipline relevant to your background. This will include providing tutorial sessions, supporting undergraduate students and providing appropriate feedback on their work. This will be negotiated within the Department’s ongoing workload model.


You will have a first degree and a PhD in Psychology or an allied field. You will have teaching experience in the higher education sector and a broad understanding of the principles and practice of psychology.


The post will be responsible to the Deputy Head of Department (Teaching).


Informal enquiries should be addressed to the current Head of Department Professor Robin Goodwin at Robin.Goodwin@warwick.ac.uk.

Job Description



The primary purpose of this post is to be responsible for developing and supporting a comprehensive portfolio of student placement and internship opportunities. You will also be asked to assist in teaching, administration and other activities as required, supporting the work of the Department of Psychology and developing and enhancing its reputation both internally and externally.




Placement duties


1. Develop and support a comprehensive programme of placement and internship opportunities for students, building relationships with appropriate prospective host employers, alumni and relevant institutions to market and promote the benefits of placements and internship and to explore areas for collaboration.


2. To ensure compliance with the University's guidance and procedures regarding work placements, internships and work experience provision, as well as that of relevant organisations in the field of work-based learning.


3. Ensure that information, guidance and resources relating to placement and internship opportunities are accurate and up to date. This will include developing, arranging and delivering, where appropriate, training for students and staff in relation to placements and internships, and coaching and mentoring students.


4. To guide students through the placement (and internships) application process, and support them whilst they are on placement by monitoring progress and conducting on-site visits.


5. To liaise with the University's Internships Development team, the Student Careers and Skills service, the International Student Office, Alumni Office, Study Abroad Team, and staff in academic departments also involved in placement and internship sourcing and management. To represent the Department on relevant groups and committees both internally and externally.


6. To ensure that staff, students and employers are aware of their responsibilities as participants in the placement and internship programmes (for example, in relation to health and safety, risk management and data protection).


7. To develop systems and processes to monitor and record placements and internships, analyse and interpret findings and report on the effectiveness of the programme.


8. To undertake any other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the scope and grading of the role as directed by the Senior Management Team of the Department.




1. To contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department of Psychology.


2. To develop your own teaching materials, methods and approaches with guidance from colleagues in the Department.


3. To act as a personal tutor.


4. To take on project supervision, and to provide advice on study skills and to assist those with learning problems.


5. To undertake related academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, seminar and provide constructive feedback, invigilation and pastoral support).


Administration and Other Activities


1. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department.


2. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.


3. To ensure compliance with health and safety and data protection regulations in all aspects of work.


Person Specification


The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

PhD in Psychology or allied field (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Ability to source , establish and promote work experience, placement, internship or apprenticeship opportunities (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 3

Understanding of the issues affecting the operation of placement and internship schemes involving university students (a,c,d)

Essential Criteria 4

Proven ability and achievements in undergraduate teaching (a,c)

Essential Criteria 5

Good organisational, administrative and IT skills (a,c)

Essential Criteria 6

Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders as well as student groups (a,c,d)

Desirable Criteria 1

Previous experience of working in, or in collaboration with, significant private or public sector organisations (including NGOs) (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Knowledge and understanding of the regulatory framework surrounding workplace provision (a,c,d)

Desirable Criteria 3

An awareness of current major issues in teaching in the UK University system (e.g. TEF) (a,c,d)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.


For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.


We are committed to supporting all staff in reaching their potential and we welcome applications from candidates from diverse and underrepresented groups. Warwick Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for gender equality advancement, while Warwick University holds a Silver Award. These awards and the Departmental policy on equality, diversity and inclusion represent our commitment to our diverse student population and to the advancement of all our staff.


We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. The Department offers flexible working arrangements and a commitment to schedule department events within “core hours only”. Warwick Psychology is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia. Candidates should have experience in, or be able to demonstrate a commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in culturally diverse work and educational environments.


Right to work in the UK

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system

please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2.


Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy


As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Other Information

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Closing Date

14 Jul 2019

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