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EVENING
UNIVERSITY

Professor or Reader in Health


Psychology
Psychological Sciences / School of Science
October 2016
1. About Birkbeck

Thank you for your We have 14,000 students ranked us the 50th most
interest in the role of studying for over 130 international university,
Professor or Reader in Masters Degrees, nearly taking in to account both
Health Psychology at 80 BA/BSc/LLB degrees the international students
Birkbeck, University of and 40 Certificates of and international
London. Higher Education in Arts; academic collaborations.
Business, Economics and
In 1823 George Birkbeck Informatics; Law; Birkbecks reputation as a
founded the London Science; Social Sciences, world-class research
Mechanics Institute with History and Philosophy.. intensive institution was
a vision for opening up We also have over 800 cemented by the
university education to PhD students. Research Assessment
working Londoners. By Framework in 2014.
1920 Birkbeck was But while Birkbeck has its Birkbeck was 30th in the
incorporated in to the roots firmly in London, UK for research (THE
University of London and we are recognised on a rankings with intensity),
today, almost 200 years global stage. The Times with 73% of our research
later, Georges mission Higher Education (THE) rated world leading or
remains undimmed. World University rankings internationally excellent.
2015-16 placed Birkbeck We are home to 44
Birkbeck, University of among the worlds top research and specialist
London, is a world-class 250 universities and institutes.
research and teaching
institution, a vibrant
centre of academic
engagement and
excellence and London's
only specialist provider of
evening higher education.

Where once we were


known solely for our
part-time courses and
mature students, today
we have a wider mix; our
cohort of full-time
undergraduates has
grown from zero to
almost 3,000 over the
past six years.
Undergraduate students
can study for a degree at
a pace that suits them,
across three, four or six
years, while we are the
sixth largest provider of
postgraduate
programmes in the UK.

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Arts and Humanities This unique combination We are situated among
courses at Birkbeck were of ground-breaking beautiful, leafy squares in
recently placed 52nd in research and innovative one of the worlds
teaching provides an greatest concentrations
the world, third best in
inspirational learning of libraries, including the
London and 11th in the experience for our British Library and
UK by the THE 2015- students; we have Senate House Library.
2016 World University consistently ranked The British Museum is
Subject Rankings. This number one in London for next door and we are a
included SSHPs student satisfaction in the just short stroll from the
National Student Survey. West End. Across the city
archaeology, classics,
in east London, we offer
history, linguistics and
Birkbecks main courses at University
philosophy programmes Bloomsbury campus is in Square in Stratford. Both
plus the School of Arts the heart of academic our campuses are well-
literature, theatre and London, home to a served by public
cultural studies number of other transport.
programmes. And we are universities and colleges
of the University of
in the top 100 worldwide
London, including
for English Literature, University College London
History, Philosophy and and the School of
Psychology, according to Oriental and African
the QS World University Studies.
Rankings by subject
2015.

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2. About the Department and/or School

The Department of Psychological Sciences is a centre of vibrant research and teaching


whose history can be traced to the beginnings of the scientific study of the subject in the
UK over a century ago. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the Departments
research was ranked 5th in the UK. In terms of impact (relevance to everyday lives) and
research environment our research received 100% at the highest rating. The Department is
now the highest ranked Psychology Department in London (including all University of
London Colleges). Our research excellence is reflected by our published work (over 1200
publications, over 44 per FTE staff member, in the five years to 2013), our ability to attract
large-scale external grant funding (with new grants awarded since 2008 totalling 18.5m
and a research spend of 2.1m pa), a vibrant doctoral training program, and many
prestigious awards for both senior and early-career staff.

Health psychology

Health psychology has a strong presence in the department and has been earmarked for
expansion.

The Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) Research Group (including Jonathan A


Smith and Virginia Eatough) conducts research in health psychology, often in collaboration
with quantitative researchers in other institutions, on topics such as decision making in
clinical genetics, adherence to HIV treatment, and family attitudes towards posthumous
brain donation. Much of this research is funded by NIHR. Smiths work, in particular, has
led to IPA becoming one of the worlds foremost qualitative approaches in psychology.

The Institute for the Study of Children, Families & Social Issues (including Jacqueline
Barnes & Ted Melhuish) conducts major evaluations of programmes and policy initiatives
that address national and international priorities in education, social-cognitive
development, child and family health, and parenting support aimed at providing evidence to
inform social policy. Examples include the National Evaluation of Sure Start, evaluation of
the Family Nurse Partnership programme and longitudinal studies on early childcare and
education and their relevance for later development.

Anne Miles employs quantitative and qualitative methods to examine cancer screening and
treatment, and the public understanding of cancer. Her research has centred on
understanding and promoting screening attendance, and the impact of attending screening
on psychological mood states and health behaviours. More recently she has also researched
factors affecting engagement with cancer information and is currently working on lay
understanding of how risk factors promote cancer risk.

Naz Derakhshan has recently begun extending her research on anxiety and depression to
coping with breast cancer. Cancer related thought intrusions as well as worrying over fear
of recurrence have been shown to exacerbate emotional vulnerability in survivors, due to
reduced attentional control resulting partly from factors such as chemotherapy induced
cognitive decline that most patients experience long after active treatment. A new line of
research is investigating the effectiveness of an adaptive cognitive training intervention in
promoting resilience and psychological well-being in women affected by breast cancer.

The new post

We are looking to appoint a new Professor or Reader in health psychology. In particular, we


wish to consolidate and further strengthen our capacity for mixed methods research.
Applications are invited from quantitative health psychologists committed to pursuing
mixed methods research in collaboration with our internationally renowned experiential
qualitative researchers in the interpretative phenomenological analysis research group. In
addition, the successful candidate will be able and expected to pursue their own
independent body of research. We conceive of health psychology in broad terms and
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welcome applications from people conducting research in any area concerned with the
psychology of health.

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3. Job Description

JOB TITLE: Professor

SCHOOL/ DEPARTMENT: Psychological Sciences

REPORTS TO: Head of School

To supervise research students and research staff as


SUPERVISES:
appropriate

POST REFERENCE: 12003

GRADE: Professorial DATE October 2016

Purpose of the Job

To oversee the design and development of the curriculum, and deliver a range of
programmes of teaching to Birkbeck students, in order to ensure teaching within the quality
assurance framework of the College. To lead the development and implementation of the
Colleges research strategy and co-ordinate research activity within the specific subject
area.

Main Duties of the Jobholder

Teaching and learning

To oversee the design and development of the overall curricula, and develop and deliver a
range of programmes of study (sometimes for entirely new courses) at various levels.
To develop the quality assurance framework within the Colleges overall framework,
including the validation and revalidation of courses, and student admission and
assessment.
To transfer knowledge including practical skills, methods and techniques.
To encourage the development of innovative approaches to course design and delivery
and ensure that teaching design and delivery comply with the quality and educational
standards and regulations of the department.
To challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in
critical discourse and rational thinking.
To supervise student projects, field trips and, where appropriate, placements.
To set, mark and assess work and examinations and provide feedback to students.
To ensure that the teaching content and methods of delivery are in accordance with equal
opportunities, and respond to issues relating to staff and student needs.

Research

To lead the development and implementation of research strategy.


To lead and co-ordinate research activity in the subject including determining relevant
research objectives, and preparing research proposals
To lead research and collaborative partnerships with other educational institutions or
other bodies.
To lead bids for research, consultancy, and other additional funds.
To write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other
appropriate media.
To seek practical application of research findings.
To make presentations at national and international conferences and similar events.
To carry out independent research and act as principal investigator and project leader.

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To act as a referee and contribute to peer assessment.
To update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.

Communication

To disseminate conceptual and complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences using


appropriate media and methods to promote understanding.
To be routinely involved in complex and important negotiations both within the College
and with external bodies.
To prepare and submit proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and
accreditation purposes.

Working Relationships and Contacts

People management and team working

To chair committees and participate in College decision-making and governance.


To lead and develop internal and external networks to foster collaboration and share
information and ideas, promoting both the subject and the College.
To promote and market the work of the department in the subject area both nationally
and internationally.
To exercise academic leadership for all subject area teaching and research activities.
To act as a line manager, supervising the work of others, for example in research
teams, projects, or as PhD supervisor when required.
To ensure that staff are suitably qualified to work within their own area.
To appraise and advise staff on personal and career development plans.
To promote a collegiate approach and develop team spirit and team coherence.
To foster inter-disciplinary team working.
To develop and communicate a clear vision of the units strategic direction.

Student and staff counselling

To be responsible for dealing with referred issues for students within own educational
programmes.
To act as personal tutor, giving first line support.
To provide first line support for colleagues, referring them to sources of further help if
required.

Dimensions

Problem solving and impact

To determine the final allocation of resources within own area of responsibility.


To be party to strategic decisions at College level regarding staff, student, and college-
wide issues.
To lead the development of new and creative approaches in responding to teaching and
research challenges.
To initiate new and original solutions to problems, and resolve problems affecting the
delivery of courses within own educational programme and in accordance with
regulations.
To provide advice to external bodies.

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Resource management

To take overall responsibility for the organising and deployment of resources within own
areas of responsibility, and actively contribute to the overall management of the
department in areas such as budget management and business planning.
To contribute to College-wide planning and strategic development, and departmental-
level strategic planning.
To plan and deliver research, consultancy or similar programmes and ensure that
resources are available.
To contribute to the management of quality, audit and other external assessments.

Working environment

To balance the competing pressures of teaching, scholarship, research, knowledge


transfer, administrative demands and deadlines.
To take overall responsibility for health and safety in own areas of responsibility.
To ensure that appropriate risk management processes are operational.
To understand and apply the principles of equality of opportunity in an academic
context.

General Responsibilities

These are standard to all Birkbeck Job Descriptions

To adhere to the Colleges Equal Opportunities policy in all activities, and to actively
promote equality of opportunity wherever possible.
To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of your colleagues, in
accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and relevant EC directives.
To work in accordance with the Data Protection Act and to ensure that all new systems
are reported to your Data Protection Controller.
To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected.
To provide a healthy and comfortable working environment.

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4. Person Specification

JOB TITLE: Professor

DEPARTMENT: Psychology

POST REFERENCE: 12003

Birkbeck is a member of the positive about disability Two Ticks scheme and guarantees to interview all disabled candidates
who meet the minimum essential criteria for the post.

METHOD OF
ATTRIBUTES ESSENTIAL CRITERIA DESIRABLE CRITERIA
ASSESSMENT
Knowledge To be an externally recognised, leading Application
authority in the subject area with a Interview
considerable national or international Presentation
reputation. Test

To possess in-depth understanding of own


specialism to enable the development of new
knowledge, innovation and understanding
within the field.

To possess a thorough understanding of


institutional management systems and the
wider higher education environment, including
equal opportunities issues.

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Technical/Work- The ability to conduct high quality research in a Application
based Skills particular specialism. Interview
Presentation
A proven ability to attract funding from the Test
Research Councils and other sources.

Effective teaching design and delivery.

Highly effective oral and written communication


skills, to convey conceptual and complex ideas
and information.

Negotiation skills.

Computer proficiency in the standard packages


(word processing, e-mail and internet use, and
spreadsheets).

General Commitment to pursue mixed methods Application


Skills/Attributes research with experiential qualitative Interview
researchers in the IPA research group Presentation
Test
The ability to provide academic leadership.

Effective presentation skills.

Commitment to working with and encouraging


diversity.

Effective interpersonal skills to interact with,


engage and inspire students (especially mature
students), staff and others.

Effective organisation and administrative skills.

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Experience A national and international record of Experience of involvement in collaborative Application
excellence in research and publication in mixed methods research Interview
quantitative health psychology. Presentation
Test
Experience of teaching postgraduate and
undergraduate students.

Experience of conducting administrative duties


efficiently and effectively.

Qualifications PhD (or equivalent) level in an appropriate


specialism.

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5. Job Description

JOB TITLE: Reader

SCHOOL/ DEPARTMENT: Psychological Sciences

REPORTS TO: Head of School

To supervise research students and research staff as


SUPERVISES:
appropriate

POST REFERENCE: 12003

GRADE: 9 DATE October 2016

Purpose of the Job

To design, develop and deliver a range of programmes of teaching to Birkbeck students, in


order to enable them to complete their studies successfully, and to determine, develop and
carry out relevant independent research projects to extend knowledge of the appropriate
subject area.

Main Duties of the Jobholder

Teaching and learning

To design, develop and deliver a range of programmes of study (sometimes for entirely
new courses) at various levels.
To review course content and materials on a regular basis, updating when required.
To develop and apply innovative and appropriate teaching techniques and materials that
create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
To transfer knowledge including practical skills, methods and techniques.
To ensure that course design and delivery comply with the quality standards and
regulations of the university and department.
To challenge thinking, foster debate and develop the ability of students to engage in
critical discourse and rational thinking.
To supervise student projects, field trips and, where appropriate, placements.
To set, mark and assess work and examinations and provide feedback to students.
To ensure that the teaching content and methods of delivery are in accordance with equal
opportunities, and respond to issues relating to staff and student needs.

Research

To determine relevant research objectives and prepare research proposals.


To identify sources of funding and oversee the process of securing funds.
To contribute to the development of research strategies.
To carry out independent research and act as principal investigator and project leader.
To write or contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other
appropriate media.
To seek practical application of research findings.
To act as a referee and contribute to peer assessment.
To make presentations or exhibitions at national and international conferences and other
similar events.
To update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.

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Communication

To disseminate conceptual and complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences using


appropriate media and methods to promote understanding.
To prepare and submit proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and
accreditation purposes.

Working Relationships and Contacts

People management and team working

To lead and develop internal networks for example by chairing and participating in
College committees.
To lead and develop external networks for example with external examiners and
assessors.
To develop links with external contacts such as other educational bodies, employers,
and professional bodies to foster collaboration.
Regular contact and liaison with students to teach and provide support.
To provide academic leadership to those working within programme areas, as course
leader or equivalent, co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are
delivered effectively, and/or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and
work plans.
To act as a line manager, supervising the work of others, for example in research
teams, projects, or as PhD supervisor when required.
To contribute to the development of teams and individuals through the appraisal system
and providing advice on personal development.
To act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.
To lead teams within specific areas of responsibility.
To ensure that teams within the department work together effectively.
To act to resolve conflicts within and between teams.

Student and staff counselling

To be responsible for dealing with referred issues for students within own educational
programmes.
To act as personal tutor, giving first line support.
To provide first line support for colleagues, referring them to sources of further help if
required.

Dimensions

Problem solving and impact

To resolve problems affecting the delivery of courses within own educational


programme, and in accordance with College regulations.
To make decisions regarding the operational aspects of own educational programme.
To contribute to decisions, which have an impact on other related programmes.
To provide advice on strategic issues such as the balance of student recruitment, staff
appointments and student and other performance matters.
To identify opportunities for the strategic development of new courses or appropriate
areas of activity, and contribute to the development of such ideas.

Resource management

To be responsible for the delivery of own educational programmes.


To contribute to the overall management of the department in areas such as budget
management and business planning.

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To be involved in departmental level strategic planning and contribute to wider strategic
planning processes in the College.
To plan and deliver research, consultancy or similar programmes and ensure that
resources are available.
To contribute to the management of quality, audit and other external assessments.

Working environment

To balance the competing pressures of teaching, scholarship, research, knowledge


transfer, administrative demands and deadlines.
To take responsibility for conducting risk assessments and reducing hazards (depending
on area of work and level of training received).
To engage in continuous professional development.
To understand and apply the principles of equality of opportunity in an academic
context.

General Responsibilities

These are standard to all Birkbeck Job Descriptions

To adhere to the Colleges Equal Opportunities policy in all activities, and to actively
promote equality of opportunity wherever possible.
To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of your colleagues, in
accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and relevant EC directives.
To work in accordance with the Data Protection Act and to ensure that all new systems
are reported to your Data Protection Controller.
To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected.
To provide a healthy and comfortable working environment.

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6. Person Specification

JOB TITLE: Reader

DEPARTMENT: Psychology

POST REFERENCE: 12003

Birkbeck is a member of the positive about disability Two Ticks scheme and guarantees to interview all disabled candidates who
meet the minimum essential criteria for the post.

METHOD OF
ATTRIBUTES ESSENTIAL CRITERIA DESIRABLE CRITERIA
ASSESSMENT
Knowledge Wide breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in Application
own specialism to develop teaching and research Interview
programmes Presentation
Test
To be an externally recognised authority in the
subject area with a national reputation

To possess an in-depth understanding of own


specialism to enable the development of new
knowledge and understanding within the field

Understanding of different teaching and learning


methods

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Technical/Work- An ability to attract funding from the Research Application
based Skills Councils and other sources Interview
Presentation
Effective teaching design and delivery Test

Highly effective oral and written communication


skills, to convey conceptual and complex ideas
and information

Computer proficiency in the standard packages


(word processing, e-mail and internet use, and
spreadsheets)

General Commitment to pursue mixed methods research Application


Skills/Attributes with experiential qualitative researchers in the IPA Interview
research group Presentation
Test
The ability to provide academic leadership

Effective presentation skills

Effective interpersonal skills and delivery


techniques to interact with, engage and inspire
students

Commitment to working with and encouraging


diversity

Organisation and administrative skills

Experience A national record of excellence in research and Experience of involvement in collaborative Application
publication in quantitative health psychology, with mixed methods research Interview
an emerging recognition at international level. Presentation
Test
Experience of teaching postgraduate and
undergraduate students

Experience of conducting high quality research in


a particular specialism and publishing in
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recognised journals

Experience of conducting administrative duties


efficiently and effectively

Experience of developing and implementing


research objectives, projects and proposals

Experience of collaboration with academic


colleagues on course, curriculum and research
developments

Qualifications PhD (or equivalent) level in an appropriate


specialism.

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7. Further Information

Salary: Professor: Salary to be negotiated, minimum 61,264 per annum.

Reader: Grade 9 of the colleges London Pay Scale which is 53,361


rising to 59,587 per annum.

The salary quoted is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes
a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose
normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.

Please note the initial salary award will be dependent on the skills and
experience of the successful applicant.

Duration of post: Open-ended


Hours: 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

Annual leave 25 days per year, plus an additional six days when the College is
entitlement: closed during the spring and winter breaks. This is in addition to the
eight bank holidays.

Superannuation: The post is superannuable under the USS (Universities Superannuation


Scheme)

Closing date: Midnight on Thursday 1 December 2016

Informal enquiries can be made to:

Professor Jonathan A Smith, (Email: ja.smith@bbk.ac.uk)

8. How to Apply

To apply for this position please go to Please ensure your application


www.bbk.ac.uk/jobs (reference no: includes full details of your employment
12003) to apply through Birkbecks history, education and qualifications along
online application system. with comprehensive answers to the
application questions. Please upload a CV if
If you are having difficulties accessing required and also provide details of your
this site please email notice period and the names and contact
humanresources@bbk.ac.uk details for two referees (one of whom should
be your current or most recent employer).

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The Colleges commitment to Equality and Diversity

The College is committed to providing the highest quality academic and working environment
where all staff, students, visitors and contractors are welcomed, respected and treated in a fair,
consistent and non-discriminatory manner. The College is proud of its diversity and welcomes
applications from all sections of the community. No one will be treated unfairly because of their
sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, carer status, political belief,
pregnancy/maternity, social class, gender identity or marital/civil partnership.

Birkbeck is a member of the positive about disability Two Ticks scheme and guarantees to
interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum essential criteria for the post. Birkbeck
is a member of the Equality Challenge Unit, holds a Bronze level Athena SWAN award, a Mindful
Employers Charter signatory and subscribes to Stonewalls Diversity Champions.

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