Professor of Social Work

Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds Beckett University)

United Kingdom

September 29, 2022


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Professor of Social Work

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Grade 10 (£61,400 - £72,564)


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We are seeking to appoint a new Professor of Social Work. The postholder will be expected to engage in personal research that is of an internationally excellent standard and to lead in developing and progressing high-quality research activity within the Social Work and Community Studies subject group. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a role in research leadership and to make a significant contribution to the growing research profile with the School of Health.

Leeds Beckett University (LBU) had an excellent outcome across the fifteen Units of Assessment (UoA) that we submitted to in the recent Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) exercise, with 53% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationaly excellent (4/3). For UoA20: Social Work and Social Policy, 56% of research activity was assessed as 4/3 and rising to 76% for research outputs. The Unit was in the top half across the HEI sector for research power. The School of Health has ambitious plans for research and the postholder will play a key role in developing and progressing research in the area of Social Work and Social Policy, both in terms of research excellence and in maximising research impact.

The postholder will be encouraged to pursue and develop collaborative research projects with colleagues working within the established and successful public health research centres within the School of Health (Centre for Health Promotion Research, Centre for Dementia Research, Obesity Instutute) as well as identifying opportunities for working with colleagues across the many research centres based at LBU and with external partners.

The successful candidate will be an established, PhD qualified researcher, engaged in and delivering internationally excellent quality work, with the ability to provide research leadership to academic colleagues within the team. They will have an established track record of publications and research grant income and will be researching in any area of Social Work that can complement research strengths at LBU. Teaching across our course portfolio is also an important remit of the post and the appointee will carry a modest and appropriate teaching responsibility.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Head of Subject Dr. Lorraine Agu ( or Director of Research Professor Gary Jones (

Closing date: Thursday 29 September 2022 (Midnight)

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Working here means you'll also have access to a wide range of benefits including our generous pension schemes, excellent holiday entitlements, flexible working, reduced study fees, subsidised fitness facilities and a lot more.

We welcome applications from all individuals and particularly from black and minority ethnic candidates as members of these groups are currently under- represented at this level of post. All appointments will be based on merit.

About the employer

The origin of Leeds Beckett University (LBU) dates back to the establishment of Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824. The institute originally had two rooms, a classroom and a library, located at a site on Park Row. It moved to South...