Senior Lecturer/Programme Director for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Keele University

United Kingdom

October 3, 2022


Job title

Senior Lecturer/Programme Director for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Job reference


Application closing date



Keele University Campus


Grade: 9 Starting Salary: £54,949 Incremental Scale: Yes

Contractual hours



Full time

Job category/type

Academic and Research



Job description

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy with proven expertise as a practising counsellor as well as experience of leading academic programmes in order to provide academic leadership to the delivery and ongoing development of the Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes at Keele University. The appointee will have extensive experience of developing high quality curricula and will make a significant contribution to the School's strategic ambitions. They will take a key role in developing the subject area of Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as new opportunities for multi professional collaborations across research and education. The post-holder will provide leadership in the development of our Counselling and Psychotherapy educational programmes and the development of a Counselling and Psychotherapy academic team, including the School's professional Doctorate and developing CPD activities. They will also make a significant contribution to leadership within the School of Medicine.

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £170 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research. Further information can be found at https: // www.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Science

The School of Medicine is one of four Schools in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences. The Faculty has a long tradition of providing professional programmes leading to registration with regulatory bodies whilst providing academic development to doctoral level. Through Keele Deal Health we have set out our commitment to work with partners in Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire and South Cheshire to address local health and care priorities, whilst our strong regional networks extend across not only the West and East Midlands but also to the North West and beyond. Our geography is diverse, covering remote and rural areas of the country in addition to highly deprived inner cities locations.

The School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is a large school comprising a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, which draws upon a long and distinguished heritage. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and the support we provide to students at all levels of study, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral. Staff are regularly nominated for University Excellence Awards, and colleagues have won awards on multiple occasions. Our research within the School is world leading, with active grants in excess of £30 million. Further information can be found at https: // www.

Counselling and Psychotherapy at Keele

This post represents a unique opportunity to develop the programmes of Counselling and Psychotherapy at Keele, building upon our track record of delivering high quality health and social care programmes that are nationally recognised. Keele has an unbroken record of providing counselling training since 1964, when it was one of the first universities in the UK to provide courses for school counsellors, and it enjoys an international reputation. Staff who have trained at Keele are widespread in voluntary and statutory services as well as in the independent sector. At Keele, we provide the following Counselling courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling
  • MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy (studied on either a full- or part-time basis)
  • accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

    The courses are founded on a person-centred view of personhood and person- centred ways of being and the core training offered by the programmes is in the person-centred approach. Our starting point for the Keele Counselling Model is a unifying ethos which enables us to respect and welcome a diversity of professional skills and orientations. Additionally, the centrality of a secure and constantly reviewed ethical position, based on the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, is presented.


    Academic staff are supported to develop their research within the key research areas supported by the university. Our commitment to health and social care relevant, interdisciplinary and critically informed research that engages with policy and practice, has been recognised in REF 2021. Further information can be found at https: // www.


    It is also intended that the successful candidate will contribute to the development and delivery of short courses (CPD) and other programmes within the School.

    Application Information

    Our academic job family includes two main routes or career paths. These are Education and Research and, Education and Scholarship. The routes have a common core of education, citizenship, and leadership, but enable specialism in research or scholarship. We would welcome applications from candidates wishing to pursue either the Education and Research or the Education and Scholarship pathway.

    Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

    The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible.

    Please note this appointment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

    For further details regarding this vacancy, please click on the following link: Job Description and Personal Specification

    Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self Service and click on the 'View current vacancies' link.

    Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Pauline Walsh, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health and Wellbeing) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences ( ) or Professor Christian Mallen, Head of School of Medicine ( . Applications to these addresses will not be accepted.

    Closing Date: 3 rd October 2022

    Interviews will be held on: 28 th October 2022

    Post reference: KU00002812

    About the employer

    Established in 1949, Keele University is an open research university in Staffordshire, England. Started as the University College of North Staffordshire, it received its status of a university in 1962 by the Royal Charter. It is recognized as the largest...