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Lecturer in Refugee Care, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is recognised internationally as one of the leading Departments for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, culture and society and the many psychosocial factors, which influence our lives.

As we extend our range postgraduate programme we seek to appoint a Lecturer in the field of Refugee Care, on a permanent, part-time basis (14.4 hours per week), who can support the development our new online MA Refugee Care programme which incorporates a number of perspectives, including sociological and psychoanalytic.

Duties of the Role

The purpose of this role is to take up a role in delivering and developing taught and research programmes MA/PhD in Refugee Care face to face and online and to contribute teaching to relevant undergraduate modules where required, whilst also conducting high quality research and contributing to the Department’s outstanding research profile. You will also be expected to take up a small, key role in the Department.

In addition to our new online MA Refugee Care programme, will contribute to the teaching on other programmes where appropriate, e.g. our BA module and our face to face MA Refugee Care programme and you will take up a teaching and module leadership role in some of these programmes.

Key responsibilities will include contributing to excellence in education by designing and delivering substantive and effective teaching and learning support, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; engaging in individual and/or collaborative research activity (resulting in internationally excellent publications) that is in keeping with REF criteria; and generating external research funding, including in collaboration with colleagues, appropriate in scale to career stage and subject area norms.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

The successful candidate will hold a relevant doctoral level research degree in Refugee Care or related fields, or be close to completion of your PhD studies. In addition, you will be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy or possess the ability to gain professional recognition at this or a higher level if appropriate.

You will have proven experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, or demonstrable potential to achieve this, and experience of designing and planning learning activities, developing effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance.

In addition, you will possess the ability to conduct and develop independent, high-quality research, with evidence of a research agenda, engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile with a clear publication plan for submission to future REF programmes. Knowledge of and a research interest in Refugee Care and related fields is essential.

A successful candidate will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and possess the ability and willingness to play an active part in the administration of the department, becoming involved in extra-curricular activities within the department.

As an enabling academic environment for all of our students and staff, we are committed to the principles of Athena Swan and equality for all. We particularly welcome applications from those who are from an ethnic minority, or identify as female or non-binary, to improve their representation in PPS.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team (

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