Lecturer - Psychology (Teaching and Research focused) Dubai - School of Psychology - 97166 - Grade 8

University of Birmingham
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mar 26, 2021
Apr 21, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Psychology

University of Birmingham, Dubai campus

Salary: Competitive

Grade 8

Full time


Location: Dubai, UAE

Closing date: 22 April 2021

University of Birmingham Dubai

An opportunity has arisen to become part of the University of Birmingham and to join our mission to deliver a world-class British university education in the global city and international hub of Dubai. We opened a campus in Dubai in November 2017, becoming the first global top 100 and Russell Group University to establish a campus in this rapidly developing international education hub. The University of Birmingham Dubai provides opportunities for students to study on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to the same recognised standards as those delivered on our UK campus.

Our Phase 2 Dubai campus opening in 2021 will provide an academic home for up to 2,900 students, a community for Birmingham alumni in the region and a hub for local and global outreach and engagement activities.

Job Summary

In September 2020, the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham launched a new BSc Psychology in Dubai. We are seeking the appointment a Lecturer who will contribute to the development of our research and teaching programmes, based in Dubai but with close liaison with the School of Psychology in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

The overall responsibilities for the role holder are to develop and/or sustain a research programme and contribute to the delivery of the undergraduate Psychology BSc programme.

For research, applications from candidates with research expertise in mental health and or/child development are encouraged, although applicants with research specialisms across the discipline of Psychology will also be considered.

For education, you will be expected to make a significant contribution to the advancement of teaching (policy, practice, standards) of Psychology, and to provide leadership in teaching and learning, and teaching innovation.

Management and administration will involve managing activity on the Dubai campus with extensive collaboration and liaison back to our Edgbaston Campus and with colleagues in the School of Psychology.

An important aspect of this role will be the management of research facilities in the Dubai campus in support of research-intensive teaching activities, and so we are keen to recruit someone with a commitment to supporting experience with a wide range of research methods (behavioural and physiological, as well as self-report). You may also be involved more widely across the University campuses in sustained high value impact knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement and similar activities.

Main Duties


To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This may include, where appropriate to the discipline:
  • Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
  • Plan, publish and execute high quality research
  • Project manage research activities, and supervise other research staff
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally
  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students. Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:
  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award - as a mark or as credit - such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work


To contribute to Departmental/School administration. This may include:
  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the School
  • Contribute to teams as they devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)

Advise on personal development of students and junior colleagues

Progress to making a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)

Contribute to enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the University of Birmingham

Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.

Person specification
  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Substantial research and teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning as well as research

In return, you will receive a competitive package and be a key part of expanding and ambitious University as we develop our international reputation and global footprint.

This is a full-time post, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham has an excellent reputation for the knowledge and skills we develop in our graduates, and for research that answers important questions, stimulates new ideas, and makes a difference to individuals, communities and societies. The school is one of the largest and most successful in the UK. It was ranked in one of the top 5 Schools in the country for research (REF 2014).

To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the apply online button below; alternatively, information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000.

We are committed to providing a supportive work environment for our staff and providing equal opportunities in our recruitment process. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and will take flexible working option into consideration during the process.

Further details relating to this position as well as our developing Dubai Campus can be found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/dubai/work-with-us/index.aspx

For further information please contact Professor Edward Wilding, Head of School (School of Psychology), email: E.L.Wilding@bham.ac.uk , telephone: +441214144930 and and Dr Anthony Murphy, Senior Lecturer/Programme Director in Psychology - email a.d.murphy@bham.ac.uk (Dubai)

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer.

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We value diversity at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community