Teaching Fellow in Person Centred Course Co-Tutor University of Edinburgh, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Teaching Fellow (Person Centred Course Co-Tutor)

Vacancy Ref: : 042236

Closing Date : 19-Jan-2018

Contact Person : Joanne Hendry

Contact Number : 0131 650 3887

Contact Email : Health.HRandFinance@ed.ac.uk

To work within a team and under the overall guidance of the Programme Director to contribute to core professional education in Counselling and Psychotherapy by occupying the role of Teaching Fellow (Person-centred tutor) on the Diploma / Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue).


This post is on a Guaranteed Hours contract and is a fixed term post until May 2018.


You will be paid at a Grade UE07 at an hourly rate of £17.83 - £21.28 plus annual leave allowance.


Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 19th January 2018.


1. Job Details

Job title: Teaching Fellow (Person Centred Course Co-Tutor)

School/Support Department: Health in Social Science

Unit (if applicable): Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Line manager: Head of School, or delegated deputy

Grade: UE07 (£17.83- £21.28 per hour)

Hours: Guaranteed Hours 10-weeks


2. Main Responsibilities


Working with person-centred Lecturers and/or Teaching Fellows, the post-holder will assist in the facilitation of a 10-week person-centred experiential learning group, contributing to students’ increasing self-awareness, self-development and relational competence as well as their understanding of the person-centred approach in action.

To co-facilitate a person-centred experiential learning group that will support students in their development. This requires you to:

support students to articulate their experiences and to handle sensitive information in a supportive and confidential manner (Approx % of time 30)

facilitate students to apply their theoretical learning to their understanding of their own development as a practitioner and their relationship with clients (Approx % of time 30)

To mark summative assessments in line with the University's Common Marking Schemes. Where required, to take part in in the internal moderation of assessment in line with the relevant policies (Approx % of time 10)

To fulfil the administrative work associated with marking and teaching, including attending tutor meetings to process the weekly group (Approx % of time 20)

To contribute to the academic and practice community of students on the programme, for example participating in student welcome events, open days and departmental seminars and conferences (Approx % of time 5)

To ensure that your own development is up-to-date and that you are familiar with University policies, for example on health and safety and student assessment (Approx % of time 5)


3. Planning and Organising


You are expected to work with your colleagues in preparing for the weekly learning group. There is no content planning required in advance but you do need to be prepared and able to respond to and working with the range of experiential and theoretical material concerning person-centred practice that is generated within the group. With the experienced person-centred Lecturer or Teaching Fellow, you will plan and organise the process for, and allocation of, assessment of students.


4. Decision Making

Make decisions during person-centred group sessions concerning appropriate and developmental interventions to make; Make decisions concerning the qualities of assignments, their mark and the feedback it would helpful to offer.


5. Key Contacts/Relationships


• Liaise with colleagues on the facilitation of the person-centred group
• Report to Head of Subject Area or delegated colleague


6. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


Essential Attributes

• A professional qualification in counselling, psychotherapy or counselling psychology to at least Diploma level
• At least five years counselling or psychotherapy experience within the person-centred theoretical approach
• Accreditation, or eligibility to apply for accreditation, with BACP, COSCA or equivalent
• Ongoing membership of a relevant professional organisation (COSCA, BACP or equivalent)
• Capacity to contribute towards a creative learning environment
• Group work experience
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to work as a member of a team
• Excellent organisational skills
• Ability to work to deadlines


Desirable Attributes

• A qualification in counselling supervision
• Experience of facilitating person-centred learning / therapy groups
• Counselling trainer accreditation with BACP, COSCA or equivalent
• Experience of working in a variety of counselling contexts (statutory, voluntary, private)
• Experience of working with students from different theoretical orientations
• An understanding of the practices of the talking therapies in relation to contemporary social science debates

8. Dimensions

The post-holder is part of a team of tutors who work with the colleagues leading the programme. CPASS includes around 40 Professors, Lecturers and Teaching Fellows.


9. Job Context and any other relevant information


The post requires a 10-week commitment.


Based within the School of Health in Social Science, CPASS is one of Scotland’s principal providers of postgraduate education, training and research in the field of counselling, psychotherapy. The subject area offers a number of postgraduate degree programmes from beginner-level training in counselling skills and approaches to advanced research degrees. These programmes include the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies, the Master of Counselling, which includes the Pg Diploma in Counselling, the MSc in Counselling Studies, the Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue), the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling, the MSc by Research in Counselling Studies and the PhD/MPhil programme.
The core research training course is a required course for students on all Masters and research programmes.


You will not have any financial responsibility or responsibility for other staff beyond that of a responsible and supportive colleague. You will work under the guidance of the Programme Director and day-to-day line management is by the Head of CPASS.


Application Procedure


All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.


You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.


The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Friday 19th January 2018.


Eligibility to Work


In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).


To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.


For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website


If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.


For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website


However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.


If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.


The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).


You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).


Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.


Conditions of Employment


Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.



The role is guaranteed hours. It is grade UE07 and attracts an hourly rate of £17.83 - £21.28 plus annual leave allowance. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.


The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.


Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling and Psychotherapy is one of Scotland’s leading providers of postgraduate education, training and research in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Since the 1970s, Counselling and Psychotherapy has been at the forefront of the development of counselling as a professional activity in Scotland and across the globe. We provide a range of professionally accredited education programmes, from the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma, through to Masters and Professional Doctorate. We also offer research degrees, the MSc by Research and PhD/MPhil. To support our training and research, we operate our own public counselling service, the Hope Park Counselling Centre, one of only three such centres in the UK. Our core orientation is a dialogue between psychodynamic perspectives and the person-centred approach. Our core ethos is to provide a rich relational engagement with clients, students, research participants and colleagues, an engagement which values dialogue, subjectivity, diversity and the complexity of the lives we live in contemporary times.


The staff team is made up of senior practitioners in the field, who are also experienced teachers, supervisors and researchers. We are committed to original, empirical and theoretical research that engages critically with the practices of counselling and psychotherapy, and we are especially keen to encourage research concerned with the interface between counselling, psychotherapy and social, cultural and political life, as well as research that draws directly on practitioners’ own therapeutic work. Our expertise lies in qualitative, reflexive and critical research approaches. Methodologically we draw upon autoethnographic, arts-informed, narrative and collaborative traditions. Our research portfolio is interdisciplinary, integrating concepts, practices and scholarship from counselling and psychotherapy with a range of disciplines including sociology, human geography, philosophy, theology, religious studies, education and cultural studies.

Our research interests include:
marginalised client groups, including people who have experienced trauma, people with disabilities, children and young people
social, cultural and political contexts of therapeutic practice and professional training
interdisciplinary perspectives on the nature and contribution of counselling and psychotherapy
the relationship between self, practical knowledge and professional practice/wisdom
spirituality and counselling/psychotherapy
methodological innovation in qualitative research, including approaches arising from the practices of counselling and psychotherapy
Interdisciplinary research is encouraged through the School’s research and knowledge exchange themes of:
child and adolescent mental health
critical care
ageing and dementia

The School of Health in Social Science

The School of Health in Social Science is a vibrant research and professionally driven academic School which strives to have a transformational impact on individuals and communities through internationally excellent research, knowledge exchange, learning and teaching. The distinctive composition of disciplines in the School leads to an emphasis on optimising physical, mental and emotional health for people; amplifying the potential of people and communities vulnerable to exclusion and working with others to achieve this. The Subject Areas are: Clinical Psychology; Nursing Studies; Counselling & Psychotherapy; Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Health. The School works in partnership with a wide range of global and local educational and research partners.


The School of Health in Social Science is a leading provider of postgraduate and undergraduate education in health, health policy and related fields. We offer two undergraduate programmes (one leading to professional registration in nursing); together with several postgraduate degrees in Clinical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dementia, Health and Social Care and Nursing Studies and an expanding range of Continuing Professional Development and on-line distance learning opportunities.


The School of Health in Social Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 12,600 undergraduates, 4,500 taught postgraduates, 2,000 research students and more than 3,100 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.


Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)


The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.

The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.


As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.


As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.


The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.


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The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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