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  • Ref no: RGU03031
  • Published: 21/2/2020
  • Closes: 22/3/2020
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £51,034.00 - £110,129.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Summary

The School of Applied Social Studies are seeking a Reader/Professor of Social Work.

In line with the University’s strategic priorities to contribute to fairer, more inclusive and socially engaged societies, the School of Applied Social Studies is building and strengthening research and scholarly activity in areas which underpin curricula, strengthen academic profile and enhance funding possibilities.

Accordingly, our areas of expertise are designed around four School Themes:

- Children and Young People

- Community and Social Development

- Criminal Justice

- Health and Social Care

- Relationships

You will be expected to promote the discipline and profession of Social Work, nationally and internationally, and to conduct individual and collaborative research projects, generate grant income and contribute to the research profile leading to the production of research outcomes; contributing to the University’s objective of growing our social work academic reputation for research-informed student teaching and learning, innovation and integrated academic practice.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Stephen Vertigans, Head of School on 01224 263229 or email or Janine Bolger, Head of Social Work on 01224 263352 or email

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit:

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Relocation assistance may be available for this post.

Closing Date: 22 March 2020

Interview Date: 02 April 2020


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of School

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To make a significant contribution to the research, educational and social work practice activities of the School of Applied Social Studies.



  • Promote research and teaching in Social Work, leading in the generation of externally funded research activity, in knowledge exchange and impact, and in the development and delivery of teaching and supervision
  • Grow externally funded research activity
  • Work with the Head of School and Associate Head/Head of Social Work to develop research capability; a programme of research that fits with School’s research strategy; and a research dissemination strategy
  • Build research partnerships between the School and national and international partners
  • Publish work which as a minimum meets the University’s expectations for the publication of REF-submittable outputs is suitable for REF impact case studies
  • Support and mentor research active staff and early career researchers within the school, and in practice settings, to increase publication in peer reviewed journals
  • Work with partner institutions to enhance the translation of research into evidence informed practice
  • Work with partner institutions to enhance service users’ involvement in, and experience of the of research
  • Supervise post-graduate research students
  • Contribute to the development of research supervisors to enhance the school capacity for supervision


  • Provide high quality education and continuing professional development for students and practitioners
  • Contribute to evidence-based education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Support the leadership and development of academic standards within the School
  • Contribute to the research and practice development agenda within partner institutions
  • Demonstrate an active commitment to continuing professional development in relation to education and reflective learning
  • Promote the diversification of Social Work activities and collaborations, including teaching to new student audiences


  • Provide leadership in research to staff within the School
  • Promote a culture of research and practice innovation within the School
  • Make an ongoing contribution to the discipline of Social Work regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Work with key stakeholders to integrate research into the quality agenda
  • Support and encourage early career researchers and individuals with research potential to develop their careers though encouraging applications for scholarships/studentships
  • Contribute to academic leadership within the wider university and within the discipline field at a national or international level

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Requirements

First Degree in relevant discipline.

Professional Qualification in Social Work or equivalent

Social Work Professional Body registration

A PhD in Social Work, or equivalent within a relevant social sciences discipline

Knowledge and skills

Evidenced ability to provide academic leadership, including contributions to the development of academic staff, and to the direction of academic activity

Evidenced ability to promote teaching and research collaborations with other disciplines, and developing the range of Social Work teaching and research

Proven ability to undertake a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to PhD theses inclusive

A wide knowledge of social work practice issues.


A profile evidencing excellent research in the area of Social Work and a record of publication excellence

Record of securing research funding awards

Substantial experience in social work practice and evidence of a commitment to social work values and to the profession of social work

Extensive experience of developing and delivering high quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Evidence of experience in building relationships with partner agencies and achieving impact in policy and practice




Experience as a Principal or Co-Investigator on international research partnership projects

Experience of developing fundraising philanthropic connections

Interest/experience in technology enhanced teaching and learning methods

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