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  • Ref no: RGU03122
  • Published: 28/5/2020
  • Closes: 20/6/2020
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £30,942.00 - £33,797.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Term Time Only
  • Hours: 20 hours per week

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

Job Summary

As part of the Student Life Department you will provide practical counselling to students on a time-limited contract basis.

You will already have a recognised formal counselling qualification (Diploma/Higher Degree) and be registered with a Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) recognised governing body. You'll also have post qualification experience of providing one to one counselling on a time limited contract.

The post is part-time working 20 hours per week during term-time.

We're in the business of changing lives - developing students into highly employable graduates. Be part of that amazing journey by joining our 1500 colleagues who already enjoy the vibrant community, richly rewarding work, competitive pay and generous pension contributions.

This post in subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. 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.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Inclusion Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility


Providing counselling to students which will involve initial assessments of clients, on-going appointments, dealing with emergency referrals and responding effectively to students in crisis. The service typically offers 6 sessions of counselling support to students (4 at peak times)


To undertake individual counselling with students on a time-limited basis.

To maintain professional standards through Supervision and CPD.

To promote student wellbeing through practical, timely and appropriate interventions and referrals both internally and externally. (e.g. Voluntary Agencies and NHS Healthcare Providers)

To undertake initial assessments of clients in line with the Association for University and College Counselling (AUCC) best practice Guidelines and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Guidelines.

To effectively utilise CORE (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation) a standard evaluation system (used at the beginning and end of the counselling contract).

To liaise closely with the Student Wellbeing Adviser.  

To adhere to best practice guidance covering areas such as records management, data protection legislation and Professional Standards Agency ethical code of practice.

Liaise and build effective relationships internally with colleagues within support departments and academic schools.

Signpost to external partners and agencies such as to GPs and other Health Care Providers.

Proactively promote the Healthy University agenda through service development activities such as workshops.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

First Degree

A recognised formal counselling qualification (Diploma/Higher Degree) with post qualifying experience of working with clients.

Accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or registration with a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) recognised Counselling Body.


Knowledge and understanding of the Association for University and College Counselling (AUCC) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) guidelines;

Working knowledge of Data Protection legislation and Records Management.


Experience of working on a time-limited basis.

Post qualifying experience of providing one-to-one counselling




Knowledge of Higher Education Sector and related to this, the retention and progression of students.


Experience of counselling on a time limited contract.



Behaviour 1: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of: calming and reassuring those with work/study/student life related problems who may be experiencing distress; dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters; providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support.

Behaviour 2: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

Behaviour 3: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner.

Behaviour 4: Liaison and Networking - Experiences of: circulating information in an accurate and timely manner; working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships; leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest; leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation.