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KTP Associate - Mental Health & Wellbeing Education Development Manager

38,587 - 46,042 a year
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The Department of Education at the University of York is internationally renowned for its work on mental health and wellbeing in school aged children. It is embarking on a unique project of knowledge exchange with the PSHE Association, the national body for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.

The KTP Associate will lead a project that aims to improve children’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing (MHEW) by providing innovative curriculum materials and training, based on the latest research in developmental psychology and neuroscience. This will enable teachers to effectively foster essential knowledge, skills and capabilities in primary school children and address the current shortage of evidence-based materials in this area. 

PSHE education is the curriculum subject through which children's MHEW education is covered in England, and since September 2020 these Health Education aspects have been compulsory in all schools. Teachers need trustworthy, evidence-based materials on which to base their curriculum. The successful applicant will play a key role by reviewing and synthesising evidence and designing and facilitating a co-production process with PSHE Association Subject Specialists to translate this evidence into practical tools for teachers.

The successful applicant will be employed by the University of York and based at the PSHE Association’s office in London. They will work closely with key PSHE Association personnel while receiving support and guidance from academics from the Department of Education. The KTP Association will work full-time for a fixed term of 24 months.

Salary:      £38,587 - £46,042 per annum fixed for the duration of the project and £2,000 a year training budget.


The focus of the project will be on incorporating two key wellbeing capacities – the self-regulatory capacity (as a source of self-management) and the self-world capacity (as a source of empathy and prosociality) – into a developmental curriculum framework, classroom resources and training.

(Role holders will be required to undertake some or all of the duties below):

  • Review and synthesise the latest research in developmental psychology and neuroscience
  • Create collaborative mechanisms for working with key staff to translate research into practice and develop tools, including lesson materials and online training
  • Design and facilitate workshops to present and explore complex research with non-academic colleagues
  • Design and deliver training on research skills to the PSHE Association subject specialists
  • Lead qualitative research, including design, with stakeholders, including teachers and policy actors
  • Project manage all product development, including digital development of online training.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • Master’s degree in psychology or cognitive neuroscience, with focus on child mental health and wellbeing We will add the University’s Equality and Diversity statement to all advertisements
  • Strong background in psychological and neuroscientific research on child development with focus on mental health and fostering of wellbeing skills, particularly in the educational context
  • Ability to review, analyse and synthesise research evidence to a high standard
  • Able to undertake research design, particularly conducting qualitative studies involving interviews, and qualitative data analysis.
  • Strong academic writing skills to publication level
  • Ability to communicate in writing to a high standard both in academic and wider outreach contexts, including communicating research to teachers in an accessible way
  • Ability to lead and facilitate workshops to communicate and explore complex ideas
  • Ability to design and deliver presentations to a wide variety of audiences
  • Proven ability to both independently and play an active role as a member of a team, including in a leadership role
  • Excellent relationship building and interpersonal skills.

Interview date:  To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Dusana Dorjee at

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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