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Professor of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Professorial Salary Scale: Current minimum 64,986
Interview Date
2 March 2020
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Role Description

As part of a major investment, the Department of Education is seeking a Professor in Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education. This new post will add to our existing strengths in mental health and wellbeing (MHWB), providing academic leadership for research and teaching and building on internationally-recognised research group in MHWB in the Department and the wider University.

We welcome applications from candidates with research and/or a professional or clinical background in MHWB in education (e.g. mental and emotional health in children or adolescents, mental health interventions in schools and universities, trauma and resilience, counselling and therapy, psychopathology).You will join the Psychology in Education Research Centre (PERC) which provides an exciting setting to undertake excellent research in MHWB in educational contexts. We are an international and diverse department with collegiality, inclusion and equality at the heart of our core values.

Key requirements

  • PhD or clinical doctorate in education, psychology or a related discipline
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of mental health and wellbeing in an educational context
  • Expertise in one or more specialist areas of mental health and wellbeing
  • Experience of leading research teams and involvement in funded projects
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills 
  • Attraction and effective supervision of postgraduate students

To apply
Informal queries may be directed to the Head of Department Professor Paul Wakeling ( or  Professor Rob Klassen ( Director of PERC.

Closing date: 2 February 2020
Interviews will be held in York on: 2 March 2020

Salary will be commensurate with experience on the professorial scale: current minimum £64,986 per year.

Why York?
We're a dynamic, research-intensive university and have experienced significant growth over the past ten years, securing national and international recognition for our academic excellence. Our attractive landscaped campus has seen significant development which will continue as the University continues to grow. We’re recognised consistently for our family-friendly policies and proud of having been awarded the Gender Equality Mark. For further information on the Department of Education, please see

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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