Associate Lecturers in Undergraduate Counselling

  • Job Reference: 00000042-1
  • Date Posted: 3 August 2022
  • Recruiter: The Open University
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  • Location: Home-Based
  • Remote Working: 100% remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: £34,304 Pro Rata
  • Sector: Education, Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Part Time

Job Description

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

We are looking to recruit Associate Lecturers in the area of Undergraduate Counselling, in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the Open University.

The position is part-time and would involve teaching one or more modules. There are immediate teaching needs on modules D241 Exploring mental health and counselling,, and DD310 Counselling and forensic psychology: Investigating crime and therapy

The position is home-based and has no fixed core hours. It is permanent, with a probation period of two years. The annual salary and workload are fixed, but there are significant workload peaks and troughs, mainly linked to providing marking and assessment feedback. This is likely to include exam and end of module marking tasks. Other tasks will be required such as focused student support (individual and forum), peer mentoring and working with the module team on assessment activities and quality improvement. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The appropriate level of FTE will be discussed at interview, and there is the possibility of increasing the FTE later. The starting full-time salary is £34,304 paid pro rata based on your FTE. Although most of the teaching occurs between September and June, the position is paid over the full calendar year.

The contract start date is 1st September 2022.

Person specification:

The person specification for this position should be read in conjunction with the generic

person specification for an Associate Lecturer at The Open University.

As well as meeting all the requirements set out in the generic person specification, you should have:

  • A good undergraduate degree in psychology, forensic psychology or counselling
  • A good knowledge of counselling theory and practice across a range of counselling modalities
  • One or more of the following:
    • A postgraduate qualification in psychology, counselling or forensic psychology (preferably with a substantial counselling and/or mental health component)
    • A postgraduate qualification/Diploma in counselling/psychotherapy
    • Professional Registration or Accreditation in Counselling or Mental Health (e.g. BACP, UKCP, COSCA, IACP, HCPC)
  • Recent experience of counselling practice or therapeutic oriented work in mental health settings and/or forensic settings 
  • An understanding of the challenges of teaching sensitive topics

It would be an advantage to have:

  • Experience of teaching counselling and/or forensic psychology at undergraduate level
  • A relevant higher degree 
  • A teaching qualification in relevant subject or HEA accreditation

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. To ensure they remain up to date with developments in their academic field, Associate Lecturers are allocated 6 days (pro-rata) per annum for Academic Currency and 1 day, plus 5 days pro rata, per annum Professional Development.

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 27 days holiday per annum (pro rata) with variable (pro rata) Bank holidays and an attractive pensions proposition.

Tuition Delivery

Tuition will be primarily online with some face-to-face learning events. Some travel to face-to-face events will be necessary.

How to apply

An application form and job-related information are available from the links located below. Any queries regarding the application process please contact AL-Applications on, quoting the reference number:FASS_UndergraduateCounselling_22J

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

The University is unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role as per the requirement laid out the UK Visas and Immigration regarding Right to Work in the UK.

It is a requirement of the role to have access to a personal computer (PC) and you will be expected to have basic PC skills, basic digital literacy and be able to use standard office software e.g. word processing and e-mail. However, for modules which use specialist software it will be provided and online training will be made available. Please be aware that some of this software will only operate within a Microsoft windows platform. All modules require access to the internet as you will be required to regularly access information from a website. You will also be expected to mark your students’ assignments using your PC which requires downloading specialist software.

Information on PC specifications is included within module descriptions available at Study at the OU.

You will be required to use your OU email account for administrative purposes and to make contact with, and respond to, your students and colleagues. Please note that, in accordance with university policy, associate lecturers will be expected to use their own equipment for all aspects of e-learning.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake a DBS check or equivalent for their nation of residency.

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Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from Resourcing Hub at

Please note your application cannot be processed without the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire Link being completed.

Applications in PDF format are not accepted. 

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all our staff can reach their potential and attract diverse candidates.  We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength