Andrew and Virginia Rudd Lecturer in Child Development and Education Ref: 2215

School/department: School of Education and Social Work and Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice (School of Psychology)
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent  
Reference: 2215  
Salary: Starting at £41,526 and rising to £49,553 annum 
Placed on: 07 October 2019
Closing date: 13 December 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date:January 2020 

This role previously closed on 4 November 2019. There is no need to reapply, all applications will be considered. 


Job description

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Child Development and Education located within the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex working in collaboration with the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice (located within the School of Psychology).

We seek a specialist in the field of Child Development and Education with emphasis on early years, primary and secondary education research and practice, whose research, teaching and professional experience embraces interdisciplinary approaches to promoting understanding of the interplay between family and school processes and children and young people’s health, mental health, education, wellbeing and development and will contribute to our world-leading expertise in this area at the University of Sussex.

You will have a track record of high-quality publications, evidence of the potential to secure external research funding and experience of knowledge exchange activities in areas specific to and cognate with the focus of this post.

Together with colleagues in the School of Psychology, the Department of Education and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, you will convene and contribute to a new and innovative specialist research-to-practice education and development programme being created at the University of Sussex, led by the Sussex Rudd Centre, aimed at front-line professionals (CPD), undergraduate and postgraduate students focusing on improved practice delivery for professionals working with vulnerable children and families.

You will provide research supervision to doctoral students, contribute as appropriate to other undergraduate and postgraduate teaching within the School of Education and Social Work and be expected to undertake appropriate administrative duties within the School/Department and University.

You will contribute to research and related activities within and across Sussex Rudd Centre partners, including academic departments/Schools, relevant research centres/groups, and the wider University and local communities. Through this post and in collaboration with programme colleagues, you will also work closely with partners NatCen ( and Place2Be ( in developing and facilitating strategically aligned research-practice-policy projects.

 For further information please contact Prof. Gordon Harold (Director, Sussex Rudd Centre, or, Dr Simon Thompson, Head of Education (School of Education and Social Work

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