Professor of Social Work

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Closing date: 29th September

Professor of Social Work

Leeds Beckett University – School of Health

We are seeking to appoint a new Professor of Social Work. The postholder will be expected to engage in personal research that is of an internationally excellent standard and to lead in developing and progressing high-quality research activity within the Social Work and Community Studies subject group. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a role in research leadership and to make a significant contribution to the growing research profile with the School of Health.

Leeds Beckett University (LBU) had an excellent outcome across the fifteen Units of Assessment (UoA) that we submitted to in the recent Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) exercise, with 53% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent (4*/3*). For UoA20: Social Work and Social Policy, 56% of research activity was assessed as 4*/3* and rising to 76% for research outputs. The Unit was in the top half across the HEI sector for research power. The School of Health has ambitious plans for research and the postholder will play a key role in developing and progressing research in the area of Social Work and Social Policy, both in terms of research excellence and in maximising research impact.

The postholder will be encouraged to pursue and develop collaborative research projects with colleagues working within the established and successful public health research centres within the School of Health (Centre for Health Promotion Research, Centre for Dementia Research, Obesity Institute) as well as identifying opportunities for working with colleagues across the many research centres based at LBU and with external partners.

The successful candidate will be an established, PhD qualified researcher, engaged in and delivering internationally excellent quality work, with the ability to provide research leadership to academic colleagues within the team. They will have an established track record of publications and research grant income and will be researching in any area of Social Work that can complement research strengths at LBU. Teaching across our course portfolio is also an important remit of the post and the appointee will carry a modest and appropriate teaching responsibility.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Head of Subject Dr Lorraine Agu ( or Director of Research Professor Gary Jones (

Closing date: Thursday 29 September 2022 (Midnight) Please note that you will not be able to edit or submit a part-completed application form after the closing date. 

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