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Student Counsellor
Ref. 50051716

£52,244 per annum (Incl. LWA) pro rata

Student and Academic Services

Central London and Harrow

We currently have two vacancies available:

One part time and permanent role, working 31.5 hours per week. 

One part time role, working 21 hours per week, and fixed term until 31 August 2024. 

In your application form, please state which of the two roles you wish to apply for (permanent or fixed term). 

The Counselling Service supports and fosters the well-being of students to enable them to achieve their full academic and personal potential and to get the most out of university life. The Counselling Service offers support through individual appointments, group sessions and workshops. Aside from clinical work, the Service runs staff and student workshops and training, is involved in university wide projects and initiatives; and provides placements for associate and trainee counsellors. 

The successful candidates will provide counselling for a range of issues, including supporting students with complex problems and mental health difficulties, by providing assessments, crisis management and short-term counselling. The counsellors within the team take responsibility for managing the development of a specific specialism / service project as designated by Counselling Service Manager.

The staff team includes psychodynamic and integrative practitioners who work with emotional, psychological, and study-related difficulties.  Applicants should be interested in working in a multi-disciplinary context, have a clear understanding of how the institutional setting impacts on therapeutic decisions, and be in sympathy with the Service’s policy of offering primarily brief therapy which focuses on helping students to remain and progress at university. 

Candidates must demonstrate an interest in the emotional aspects of learning and the needs of students, must be a skilled and experienced brief work practitioner and be able to manage a busy and demanding workload.

A MSc/Post-Graduate Diploma or equivalent in counselling is essential as is substantial post-qualification experience in a Higher or Further Education setting.  Current British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited practitioner status (or equivalent) is also essential.

Prior to application, informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dominic McLoughlin, Counselling Service Manager, Email: 

To apply for this vacancy please click above. Further information can be found in the job description and person specification, which can be accessed through link below.

At the University of Westminster, diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity are at the core of how we engage with students, colleagues, applicants, visitors and all our stakeholders. 

We are fully committed to enabling a supportive and safe learning and working environment which is equitable, diverse and inclusive, is based on mutual respect and trust, and in which harassment and discrimination are neither tolerated nor acceptable.

The University has adopted Smart Working principles to support and further our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion aims of being an inclusive, collaborative and flexible employer. Further details of Smart Working can be discussed at interview stage.

Closing date: midnight on 04 October 2023

Interviews are likely to be held on: w/c 23 October 2023 

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