Student Counsellor

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7077831 (Ref.No. SESSO1183)
Posted: May 3, 2021

Job Description

Are you a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical or counselling psychologist with substantial experience in counselling and/or psychotherapy? Would you like to work within a multi-disciplinary Counselling and Wellbeing Team supporting students to reach their full potential? Do you have an understanding of the needs and priorities of counselling and wellbeing services in Higher Educational settings?

Student Counselling and Wellbeing is part of the Student Education Service and provides a wide range of excellent and innovative support to help students manage psychological, emotional and mental health difficulties whilst at University. As part of the University’s commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience and supported by donations from alumni and other friends of the University, this  time role will increase the capacity of Student Counselling and Wellbeing to support those Medicine and Healthcare students who have joined the NHS workforce in response to the Covid-19 pandemic at this critical time.

Student Counselling and Wellbeing is a large multi-disciplinary team that supports students through primarily time limited, focused interventions. In addition to individual appointments the service offers a comprehensive groups and psychoeducational workshop programme; same day support in partnership with Leeds University Union; a Clinical Consultation and Guidance service for University staff and critical incident response and support. 

You will be committed to working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, confident in clinical assessment and risk management, and it is essential that you are enthusiastic about focused, short-term interventions in both counselling and wider wellbeing and mental health support. 

You must hold a professional level counselling or psychotherapy qualification in any modality to diploma/masters level and be fully accredited by BACP, UKCP or BABCP. Clinical or counselling psychologists must have achieved chartered status with BPS and be registered with HCPC. 

Please note BACP membership or registration without accreditation is not sufficient. 

Applicants who consider themselves to hold equivalent professional credentials need to provide a statement of equivalency with their application. 

We welcome and encourage applications from all sections of the community. For this role we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) counsellors, male practitioners and candidates with disabilities. Our aim is to reflect the University’s diverse and vibrant community and ensure we are as welcoming and accessible as possible to all students.  We will select the best candidate solely on the basis of merit and ability to do the job.

Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Jane Harris, Assistant Head of Student Support (Student Counselling and Wellbeing)

Tel +44 (0)113 343 4106, email 

Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Please note: Due to the current Government Coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures, the interviews for this role are likely to be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.  It is also expected that relevant work within these roles may be done remotely, within the UK, while these restrictions remain in place.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Student Education Service
School/Institute:  Student Operations
Section:  Student Counselling Centre
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  3 or 4 days per week
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months - due to funding)
Release Date:  Friday 30 April 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 24 May 2021
Interview Date:  Wednesday 09 June 2021
Reference:  SESSO1183

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.


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