University of Exeter



Readership, Senior Lectureship, and Lectureships in Psychology

Basic information supplied by the School  | The unofficial FAQs

Applications are invited for four permanent positions which will be available from 1st September 2000,  as the result of the establishment of new positions, the early retirement of Mr Keith Nichols and the departure of Dr Geoffrey Haddock to take up a position at Bristol.

The School is seeking people with strong records or great potential who will strengthen our research profile. We are particularly keen that new lecturers should engage in collaborative research with existing staff and develop links between separate areas.

Appointments will be made in the following areas:

  1. two positions in social, clinical, community and developmental psychology. One of these positions will be a supporting lectureship for the new Chair of Psychology, whilst the other will be in a complementary area. These positions can be at Lecturer A, Lecturer B or Senior lectureship level. (ref 1126)
  2. one position in cognitive psychology, to strengthen and complement  our cognitive group, which has recently been augmented by an appointment to a

  3. new chair in cognitive psychology (Stephen Monsell). Details of other members of the group can be found at  This position can be at Lecturer A, B or Senior lectureship level. (ref 1127)
  4. one position in the area of animal behaviour, to strengthen and complement our Biological Psychology Research Group, which is led by Professor Stephen Lea. This position will be on the Lecturer A grade. (ref 1128)
The School of Psychology has a high reputation for its research, having obtained ratings of 5, 4 and 4 in the last three research assessment exercises, and has a strong position within the University, having been singled out as a growth area.  The research of the School is organised in three research groups: Cognition and Cognitive Science (a new Chair, Professor Stephen Monsell, has just been appointed); Economic Psychology; Social and Health Psychology. The School enjoys excellent accommodation in an exceptionally attractive location  -- the Washington Singer building, which is the large building at the bottom left of the aerial view at

The School has a full range of technical facilities and support, including a new connectionist/computational modelling laboratory with UNIX workstations, a new experimental cognition laboratory, and a first-rate audio-visual studio.  It has excellent computing facilities for teaching, including a new suite of PCs for undergraduate use, and a dedicated suite of Macs and PCs for postgraduate use.  The University’s ‘mainframe’ provision is UNIX based.  All staff have an ‘office’ machine for their own use. In addition to external and University research grants, the School operates its own internal scheme to offer ‘pump-priming’ support for new research initiatives.

Further details about the School can be found on our website at

The Washington Singer Laboratory, and most of the University buildings are set among an arboretum in a hill-top campus on the northern edge of the city, with fine views over the valley of the River Exe towards Dartmoor. The University is within walking distance from the centre of the city and the main railway station (1 hr to Bristol, 2 hrs 20 mins to London). The attractive cathedral city of Exeter has a population of about 100,000, and is rated as one of the best places to live in the UK.  It is surrounded by the scenic beauties of South Devon (Dartmoor, sandy beaches, estuaries, rolling hills, isolated valleys, pretty villages, etc.) . The more dramatic north coast of Devon and Cornwall, and the Dorset hills and coast, are also within easy reach.

Informal enquiries (and visits) are encouraged and potential applicants should contact Professor Paul Webley, Head of School, School of Psychology, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QG. Telephone 01392 264600 or email and those staff members with whom they anticipate collaborating.

Further information and application forms are available from Personnel, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QJ, 01392-263100 (answer phone) or email quoting the appropriate reference number. The closing date is Friday 18th February 2000 and it is hoped to carry out interviews during March.

The salaries for the posts will be as follows:

Candidates should forward 4 copies (or if posted overseas 1 copy in a format suitable for photocopying) of particulars of their qualifications and experience together with the names and addresses of three referees and an indication of the research area and scale level for which you are applying. These should reach the Personnel Division, University of Exeter, Northcote House, The Queen's Drive, Exeter EX4 4QJ  by 18th February 2000.  Please quote the appropriate reference number in all correspondence.

Applications are invited for the above posts (Reference number 4177), available immediately in the School of Psychology, for a period of three years.

The unofficial FAQs

The information above is the basics that the university puts out about any post it is advertising, and has been duly approved by pretty well everyone.  To supplement it, here are the answers to some of the questions that potential applicants have asked us.  This information is strictly unofficial, i.e. it hasn't been approved by anyone in particular, but I'm providing it in the hope that it will be helpful.  Please feel free to direct further questions to  Paul Webley (email addresses just above).
Additional information supplied by Stephen Lea, updated 15th February 2000