Sport and Exercise Psychologist (KTP Associate)

Glasgow Caledonian University / Sport Aberdeen
Location: Aberdeen
Salary £31k - £33k pa. (plus £4k training and development)
Closing date: 4th July 2022

The Sport & Exercise Psychologist (KTP Associate) will be an employee of Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based at Sport Aberdeen with regular supervision meetings with the University’s supervisory team

This is a full time/fixed term role for 24 months

Interviews for this post are provisionally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 9th August 2022

An additional £4,000 training and development budget is available for this opportunity

The Role
The purpose of this role is to develop, implement, and evaluate the ProActive Minds programme; an innovative suite of activities and resources that promote mental and physical health in children and young people. The project will embed sport and exercise psychology knowledge and skills within the Active Schools Aberdeen team to position them to make a positive contribution to community mental health and wellbeing and achieve ambitious social and financial impacts.

The successful candidate will play a key role in overseeing the successful completion of the development, implementation and research of the ProActive Minds programme. They will be responsible for the co-ordination and day-to-day delivery of the project, in collaboration with the university and business partners. The postholder will manage the administrative and operational aspects of the project and will have the opportunity to disseminate project outputs through, for example, generate publications, present at conferences, and take part in grant writing.

The successful candidate will work within the Active Schools Aberdeen team and alongside Sport Aberdeen colleagues to develop a range of activities to support and improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of Aberdeen’s children and young people, including training for staff and volunteers and providing 1-1 psychological support.

The postholder will be a member of the Department of Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University and be supported by an experienced research team formed of core members of the Child and Adolescent Research Group (CAHRG). The department and research group are dynamic and vibrant academic communities with a strong track record of applied and innovative teaching and learning, research and knowledge transfer activities. The postholder will have a significant personal development budget and access to a wide range of training and development opportunities throughout the project.

We are seeking a BPS Chartered/BASES Accredited and HCPC Registered Sport & Exercise Psychologist to work innovatively within the overlapping community physical activity and mental health space. The person will have excellent planning and organisational skills including the ability to prioritise, manage multiple tasks and projects, and meet ambitious targets outlined in the work plan. Experience of conducting and completing qualitative and quantitative research projects (including design, data collection and analysis) is essential. The postholder will also have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate complex information at all levels. Post-qualification experience of working in, or undertaking research in, sport and exercise or mental health service settings is desirable.

This is an exciting role that will provide the postholder with the opportunity to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children and young people in Aberdeen and beyond. The role also offers a unique opportunity for the post holder to pioneer a new area of work for future sport and exercise psychologists within the context of adolescent mental health and physical activity.

Sport Aberdeen
Sport Aberdeen is a multi-award-winning charitable community leisure trust. Established in 2010, we are proud to manage and deliver physical activity and sport services on behalf of Aberdeen City Council and a number of other partners. We believe that participation in sport and physical activity really can change lives and we are committed to creating opportunities for participation across Aberdeen, removing barriers such as age, gender, ability and background. We provide a wide range of activities and programmes from fitness to snowsports, swimming lessons for infants to activities for older adults, plus much more in between. With over 500 employees, 30+ venues and welcoming over two million visitors every year pre-Covid, Sport Aberdeen is the largest sports and leisure provider in the north-east of Scotland. What makes Sport Aberdeen different from many other sport and leisure providers is the fact that every penny we earn is reinvested back into the venues we operate, the programmes we deliver and the communities we serve.

There is a possibility that Sport Aberdeen may recruit the Associate at the end of the project.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership
This project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. KTP Associates spend around 10% of their time in training and development and are offered the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Management. You will be employed by the University but your role will be based at the company. Many KTP Associates are offered a permanent role with their company at the end of the KTP project. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position. Please visit:

Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University - the University for the Common Good - is a vibrant, values-led, multi-cultural University with a global outlook, dedicated to delivering social innovation. Our organisational strategy is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and our globally recognised researchers advise governments, industry and international bodies. We’re ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for promoting gender equality, 69th globally for social impact, and the top modern university in Scotland for research power. In 2020-21, we contributed £1.7 billion and more than 14,000 jobs across the globe.

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