Professor, Director of Converge Visa Sponsorship Uk

March 25, 2024
£68.9 - £73.0 / year

Job Description



Full-time, permanent

Location: York

Salary: £68,857 to £73,040 per year.


About Converge and York St. John

York St John institution is an ambitious, modern institution located in the heart of historic York, and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.

Converge is a cooperation between the University and mental health care providers that offers courses to adults who use mental health services. Our courses help students improve skills in a friendly learning environment. Courses are offered by staff, students, and individuals with specific knowledge and personal experience with mental illness.

This director position will be responsible for leading and managing strategic work, collaborating with and leading the Converge project, which delivers courses for people who utilise mental health services, and contributing to research development and dissemination, as well as some work delivery. It gives a model for addressing concerns of social justice and equal access to education and mental health services. Converge is based in the school of the arts and collaborates closely with the Institute for Social Justice.


The Role

We are looking for a strategic, reflective, and innovative leader with experience in mental health, emotional intelligence, and a strong ethical core to lead Converge into the next stage of its evolution. The director will oversee Converge’s programmes and staff, collaborate on project relationships with the NHS and YSJU, and deliver and develop research and dissemination in the area. The director will be aggressive in leading and generating the necessary funds to ensure the project’s viability.

It is critical that the next director promotes research collaboration and facilitates participation among community mental health users, practitioners, academics and educators. Part of this partnership development will be supervising the expansion of new overseas partnerships. In addition, the director will play an academic leadership role in increasing student participation at Converge.

To that end, the job will model and lead interdisciplinary approaches to participatory, inclusive, and community research in the field of mental health. It will actively seek external research funding to deliver high-quality and impactful projects and activities; foster research links that facilitate the engagement and impact of collaborative research in mental health; supervise and train PGRs and community researchers; and lead the Converge Evaluation and Research Team.


Key Requirements

Candidates must have a strong background in mental health services and co-productive inclusive settings, as well as a track record of leadership, management, and a solid understanding of risk assessment and health and safety.

The winning candidate will be someone who understands the Converge project’s problems and prospects via leadership, innovation, emotional intelligence, compassion, and imagination.

We are searching for someone whose research practice is guided by a set of methodological and ethical principles, which may come from a variety of disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Candidates must hold a doctorate-level qualification.

Further Information

For casual inquiries, please contact Professor Helen Julia Minors, Head of the School of the Arts at

This position is eligible for skilled worker visa sponsorship. For more information on this visa path, please visit Skilled Worker Visa: Overview – GOV.UK (

If you need a reasonable adjustment to apply for this post, please contact The application form allows you to request a reasonable modification at the interview stage of the process; however, if you have any more questions at any point during the process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We provide a variety of family-friendly and inclusive policies and facilities to accommodate employees from diverse backgrounds. As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, we consider all requests for job sharing or flexible working arrangements.

Please keep in mind that CVs are not accepted as an alternative to the application form.


Our Benefits Package

We provide a broad range of employee benefits, including:

– Excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary university closure days during the Christmas season.

– handicap leave (applicable to employees who have revealed a handicap, as well as employees with disabled dependents)

– Pension programme.

– Health cash plan after six months of service.

– Employee Assistance Programme.

– Paid leave for Armed Forces reservists.

– On-campus classes, one-on-one tutoring, and online tools can help you expand your digital skills and work with new applications.

– Relocation expense package for specific roles

– Reimbursement of Skilled Worker Visa application fees and Visa loan scheme for extra costs.


Additional details about living at YSJ

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Closing Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at midnight.

Provisional Interview Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024