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Counselling and Mental Health Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the Role

Working across two campuses - Leeds Conservatoire & University Centre

Term Time only (34 weeks per year)

We are looking for a Counselling & Mental Health Officer to support our students success and retention by delivering high quality mental health and counselling services, including short term supportive interventions, for Leeds Conservatoire and University Centre Leeds students experiencing a range of psychological and emotional difficulties.

This will include facilitating specialised one-to-one counselling as well as developing new initiatives and ways of working to meet changing needs of students, including running campaigns and linking with, and developing referral pathways to, external agencies and organisations

What You Will Do

  • Working within a multi-disciplinary student support team to offer in-person and remote, where appropriate, counselling and mental health support to students
  • Managing a caseload of students requiring ongoing assistance, and providing time limited counselling, support, signposting, and regular review of support needs.
  • Provide guidance to staff on student mental health issues and design and delivery mental health training and development courses for staff.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with NHS, Mental Health Support Teams, community based services and third sector support to establish effective working relationships so that students have access to appropriate support, intervention and, where appropriate, care packages in the community.
  • Liaise with other areas of the Student Support team regarding ongoing support needs for students who disclose other support needs.

About You

  • Professional qualification in counselling at Diploma level 4 or above or equivalent mental health professional practice qualification
  • Should be a registered member of BACP or other relevant body, or willing to register
  • Previous experience of offering counselling services and of delivering mental health and wellbeing services or counselling in a college or other educational environment.


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

At University Centre Leeds, we provide a supportive higher education environment designed to promote and enhance independent learning. We have access to industry standard equipment unique to many of our subject areas. These range from our makeup studios to practical science labs. University Centre is proud to be the highest rated for student satisfaction in Leeds for the third year running (National Student Survey 2022).

Leeds Conservatoire is a music conservatoire located in the Quarry Hill district of Leeds. It provides a variety of undergraduate, foundation and postgraduate degrees in music, dance & drama related subject areas. It also offers a variety of short courses, and organise frequent concerts, festivals and events.  Its emphasis on practical training, creative industry links, help ensure it provides a vibrant artistic community for students. 

We are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our staff. You’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow. Choosing to work for us means that you will be part of an inclusive and progressive learning environment. We hope that we will be part of the next step in your career and look forward to welcoming you.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


We recognise, value and champion diversity & Inclusion. As we engage with a diverse student population we want to ensure we reflect that in our staff population too. For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other, by our different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to us that both staff and students achieve their full potential.  Diversity is important to us, but inclusion is equally, if not more important. It’s not just about having the representation but also providing the people we recruit with opportunities and valuing everyone’s contributions and perspectives. Click here to learn more about our EDI objectives.

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