Director of Derby Business School 

Derby, Derbyshire (GB)
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
End of advertisement period
Monday, 22 April 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Director of Derby Business School 

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an extraordinary place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.
Ours is an extraordinary educational environment and because we specialise in identifying and developing individual potential, you can be confident you'll receive all the help and encouragement you need to build a rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.  

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK, investing more than £200 million in facilities in the last 10 years. We are now among the top 20 universities in the UK for teaching quality and have risen six places overall in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table to joint 13th in the country for teaching quality; an excellent achievement and a reflection of our Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold Award. We are ranked as one of the UK’s top 30 universities in The Guardian’s University Guide for 2019 and among the world’s top 250 modern universities in the Times Higher Education Young University rankings, and we were recently presented with the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).  

We remain in the top 10 universities for the highest number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships being delivered. Our research is wide-ranging and internationally recognised, and our research teams are working on projects that are: 

  • helping businesses become more efficient and sustainable; 
  • improving the lives of young people; 
  • predicting and reducing climate change;
  • helping to conserve our local heritage and environment; 
  • developing new technologies, such as artificial intelligence; 
  • supporting the transformation of health and social care services; 
  • making a significant contribution to national and international policy agendas. 

The Role
As the Director of Derby Business School, you will be responsible for leading, enhancing and growing the academic and business development of the School, ensuring that its programmes and academic delivery inspire, have impact and support both the College plans and the University’s Corporate aims. You will contribute to the overall success of the College by working closely with the PVC/Dean, Deputy Dean, and the Senior Management Group to develop business plans and ensure that innovative programmes and courses are demand-led and deliver to the needs of students and the market; that the research environment is vibrant, and new income streams arise from our academic endeavours.  

You will plan and manage the resources required to ensure that targets are met as well as lead and inspire staff in terms of academic practice and scholarly activity, to achieve high standards of research outputs, quality and impact through research.  

You will lead by example in academic enterprise and professional engagement and work collaboratively with other colleagues, e.g. Heads of Discipline and Course Directors, and with all other teams on enhancement action planning and reviewing practice. The Derby Business School has embarked on an ambitious plan of growth and development and has devised a well-informed programme of academic developments that are currently in process: joining us, you would be required to lead these strategic initiatives to successful conclusion and implementation. 

Derby Business School 
Derby Business School offers a wide range of undergraduate subjects, in the discipline areas of Accounting, Business, Economics and Finance, Leadership, Logistics, Marketing and People Management. Our students mix with real business leaders, and our commitment to real-world learning is highlighted throughout their studies, with field trips, networking opportunities and work placements at their fingertips. Our students can also take advantage of the University’s ‘Go Places Go Further’ programme and study abroad at partner institutions abroad. Our Business, Management and Marketing has been ranked Top 10 in the Guardian League Table 2019, while four of our Business programmes achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the NSS 2018.


  • Accessible location; Derby is a thriving, multi-cultural city with easy access from any location within the UK
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Competitive, family friendly reward packages
  • Opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Discount savings scheme and extensive staff discounts on accredited courses for yourself or family to study here at the University
  • Cycle2Work scheme and subsidised travel
  • Vast programme of training courses and secondment opportunities
  • Local recognition scheme

For more information and to apply, please click the “Apply” button below.

Closing date: Monday, 22nd April 2019.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect everyone who works for us to also share this commitment and to treat people with courtesy and respect.