Director - Institute of Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies

Carlisle, Cumbria (GB)
Thursday, 17 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Friday, 8 November 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Cumbria
Director - Institute of Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies
Closing date 8th November, 
Expected Interview date 9th December
Carlisle or Ambleside
Competitive package

The University of Cumbria has a long and proud history of preparing students for work, careers and life. Our professional and practice-based focus is one of our strengths and providing routes into higher education, delivered with and through a range of strategic employer, educational and stakeholder partnerships, is key to our future success. 

Operating from campuses in Carlisle, Ambleside, Lancaster and London with an emphasis on work-based learning and learners, we expect to deliver an excellent learning experience, environment and outcomes for all our learners, underpinned by applied research and professional practice. 
The Institute of the Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies provides students with the opportunity to develop their curiosity about the natural world and science focusing on STEM Technology, Forestry and Conservation, Outdoor Studies and Geography. At our Ambleside campus, we have naturally placed our conservation, nature and outdoor study courses to make the most the Lake District National Park World Heritage Site.  We have also invested an overall total of £3.5million in our STEM technology and state-of-the-art labs in Carlisle to ensure that there are HE progression routes within the Cumbrian county and respond to a national shortage of science graduates.

As the Institute Director you will have a clear remit to provide strategic leadership and management, with oversight of the academic portfolio and product/programme development, learning and teaching, research and enterprise and employer engagement. You will be expected to deliver a high- quality student experience and outcomes across a diverse range of on-campus and off-campus learner groups, and to ensure the focus and priorities of research, professional practice and employer engagement support the University’s and the Institute’s academic aims (including REF, TEF and KEF). You will also be responsible for the financial management of the Institute  and meeting targets in relation to income, student recruitment, student attainment, non-continuation and student satisfaction (NSS).

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with academic standing, proven leadership experience, shared values, ambition, drive and commitment in equal measure. A Professorial appointment will also be considered where appropriate.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit:

For an informal discussion about the opportunity, please contact Alan Walter at Dixon Walter at or on 0191 500 5500