Director - Institute of the Arts

Carlisle, Cumbria (GB)
Competitive package
Oct 17, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 08, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Cumbria
Director - Institute of the Arts
Closing date: 8th November
Expected interview date: 2nd December
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 Arts offers our students a range of experiences which constantly broaden horizons and offer creative freedom in Art and Design, Media Arts, Performing Arts and English Literature and Creative Writing. Learning here is much more than intellectual study. We are big on critical thinking, passion, and stirring up change in the community. It is about personal development, creative and cultural immersion, with a focus on guiding our students to discovering and growing their talents.  

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.

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