Professor and Head of Department of Social Sciences

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Jul 15, 2020
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Aug 30, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time


Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focussed, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, and with a campus in the heart of London’s financial district, Northumbria University is in the UK’s best two cities for students. We also have a campus in Amsterdam reflecting our strong commitment to internationalism with further operations in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Singapore. 

Northumbria is ranked 47th in The Guardian league table 2020, 61st in the 2019 Times Good University Guide and are 50th in the Complete University Guide 2020. Northumbria values the equality and diversity of our staff.

As Professor and Head of the Department of Social Sciences you will lead the development of research and education in three distinct subject areas: Criminology and Sociology; Policing; and Global Politics and International Development. You will be a research leader in one of those subject areas with a track record commensurate with appointment at Professorial level. As a member of the Faculty Executive you will support the Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor to oversee and drive the performance of the Faculty, in line with the ambitious aims of the University Strategy 2018-23.

With a strong track record in research in a relevant discipline, and in delivering teaching excellence, you will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of academic provision in the department of Social Sciences, across Education, Learning and Teaching, Student Satisfaction and Employability, Research and Innovation, International Activity, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange, and Staff Engagement and Performance enabling empowered people to be the best they can and supporting an inclusive and high performing culture.

Alongside the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, you will lead, support, and mentor colleagues towards achieving the vision for the Faculty’s academic departments.  You will work with colleagues across the Faculty and University to create and develop strategic partnerships and networks to enhance collaboration.

You will hold a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline and have developed an excellent publication and research track-record. As well as having a strong publication record and evidence of ability to generate research income, you must have the ability to empower people in a professional environment.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Tom Lawson, Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor by email at

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', andsubmit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article. 

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note this vacancy will close on 30/08/2020