Professor of Higher Education

London (GB)
16 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

UCL Institute of Education

Education, Practice and Society


Professor of Higher Education

Full Time

The appointment will be on UCL Grade Professorial. The salary range will be Professorial Grade, dependent on achievements, qualifications and experience, with minimum salary £70,420 per annum; a competitive salary will be available to exceptional candidates., inclusive of London Allowance.

The Institute is looking to appoint a Professor of Higher Education. The chair’s primary role will be to develop a vision of the role of higher education research, the design and delivery of learning and teaching and the development of capability and capacity to implement that vision, in a multi-faculty and globally renowned, world-leading university in the 21st century.

To do so, the chair will be expected to: (i) develop, drawing in expertise from across the IOE and wider UCL, a cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research programme designed to address contemporary economic, social and policy challenges relating to higher education nationally and globally; (ii) lead the design/re-design of a new Masters programme reflecting their new research priorities, in line with the principles of UCL’s Connected Curriculum.

1. Provide strategic vision and leadership in relation to:

  • higher education research within EPS, across the IOE and through forming productive liaison with relevant sections and researchers in wider UCL
  • higher education taught provision through facilitating redevelopment based on an international competitor and market analysisc) the future direction of Centre for Global Higher Education and Centre for Higher Education Studiesd)    agenda setting and prioritisation, including further diversifying the higher education research culture, and extending capability and capacity, sustainability and profile (nationally and internationally) of all higher education activity

2. Secure large-scale funds for research in relevant fields

3. Develop a distinctive research agenda, publishing in high impact (national and international) peer reviewed journals.

4. Act as an ambassador for higher education activity in the IOE and UCL, leading engagement with potential research users and partners, and contributing to national and international public debates on higher education in the context of the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the creation of a fair and cohesive society.

The successful candidate will have a world-leading academic reputation and the ability to act as an effective representative for UCL higher education activity on the global stage. They will bring a world-leading record of scholarly publication in areas relevant to the designated field of the professorship. They will demonstrate leadership and interpersonal skills appropriate for formulating a vision of the role of global higher education research and the design and delivery of learning and teaching in a multi-faculty Russell Group university in the 21st century. They will bring a proven ability to design and deliver complex large-scale research projects and an outstanding history of success in securing external research funding, and a portfolio of potential research projects, partners and funders.

This post represents a key appointment for the UCL Institute of Education. Salary will be at a level appropriate to the international standing of the successful applicant.

Interviews will be held in London.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to  and search on Reference Number 1770017

Please include a clear statement in response to each of the selection criteria which shows how your qualifications, experience and training fit each of the criteria. An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a detailed publications list and an electronic copy of two journal article length publications which you feel best support your application.

Please include the names and contact details of three referees.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor David Guile (Head of the Department of Education, Practice & Society,

For queries regarding the application process, please contact Susannah Downs (

Closing Date: 16 December 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: Interviews to be held in the new year.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

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