Professor and Head of Department of Education, Practice and Society

London (GB)
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

UCL Institute of Education
Department of Education, Practice and Society London

Professor and Head of Department of Education, Practice and Society

The appointment will be full time and will be on the UCL Professorial Grade.

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 Department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS) is seeking to make a prestigious appointment of a Professor with excellent leadership experience to be the next Head of Department. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a vibrant and successful department in the next phase of its development. The department has many world-leading specialists from a wide variety of disciplines who undertake research to support education throughout the life course by contributing to economic, social and political debate as well as development in societies, nationally and internationally. We pioneer research collaborations with external partners to diversify the contribution that educational research can make academically, professionally and practically for individuals and communities. Our work strives to provide solutions to current and emerging pressure points in societies, such as economic change and social injustice, by creating networks and partnerships to support knowledge transfer between education, work and communities. 

The appointment will be at Professorial level, and the appointee will be expected to provide academic leadership in an area relevant to the work of the Department and the broader IOE. We welcome applications from Readers or Associate Professors who can demonstrate that they meet the criteria for a Professorship. Knowledge of and expertise in Sociology and Sociology of Education would be especially welcome given the planned strategic growth in this area of work.  

The Head of Department will provide inspirational and strategic leadership for the development of the Department, encouraging the highest quality research and ensuring development of the Department’s teaching and knowledge exchange portfolio. 

Academic departments are the focus for strategic and operational decision making within the IOE and where the majority of academic and revenue making activities take place and are managed. Heads of Department have responsibility for the leadership and management of these units and so play a critical role within the management structure of the IOE.  They serve on the IOE’s Senior Management Team, supporting the IOE’s role as a world-leading Faculty for education and social science. 

The Heads of Department are responsible to and line managed by the Pro-Director Academic Development and supported in their work by the Pro-Director of Operations on administrative matters. Additional support is provided by the other Pro-Directors and Heads of professional service departments.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate or equivalent qualification, preferably related to education and/or social science. In addition, we are seeking an individual with a distinguished international reputation for published scholarly research in an area of social science which complements research within the department. The successful candidate will also have an outstanding research record, including a proven ability to attract research funding and design, lead and co-ordinate major research projects effectively. 

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 1780031

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 Prof Becky Francis, Director UCL Institute of Education , or Prof Sue Rogers, Pro-Director, Academic Development,  

For queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Arnold,

Closing Date: 3 January 2019 

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

Interview Date: Early February 2019

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates 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