Head of Department for Communication & Journalism

Bournemouth, Dorset
15 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
14 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Department for Communication & Journalism
Ref: FMC156

Starting salary from £58,089- £61,618 per annum with further progression opportunities to £71,437   

Professorial appointment may be available for suitable candidates- Starting salary from £63,153 to £69,695 per annum with further progression opportunities to £86,512 

Bournemouth University’s vision is worldwide recognition as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through the fusion of education, research and practice. Our highly skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences that help to build our global learning community.  

The award-winning Faculty of Media & Communication currently comprises of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and more than 250 academic staff across four departments: Communication & Journalism; Computer Animation; Humanities & Law; and Media Production.

The faculty considers itself to be the number one destination for the study of creative media in the United Kingdom, based on a combination of top-quality education, world leading research and industry standard professional practice.   

The departmental structure is designed to provide a platform for future growth in areas of cross-disciplinary research and new course offerings for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The faculty already has a thriving academic portfolio, and has enjoyed strong growth in student numbers and research across a wide range of disciplines. The faculty continues to build on its strong research reputation in Media underlined in REF 2014, and is now extending its work across other disciplines, including in Law, English and Education, in preparation for REF 2021. 

We are currently seeking a Head of Department for the newly established Department of Communication & Journalism, who will drive performance and resilience, further develop and build critical mass and deliver on the primary indicators of the BU2025 strategy – inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society.

Communication & Journalism is an alignment of disciplines that coalesce around industry-leading approaches to communication, audiences and factual storytelling. The department provides a conduit for innovation in digital communication and pushing beyond industry standards by experimenting with new forms, practices and content. There are also synergies between the disciplinary approaches anchored in staff research that favours critical perspectives and clear social agendas. 

The department brings together 80 academics and more than 1,060 students across journalism, communication, advertising and marketing. Current undergraduate programmes include Communication and Media; Marketing Communications (including with Advertising / Digital Media / Public Relations); and Multimedia Journalism. Our journalism courses are accredited by the three main industry bodies, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). Some of our marketing communication courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

The new Head of Department will provide strong leadership, implement strategic policy and ensure that the highest possible standards of excellence are achieved. They will be expected to grow a sustainable educational provision, enhance research output and income generation, and lead on the delivery of key performance indicators. You will be supported in your role by Deputy Heads of Department. 

A bespoke and comprehensive programme of development and support will be available for successful appointees. The programme will be framed in the context of the University’s strategic plan, BU2025.

You will be qualified to Doctorate level or equivalent in a relevant field. You will have demonstrated global research leadership and you will be committed to a culture of academic excellence and continuous improvement.

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form. 

BU values and is committed to an inclusive working environment.  We seek a diverse community through attracting, developing and retaining staff from different backgrounds to contribute to inspirational learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society.  To support and enable our staff to achieve a balance between work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Closing Date: (Midnight) Tuesday 14 May 2019
Interview Date: Friday 28 June 2019