Head of Department for Humanities & Law

Bournemouth, Dorset
15 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
14 May 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Department for Humanities & Law
​Ref: FMC157

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 Humanities & Law, 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. 

Humanities & Law brings together disciplines from across the faculty, which have clear synergies in terms of theoretical and methodological approaches as well as societal perspectives. It is a testament to the maturity of these disciplines, and the confidence in humanities, that they coalesce and are given due prominence. Disciplines in this department have unique opportunities to act as conduits for future growth through associating either as discipline or sub-discipline specific, with opportunities to innovate for growth through such collaborations also beyond departmental and faculty boundaries.  

The department brings together 60 academics and more than 960 students across English, history, politics and law. Current undergraduate programmes include English, History, Politics (including with Economics), Law (including with Economics / Politics / Taxation). Our law courses are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

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: Monday 10 June 2019