Head of Postgraduate Taught and Professional Learning (SL/R)

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
£52,559 - £59,135 per annum
06 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Mar 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking to appoint a positive, creative, and collaborative, Head of Department of Postgraduate Taught and Professional Learning to support academic development and growth within this newly formed academic department, which sits alongside three other departments: Counselling, Wellbeing, and Educational Psychology; Early Years and Childhood Education; and Initial Teacher Education.  As Head of Department, you will lead a team of able Programme Directors across the department’s programmes and courses in support of the University’s and School’s strategic goals.

As someone who thrives on leading teams of talented individuals, and possessing a core commitment to academic endeavour; the role is responsible for quality enhancement within the department as well as ensuring that students’ academic, pastoral, learning and assessment needs are in focus.  As the occupier of a key academic leadership role within the School of Education, you will seek to nurture and build academic capacity within your department, its colleagues and its students.

Being positive, creative, and collaborative by disposition, you will also be suitably academically qualified, and skilled in leading others, with experience of Higher Education leadership either within, or outwith, Scotland. You may already have experience of departmental leadership, or be ready to take that next step having had experience of Postgraduate programme/course leadership.

You will have good networks in your academic field, which will be a cognate area within Education.  You will also have been involved in contributing to new thinking and ways of working in an academic context.  Coupled with an inclusive and collegial personal style, you will have a developmental disposition; a passion for quality; and a keen ability to understand changing educational, socio-political, and economic landscapes.  You will possess an ability to build positive relationships and to work effectively internally, with School colleagues, Departmental Heads; the School’s Senior Leadership Team, university decision-makers; and externally with educational partners, in national and international contexts.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 8 salary scale (£52,559 - £59,135 per annum) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 3 year probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English.

Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email for further information.

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 07 March 2020

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact
Dr David R Smith, Head of School/Section
+44 (0)1224 274589

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr David R Smith 

Please quote reference number EDU091A on all correspondence 

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff. 

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