Executive Dean

Portsmouth, Hampshire (GB)
Competitive salary
08 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty Office

Executive Dean

Employment type:  Permanent
Employment basis:  Full-time
Salary:  Competitive salary
Post number:  ZZ006035
Date published:  06 October 2020
Closing date:  05 November 2020
Interview date:  Week commencing 07 December 2020

There has never been a more exciting time to take a key academic leadership role at the University of Portsmouth. The institution has just launched a bold vision for the decade ahead: to become the UK’s top modern university and one of the world’s top 100 young universities by 2030. Your contribution as an Executive Dean will be pivotal.

About the University

Progressive and vibrant, Portsmouth is a new breed of university with a fresh outlook. Proud to be bold not old, Portsmouth is one of the Top 120 Young Universities in the World (QS World University Rankings 2018). It was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is in the top 30 universities for student satisfaction.

Portsmouth’s 3,500 FTE staff and c.31,000 students work with business, industry and governments nationally and internationally to solve society’s problems and set the course for a better future. This world-class university seeks to make a difference to lives around the globe through transformational education, research and innovation.

About the faculty

In the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, research and teaching spans areas as diverse as criminal justice, education and sociology, languages and applied linguistics, area studies, history, politics and literature. The Faculty employs over 200 FTE staff, delivering courses to more than 6000 students. Teaching is informed by a rich body of research, along with a strong focus on preparing students for their future careers. Academic staff are offered support to develop partnerships and consultancy activities with public and private enterprise.

The Faculty is currently located in four different buildings around the compact city centre campus: Park Building, Milldam, St George’s Building, and Ravelin House. Large parts of the faculty are due to be co-locating to a new landmark academic building; part of our ambitious £400 million Estate Masterplan to be delivered over the next 10 years.

Key aspects of the role

  • Reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor on faculty business, and the Vice-Chancellor for cross-University strategic initiatives
  • Provide inspirational academic leadership and management for your faculty, building on the University’s reputation and setting strategic goals
  • Ensure exceptional quality is maintained across all teaching and research activities
  • Create a unified faculty out of four very different schools with different profiles, priorities, and challenges
  • Priorities include; increasing student recruitment, raising the research profile, and modernising and refreshing the portfolio in different parts of the faculty
  • As a member of the University’s leadership team, contribute to a range of cross-institutional matters, to help achieve its ambitious vision

About you

An ambitious and inspirational academic of professorial standing, you will bring to the role a track record of leading and managing both academic and professional services. Naturally, you will be expected to have a background aligned with the faculty’s academic disciplines, together with a commitment to the University’s vision and values. You will demonstrate the passion and ability to deliver an ambitious strategy through collaborative and engaging leadership, fostering a vibrant and collegiate culture across the faculty.

You must bring an understanding of a broad range of relevant disciplines, and be able to step outside your own disciplinary field to think more broadly across different subject areas. You will bring demonstrable experience of transformational change, and must be able to take decisions and deliver improvements. In addition, you must bring experience of developing and embedding an inclusive and diverse culture.

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area. 

For detailed information about the University of Portsmouth, please select this link: Working at Portsmouth

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Next steps

For more about the roles, and how to apply, visit www.minervasearch.com/portsmouth 

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to portsmouth@minervasearch.com by the closing date, 5th November 2020.

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