Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

Leeds, West Yorkshire (GB)
28 May 2021
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02 Jul 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Leeds

Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences 

The University of Leeds is one of the largest, most prestigious and diverse research-intensive universities in the UK. We achieved Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, we were the Sunday Times University of the Year 2017, we are in the world’s top 100 universities in the QS rankings and in the UK’s top 10 for research power and impact. These successes are supported by an outstanding community of staff and students, a world-class campus and a strong financial position. The University also plays a key role at the heart of one of the UK’s most economically vibrant and compassionate cities, and takes its economic, social, environmental and cultural responsibilities very seriously. 

Under the leadership of our recently appointed Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, we have launched our new University Strategy 2020-2030: Universal Values, Global Change. A blueprint for a values-driven university, we will harness our expertise in research and education to help shape a better future for humanity, working through collaboration to tackle inequalities, achieve societal impact and drive change in genuinely distinctive and transformational ways. To help realise this exciting ambition we are now seeking to appoint a new Executive Dean to lead our Faculty of Social Sciences. Comprising the Schools of Education; Law; Politics & International Studies; and Sociology & Social Policy, as well as a range of high-profile Research Institutes, the Faculty is an intellectually dynamic and diverse community of scholars. Through the promotion of world-class research with genuine impact; ground-breaking interdisciplinarity and an outstanding educational environment it seeks to tackle some of the world’s biggest societal issues by asking critical questions and challenging convention. 

This is an exciting opportunity to shape and lead a significant part of the University's academic portfolio, building on the Faculty’s numerous strengths to propel it forward to even further excellence. We are therefore seeking candidates with sustained academic leadership experience gained at a strategic level, who can successfully engage and inspire staff through the complexities of transformational change and that have a track record of delivering major programmes of work to successful completion. They will also be a leading academic in their discipline, committed to the transformational power of higher education and passionate about delivering world-leading research and delivering an exceptional student experience in an international and interdisciplinary context. 

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Closing date: Friday 2nd July 2021 at 5pm.