Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences)

London (Greater) (GB)
30 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Queen Mary University of London

Appointment of Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Queen Mary is a world-leading university at the forefront of research and innovation, providing world-class education across the disciplinary spectrum. We have a highly diverse student body for a Russell Group university, with more than 90 per cent of our students from a state school background; 75 per cent from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups; and 51 per cent being the first in their family to go into Higher Education. We truly provide world-class education and opportunities to all students who have the potential, irrespective of their background, and have recently been named as the top university in the country for social mobility. 

It is this diversity in our student profile, alongside our research excellence and our deep engagement with our local communities, that makes Queen Mary unique and such a special place to work and study. Our community numbers over 28,000 students and 4,400 staff across sites in central London as well as in China, Malta, and Paris. In our 2030 strategy we have articulated our ambition to be the most inclusive university of its kind, anywhere.

We are seeking to appoint a new Vice-Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences) who will play an instrumental role in delivering our ambitions. A member of the Senior Executive Team (SET), and reporting to the President and Principal, the Vice-Principal (HSS) will oversee one of Queen Mary’s three faculties: the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty comprises eight wide-ranging and diverse Schools, and the Vice-Principal (HSS) will lead the Faculty and contribute to the wider leadership of the University. Working closely with colleagues from across the institution, this position will require a genuinely collaborative and interdisciplinary approach.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) has played a key role in the success of Queen Mary University of London over the past ten years and is marked by some outstanding achievements. HSS covers a wide range of disciplines – from commercial law and politics, to film studies and literature. In the UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Faculty performed exceptionally with Drama and Linguistics each ranked first in the UK, and English ranked fifth. Public engagement, partnerships, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the generation of research with broad and compelling public benefits are central to the Faculty’s work. HSS is home to 14 interdisciplinary research centres including the Mile End Institute, a public policy, politics and governance institute, and People’s Palace Projects, a non-profit which researches the role of arts practice and cultural policy in contexts of risk, violence, and crisis.

We are seeking a highly motivated academic leader who shares a deep commitment to our values and will be a positive catalyst for change. You will have strong academic credentials in a relevant discipline, alongside a genuine passion for quality and innovation in higher education. You will bring considerable experience of providing senior leadership and achieving success in complex organisational environments; and you will care deeply about nurturing outstanding academic talent, attracting the best talent from around the world, to sustain Queen Mary’s excellent impactful research and education.

For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit, quoting reference 5444.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Benedict Olie on 020 7340 6239 or

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 16th January 2022.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

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