Dean of School – The Business School

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
30 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
10 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Dean of School – The Business School

About Napier

We are a flexible employer.

Edinburgh Napier University a leading, modern university based in an iconic, prosperous city and a stunning, ambitious and forward-thinking country. The ‘#1 Modern University in Scotland’ (Guardian Good University Guide 2022) and the number one university in Edinburgh for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2020 & 2021), the University comprising six schools, each committed to building careers, growing networks and advancing knowledge.

This year the University has had a string of successes, including:

  • Ranked the number one in Edinburgh for student satisfaction for two years running (National Student Survey 2020 & 2021).
  • Named top Scottish modern university two years running (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 & 2022)
  • Climbed 300 places in three years in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, holding the position of highest-placed modern university in Scotland.
  • Placed in the top ten out of 121 universities for 'Value Added' which rates how effectively students are taught (Guardian University Guide 2022).
  • Ranked a top 10 UK modern university for Law, Business, Management & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, and Hospitality, Leisure Recreation & Tourism (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)

About the School

The Business School is one of the largest modern Business Schools in Scotland and at the leading edge of innovation, with a strong academic reputation in undergraduate, postgraduate, executive education, and business research.

A truly international community of practice, the School offers expertise, teaching, knowledge exchange and research across: Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, Law, Marketing, Tourism, Hospitality, and Festival & Events Management.

Our industry links are second to none and we have developed excellent connections with the corporate community and organisations such as Scottish Enterprise, and the Chamber of Commerce. We also act as official advisers to the Scottish Government.

The role 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a real difference and lasting impact on our University. This role will be responsible for leading the large diverse school, driving forward and building on our current achievements and providing strategic direction for growth in addition to successfully leading the school through the AACSB accreditation process. This is a rewarding and challenging role that will require someone with the ability to lead ongoing organisational change and development, with exceptional planning and leadership. 

As a Dean, you will be part of the Senior Leadership Team of the University and play a key role in delivering our ambitions both at School and University level.

The Dean will be an outstanding leader in their field, with a strong Professorial level record of achievements in line with our academic pathways, relevant to the School’s subject disciplines. 

For a detailed list of the requirements, you can read the full role profile here

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please click here to see our Recruitment Pack.

Your Application

For an informal conversation about the role please contact the University’s appointed advisors, Perrett Laver, by contacting Research Associate, Luke Savidge at luke.savidge@perrettlaver.com or +44 (0) 20 7340 6243.

Applications should consist of a covering letter addressing suitability against the person specification and a full curriculum vitae


Applications can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies, quoting reference number 5496.

The closing date for applications is Monday 10th January 2022.


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