Head of School of Computer Science

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
Competitive salary for an outstanding candidate
11 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Details

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences 

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Salary: Competitive salary for an outstanding candidate

Grade - Professorial

Full time


Closing Date: 31st January 2022

Role Summary

By virtue of their scholarship the Head of School is first and foremost an inspiring academic leader. 

Whilst the breadth of our Schools vary, both in terms of discipline variety and numbers of colleagues employed, the behaviours and capabilities required of Heads of School are common and are
characterised by the commitment, drive and collaborative spirit that should underpin all leadership activities at the University of Birmingham. As is the fact that they are responsible for the delivery of
academic, financial and people management of the School and that the Head of School is a member of the College Board.

Role Details

  • The Professor who is appointed to this office will have a substantive position in the School which will continue beyond the lifetime of this leadership role.

  • The role holder will normally be appointed for a four-year term which will be renewable for up to four years at a time.

  • The role of Head of School will take up between 50 – 80% of this full-time position. This will be determined at the outset by agreement with the Head of College.

  • Achievements as Head of School will be reviewed during the Professorial Review process and will form the basis of whether or not the Head of School is awarded ‘salary progression’

N.B. This section is subject to changes to governance arrangements.

Main Duties

  • Provide academic and managerial leadership within the School, to help build the capability and capacity to deliver excellence in research, education, influence and resources

  • Develop and deliver a School strategic plan, which supports the College and University’s strategic framework - be open and receptive to examining and challenging all aspects of the School’s operations, and able to drive both continuous and step-change improvements to maximise performance at all levels and to deliver School targets

  • Provide leadership and inspiration for the School in terms of direction, new ways of working and to act as a role model for collegiality across the University, aligning school interests with those of the institution

  • Review progress of the School and individuals against agreed objectives and targets, identifying action to encourage and support continuous improvement and contribution across teaching, research and administration, addressing concerns with fairness and transparency

  • Lead the School, to develop and maintain active multi-disciplinary networks and collaborations, internally and externally, nationally and internationally, helping to enhance the reputation of the School’s education and research provision

  • Play an active role in the College Board, with collective responsibility for decisions taken by the Board and contribute to wider College leadership

  • Work closely with the College Directors of Research & Knowledge Transfer, of Education and of Global Engagement, to develop robust and effective School plans that support the College and University strategy

  • Develop and implement a vision and culture (including policies and procedures) that actively promotes equality and values diversity and inclusion, identifying and implementing actions within the school in all processes that support this agenda

  • Deliver efficient and effective financial management and use of resources

  • Ensure efficient management and operation of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses

  • Ensure compliance with legislation and university policies, including health and safety, in conjunction with the School Operations Manager

Person Specification

  •  Scholar with academic credibility among peers.

  •  Energy/drive that inspires others to follow.

  •  Delivers on commitments; resilience to stand by decisions and see them enacted.

  • The big picture of University and college strategy and local disciplinary concerns can sometimes seem to be pulling in different directions. They are comfortable working in both these arenas, see synergies and are persuasive in moving issues on using sound judgement at all times.

  • Ability to articulate the value and purpose of education and research across the School’s disciplines and to explore and build productive collaborations beyond the school and institution

  • Considerable personal integrity and commitment to the development of a collaborative culture

  • Ability to motivate staff and build collegiality and excellent working relationships with colleagues across the College and University

  • A track record in developing equality and diversity strategies, policies and procedures to promote and improve equality, diversity and inclusion for staff, students and other stakeholders. Articulates the link between the moral and business case for promoting and ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion to achieve organisational priorities.

  • Have a sound commercial understanding of how a leading international School operates in a highly competitive global marketplace. A commitment to take forward the School’s strategy and possess the know-how critical to be able to identify strengths and weaknesses, harness opportunities, forecast market trends and threats, and implement suitable contingencies

  • Ability to engage with the wider West Midlands region as well as national and international stakeholders with an understanding of how to implement and deliver new initiatives

  • An exceptional Scholar with academic credibility among peers and evidence of an outstanding and sustained international research, evidenced by a substantial record of international quality and successful grant portfolio

  • Evidence of delivering excellence in the design and delivery of teaching, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and evidence of activities which advance the student learning experience, or which enhance the teaching and learning performance of colleagues

  • The ability to lead the school and staff within it through successful organisational change and development

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline

The School of Computer Science teaches about 700 undergraduate students and about 600 postgraduate taught students. It employs over 65 academic staff and a number of postdoctoral fellows, teaching fellows and over 100 PhD students.

For further information please contact Professor Stephen Jarvis, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, S.A.Jarvis@bham.ac.uk 

For further information about the role, School and College, please click here: https://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/98928.pdf