Associate Professor and Head of Subject Screen and Performing Arts

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
£51,799 to £60,022 per annum (Grade 7)
02 May 2022
End of advertisement period
29 May 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Specialism in Film Producing or in Post-production

Edinburgh Napier University is the ‘#1 Modern University in Scotland’. An innovative, learner centric university with a modern and fresh outlook, Edinburgh Napier is ambitious, inclusive in its ethos and applied in its approach.

Edinburgh Napier has an outstanding academic reputation for delivering the highest quality education and research, alongside a purpose to add value to the social, cultural and economic capital of its communities to empower individuals, transform communities, build careers and shape futures.

Further information about Edinburgh Napier University can be found here.

School of Arts & Creative Industries (SACI)

Our School of Arts and Creative Industries (SACI) are looking to appoint a new Associate Professor and Head of subject in Screen and Performing Arts (SPA). As Head of SPA, you will join and work with colleagues on the School’s Leadership Team who are collectively responsible for the successful implementation of the School strategy. The School has an excellent external reputation. We are currently top UK Modern in every subject we teach. This year we will be submitting 38 research staff with two 3* publications and above and will be submitting in four units of assessment.

The School of Arts & Creative Industries is a forward looking, dynamic school preparing its students for employability and responsible citizenship fit for the demands of the 21st Century.

Situated in the heart of Scotland’s festival city, Edinburgh, SACI is made up of three subject areas – Screen & Performing Arts; Media and Humanities; and Art, Design and Photography. The School is home to just over 1800 students and about 96 permanent staff plus a range of industry experts and specialist staff employed on a more casual basis.

At SACI, we are committed to delivering a personalised learning experience for students, set against an agenda of inclusivity, employability and sustainability. We achieved 89% in the last NSS, and we are number one in the UK for Journalism, and in the top ten for Film and Photography, Media & Film Studies, English, Design and Music (Sunday Times and Guardian League Tables). We entered four units of assessment to the REF and have recently launched two new research centres to strengthen or research culture.

We are proud of our ethos, combining a sharp focus on critical thinking and applying theory to practice relevant to industry. Our staff maintain strong links to industry with many continuing to be active practitioners. Our school encourages an atmosphere of creative practice as research alongside more traditional research.

To find more information about SACI please click here.

Screen & Performing Arts

Screen and Performing Arts is made up of a diverse, vibrant group of subject areas that cover film and television, music, acting and performing arts.  Our staff are deeply committed to helping our students become young professionals – mature in their thinking, fresh in their approach to their subject areas and people who would like to use their creativity to bring about societal changes. Correspondingly, our staff are deeply committed individuals, very collaborative with great links into industry. Our students are award winning, with award winning films like Limbo being produced and directed by our alumni. Also, being in Edinburgh affords us the exciting opportunity to engage with all the top festivals on offer – Edinburgh International Film festival, Edinburgh International TV Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.

We are now seeking to appoint an Associate Professor Film with a specialism in Film and/ or TV production and post-production to be Head of Screen and Performing Arts.

The Role

As an associate professor and Head of Subject in SPA you will be responsible for a team of circa 35 staff, play a pivotal role in developing a new Film School for Scotland and will be expected to lead by example. The School has strong links with industry and this new role will help support and build these links to increase research and consultancy income.

You can find more details relating to the research activity and staff interest on our university webpage. We are seeking to appoint an internationally recognised scholar who brings an inclusive, collaborative approach who can evidence the ability to provide academic and people leadership.

You will be working alongside a specialist and highly dedicated team of practitioners within the film and television production curriculum. You will be expected to contribute to the development, design, leadership and delivery of a student-centred learning experience that is underpinned by professional practice and academic scholarship, within your assigned areas of responsibility. You will also act as Personal Tutor for students.


  • Doctoral level qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Evidenced achievement against the criteria for Esteem, Innovation, Contribution and Academic Leadership – please refer to Role Description.


  • Professional qualifications relevant to discipline
  • Ideally HEA membership or a strong willingness to achieve
    membership within 18 months of appointment.

If you would like to know, more about this exciting opportunity please click here to view the role profile.


Salary: £51,799 to £60,022 per annum (Grade 7)

Further information about our benefits can be found here.

Additional Information

Application closing date: 29th May 2022

Interview date: June 2022

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations and holds Disability Confident, Career Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here