Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
25 May 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Jun 2022
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Full Time

THE POST – Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences

Paisley Campus base with travel to other locations as required

We are looking to recruit an outstanding individual for the role of Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences. The Dean has key responsibility for providing strategic, operational and academic leadership to the School and maintaining and developing the School’s profile and reputation in teaching, research, knowledge transfer, scholarship and financial performance. 

Reporting to the Provost & Deputy Principal/Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Dean is a senior member of staff who will provide vision and leadership to a dedicated team who strive to continuously inspire our students and wider University community. You will play a key role in driving forward our ambition to deliver transformational change, through outputs that have a tangible, early and positive impact on society across the globe.

The School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences offers industry-focussed teaching and research opportunities that deliver solutions to real-world problems. Our students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, extensive expertise in research and development, and our robust collaborations with multinational companies across the world. Find out more about our School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences and working in the School. 

If you have a track record of leading and overseeing academic activities, and think you have the experience and expertise to enhance the School’s and the University’s national and international reputation, then we would like to hear from you.  The successful candidate should have the following:

  • PhD (or equivalent) ideally in one of the cognate areas of the School’s activity.
  • Experience of strategic leadership within a relevant academic field, leading, managing and developing staff at all levels and managing financial and physical resources.
  • Experience of leading and managing change, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of academic teaching, research and knowledge transfer activities.
  • Highly developed skills in decision making, influencing and negotiation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues facing the higher education sector internationally.

University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses. 

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

Further information on the Dean vacancy can be found here and details of how to apply are available at

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Fiona Morton, Head of HR by email: 

Closing Date:    Sunday 19 June 2022
Interview Date:     July/August 2022, dates to be confirmed

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. 
UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.
University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.