Professor/Reader in Diversity, Development and Inclusion and Faculty Lead for People and Culture

Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
Professorial pay starting from £75,738, inc LWA; Academic / Reader £60, 592 - £73,572, inc LWA
Posted
01 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
04 Jan 2023
Ref
058805
Academic Discipline
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health
Job Type
Academic Posts
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job description

 

The Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in biomedical sciences, situated in the heart of London. We undertake ground-breaking research, basic science to translational, to improve the wellbeing of our communities, and engage with organisations around the world to create real value for society. There are presently nearly 500 academic staff, nearly 800 research staff and over 700 professional services staff within the Faculty. We have over 7000 students pursuing an extensive range of undergraduate programmes (including medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, biosciences, biomedical engineering) as well as masters and PhD programmes.   

 

  Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine | King’s College London

 

Both our student and staff body and our surrounding communities in London are highly diverse. The Faculty has an ambitious agenda in Diversity, Development and Inclusion and we are seeking an experienced academic with a track record of scholarship in this area who will play a leading role in driving this forward.  

 

There are two main components to the role. Firstly, the successful candidate will have a strong track record of high-quality research and education in the broad area of diversity and inclusion (D&I), ideally of relevance to the Faculty and its staff and students. They will contribute relevant teaching in D&I on undergraduate and/or postgraduate programmes. You should hold a PhD in a relevant field and have a high-quality track record of publications in leading refereed journals and in securing research income, commensurate with the level of appointment. The Faculty places a premium on international levels of scholarship and research excellence, and you will be based within one of our Schools or the Centre for Education. 

Secondly, you will lead the development and delivery of Faculty Diversity, Development and Inclusion (DDI) strategy (covering staff and students), supported by a Faculty People & Culture Manager. You will chair the Faculty Diversity, Development and Inclusion Committee, work with School People & Culture Leads and connect with the wider university (see Organisational Chart) in developing and embedding diversity, development and inclusion across all our activities. This part of the role is expected to take up approximately 30% of the role-holder’s time. 

 

The Faculty offers a friendly and collegial working environment that encourages teamwork and innovation, and supports individual Faculty members in achieving their personal work goals.  

 

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic background candidates as they are currently under-represented within the faculty at this level.   

 
 

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract 

This is a full time post

 

Key responsibilities

Faculty Academic Lead for People & Culture:  

•        Provide strategic leadership in the areas of diversity, development and cultural change across the Faculty. 

•        Provide thought leadership on innovation in direct relationship to diversity, inclusion and cultural change.  

•        Working with Executive Dean, Faculty Manager for People & Culture, Director of Operations and Head of Strategic Projects, instigate and lead interventions that centre on people and culture, with a view to enhancing the experience for all within the Faculty and distinguish the Faculty as innovative thought leaders within the fields of diversity, development and inclusion.   

•        Provide advice at executive level on priorities, opportunities and risks around diversity, development and cultural change, ensuring the Executive Dean and Director of Operations are informed and positioned to provide leadership and communicate in these areas. 

•        Foster strategic partnerships across King’s and externally, to deliver improvements in the areas of diversity, development and cultural change. 

•        Lead the identification of current and future needs and trends, shaping business and competency development to inform the evolution of innovative future approaches for cultural change and staff development.  

•        Working with the Faculty Executive, provide strategic direction to the Faculty’s priorities for People and Culture, contributing to the setting and delivery of objectives and performance indicators. 

•        Raise the profile of Faculty People and Culture work throughout across the Faculty. 

•        Be a visible advocate for D&I in the Faculty, championing a culture of inclusion and respect, and supporting communication of People and Culture initiatives throughout the Faculty. 

•        To carry out a range of academic management duties as requested by the Executive Dean, notably chairing the Faculty DDI Committee, working with the Faculty P&C Manager, School DDI Leads and representing the Faculty at University level in the field of diversity and inclusion. 

•        Develop relationships and work with central Directorates including HR, Organisational Development and EDI. 

•        Support the delivery of the College’s Strategy 2026 and Vision 2029.  

•        To undertake any other reasonable duties that may be required. 

 

Wider academic responsibilities:

•        To contribute to the School’s research profile and the Faculty’s reputation in diversity, development and inclusion through publication in top international journals and participation in the major academic networks. 

•        To lead and sustain top-quality research activity through a portfolio of individual and/or joint research projects and to secure the funding required for research as required. 

•        To supervise, guide and support postgraduate research students and/or research staff. 

•        To attend meetings and internationally recognized conferences to present research findings and thereby enhance the national and international standing of the Faculty. 

•        To take responsibility for the planning, organisation and delivery of relevant undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching activities within the Faculty. 

•        To develop and use a variety of methods to assess student learning and provide feedback that is timely, relevant and appropriate. 

•        To undertake any other reasonable duties that may be required, commensurate with the level of appointment.  

 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

 

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria –Professor  

1.      PhD in relevant subject area 

2.      Evidence of world-class research capacity, with appropriate list of relevant publications 

3.      Track record of conducting research in the area of diversity and inclusion 

4.      Successful track record of obtaining research grants and significant experience of developing research projects on collaborative funding bids 

5.      Significant experience of teaching at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, including supervision of research students and willingness to contribute to the pastoral case of students, and experience of being innovative in teaching and curriculum design  

6.      Significant experience of carrying out academic administration, including within the domain of diversity, development and inclusion 

7.      Experience of originating, developing, planning and successfully implementing strategic initiatives relating to D&I, preferably in a HEI setting 

8.      Track record of providing academic leadership, and ability to provide strategic direction to a team, including non-academics 

9.      Understanding of the challenges in the area of People and Culture and D&I in HEIs

10.    Effective communication skills, to engage audiences, convey conceptual and complex ideas and information, and articulate a vision

11.    Strong track record in presenting research in international conferences, seminars etc and engagement in professional organisations (memberships), demonstrating impact to the field and beyond

12.    Desire to promote research subject and D&I subject at all levels, and willingness to collaborate with colleagues across the Faculty and University

 

Desirable criteria – Professor  

13.   Experience of D&I research in health and/or issues in higher education

14.   Understanding and/or experience of delivering culture change

 

Essential criteria –Reader 

1.      PhD in relevant subject area

2.      Growing recognition of research excellence in their field with a proven track record of development of new knowledge and innovation, evidenced by peer-reviewed original research publications

3.      Track record of conducting research in the area of diversity and inclusion

4.      Significant experience of obtaining research funding and of developing research projects on collaborative funding bids

5.      Significant experience of teaching at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, including supervision of research students and willingness to contribute to the pastoral case of students

6.      Significant experience of carrying out academic administration within the domain of diversity, development and inclusion

7.      Experience of originating, developing, planning and successfully implementing strategic initiatives relating to D&I, preferably in a HEI setting

8.      Ability to provide academic leadership and strategic direction to a team, including non-academics

9.      Understanding of the challenges in the area of People and Culture and D&I in HEIs

10.   Effective communication skills, to engage audiences, convey conceptual and complex ideas and information, and articulate a research vision

11.   Experience in presenting research in international conferences, seminars etc demonstrating impact to the field

12.   Desire to promote research subject and D&I subject at all levels

 

Desirable criteria -Reader 

1.      Experience of D&I research in health and/or issues in higher education

2.      Understanding and/or experience of delivering culture change

3.      Willingness to collaborate with colleagues across the Faculty and University and experience of being a team player

4.      Significant experience of being innovative in teaching and curriculum design 

 

About the Faculty 

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is one of the largest and most successful centres for biomedical research and education in the UK, with an annual turnover of more than £280m and operates across four main campuses. The Faculty has internationally-leading expertise in basic, translational and clinical research, and delivers renowned education programmes. The Faculty employs over 2000 staff and supports over 7000 students. It has a comprehensive programme of initiatives to support an inclusive environment and culture, and promote diversity across our staff and student communities. The Faculty’s activities embody the King’s ambition to serve our society – both at a local and global level which underpins the King’s Vision 2029 and the university’s international strategy. 

 
 

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