Head of the Department of Engineering
City, University of London (City) seeks to appoint an exceptional individual as the Head of the Department of Engineering. This is an exciting opportunity to join the School of Science and Technology at a point of significant strategic change.
The Department of Engineering has a clear and important role to play in City’s 2030 Strategy in being the University of business, practice and the professions under the current President, Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein. The School of Science and Technology has three Departments: Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. The School is seeking to simultaneously appoint new Heads to all three Departments. This provides an opportunity to create a strong, collaborative Executive Team across the School. The key priorities for the School include providing an exceptional and inclusive education and experience for its students. Building synergies, shared processes and structures across the School will also be crucial.
The Department of Engineering has some 60 FTE and 1400 students. The Department is the largest in the School, and is renowned for its sector-leading facilities, which give its students hands-on experience with industrial technology. These facilities include newly upgraded thermo-fluids test cells, wind tunnels, flight deck and motion simulators, a geotechnical centrifuge, compressor test rigs and high performance computers. The academic staff, particularly at Masters levels, are supported by a number of visiting lecturers typically from specialized industry background.
The Department has excellent tradition in teaching underpinned by world class research. Within Engineering, research is organized in 5 research centres: Thermo-fluids Research Centre, Systems, Autonomy and Control Research Centre, Institute for Sensors, Sustainable and Resilient Civil Engineering Research Centre, Aeronautics and Aerospace Research Centre. The department also hosts pan university Institute on Cyber Security and Space Innovation Centre. The Department has strong links with industry (local, national and global), maintaining partnerships through research projects and student placements.
Candidates should have a demonstrable track record of developing and delivering an innovative and inclusive education and experience for students. They will be effective people leaders, capable of leading and embedding cultural change. The School is looking for a dynamic, visionary and research active leader to inspire the Department’s outstanding academic and professional services staff. They will be collegiate and committed to working as part of an agile and inclusive School Executive Team. Experience of building links with industry and external partners would be advantageous. The Head of Department will hold a substantive appointment as a Professor and will meet the requirements for this level of appointment.
This is an excellent opportunity to have a transformational impact on the Department of Engineering and the wider School of Science and Technology.