Dean of Life Sciences

London (Greater) (GB)
19 Apr 2023
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07 Jun 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

UCL is a radically different university. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, it was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men. Today, UCL has almost 40,000 students and 12,500 staff and is consistently ranked as one of the top ten higher education institutions in the world.

UCL is currently looking to appoint their next Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences. This post will be responsible for delivering the Faculty’s academic mission; including strategic leadership and management of the Faculty to drive high quality outcomes for students, an excellent experience for staff, significant advances in research, increases in revenue, and to further improve the Faculty’s standing on the international stage. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to join a globally pre-eminent Faculty who are leading the way in solving real world problems. 

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate exceptional academic leadership, a proven ability to navigate a large complex organisation, and a commitment to furthering the Faculty’s research standing. They will offer excellent personal organisation skills, and strategic flair. An appreciation for the changes affecting world-leading Higher Education institutions will be important, as will an alignment with UCL’s ethos, mission, and values.

Ranked 9th in the world for Life Sciences (QS World Rankings 2023), UCL is an outstanding place to work. It’s people are its greatest asset and in return they provide an empowering, values-based environment. UCL foster difference, mutual respect, and collaboration, and actively encourage applications that will bring diverse experiences to the leadership of UCL.

UCL will be supported in this appointment by the executive search firm Society. For further details and instructions on how to apply, please visit Society’s website

To book a confidential conversation or for more information, please contact Victoria Sanders-Clarke at or call +44 (0)20 653 2464.

Applications should consist of a CV accompanied by a covering letter addressing the criteria in the person specification and motivation for applying. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday (UK time) on Wednesday, 7 June 2023.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Friday, 21 July 2023.