Head of School of Social Sciences

Bradford, West Yorkshire (GB)
Competitive dependant on experience
16 May 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Jun 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Bradford is seeking to appoint a new academic leader for its School of Social Sciences. With a strong academic profile and passion for the transformational impact of education on individuals, communities and society at large, the successful candidate will demonstrate values-based leadership and exceptional influencing and change management skills. They will also have a track record of academic and strategic leadership, and relish the opportunity of strengthening the capability of the School during a period of growth and opportunity for the University.

The School of Social Sciences is part of the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences which is one of four Faculties. The School offers a unique range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes structured around four key academic areas:

  • Peace Studies and International Development
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Social Work and Social Care

Teaching and research is delivered by high quality staff with real-world experience which informs every aspect of its work, offering excellent learning and employability opportunities. Students are attracted and retained both locally and internationally, which makes for a richly diverse community that is furthered still by the makeup of staff groupings. 

The School regularly attracts a large number of Chevening, World Bank, Commonwealth and Rotary Peace scholars. It also excels in its strong links with local and nationally recognised organisations, including Bradford Council, West Yorkshire Police, the NHS, Barnardo’s, Social Work England, Quaker Foundation, Pain Association Scotland, the Ministry of Defence, and the British Psychological Society. It is widely recognised for its deep and longstanding links with international bodies such as Rotary International, the Hague and the African Development Bank.

The University welcomes well-qualified applicants with a strong track record in academic leadership, teaching and internationally recognised research in the social sciences. Applications are encouraged from excellent candidates of any background and the University is committed to welcoming interest from disabled, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), LGBT and non-binary candidates. Experience of engaging with and maintaining practitioner, community and organisational relationships would also be an advantage.

How to Apply

The University of Bradford has appointed Berwick Partners as their recruitment partner for this campaign. Applications should consist of a CV accompanied by a covering letter addressing the criteria in the person specification to Liz James. 

E: or for a confidential discussion T: 0121 654 5924.

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