Head of School (Psychology)

Southampton, United Kingdom
Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
05 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Psychology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 29 September 2023
Reference:  2426523JW

Interview Date: 27th November

Engagement Day: 1st November

A founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, the University of Southampton has a global reputation for its passion and ability to work collaboratively in delivering world-class education, research, enterprise and innovation that makes a real impact on society’s biggest challenges. 

Our interdisciplinary thinking, inventive education, and cutting-edge, world-class facilities enable us to forge connections with national and international industries and organisations, develop new businesses, and support the next generation of leaders and thinkers.

In Psychology, world-class research feeds into everything we do. Our British Psychological Society -accredited undergraduate degrees and postgraduate courses, including our large and thriving BSc in Psychology as well as cognitive behavioural therapy training, span the key areas of contemporary psychology including cognition, social, clinical, neuroscience, health and developmental.  We also offer professional Doctorates in Educational and Clinical Psychology . In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), our research rated as world leading (100%) for its societal impact. Our research environment is rated as world leading and internationally excellent and around the world our research is having direct impact, attracting millions of pounds of funding and facilitating a stimulating research environment that inspires our students.  

We are looking for a Head of School to drive our strategy and develop a forward-facing and impactful vision that is aligned with the University’s and Faculty’s strategic priorities, objectives, and values. This is an exciting opportunity to take a leading role and be part of the senior leadership team in the Faculty of Environment and Life Sciences.

As the Head you will be responsible for human, physical resources and financial management of the School; continually striving to deliver excellence in research, education, enterprise and innovation, be responsible and accountable for the quality and output of the School as measured by key performance indicators (KPIs).   

About you

We are looking for:

  • A strong leader who is passionate to create a positive culture of management, engagement and inclusivity at all levels by motivating, influencing, and persuading others. 
  • An outstanding portfolio of research achievements, including sustained publications in high impact journals and sustained funding and experience in research/education/enterprise and programme delivery. 
  • Ability to grow our strategic partnerships and help in attracting investment from major research funders.

We look forward to receiving applications from candidates who demonstrate a passion for and commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, as well as the vision, values, and aspirations of the University of Southampton. 

What we can offer you

Committed to supporting our teaching and research community we are open to a flexible working approach. With an understanding that there is a need to be on campus for performing many duties, we are open to a hybrid approach. 

We also offer additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities, and a range of discounts. 

We will continue to support your leadership development with career coaching in leadership and training.  

As a university, we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports, and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. 

Corporate Healthcare 

As Head of School, you are eligible to access the University’s Corporate Healthcare Scheme for senior staff, subject to the scheme rules. If you elect to join the scheme, the University will pay for the cost of your membership during your term of office, and you can include family members at your own cost. If you continue in University of Southampton’s employment beyond your term of office, you will be able to continue membership of the corporate scheme at your own cost. 

If you wish to join this scheme or require further information, please contact the HR Reward Team at Please note that in accordance with the scheme rules you must join the plan within 30 days of eligibility. 

Additional Information 

This post is offered on a tenured basis for a period of three to five years. At the end of this tenure, the successful candidate will move to a substantive Professorial position within the University. 

How to apply

If you wish to have an initial and confidential discussion about the role please contact Mark Halloran at TalentEdu -

Please submit you CV, Cover Letter and publication list to Mark Halloran at TalentEdu -

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