Head of School of Life Sciences

Central London
08 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Westminster has a long and distinctive history. Founded 185 years ago as London’s first polytechnic institution, it has become known for the many ways in which it helps students to realise their full potential, regardless of background. Westminster’s founding values are to be responsible, progressive and compassionate, with a spirit that reflects the University’s global reach and location at the heart of a world city which is home to diverse communities. Its teaching is practical, relevant, and contemporary. Providing grounded, holistic education with wide horizons and opportunities, it develops graduates who will help fuel growth and prosperity, and who become responsible citizens of the world.

The University now seeks a Head for its School of Life Sciences. The School has an exceptional and growing team of over 100 academic and 25 technical colleagues, and serves c. 2200 students. The School offers a range of applied, professionally-accredited and market-leading undergraduate and Masters’ programmes, and enjoys close relationships with the life sciences and healthcare professions and industries.

A key member of the Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) College Executive Group, the postholder will bring strong leadership to this diverse and dynamic School as well as contribute to the management and strategic development of LAS and the University more broadly. An inspiring and compassionate leader, the new Head of School will focus on providing the best possible student experience, achieving outstanding graduate outcomes, continuing innovation and expansion in market-leading programmes, and achieving significant growth in income and impact from research and knowledge exchange activity. A skilled communicator, with exceptional people and management skills, they will bring a track record in successful resource planning and implementation and the development of a strong and positive culture. Critically, they will evidence a passion for the School’s disciplines and demonstrate strong alignment with the values and mission of the institution.


Westminster will be delighted to hear from those who share their ambition, energy and commitment, who take ownership and lead by example, and who embrace their culture of support, encouragement, and responsibility. 

To download additional information and for details on how to apply, please visit microsite, quoting the reference A038166.

The closing date for applications is midday on 11 October 2023.

Please see candidate pack for details of other key dates.


The University of Westminster is actively committed to the principles of equality and inclusion and is working hard to increase the diversity and representation of its senior colleagues. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly women, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ and disabled people.

At the University of Westminster, diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity are at the core of how we engage with students, colleagues, applicants, visitors and all our stakeholders.

We are fully committed to enabling a supportive and safe learning and working environment which is equitable, diverse and inclusive, is based on mutual respect and trust, and in which harassment and discrimination are neither tolerated nor acceptable.


The University has adopted Smart Working principles to support and further our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion aims of being an inclusive, collaborative and flexible employer. Further details of Smart Working can be discussed at interview stage.

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