Head of Department in Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
20 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you an exceptional academic and academic leader with a national or international profile in Nursing and Midwifery education, research, and practice?

Awarded the title of University of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards, Northumbria University is a research-intensive university with a global reputation for academic excellence. We pursue new thinking, forge new partnerships, create, and exchange new knowledge, and find new solutions. We put students at the heart of the University. 

Comprising approximately 150 academic staff and 4,500 students, of which 1,000 are at postgraduate level, Nursing, Midwifery and Health is the largest of five departments within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The Department is proud to educate health and social care students from all corners of the globe in foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate studies.  We have five research groupings:

  • Health Economics and Applied Statistics
  • Implementation and Innovation research
  • Living Better in Later Life
  • The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research
  • Workforce Education and Practice Development

We provide high-quality, research-informed education using a variety of innovative teaching and learning methods including a state-of-the-art clinical skills centre. 

Reporting to the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor as a key member of her leadership team, you will provide strategic leadership and management of the Department, ensuring delivery of a high-quality student experience and outcomes. You will lead the Department’s focus on the priorities of research, professional practice, and employer engagement to support the University’s academic aims, including REF, TEF and KEF. 

As a member of the Faculty Executive Group and of the wider University Academic Leadership Team, you will contribute to the development and implementation of the research and education strategy of both the Faculty and University. 

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with a relevant academic standing and credibility, proven leadership and management experience, shared values, and ambition. The University is also seeking to make this a professorial appointment (meeting our professorial criteria) and you will be expected to and supported to be an active researcher.

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.  We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career development of researchers and are members of the Euraxess initiative to deliver information and support to professional researchers.  The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.  

For further information and how to apply for this vacancy please visit or contact Mike Dixon or Simon Critchley at Dixon Walter on 0191 5005500 or at

Applications should be made via email to by Noon on Sunday 8 October 2023 and must include on separate documents:

  • a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the criteria (no more than two pages of A4)
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV)
  • details of three referees, one from your current employer (referees will not be contacted without your permission)
  • a completed Personal Details Form (available to download at

Pre-Interviews will be held virtually with Dixon Walter.

Final stage assessment and selection will be held at Northumbria University on Friday, 24 November 2023.