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Deputy Head of College, College of Computing

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Curzon Building
Salary: £76,014
Post Type: Full Time
Release Date: 14 November 2023
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 05 December 2023
Reference: 102023-645


Birmingham City University is seeking an established academic leader to join the College of Computing as Deputy Head of College. Supporting the Head of College, the post holder will provide leadership to the College, promoting and developing the College’s offer in line with the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment’s strategic plan.

In this role and as a key member of the College Management Team, you will provide leadership in learning and teaching, research, and enterprise and engagement. The Deputy Head of College will actively foster a positive working environment within the College, encouraging active engagement and valuing the contributions of colleagues. The post holder will manage change projects across the College, and work closely with the Head of College to ensure that agreed performance standards relating to REF, research income, NSS results and other metrics, are met. To be successful as Deputy Head of College, the post holder will work collaboratively with colleagues across Colleges and Faculties in Birmingham City University, to support projects and initiatives to develop the university as a whole.

The successful candidate will hold a higher degree and a track record of leadership and management in an academic environment. Candidates will demonstrate experience of project management and delivery, and the ability to motivate and manage other colleagues to meet performance targets. The post holder must be research active and engaged within research in their discipline. The Deputy Head of College will demonstrate their capacity to inspire others through their teaching, and have strong interpersonal skills to form meaningful and positive working relationships. 

A PhD or doctorate level qualification is desirable for this role, and it is also desirable for candidates to have experience of fostering successful interaction between higher education, industry or commerce, and research and professional bodies. 


Click Apply Online at the bottom of the screen and complete the Application Form.

In support of your application, we will ask you to provide:

  • A cover letter of no more than two pages offering an overview of your career and expertise, and how that experience makes you the ideal candidate for this role.
  • An up-to-date CV including your publication list and research and/or consultancy activity.
  • A copy of two of your publications or outputs, or digital links to them where possible. If providing digital links, please include these on your cover letter document.

For candidates seeking conferment of a Professorial title:

  • Applicants seeking the conferment of a Professorial title are required to provide a statement no longer than four sides of A4 (Arial 11 font) outlining how they meet the criteria outlined in the Conferment Handbook, available below. The criteria for conferment are outlined on page 4 of the document, and expanded on in pages 14 to 21.


At the heart of our 2025 Strategy is our mission is to enable our students to transform their lives and to achieve their potential. Through our education and research, and the roles our graduates go on to play in the world, we not only support individuals to transform their lives, but we also play a part in transforming society.

Our heritage of making through innovation and its application through knowledge exchange, and of creative research and practice, today finds it expression in our STEAM agenda, in our research and enterprise, and in our commitment to challenge-based learning. Working across disciplines, and delivering impactful research and enterprise, interdisciplinarity is at the heart of the continuing transformation of our academic portfolio. 

Research by our staff and students creates new knowledge, catalyses innovation, and has global impact. Through our research, we make new discoveries and deliver benefit to culture, industry, society, and the environment. Ground-breaking projects include changing health and care guidelines, improving policy and practice regarding Islamophobia, optimising energy efficient homes, promoting human dignity worldwide, improving critical care nursing, and exploring issues faced by jazz musicians. 


Birmingham is home to a rich and diverse range of communities.  Our students reflect this rich cultural mix, and we are continuing to work to make sure that this is also reflected in our broader university community. By working together, combining our many different backgrounds and life experiences, we will empower each other to reach our full potential. 

You can read more about Birmingham City University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion here.

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