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Associate Dean Students and Teaching (Business)

Preston, Lancashire (GB)
Competitive Salary
Closing date
10 Mar 2024

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Ref: 0030-24
Location: Preston Campus
Salary: Competitive Salary

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Are you an inspirational and motivation educational leader?

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to lead the way in modern learning and deliver successful student outcomes and experiences?

If you are, we’d love to hear from you.

The opportunity

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) School of Business has a proud history of educating ambitious, responsible, enterprising business leaders on its undergraduate, postgraduate and degree apprenticeship courses. We are on an ambitious course to transform our curriculum and approach to teaching, learning and assessment to deliver outstanding education to all learners.

The role of Associate Dean for Student and Teaching in the Business School is a newly created post arising from the University’s recent restructure. Working with a new Dean, as part of the School Executive Team, you will have the opportunity to shape our new educational offer to our learners, foster a supportive and empowering culture for colleagues, deliver exceptional outcomes to improve student outcome and experience metrics and contribute to the University’s Strategy to 2028.

You will work closely with the PVC Students and Teaching, other Associate Deans and Professional Services colleagues to retain an oversight of the University’s Students and Teaching strategies, contributing to the next TEF. We also will support you to continue your own professional development to ensure that you can pursue your personal scholarly academic aspirations.

About us

UCLan is an international, multi-campus Institution that can trace its roots back to 1828. UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities with a staff and student community approaching 39,000. Our employment-focused course portfolio, with over 350 undergraduate programmes, nearly 200+ postgraduate courses, and a rich array of CPD courses means that students enjoy a first-class experience underpinned by research. Our current Strategic Plan runs until 2028 to mark the University’s 200th anniversary and seeks to “transform lives by delivering an outstanding educational experience and creating prosperity and opportunity in the communities we serve.”

The School of Business is home to over 3,000 students and 130 staff. UCLan has recently been awarded the maximum 5 Stars in the international QSStars standards: including Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Inclusiveness, and Internationalisation. In NSS 2023, we were Top 10 in the north-west for overall positivity in Business and Management, and Number 1 in the UK for Tourism and Hospitality. We won the 2023 Education North Award for Best Entrepreneurial University.

We offer a comprehensive range of industry-focused and professionally accredited qualifications designed to meet the needs of current and aspiring business leaders. These range from Foundation Entry, Degree Apprenticeships, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to PhD and doctoral programmes, and an expanding range of CPD courses spanning the fields of Accounting, International Business, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Tourism and Hospitality.

About you

The new Associate Dean will possess:

  • A track record of providing strategic and visionary educational leadership, having successfully developed, led and implemented learning, teaching and assessment strategies at scale
  • An ability to manage school level performance to improve league table rankings and assure regulatory compliance (e.g., b3 conditions, ofsted)
  • A record of leading successful transformation projects (e.g., curriculum design, classroom, and digital pedagogies, awarding gaps)
  • Experience of successful academic and people leadership, developing a supportive culture and pedagogic communities of practice
  • Evidence of personal excellence and international esteem in learning, teaching and assessment
  • Experience of leading, or significantly contributing to, business school accreditations (e.g., aacsb) is highly desirable.

We are committed to building a truly inclusive culture where diversity is championed. Applications are particularly welcomed from individuals who will diversify the University’s leadership team and support its development of a culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Informal discussion:

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Wenwen Luo ( to arrange a phone call with Professor Steven Rhoden, Dean of School.

The closing date for applications is close of play Sunday 10 March 2024.

Shortlisting will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2024.

Final interviews will be held on Thursday 11 April 2024.

UCLan is committed to providing a safe environment to study, work and visit, protecting children, young people and adults at risk from harm and abuse. Our safeguarding policy and safer recruitment procedure outlines our approach, alongside other internal policies, procedures and guidance which can be found on our website.

Applicants applying for roles in regulated activity and that are listed as an exception under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will be required to disclose any spent and unspent convictions and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check at the appropriate level, UCLan will only ask an applicant to make an application for a DBS check if they are legally entitled to.


The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was founded in Preston in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge.  Since those early days it has transitioned into one of the UK’s leading, modern universities with a student body comprising some 120 nations and an overall learning community approaching 38,000. 

Throughout its development ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto – helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential. Staff at UCLan pride themselves on putting the needs of students at the centre of everything they do and in 2014 this shared core value was highlighted when the University achieved IIP Gold status.   

In 2015 the Centre for World University Rankings placed UCLan in the top 3.8 percent of all worldwide universities and over the coming years UCLan’s £200 million Campus Masterplan development will create a truly world-class educational environment that will propel the University to new levels of excellence. 

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