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Head of Division - Division of Sport, Exercise and Health

G72 0AB
Salary - SS1 £70,919 - £79,408 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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School of Health & Life Sciences

Lanarkshire Campus

THE POST – Head of Division – Division of Sport, Exercise and Health

The University of West of Scotland has an exciting opportunity to join a dedicated team in the School of Health and Life Sciences, who strive to continuously inspire our students and wider University community – and, through modern teaching and impactful research, continue to deliver innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

As Head of Division, you will be key to the successful delivery of the school’s contribution to the ambitions and priorities identified in the university strategy.

In this crucial senior management role, you will provide strong, dynamic and inspirational leadership and management within the division. With responsibility for academic activity and quality in teaching, research, subject development, knowledge exchange and internationalisation at divisional level, you will contribute to achieving the school’s plan, through the delivery of an innovative portfolio of industry-led/research-informed programmes, offering an outstanding student experience, excellent teaching, and delivery of impactful, high-quality, leading-edge research, knowledge exchange, consultancy, CPD, and other innovation activities. 

You will oversee the allocation and management of workload and resource planning, developing and reviewing the performance of academic staff. You will uphold the values of Athena SWAN and undertake responsibilities and duties as agreed with the Deputy Dean of the School.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • PhD or equivalent professional qualification
  • Degree in discipline relevant to the division/school
  • Significant experience of contemporary learning, teaching and assessment within Higher Education, with a commitment to delivering high quality teaching to support an outstanding student experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of quality assurance and quality enhancement systems, with an inclusive curriculum development approach that demonstrates equality as well as sharing of good practice
  • Be able to demonstrate experience in successfully managing people and process either in a line or staff management capacity
  • Heightened skills in effective planning, organising and problem solving with excellent liaison, networking, influencing and communication skills.
  • Appropriate evidence of external engagement which is clearly in line with the School’s priority areas for the future (e.g. external engagement in terms of research, or knowledge exchange, or engagement with professional bodies or other external organisations)


University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others. 

UWS is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 200 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2023 Young University Rankings).

The School of Health & Life Sciences at UWS offers innovative teaching and research opportunities, firmly focused on the real-world challenges facing the healthcare and life sciences sectors. You will join a supportive and committed team, where you will play a key role in continuing to establish the University as a force for good. Our students benefit from studying in modern learning facilities – among the very best in the country – and the strong links we have with partner organisations across the private, public and third sectors.

We host the only British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)- accredited lab in Scotland, and can offer lab-based and practical tuition.

We have Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity (CIMPSA) endorsement for a range of our modules within the Division.

The School hosts a vibrant community of interdisciplinary research from bench to bedside to community. It has very strong research links across the University and to other institutions in the UK and internationally and aligns to the University’s strategic objectives, including to develop and grow distinctive research and innovation committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This creates a flexible and supportive environment for research that is currently organised into three areas within the School:

  • Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice
  • Institute of Biomedical & Environmental Health Research
  • Sport and Physical Activity Research Institute

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 35 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • An additional days leave on your birthday
  • Defined benefit contribution pension scheme (currently 23%), including death in service benefits upon joining the scheme.
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities.

Interviews: Monday 17th June in person at Lanarkshire campus.

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.


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