Head of Product Design

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (GB)
03 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
02 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Product Design

Job Reference : 03648
Location : City Site
Closing Date : 12/04/2017
Salary : Head of Department (£64,895 - £70,128 p.a.)
Department : College of Art Architecture Design and Humanities
School/Section : School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment
Post Ref : D1942

Let’s create the future together

Nottingham Trent University’s strategic vision is focussed on ‘Creating the University of the Future’, transforming the lives of our students and through them the world in which we live.  We are making a major investment in academic talent across research, teaching and business engagement; with confidence in their creativity and commitment as leaders of their disciplines, we will successfully implement our ambitious strategy.

Leading higher education in the UK has never been more replete with opportunities and challenges than it is today.  If you aspire to play a major role in ensuring Nottingham Trent University leads the way in this changing landscape, we have a number of exciting leadership opportunities that will give you the platform to transform the future of our students, our colleagues, and our civic and business partners.

The School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment has an international reputation for research and teaching, particularly in the subject area of Product Design.  Four eclectic disciplines support the research areas, which range from medical products through to longevity of products and clothing.  The four research teams, led by the professoriate associated with the department have successfully bid for £5 million over the last two years and it is vital that this impetus is managed and directed through to 2020 and beyond.

This success is emulated at undergraduate level; which brings gravitas to that which we do and must continue to do.  Our students are regular winners at ‘new designers’, and from first to final year enter and win national design awards.  Our contacts with industry via live projects and placements enhance the student experience and broaden the curriculum.  These need maintaining and expanding for the future.

Overseeing the academic and strategic elements of the Department of Product Design, you will be instrumental in ensuring the student experience is of the highest standards.  This includes leadership in course design, implementing curriculum and curating expositions, to identifying potential graduate employment opportunities, your knowledge base and networking skills will be essential.  Establishing links both nationally and internationally, you will seek ways to improve the research capabilities within the School, driving the results forward for the greatest impact.  As the line manager for a number of colleagues including Professors, Research Fellows, Research Assistants, Principle Lecturers and academic staff, you will juggle a complex workload while also maintaining your own research interests and external profile while remaining proactive in identifying sector trends that could be relevant to our teaching.

To succeed in this flourishing department, your academic qualifications or relevant professional standing in a subject area covered by the School will be complimented by HEA Fellow professional recognition (alternatively, this must be achieved within six months of being appointed to the role).  With experience of leading a team within a higher education environment, you will be comfortable managing a budget and seeking out commercial opportunities for the School.  A confident teacher and researcher, this will be evidenced in your previous projects.  Your ability to mentor students and build relationships that will prove beneficial to them and the School will be down to your exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, and you will have a good grasp of public policy relating to teaching and research.

If you are ready to take on an exciting senior leadership opportunity with us, you will find further information and details of how to apply at

Closing date –   12 April 2017
Interview date – 24 May 2017

If you have any specific queries relating to this position, please contact Peter Dawber, Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment by email or by telephone on 0115 848 4274.

Sponsorship Criteria
Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applications. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.