PVC Culture and Public Engagement and Dean, Kingston School of Art

Kingston Upon Thames, London (GB)
31 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

PVC Culture and Public Engagement and Dean, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University

Kingston University is the largest higher education provider in south west London, with students from over 140 countries and an annual income of around £200million. Kingston’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture has recently relaunched as Kingston School of Art (KSA), its original name.

Kingston School of Art has established an exceptional reputation and it has become one of the UK’s leading art and design educational institutions. The school combines a dedication to professionalism, innovation and experimentation with a commitment to working with its numerous local, national and global partners and collaborators to lead and shape the future of the creative and cultural industries. Kingston School of Art attracts high quality lecturers and researchers to its ‘thinking through making’ ethos, underpinned by excellent facilities. As an art school within a University which embraces the areas of health, business, science, engineering, the humanities and social sciences, Kingston School of Art combines the benefits of having its own art and design-focused identity on its own campus with an ability to be at the forefront of exciting cross-disciplinary developments.  

Now in the top 5% of the world for art and design education, the next Dean of Kingston School of Art will inherit a strong school with an exciting journey ahead. This is a unique opportunity requiring the delivery of visible leadership and direction both within the School and to the wider creative and cultural sector in the UK and internationally. 

The Dean will be at the forefront of ensuring that the school operates as a truly exceptional creative community, inculcating a culture of pride and excitement in all who work there. The Dean will also contribute to the distinctive profile and positioning of the creative disciplines across London and beyond. Candidates will be passionate advocates for the creative arts and industries with strong networks in the creative and cultural sector. This person will deliver a committed focus on the student experience and the delivery of teaching which attracts and retains the very best students and staff. The successful candidate will be a charismatic leader who will build on the School and University’s success internally and externally.

The Dean is a member of the University Senior Management Team and the Academic Directorate and a manager.  In that capacity, this person plays an important role in the definition and development of University policy and decision-making at the highest level. The Dean will have PVC responsibility for culture and public engagement, accountable for the University’s museum and gallery, and for the University’s relationship with the Borough of Kingston.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency adviser to Kingston University on this appointment. A candidate brief with full application details can be obtained from their website at using reference code KAWRB.  Alternatively email or telephone 020 7227 0880 (during office hours).  

Applications should be received by noon on 6 September 2017.