Associate Dean in Learning and Teaching

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
04 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Associate Dean in Learning and Teaching
Engineering & Applied Science
Salary:     Competitive Salary for the right candidate 
Basis:     Full Time 
Closing Date:     23.59 hours GMT on Friday 03 November 2017
Interview Date:     To be confirmed 
Reference:     R170440

At an exciting time for the School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS), we seek an Associate Dean in Learning and Teaching to work closely with the new Executive Dean, new Deputy Dean and other Associate Deans in managing the School.

Aston describes itself as a University for Industry and the Professions and has been the fastest growing University in the UK for the last 4 years. With its 6 academic subject groups and 4 research institutes, Aston’s School of Engineering & Applied Science has a reputation for cutting edge research, and focuses on the inter-disciplinary nature of engineering and applied sciences. An outstanding individual is sought to provide support and management to the School. S/he will enhance the School’s reputation for the quality of its teaching, research and integration with business globally. The post holder will also be a key member of the School’s Executive team and will therefore inform and help implement the School’s vision and strategy as a crucial point in Aston’s strategic cycle.

The Associate Dean L&T of Engineering and Applied Science is a full-time, senior management role, with responsibilities within the School for both academic and administrative staff and processes, for representing the interests of the School across Aston University and to some extent (depending on personal background and interests) for representing the School and Aston University externally. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and coming revision of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) create the need for strategic action in terms of focus of activity, the opportunities open to staff to progress and the expectations made of them in this progression. These issues will likely be high on the agenda of the incoming Associate Dean L&T as will our rapidly evolving international initiatives and learning and teaching innovations. As well as managing operational responsibility in learning and teaching for the School, the role holder will be responsible for maintaining and developing the School's excellence in learning and teaching in line with the institutional learning and teaching strategy and strategic plan.

Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in learning and teaching which must have made a distinctive mark in an academic institution as well as having a high level of understanding of research and external engagement. They must have good knowledge of national Higher Education policies and a good understanding of University culture. Because this is a management role at a time of great change in higher education, candidates must demonstrate sound grasp of financial management and budgeting and also of handling culture change.