Head of the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

Plymouth, Devon (GB)
05 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Plymouth

Appointment of Head of the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

Location: Plymouth

Salary: commensurate with the seniority of the role

With over 23,000 students, 3,000 staff and an annual income of over £250 million, the University of Plymouth is ranked in the UK’s top 50 universities for research (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and in the UK’s top three modern institutions (Times Higher Education ‘200 under 50’ 2017). Its mission – advancing knowledge, transforming lives – is manifested in the compelling combination of first-class, innovative teaching, clusters of world-class research, and a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion, so that students are supported and encouraged to unlock their true potential.

The University is now seeking to appoint a Head for the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics to provide bold and strategic leadership to the School. Reporting to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to play a very significant role in developing an exciting vision for the future, building on many areas of strength.

With an excellent track record in teaching and research, the School offers a wide range of highly regarded, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is home to internationally leading research, such as the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems and the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research.

The School has strong partnerships in teaching and research, both internally and externally that will require continuous development and promotion to ensure it is well positioned to make the most of opportunities to advance in these areas, whilst improving the student education and experience.

The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding leadership ability with a strong understanding of the opportunities and challenges in further developing a thriving School, with a proven track record of senior leadership and management in an equivalent context. Applicants will have considerable academic and personal credibility in a relevant discipline, as well as a commitment to working collaboratively and in partnership with staff and students across the School and more widely.

The role will be for three years initially, with the potential to extend for a further two years, at which point the successful candidate will move to an appropriate substantive post.

This is a full-time post working 37 hours per week. 

We have instructed our executive search partners, Perrett Laver, to advise and assist with this selection and appointment. Applications should consist of a CV accompanied by a covering letter addressing the criteria in the person specification. These can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies quoting reference 3460. The deadline for applications is 12 noon GMT on Monday 5th March 2018.

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion. The University hold a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.