Head of Department of Professional Learning

Ormskirk, Lancashire
01 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Department of Professional Learning

Professional Education

Location: Ormskirk
Salary: Competitive Salary
Post Type: Full Time
Reference: EHM0119-0218

Lead a new and rapidly expanding department

About You

An inspirational leader, you will be an effective communicator committed to the Faculty and University mission, vision and values.  You will be able to stimulate action and bring people with you in shaping the strategic direction of the new department. You will be inclusive, emotionally intelligent and personally resilient with experience of developing, leading and managing new initiatives, projects and courses. 

You will have a strong track record of research, consultancy, evidence-based practice or innovation and a profile of Professorial or Reader standing.

About the Role 

The Department of Professional Learning will be formally established with the successful appointment to this post. As such, you will have considerable latitude in determining the future direction of the Faculty’s professional learning programmes and the Department’s medium and long term priorities. 

With its roots in teacher professional learning the Department is home to a diversified portfolio of Masters level programmes designed to support teachers and other professionals working in educational practices and contexts. Its programmes are designed to build and sustain professional learning communities and to strengthen the professional learning of educational leaders.

If successful it will be your role to shape the future, develop the leadership of the area and importantly external engagement, enterprise and research.

The Faculty

The Faculty of Education offers a wide range of programmes designed to meet the needs of the school and children’s workforce. The Faculty offers a vibrant environment where social inclusiveness, democratic understanding and activity are fundamental to the ways in which we work and this extends deeply into how we shape graduate outcomes and attributes. Research

Within the Faculty explores the different sites in which learning takes place as well as the contexts that enable transformational learning and critically reflects on educational policy and practice. The principles and ideals of accountability, governance, social inclusiveness, justice and equity inform our research and impact strategy.  


Working at Edge Hill means working in a distinctly empowering environment, where culture and collaboration are valued above traditional process-driven thinking. This is a workplace where you can really make a difference. As a senior colleague at Edge Hill University you will have access to a generous pension scheme, with optional corporate healthcare and extensive development opportunities.

About Us

“A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education. 

We are recognised for our outstanding achievements in student satisfaction, staff engagement, graduate employment and innovation as well as our strengthening research profile, investment and growth. The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award also celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

The University has been ranked Best University Workplace (Times Higher Education 2015), judged Best UK Employer (European Business Awards 2016) and highly commended in Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 for Workplace of the Year.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy you may wish to contact:
Dr Lynnette Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean of Education at turnerl@edgehill.ac.uk

Closing Date: Sunday 25 March 2018