Head of School; School of Mathematics and Statistics

Milton Keynes
£50,618 - £88,653 plus allowances
08 May 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of School; School of Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; 
£50,618 - £88,653 plus allowances
Ref: 14543
Based in Milton Keynes

The Open University (OU) is the UK’s largest academic institution and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Inclusive, innovative and responsive, the OU helps 170,000 students worldwide each year achieve their learning goals and has a vibrant research community. The organisation is committed to a programme of ambitious transformation and growth, reaching new learners through enhanced digital platforms and maximising the value of intellectual property and content in areas including learning analytics and mass online courses.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to lead a vibrant and wide ranging group of academic staff with a full range of activity across teaching, research and external engagement. The School of Mathematics and Statistics has around 50 academic and research staff and is also home for a number of visiting researchers, and both full-time and part-time research students. We teach a comprehensive range of undergraduate qualifications across the mathematical sciences, with thousands of registered students. Our mathematics modules also serve many other qualifications across the Faculty and University. In addition, our MSc in Mathematics is the largest such programme in the UK, with over 500 active students, including a proportion of overseas students. The School holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is committed to transforming gender equality. Joining the OU at a time of significant change the role requires an exceptional candidate who will have overall responsibility for leading the development of the School providing vision and leadership, and as part of the Faculty Executive Team, develop and deliver the Faculty business plan in line with University strategic frameworks. 

You will need to have proven ability to provide exceptional and skilled leadership and management of the strategic direction of the School, Faculty and University.  You will be active in the wider management of the Faculty as an influential member of the Faculty Executive and University Senior Team, contributing to overall policy development in shaping academic and business planning. You will have a substantial track record in teaching, research and professional achievement in the fields covered by the School.  

You will be appointed to a substantive academic post commensurate with your current standing as Senior Lecturer or Professor; and will be seconded to the role of Head of School for three years in the first instance. 

Closing date: 12.00 noon on Wednesday 6th June 2018
Interview date: Monday 25th June 2018

For detailed information and how to apply go to call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0) 1908 653665 or email quoting the reference number.

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