Head and Professor of School of Government and International Affairs

Ref: 4144GRA

Durham University


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Role Managed by:

Beth Hayden

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6235

e: Beth.Hayden@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 02/12/2019

As one of the UK’s leading and world top 100 universities, Durham University has developed a distinctive reputation for leadership and innovation in research and education. Durham’s academics are shaping the future with world-leading research across all faculties, and its distinctive approach to research-led teaching ensures that programmes are cutting-edge and intellectually stimulating for its 18,000 students. The School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) is ranked in the top 100 departments in the world (QS) and is undergoing a period of sustained growth as part of Durham University’s strategy 2017-2027. Substantial academic staffing growth linked to expansion in undergraduate and postgraduate numbers means that the post holder has the opportunity to make an important difference to SGIA’s and the University’s future.

It is during this exciting time of growth that the University seeks to appoint a talented and ambitious Professor as Head of School. Reporting to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, the appointee will take strategic lead and management in the School. The successful candidate will engender within the School the vision of the University for excellence in research, student education and the student experience and externally to continue to build the reputation of the School. The postholder will also work in close consultation with the other Heads of Departments to create a truly interdisciplinary and interconnected teaching and research environment. The Head of Department role will be for a period of five years (with a review after three years), while the Professorship will be a permanent appointment.

A truly outstanding academic, the successful candidate will be an academic leader with managerial experience commensurate with the Head of School role requirement.  She/he will also be expected to demonstrate world-leading and world-changing research with outputs consistently recognised as internationally excellent in their field of Politics, and also be able to evidence excellence in the development and delivery of teaching and the promotion of student experience. 

Further information, including details of how to apply, can be downloaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 4144. The deadline for applications is Midday on the 2nd December 2019.

For further information on living and working in Durham and the relocation assistance provided, please visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/workingdurham/