Dean of Engineering and Computing

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Edinburgh Napier University


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Role Managed by:

Rachel Hogan

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 207 340 6210

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with the seniority of the role

Closing Date: 10/11/2020

Formal Interview Date: January 2021

Dean of School – potential merger of School of Computing and School of Engineering and The Built Environment

Edinburgh Napier is the #1 modern University in Scotland. We are a leading, modern university based in an iconic, prosperous city and a stunning, ambitious and forward-thinking country.

We have been presented with an opportunity to explore merging our School of Computing with our School of Engineering and the Built Environment. Whilst this is in a consultation process, if we proceed with the merger this presents a great opportunity for a visionary and ambitious Dean to have significant impact on two highly regarded schools.

About Napier

Edinburgh Napier comprises six schools, each committed to growing our academic reputation, delivering an excellent personalised student experience and building innovation, enterprise and citizenship.

This year the University has had a string of successes, leading us to be the #1 modern University in Scotland, as well as achievements such as;

About the Schools

Both schools are based at our Merchiston campus in the heart of Edinburgh.

The School of Computing has over 90 staff and 2,200 students, making us one of the UK’s largest university computing departments. The School is divided into three research-aligned subject groups; Creative and Social Informatics, Security and Networking and Software Engineering and Technology.

Our School of Engineering and the Built Environment provides a vibrant teaching and research environment for almost 2000 students and 120 staff. As well as hosting a number of research institutes, the School houses four key subject groups; Construction and Surveying, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Design and Civil Transport and Environmental Engineering.

Find out more about our Schools in the role pack, please click on the Download Further Details button below.

The role

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a real difference and lasting impact on our University. This role would be responsible for leading the proposed merger to success, to drive forward and build on our current achievements and provide strategic direction for growth within our schools. This is a challenging role that will require the ability to lead ongoing organisational change and development, with exceptional planning and leadership.

As a Dean, you will be part of the Senior Leadership Group of the University and play a key role in delivering our ambitions both at School and University level.

The Dean will be an outstanding leader in their field, with a strong Professorial level record of achievements in line with our academic pathways, relevant to the School’s subject disciplines.

For a detailed list of the requirements, you can read the full role profile by clicking on the Download Further Details button below.

**Note to candidates - our consultation period is ongoing. We expect to have an outcome in time for shortlisting. We welcome any queries from interested applicants at any point in the process.**

Your Application

For an informal conversation about the role please contact the University’s appointed advisors, Perrett Laver, by contacting Rachel Hogan at or +44 (0) 20 7340 6210.

Applications should consist of a covering letter addressing suitability against the person specification and a full curriculum vitae.

The closing date for applications is  Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 12 noon.

The appointment panel will convene following this to decide upon a shortlist. Shortlisted candidates will subsequently be invited to first stage interviews in December and successful candidates will then be invited to final stage interviews in January.

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