Head of the School of Engineering

Ref: 5651

University of Leicester

Leicester, England

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Role Managed by:

Jaanvi Patel

Research Associate

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive, inclusive of an additional responsibility allowance of £10,000 per annum for Tenure as Head of School

Closing Date: 16/05/2022

Formal Interview Date: Formal interviews with the University of Leicester will take place on 12 July 2022 via Teams

Department: School of Engineering

Vacancy terms: Full Time with self-directed working pattern.

Appointment basis:  Four year tenure as Head of School with possibility for extension. When the term is completed, you will be offered a permanent position in the College at the appropriate level.

Salary details: Competitive, inclusive of an additional responsibility allowance of £10,000 per annum for Tenure as Head of School

About the role

We are seeking an inclusive and inspirational strategic leader who will inspire, enable and empower students and staff to realise their ambitions through world-leading research and inspiring education. Your creativity, underpinned by strong institutional, national and international collaborations, will deliver impact and outcomes across the School with a particular focus on Aerospace, Computational Engineering and Mechanics of Materials, Our wider institutional environment, including our engagement with Space Park Leicester, provides an ideal context and mechanisms to engage in interdisciplinary science (e.g. mathematics, computer science, geology, chemistry and medical science) and industrial collaborations.

Outstanding people leadership skills are a high priority for this role. The Head of School will lead a proactive and dynamic School Management Group, to support growth and development over the next few years. Mentoring, staff development and long-term succession planning are key aspects of leadership with a clear remit to promote enhanced staff diversity, especially regarding the gender balance across staff in the School.

Headship at Leicester offers the opportunity to play a transformative role in the future direction of your discipline and the school, college and university as well as furthering your own senior leadership skills. Working closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Head of the College of Science and Engineering you will represent and promote the School, College and University to enable the right environment for us to be at the forefront of global leading research, innovative enterprise and the provision of an excellent student experience. 

About You

You will have proven ability to provide academic leadership in both research and teaching with a substantial record of research achievement in a related field.

You will be an accomplished communicator who can lead, inspire and motivate colleagues across the School and crucially you must be capable of leading change and delivering against the strategic priorities of the University. You will be committed to providing an inclusive environment for students and staff focused on realising potential and striving for excellence.

For further details on the role and its responsibilities please see the Candidate Brochure and Job Summary Form.

How to apply

Applications should consist of a full academic curriculum vitae detailing relevant qualifications and experience, full employment history and achievements. CVs should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, why the appointment is of interest and what you believe they can bring to the role. For further information and instructions on how to apply, please click on the 'Download Further Details' button below.

The closing date for applications is 03:00pm (BST) on Thursday 26 May 2022.

Formal interviews with the University of Leicester will take place on 12 July 2022 via Teams. Shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to visit Leicester prior to formal interviews.

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome, and should be made to Jaanvi Patel, Research Associate, on jaanvi.patel@perrettlaver.com or +44 (0)20 3928 7368.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

We offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities.