Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences

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University of Birmingham


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Role Managed by:

James Ingram

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive for the role

Closing Date: 02/01/2023

Formal Interview Date: Wednesday 1st March

The University of Birmingham’s heritage as Britain’s first civic university is combined with an ambitious agenda to continue the transformation of the University. A comprehensive research-intensive institution, which is home to a diverse community of 38,000 students from 150 countries and more than 8,000 staff, we are ranked in the top 100 universities globally. The 2021 Research Excellence Framework saw Birmingham achieve major improvements on all measures, rising 12 places to 10th overall. Most recently, the University played a leading role in the hugely successful Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, confirming our long-standing role at the heart of an ambitious, dynamic and thriving city region. Building on all of this, our new Strategic Framework has set a highly ambitious strategy to become a global top 50 institution by 2030. 

Following the successful tenure of Professor David Adams, we now seek to appoint a new Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences. The College’s record of pioneering and translational health research has been recognised by a very strong performance in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, as well as by its recent success in securing a threefold funding increase for the NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre (to £30 million). The College is shaping the future of health and medicine through the provision of innovative education. Its longstanding collaborations with the NHS, including through Birmingham Health Partners, alongside access to a large and highly diverse local population ensures its research and education make a real-world difference.  

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS) is responsible for providing academic leadership across a vibrant community of 1,800 academic and professional services staff, and over 5,000 students. The College enjoys world-class research strengths in areas as varied as clinical trials, cancer, liver disease, rheumatology, maternal health, and public health. Comprising eight institutes and six schools - including one of the largest medical schools in the UK, alongside Biomedical Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing & Midwifery and a Graduate School.  The College is a key partner in the creation of the Birmingham Health Innovation campus, due to open in 2023. This collaboration will harness world-leading academic and clinical strengths with new commercial power accelerating life sciences research, healthcare and technologies.

As a member of the University Executive Board, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor is a key member of the collective senior leadership of the organisation, working alongside senior leaders from across the institution to implement our Birmingham 2030 strategic framework. The success of MDS in particular will be crucial to supporting the University’s ambition to be a top 50 global institution, building on the College’s recent successes to achieve further significant improvements in research quality and income, as well as building a diverse and innovative education portfolio.  This is a role for an inspirational leader who can lead, shape, and realise the growth agenda of the College. In joining, you will have an outstanding reputation in research in one of the relevant health disciplines, a commitment to excellent education, proven leadership and management credentials and the vision and capability to enhance the College’s performance.

The University is committed to building a fully inclusive and diverse community, including in its senior leadership. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds with the qualifications and experience to undertake this role, including under-represented groups.

Applications should consist of a covering letter, full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications, employment history, latest remuneration and relevant achievements.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 2nd January 2023.





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