Dean of Design School

Ref: 6818

University of the Arts London

Elephant and Castle, London

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Anna Murphy

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive - Circa £80,000

Closing Date: 09/10/2023

Formal Interview Date: Friday 8th December

Dean of Design School

Circa £80,000

Full time


LCC – Elephant and Castle, London UK

Formal Interview Date: Friday 8th December 

The Opportunity

University of the Arts London (UAL) is looking for an exceptional individual to join London College of Communication (LCC) as the Dean of Design School. This position offers a unique opportunity to provide strong academic and managerial leadership to a world-class Design School, whilst contributing to the strategic development of both LCC and the University.

As Dean you will lead the development and delivery of the curriculum within the School, ensuring that all learning and teaching is supported by cutting-edge digital and physical learning environments. You will build and maintain an academic environment that promotes outstanding research, creative practice and public-facing knowledge exchange. With a strong focus on delivering an excellent student experience and fostering strong graduate outcomes, you will provide visionary and effective leadership to the academic and support teams, cultivating a culture of inclusivity and high performance.

As a member of the College Executive Board and Management Group, you will play an integral part in implementing UAL's Strategy 2030 and College Annual Operating plans, where you will help meet key performance indicators whilst advancing the objectives of the University. Additionally, your expertise will contribute to the operational and strategic development processes of the College, offering insights on student number planning and resource requirements, both human and physical, to support LCC’s curriculum offer.

This is a rare opportunity to make a significant impact and contribute to the ongoing success of the Design School and the broader University community.

About You

You will possess extensive knowledge and experience within your subject area, educated to PhD level or equivalent qualifications or professional experience, and recognised as a leading authority in your subject or professional area. You will have a substantial record of teaching, research, and/or professional practice in one or more of the School's specialist areas, which will contribute to your ability to shape and influence developments within the School.

As an effective leader, you will be capable of inspiring and motivating others, setting the direction for one or more functions and promoting collaboration across formal boundaries. Your exceptional planning, prioritisation, and project management skills will enable you to achieve long-term strategic objectives. You will possess the ability to build and nurture effective teams, networks, and communities of practice, in order to foster constructive cross-team collaboration.

We are UAL

For the fourth year running, University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2022. UAL's diverse and talented community comprises over 5,000 academic, professional, and technical staff. Together, UAL are committed to social purpose. This includes creating a better and more sustainable world and championing race equality.

UAL offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfill their potential and continuous training to further develop their skills and expertise. UAL also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance.

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

Completed applications should be uploaded at, quoting reference 6818. 

Closing date: Monday 9th October at 9am

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