Head of School of Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

Ref: 6736

University of Derby

Derby, England

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Titilola Akinola

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 3928 7380

e: Titilola.Akinola@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: £67,298 to £84,122 per annum (For exceptional performers, there is scope for further progression up to £96,740 per annum)

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is the only university in Derby and Derbyshire, and offers industry-relevant, expert teaching, from foundation and undergraduate degrees to postgraduate study and research. A Top 50 UK University (Guardian University Guide 2023), the University of Derby boasts world-leading research that demonstrates real-world impact.

We have a long and proud heritage of using our knowledge and innovation to support the prosperity of the city and region. We welcome, support and challenge all our students to develop the blend of academic knowledge and practical skills they need to succeed in their chosen field. The University benefits from strong industry links, expert academics, and real-world classroom facilities to prepare, engage and support students and researchers across our institution both in the UK and overseas.

Evolving with the rich opportunities of this environment, the College of Science and Engineering is expanding in order both to enhance the integrity of its disciplinary clusters and ensure these accurately reflect the appositeness of its offer externally. The new Head of the School of Engineering will lead a dedicated new School with exciting potential to expand and deepen industry collaboration across Derby and nationally. The city has a strong history in aerospace, automotive, rail and construction materials reflected in many of the School’s areas of expertise, and Derby’s investment in zero carbon research, together with the recent partnership with Rolls Royce to establish the Nuclear Skills Academy, are indicative of the role the University has to play in driving industry innovation and laying the pipeline for future talent. As part of the vibrant new College Senior Management Team the Head of School of Engineering will make critical contribution to a College poised to deliver STEM solutions to pressing national and global challenges through education, research, and knowledge exchange.  

The successful candidate will be an engaging leader, strategically astute, with a track record of strong industry engagement, effective management, and driving quality across education and research. They will demonstrate deep understanding of how the disciplinary bases of the School intersect with social and industrial requirements and market dynamics, and the ability to contextualise strategic aims to academic delivery, driving a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. They will recognise the particular opportunities of the School for external partnership and knowledge exchange, and work with others to foster an environment geared towards delivering real-world impact.

Critically, the Head of School will share in our determination to apply curiosity in order to develop usable knowledge that, through transfer, collaboration and exchange, will deliver solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges. Derby is an inclusive University that is passionate about social mobility and affording all our students the best possible opportunity to excel. The new Head of School will share in this core value, demonstrating deep commitment to enhancing practice to ensure that we offer all our students the opportunity to benefit from our vibrant academic community, and foster a positive team spirit and high staff engagement.

The University would welcome applications from candidates with the qualifications and experience to undertake this role. We are committed to being a fully inclusive and diverse community. We seek and encourage applications for this role from the broadest range of society, including all under-represented groups.

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

Candidates who have particular requirements if invited to interview should make them clear in their applications.

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills, and experience for the role, please click on the 'Download Further Details' button below.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Sunday 8th October 2023.

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome, and should be made to Research Associate, Titilola Akinola on Titilola.Akinola@perrettlaver.com or 0203 928 7397.

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