The Head of Plymouth Business School

Ref: 7189

University of Plymouth

Plymouth, UK

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Role coordinated by:

Ellen Carter

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 3928 7362


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 20/05/2024

At the University of Plymouth, innovation is at the core of our ethos. We're not just about teaching and research; we're committed to exploring new horizons and making a meaningful impact.  Excellence is our standard, being one of the few universities awarded triple gold for teaching excellence in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework. 

Join Us and Lead the Plymouth Business School:  

The Head of School is an opportunity to shape the future of the Business school at an exciting time, as it moves to a new building in the heart of the city campus. Reporting to the Executive Dean, you'll have the responsibility of setting the school's vision and direction for the future. Approachable and visible, the Head of School is required to bring confident leadership amidst a context of rapid change within the University and higher education sector as a whole. This leadership role is undertaken for a five-year period with an option for a mutually agreed extension of two years. Continued research and teaching activity is assumed in line with the role holder's substantive academic post and as agreed with the Executive Dean.  

The Role: 

In this position, you'll be tasked with: 

  • Setting the school's vision 
  • Implementing strategic plans 
  • Managing resources for research, teaching, and knowledge exchange 
  • Developing innovative strategies 
  • Providing leadership during times of change 
  • Engaging with staff effectively

Who Are We Looking For? 

We're seeking a visionary leader who can navigate change and inspire others. Your academic background and credibility are important, as well as your dedication to innovation. Ideally, you'll hold or aspire to a Professorial post and have expertise in a relevant discipline. 

For more details on the role, faculty, and University, and how to apply, please refer to the recruitment pack. 

The University of Plymouth has appointed global executive search firm Perrett Laver to support the appointment of Head of the School, Plymouth Business School.

For a confidential conversation on the role, please contact Ellen Carter at or +44 (0)20 3928 7362. To apply, please complete the application form on the Perrett Laver website, quoting reference 7189.

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae, detailing academic and professional qualifications and experience, full employment history and relevant achievements. CVs should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly your motivation for the role and your vision for Plymouth Business School at the University of Plymouth.

The closing date for applications is 09:00 UK time, Monday 20th May 2024.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview, which is likely to be w/c 8th July 2024. 

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