Founding Dean of the Medical School

Ref: 7317

St Mary's University, Twickenham


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Role coordinated by:

Anna Murphy

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 3928 7388


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 26/07/2024

Formal Interview Date: Tuesday 2nd October 2024

As St. Mary's University builds on its proud heritage, we are looking for exceptional people to help shape our future. We provide a high-quality professional environment, inspired by our distinctive ethos and Catholic mission and values. Our values of excellence, generosity of spirit, inclusiveness and respect inspire us to create an academic community in which everybody is welcomed, and which puts the student at the centre of all our endeavours.

St. Mary’s has a strongly student-focused mission aimed at preparing students for flourishing lives, successful careers and social commitment through excellent, research-enriched teaching in a strong community of mutual respect based on our Catholic ethos and identity. We are committed to providing an increasingly high quality of teaching, learning and student experience as well as ensuring excellent prospects for our graduates in terms of employability and suitability for further study. .Recently rated in the top five universities in the UK for teaching quality and in the top 10 for student experience by the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, St Mary’s University has a strong reputation for providing excellence for its students.

Now is an exciting time to join the University with the launch of the St Mary’s University Medical School. This development keeps in tradition with the University’s commitment to having a sustained and positive impact on society, and we are working towards welcoming our first cohort of students in September 2026. Our ambition is to train compassionate, complete, ethically discerning doctors who, throughout their extensive five-year Medicine Degree and placements, will be exposed to comprehensive and diverse experiences, bringing them closer to the health challenges facing the public today and in the future.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding medical professional and educator to fill the role of Founding Dean of the St Mary’s University Medical School. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the Medical School through the next phase of its development. The Dean will provide the strategic, academic and operational leadership necessary to deliver the vision, design and implementation of the new Medical School, embedding an outstanding student education and experience within a developing research culture.

In accordance with the business plan, the Dean will be responsible for overseeing the GMC approval process and instituting an ambitious strategy that will deliver a highly successful new medical school. The Dean will also be responsible for ensuring that the mission, values and ethos of St. Mary’s University are reflected in our medical education programmes.

The successful candidate will be an established leader with a deep understanding of the strategic imperatives of a contemporary medical school, and a passion for medical education, scholarship and research. A dynamic individual with a collaborative, inspirational approach, the Dean will bring a strong personal commitment to high quality, inclusive education and widening access, and a proven track record of effective senior leadership. Candidates will be highly effective in developing and maintaining purposeful partnerships with strategic partners such as NHS trusts and other key health bodies in the region and nationally.

For further details, including a job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit quoting reference 7317.

The closing date for applications is at 9am BST on Friday 26th July 2024. 

St Mary’s University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief, or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

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