Head of School of Art, Design & Architecture

University of Plymouth


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    Senior Manager

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  • Expiry date

    31 January 2022

  • Client

    University of Plymouth

Ref: GSe79469

At the University of Plymouth, it is in our nature to innovate – be that in our teaching or in our research. We strive for the highest quality in all that we do – pushing boundaries isn’t just encouraged, it is expected. 

The University’s mission - advancing knowledge, transforming lives - is manifested in the compelling combination of first-class, innovative teaching, clusters of world-class research, and a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion, so that our students are supported and encouraged to unlock their true potential.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Business comprises four schools, with substantial research excellence and an international reputation across the disciplines of english, creative writing, history, education, performing arts and music, digital arts, photography, curatorial practice, architecture, environmental building, supply chain management, accounting and Law.

The School of Art Design & Architecture has a growing international profile, with collaborations across the Far East, South America and Europe.  In all areas there is a fundamental commitment to practice-based working and supporting students to develop as independent critical thinkers and practitioners. Studio work – and studio culture - permeate most of the School’s pedagogy, and are the central pivot underpinning all other modules and activities.

The University is now seeking to appoint a Head for the School of Art, Design & Architecture to provide bold and strategic leadership to the School, reporting to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Business.

The Head of School role is primarily responsible for formulating and operationalising academic strategy, ensuring appropriate plans and resources are in place for their delivery. This is a truly exciting time to lead the School, building on its existing strengths and developing new and innovative ways of taking the School forward.

Approachable and visible, you will bring a proven track record of confident senior leadership and management  in an equivalent context and amidst a context of rapid change within the University and HE sector as a whole.  You will need to be adept at direction setting, delegation and engaging staff in their part in delivering results for the sustainable success of the School, Faculty and University.

You will already be a consummate professor in your field with considerable academic and personal credibility in a relevant discipline and be seeking an opportunity to build on the School’s success to date and lead it forward during a time of change and opportunity. 

All activities undertaken within this role will be compliant with the University’s policies, including Health & Safety, Equality and Diversity, Ethics, GDPR etc.

For an informal discussion on this role, please contact Ross Highfield at ross.highfield@gatenbysanderson.com or on 07891 138 886. 

Please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/jobs/head-of-school-art-design-architecture for more information ahead of your application. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
12 noon, Monday 31st January

Long listing
15th February

Preliminary interviews
w/c 22nd February

Short listing
10th March

Final panel
29th March

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
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