Director of Fashion and Textiles

Norwich University of the Arts


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    23 March 2022

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    Norwich University of the Arts

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Norwich University of the Arts is one of the great British art schools: a specialist creative arts institution that can draw on 175 years of history whilst focusing on the future role of creativity in addressing contemporary global challenges and opportunities. Situated in the historic city centre of Norwich, with an impressive estate that encompasses both historic buildings and brand-new state of the art facilities, the University is a vibrant community that forms the beating heart of the city and region's arts and cultural worlds.

We are committed to being an inclusive community that offers equality of opportunity and enables our staff and students to flourish and succeed, regardless of their background or personal circumstances. Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded in everything that we do. We celebrate the diversity of our backgrounds, cultures and actions, promoting art and design as a catalyst of social change. As such, we are champions for the creative arts; empowering all of our students to be valued and productive members of society, with ambitions to change the world.

With a renowned reputation for teaching quality and student experience, the University is in the Top 10 for Teaching Quality in this year’s Sunday Times Good University Guide and was named University of the Year for Student Retention by the influential Sunday Times Good Universities Guide for 2020. The University is characterized by its innovative and industry-engaged approach to creative education with an excellent reputation for student outcomes and employability.

We are now looking to recruit an exceptional leader to build on the progress we have made to help shape the transformation of our academic offer. The role of Director of Fashion and Textiles is part of a new academic management structure in which the University has identified six programme areas of congruent disciplines.  As one of six disciplinary leaders, the role of the Director involves establishing a community responsible for the development and delivery of academic provision, knowledge exchange and research. You will contribute to the delivery of the University’s strategy and engage the community in debate around how our provision can respond to a range of social, economic and political requirements, and continue to improve and develop.  You will develop the academic mission of the programme area and a vision for its ongoing enhancement.

Candidates will be proven leaders with a recognised track record of research, practice and/or industry collaboration in a related discipline. They will be inspirational teachers, dedicated to enhancing the student experience through high-calibre content, innovative teaching methods and development of national and international partnerships. They will also have the appetite to develop relevant courses through industry engagement and ambitious industry led projects.

The Director will work with their counterparts in other areas to seek out interdisciplinary and collaborative opportunities both within NUA and with external partners.

With a new Vice-Chancellor and a new University strategy, you will be joining at an exciting time as the University seeks to build on its position of academic and financial strength to achieve its impressive aspirations for growth and diversification.

If you have vision, passion, creativity and determination to make a difference, we want to hear from you. This is a key appointment for us, and it will be for you – so we will invest time with candidates to get to know them and to give them the chance to get to know us.

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact:

Enfys Evans: / 020 7426 3996

Hilda Gjika: 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
5pm, 23rd March

Long listing
31st March

Preliminary interviews
w/c 4th April

Short listing
26th April

10th, 11th or 12th May (TBC)

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.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

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