Director Plymouth Institute of Education

University of Plymouth


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    23 May 2022

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    University of Plymouth

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The University of Plymouth is seeking to appoint a new Director for Plymouth Institute of Education (PIoE). This new appointment will provide visionary leadership for the Institute in support of its international and highly distinctive lifelong and life-wide approach to teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. This is an exciting chance to be part of a progressive and cutting-edge University in a beautiful location, where you can really make a difference.

Plymouth Institute of Education is currently ranked sixth for education in the Guardian UK University rankings 2022. We are the only university in the country to offer the full suite of ITE programmes, from early years through to post compulsory education. This sits alongside a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from the BA Early Childhood Studies and the BA Education to the MA Education, MA Mathematics Education, the PGCert SENCo Award and PGCert Autism. Postgraduate research is supported through both PhD and EdD programmes and our PGR community is thriving with rising numbers of international students with interests ranging from special educational needs to mathematics education and alternative education.  

Plymouth Institute of Education is part of the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Business, one of three Faculties within the University, bringing together a community of thinkers and practitioners across four academic units: the School of Art, Design and Architecture, the School of Society and Culture, Plymouth Business School and Plymouth Institute of Education.  

Our researchers explore how and why people learn at every stage of life, from babies to the very old, conducting research in multiple contexts, such as in the home, nature, the community, arts, leisure and the classroom. Our research excellence is in children and families, education policy, learning outside formal education, inclusion and sustainable education. Closely linked to our research are our knowledge exchange (KE) activities enhanced and shared through our University Practice Partnerships. Our research and KE activities facilitate external partnership working, extend grant capture and further research impact locally, nationally and internationally, contributing to a civically engaged and impactful research environment.

Reporting to the Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Business, the Director is responsible for shaping the vision and direction of Plymouth Institute of Education in line with university strategies, ensuring appropriate plans and resources are in place for their delivery.  This is a truly exciting time to lead the Institute of Education, building on its existing strengths and developing new and innovative ways of taking the Institute forward.

Approachable and visible, the Director will demonstrate engaging leadership experience amidst a context of rapid change within the University and HE sector as a whole.  Candidates will be adept at direction setting, delegation and engaging staff in their part in delivering results for the sustainable success of the Institute, Faculty and University.

 The deadline for applications is 12 noon GMT on Monday 23rd May 2022.



Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
12 noon, Monday 23rd May 2022

Long listing
31st May 2022

Preliminary interviews
w/c 6th June 2022

Short listing
14th June 2022

Final panel
Wednesday 6th July 2022

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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