Head of School

Head of School – Academic Role Outline

Role Outline

  • Accountable for student experience in the School
  • Provide vision and strategic leadership for learning and teaching, research and enterprise in the School
  • Manage all activity and resources in the School

Representative Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Lead and manage research and enterprise, learning and teaching in the School
  • Ensure efficient and effective operation of the School’s work
  • Be responsible for the management and co-ordination of all modules/fields/courses of study in the School, resourcing, successful module/field/course delivery and content, and admissions
  • Manage staff in the School through
    • Recruitment and selection
    • Setting targets, mentoring, monitoring achievement and managing the performance and development appraisal (PDA) and process
    • Oversee staff development
    • Managing staff workloads
    • Managing all aspects of the School’s performance and budgets, ensuring adherence to financial regulations, policies and procedures and VfM
  • Managing the School’s research and enterprise activities in accordance with agreed Faculty and University strategy
  • Be responsible for the development of the School’s other income-generating activities and contributing to the Faculty’s other income-generating activities
  • Contribute to Faculty management and initiatives and co-ordinate School activities with Faculty/University strategy and initiatives
  • Be accountable for the Quality Assurance and Enhancement of all aspects of the School’s academic activity ensuring compliance with University regulations, policies and procedures
  • Be accountable for the School’s curriculum, course and portfolio review and development in alignment with Faculty strategy, making a leading contribution to innovations and development in the curriculum, course design, learning/teaching & assessment in the School
  • Work with other schools and faculties to maintain existing cross-disciplinary activities and promote new cross-disciplinary developments recruiting students to agreed target numbers
  • Foster a collaborative research and enterprise culture in the School
  • Identify and obtain funding for research programmes and other scholarly activity
  • Lead on parts of the annual planning process as a member of the Faculty Management Group
  • Maintain personal contributions to teaching and research; supervise MPhil, PhD and post-doctoral research students/fellows and mentor less experienced staff
  • Carry out consultancy work where this complements research and teaching programmes
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with leading academics, practitioners, employers and industries relevant to the School’s activities in order to promote and enhance the work of the School in teaching, research, enterprise and knowledge exchange
  • Contribute to and, where appropriate, represent the Faculty on University committees and the University at professional associations, national and international bodies and other stakeholders to further the interest of the wider academic community
  • Take responsibility for a range of cross-Faculty operational and strategic development projects.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the following skills, capabilities and experience:

Essential Criteria

  • an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in an appropriate discipline;
  • an appropriate PhD or equivalent;
  • a recognised teaching qualification or equivalent (if not already obtained, the postholder will be expected to achieve UKPSF recognition by the end of their probation period);
  • significant professional experience in higher education and within the field of nursing specifically;
  • a sound and thorough understanding of field of nursing from a national and international perspective;
  • a proven ability in research and/or enterprise, including securing external funding;
  • a proven ability in management, organisation and administration in higher education;
  • thorough understanding of quality assurance and enhancement in higher education;
  • the ability to manage teams and to work collaboratively with colleagues on the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the School and for the Faculty;
  • excellent people management skills;
  • the ability to manage resources in a professional and/or educational context;
  • outstanding organisational, communication and administrative skills;
  • the ability to lead and support research and enterprise.

Desirable Criteria

  • research student supervisory experience to successful completion.