Head of the School of Health Sciences
Full Job Description


To lead the School Senior Management Group in all aspects of managing the School, to implement University policy and strategy and support managers within their areas of responsibility.

To develop a strong research culture within the School, encourage collaboration where appropriate with the aim of increasing the volume of research activity and high quality output.



  • To provide visible leadership and focus for the future development of the School within the context of existing and future strategic plans.

  • To develop and implement the School academic plan in line with the strategic objectives of the University.

  • To ensure the optimal management and development of the School's resources, staff, finance, equipment/assets and accommodation in order to meet the objectives as stated in the academic plan.

  • To advise on and coordinate the deployment of resources across the School, to delegate as appropriate and to supervise and monitor their subsequent use ensuring that it is educationally and economically most effective.

  • To lead the current and future development and delivery of the School course portfolio to ensure provision is of high quality, innovative and produces motivated, highly professional an employable graduates.

  • To ensure the quality of the student experience, student progression and retention, quality assurance and enhancement and the maintenance of academic standards across the School portfolio of courses and CPD provision through Annual Course Appraisal and Institutional Led Subject Review.

  • To ensure target student numbers across the School portfolio are met for financial viability through an effective marketing and recruitment strategy.

  • To liaise closely with relevant external stakeholders to ensure that appropriate undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD courses are provided to meet the needs of the external marketplace.

  • To take a lead role in growing commercial income to meet targets set by the University.

  • To externally network, collaborate and partner with employers and other relevant organisations, professional bodies, private sector etc. to promote the interest of the School and the University.

  • To effectively engage with stakeholder groups in order to influence regional/national policy to promote the interest of the School and the University.

  • To develop and implement the School Health and Safety Plan.

  • To participate effectively and collegiately with University working groups and projects and initiatives as required. To liaise effectively and coordinate with other Schools across the University.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Higher Degree.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Academic credibility evidenced by strong subject specific knowledge with evidence of relevant continuous professional development.

  • Experience of developing and maintaining networks internally and externally through strong stakeholder networking and relationship building skills.

  • An academic with a passion to create a modern, innovative learning environment.

  • Experience of quality assurance and enhancement processes with evidence of curriculum design, course approval/validation, appraisal processes and Institution Subject Led Subject Review.

  • Experience of working with external agencies/commercial partners.

  • Experience of leading and developing staff at all levels and managing physical, financial and human resources.

  • Experience of managing change in challenging and dynamic environment.

  • Ability to act in a leadership capacity as a research enabler.

  • Commitment to the values of the University.

  • Experience of leading and enabling staff to generate commercial income.

  • Experience of contributing to strategic management decisions.




  • Strategic Awareness: develops strategy, communicates strategy and aligns people and resources to strategy

  • Leading change: Embraces, champions and implements changes


  • Self-management: emotionally intelligent, continually develops and is resilient

  • Relationship management: develops relationships, effectively communicates and is inclusive


  • Performance management: sets standards, builds capability and manages performance 

  • Delivering results: drives for excellence, identifies outcomes and targets, manages resources to deliver

Salary:  £66,725 - £108,359