Job details


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Responsible to

PVC Dean


Derby Campus


£55,610 to £73,006 per annum

Closing date

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Contract type


Post type




About the role

With its strong focus on quality, innovation and real-world learning, our College of Business, Law and Social Sciences supports ambition and drives success. Comprising Derby Business School, School of Law and Social Sciences and an effective Executive Enterprise and Education offering with strong ties to local business and an ambitious, growing international presence, the College delivers a distinctive portfolio of study opportunities, enriched by flourishing partnerships with regional, national and global employers.

As the Deputy Dean of the College, you will join the University’s broader leadership team. You will work with other academic leads to support the University’s strategic aims.  Whilst predominantly around academic insights, this role will also require you to engage with all areas of the University to lead / support cross organisational activity / projects.

You will also provide strategic and operational leadership within the College as directed by the PVC Dean specialising within the spectrum of learning & teaching, research, international partnerships and / or academic enterprise.  You will work with Heads of School and other members of the College Leadership Team to operationalise strategic objectives, enhancing the student experience and ensuring successful delivery of the College Business Plan.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will have significant experience of both teaching and senior leadership within a Higher Education setting, combined with experience of defining operational plans and ensuring strategic development in line with corporate goals. You will also have the ability to communicate, translate and operationalise the University and College vision for the future, inspiring and drawing on the support of staff.

Principal accountabilities

  1. In collaboration with other academic areas and the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, drive forward the provision of an excellent student experience and outstanding student performance across the University / College.
  2. As part of the University’s academic leadership team, develop and embed a culture of continuous improvement and innovation that aligns to organisational priorities. 
  3. Proactively seek opportunities to innovate across the spectrum of learning & teaching, including the use of digital technologies, research and academic enterprise.
  4. Strengthen research links between teams and the wider University, encouraging interdisciplinary research initiatives.
  5. Pro-actively engage with the Delivery Operations and Leadership Group (DOLG) to allow effective, cohesive and coordinated delivery of key services across the institution, both responding to University Executive Board (UEB) and Vice-Chancellors Executive (VCE) but also providing recommendations to support this. 
  6. In collaboration with the leads for research and academic enterprise and Heads of School strategically develop relationships, pipelines and income streams to enhance third stream activity.
  7. Provide strong leadership to academics (taking direct line management responsibilities as agreed) developing a culture of ownership and accountability and maximising people potential.
  8. Responsible for formulating operational plans that support the delivery of strategic objectives and key performance indicators for the College.
  9. Support the PVC Dean in the achievement of financial plans for the College, and manage the operational and financial planning and budgetary control for resources, including staffing and equipment.
  10. Oversee curriculum development, identifying trends in student demands, anticipating emerging requirements and ensuring the promotion of employability, enterprise and inclusion across programmes.
  11. Work closely with the PVC Dean and Heads of School to identify, create and exploit new opportunities in order to secure additional income streams and new areas of teaching, research, international or commercial activities.
  12. Where appropriate, lead on designated cross-University activity and initiatives.
  13. Play a leading role in the validation of new programmes and continuous improvement initiatives for existing course provision across the College. Be a strategic link with Centre for Quality Assurance on matters of academic standards.
  14. Ensure appropriate allocation of workloads within the College, developing and embedding appropriate utilisation of the University’s academic workload planning processes/tools and the associated management information outputs.
  15. Maintain own academic standing and authority as appropriate, through teaching, research and scholarly activities.
  16. Develop and maintain an external profile. Engage with relevant national and international debates and with professional institutes, practitioner societies and governmental committees.
  17. Represent the University / College on relevant internal and external committees, networks and working groups, chairing these meetings where appropriate.
  18. Support and facilitate communication channels across the College for both staff and students.
  19. Deputise for the PVC Dean as required.
  20. Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by the PVC Dean.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria




As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

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Important information

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