Job details


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Responsible to

PVC Dean


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£56,445 to £74,102 per annum

Closing date

Wednesday 31 August 2022

Contract type


Post type




About the role

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to come and join our senior leadership team in the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care here at the University of Derby. We are looking for an outstanding individual who has the vision needed to lead our allied health and social care provision forward, thinking creatively and innovatively about the future of the School and its contribution to the College and wider University.

As Head of School, you will be responsible for leading, enhancing and growing the academic, research and academic enterprise of the School, and ensure that its programmes and academic delivery inspire, have impact and support both the College plans and the University’s Corporate aims. Working closely with the PVC Dean and the Senior Leadership Team to develop business plans, you will ensure that innovative programmes and courses are demand led and deliver to the needs of students and the market; that the research environment is vibrant; and new income streams arise from our academic endeavours. 

We are looking for an individual who will lead and inspire staff in the School in terms of academic practice and scholarly activity and also to achieve high standards of research outputs, quality and impact through research.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit, please contact Dr Denise Baker, PVC Dean  (

Principal accountabilities

Strategic Management

  1. As part of the College’s Senior Management Team, contribute to the development and success of the College. Achievement of strategic and operational goals in particular in ensuring the School and College are correctly positioned in the market place for the short and longer term with an appropriate portfolio. Ensuring our professional portfolio is PSRB compliant, contemporary and responds to socio-political change and workforce demands.

Academic Leadership

  1. Leading the Heads of Discipline to form a strong leadership team for the School.
  2. Ensure the School’s academic provision inspires and challenges the students, is fit for the future through innovative methods of delivery and meets the highest quality standards.
  3. Ensure that the School delivers outstanding learning, teaching and assessment practice, and that this is reflected in metrics and rankings such as NSS and PTES.
  4. Share accountability and responsibility for achieving University and College KPIs.
  5. Lead the curriculum development for the School, identifying trends in student demand, anticipating emerging requirements and ensuring the promotion of employability, enterprise and inclusion across programmes
  6. Develop and foster academic research and scholarship within the School to inform the curriculum, enhance the standing of the School’s discipline areas, and deliver strong research outcomes to feed into REF.
  7. Ensure that good practice is shared across all colleagues, being open to innovation inside and outside the School.
  8. Embed the University’s core values with specific emphasis on academic quality and social opportunity.
  9. To ensure that necessary business and commercial development takes place for the School/College.
  10. Ensure that the work of the School has measurable external impact on the University in ways that support the College strategy on a regional, national and international basis.
  11. Play a cross-College role in leading activities required to support the achievement of strategic goals


  1. Ensure that there is effective communication with staff across the School and there are appropriate mechanisms to enable this.
  2. Provide strong leadership creating positive team spirit and staff engagement.
  3. Ensure effective management and planning of the School budget, seeking both income opportunities and efficiencies.
  4. Agree School targets and objectives, utilising management information and active performance management.
  5. In particular, ensure that the School sets and achieves realistic student recruitment targets.
  6. Manage and deploy resources effectively and within budget to achieve the planned targets.
  7. Ensure that appropriate structures, resources and processes are in place to effectively manage and motivate all staff in the School.
  8. Ensure the allocation of appropriate workloads within the School.

General Duties

  1. Deputise for the Deputy Dean or PVC Dean as required.
  2. Lead the College on cross-University business activities as agreed with the PVC Dean.
  3. Actively contribute to the College Management Executive / Income / Business planning.
  4. Contribute in a flexible and constructive manner to other responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time.
  5. Undertake personal scholarship and research in a relevant field of endeavour.

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

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.

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