Dean of the Doctoral School Ref: C124

School/department: University of Sussex Doctoral School
Hours: Part Time 0.5fte.
Contract: Fixed term for 5 years
Reference: C124 
Placed on: 04 June 2021
Closing date:  08 July 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 23 July 2021
Expected start date: TBC

Job description 

This vacancy is only open to those currently employed by the University.

We have an exciting opportunity to appoint a new Dean to oversee the University of Sussex Doctoral School. The successful candidate will provide strategic academic leadership on all Postgraduate Research Student matters at the University of Sussex and across all Schools – from recruitment to graduation and beyond. These strategic tasks include enabling the growth in PGR student numbers, enhancing the quality of research degrees programmes; improving institutional reputation in the sector; and facilitating broader PGR experience and successful outcomes. 

Reporting to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise), the Dean will be the Chair of the Doctoral School Board. They will work closely with all senior office holders, and academic and support divisions with a stake in the PGR student experience. 

They will have relevant experience of leadership and management activities within the University or at other previous institutions; and knowledge and engagement with postgraduate research provision across Schools, University and, where relevant, externally. You will have highly effective interpersonal and influencing skills, and an ability to assume and maintain a high profile within the University and beyond.  

The new Dean will be appointed for a period of 5 years at 0.5 FTE. The post holder will thus devote the rest of time to personal academic work in research and/or teaching at the highest level. 

More information on the School can be found at  

Informal enquiries are welcome to Professor Keith Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Enterprise and Acting Provost (via 

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed candidates of all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref C124 [PDF 148.73KB]

How to apply 

If you wish to apply for the role, you should submit a short, up to two-page, letter of application, plus a summary CV (no more than 4 sides) outlining the key facts and information about yourself, what you will bring to the role and why you are the right person for it. 

Please also complete and submit our Personal details and equal opportunties form [DOC 108.50KB]

Your expression of interest should be sent to: Emma Macfarlane (

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