Head of School Education and Social Work

School/department: Education and Social Work
Hours: Full time
Contract: fixed term for up to 5 years (by negotiation)
Reference: C128
Placed on: 20 May 2021
Closing date:  20 June 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 14 July 2021


Job description 

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

The University of Sussex has challenged convention since its foundation in 1961. It has a long tradition of experimentation and innovation that has made a real difference to the lives of its students, and those who benefit from its research and wider endeavours. 

The Sussex 2025 strategy sees the University building on these achievements and making an even greater contribution to building a better world. Situated on the edge of vibrant Brighton & Hove, the University is home to 18,000 students who are based on one of Britain’s most beautiful campus locations. 

The University seeks to appoint a Head of School for the School of Education and Social Work. The School covers the disciplines of Education, Social Work and Social Care. The School is committed to excellence in teaching and is engaged in research; producing influential, world-leading reports which shape professional policy and practice nationally and internationally. 

Reporting to the Provost, the position of Head of the School of Education and Social Work is an exciting opportunity to lead the next phase of development at this important chapter in Sussex’s evolution. The appointee will be an individual of exceptional quality and ability, with strong influencing and engagement skills. They should also have an established and active international research profile and a track record of innovation and excellence in teaching. The post requires vision and imagination, an acuity for strategy as well as operational effectiveness, an enthusiasm for delivery, and outstanding leadership and management skills. 

The Head of School will work closely with the Heads of Department, other Heads of School and individual academics as well as administrative and support staff. The appointed individual will be responsible for all members of academic and tutoring staff within the School. They will establish and maintain an effective relationship with the appropriate Head of Professional Service. 

With an inclusive management style and the ability to foster partnerships, build relationships and work collaboratively across boundaries, the new Head of School will play a significant role in the onwards journey of both the School and the University. 

More information on the School can be found at www.sussex.ac.uk/esw/ 

Informal enquiries are welcome to Professor Stephen Shute, Pro Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources) (via J.Southam@sussex.ac.uk). 

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref C128 [PDF 177.31KB] 


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. 

Your expression of interest should be sent to: Emma Macfarlane (seniorrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk)

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