Head of Guildford School of Acting

University of Surrey - Guildford School of Acting

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities, with a world-class reputation in teaching and research and an enterprising spirit. Inventive and forward thinking, its heritage shows a recurring theme of going its own way, doing things differently – and achieving notable results, such as the achievement of University of The Year 2016 and University of the Year for Student Experience 2016 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, and growth activities through the launch of a Veterinary School and a thriving Research Park. Surrey is recognized for the high quality of its student experience consistently reaching the top 10 in national league tables.

GSA (Guildford School of Acting), one of nine Schools and Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is one of the UK’s leading drama schools. Founded in 1935, the School joined the University of Surrey in 2010. It has an international reputation in the delivery of world-class conservatoire training in acting, musical theatre, actor-musicianship and technical theatre combined with research-led teaching in the areas of theatre and performance and dance. The School has recently established an Institute of Performance to explore and promote research and innovation in performance and its contribution to the arts and society. GSA is committed to innovation in performance and technology so that alongside grounding in the traditional core stage skills, GSA students and staff engage with aesthetic and technological developments in the discipline.

At a pivotal time for the School, the University is seeking to recruit a new Head of the School. A strong leader, the successful candidate will need to take forward GSA. The Head will need to build on GSA’s history and reputation, ensure its international, national and local positioning and to spearhead performance teaching and research: assuring GSA as an exceptional conservatoire within a University context. The School will lead in the University’s arts provision; engaging with industry, alumni, businesses and communities.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates who are established scholars with interests in any area of the performing arts, with a strong commitment to fostering a collegial learning community, with an understanding of the benefits of combining conservatoire requirements within higher education. Evidence of strategic vision, motivational leadership and an ability to foster innovative and novel ideas will be essential. In return, on offer is an exciting and forward-thinking academic environment, a generous remuneration package and access to staff development opportunities.

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Interview Date: Thursday 08 December 2016.

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