Head of School Critical Studies & Creative Industries

Kingston University - Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture is committed to remaining a leading European art and design school, at the forefront of art and design education and research internationally.  It is a large, dynamic and diverse Faculty with an ethos of thinking through making and critical practise.

Consistently recognised as a top 10 Art and Design school in the UK, the Faculty conducts world

Class research across a range of areas and offers leading educational opportunities with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. It has 113 lecturing staff and the Faculty’s consistently strong REF performance and good league table position and recruitment means it is well-funded and offers favourable conditions to staff.

The Faculty wishes to further strengthen its considerable reputation in the field of art, design and architecture and develop the area of creative industries further by appointing a Head of School of Critical Studies and Cultural Industries.  The successful applicants will have international research profile in their field of art history or theory, design theory or history, architectural history or theory.

The Role

The Head of School will have responsibility for the strategic leadership and management in three main areas; teaching, research and enterprise, in the context of the Faculty, University and associated professional spheres.

The post holder would be expected to work with colleagues to develop distinctive, exciting and innovative programmes of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  This post is part of a reorganisation and as a senior staff member you will support subject excellence.

The post holder will take the lead responsibility along with the Associate Deans for Research and Enterprise for developing research and enterprise within the School.  Candidates should also hold a strong and active track record of research in their chosen specialist areas.  The successful applicant will also contribute to the research standing of the School through research grants and publications, and his/her high quality research that supports regional, national and international economic success.

The post holder will take a leadership role in relation to the School’s programmes.  You will also advise the Dean on strategic issues and opportunities, be active in the wider management and development of the Faculty, and undertake such other duties, commensurate with the grading of the post, as may be assigned by the Dean or their nominee.

The person

The successful candidate needs to be able to demonstrate leadership in the three key areas: teaching with a thorough understanding of contemporary approaches to pedagogy in art and design education, research with a proven ability in research and/or enterprise as measured by outputs, impact and income from external sources for high quality research projects and finally management.

You will have excellent people and resource management skills and a demonstrable understanding of organisation and management in the HE sector.

The faculty/Department

The Faculty has an excellent reputation for its undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes, excellent links with industry and professional practice.

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