Head of Programme, MRes, and Critical & Historical Studies Coordinator

Royal College of Art - Research & Knowledge Exchange Office

The Royal College of Art is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status dedicated to research and knowledge exchange, teaching and practice in art, design, communication and humanities. Its international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability has been recognised for three successive years by the highly regarded QS World Ranking survey, with the College as the world's number one art and design University in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and it was rated the most research intensive art and design institution in REF2014. In March 2016, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an unprecedented £54 million grant to the RCA to support a major expansion of its Battersea South site with the creation of a flagship new £108m innovation campus.

Reporting to the Head of Research Programmes, the postholder will provide academic leadership for the RCA’s MRes programme and for the Critical & Historical Studies units of the College’s taught MA programmes. The role will involve taking responsibility for planning and coordinating the academic, financial, staffing and operational resources of the two programmes, and leading on developing the academic philosophy and vision for the programmes, in liaison with the Head of Research Programmes. This will include reviewing, developing and refreshing the curriculum to ensure continuous enhancement of academic quality and student experience.

The postholder will be well-informed about current issues and developments in higher education, postgraduate teaching, and art and design research and practice, both nationally and internationally, ensuring that the programmes provide robust and high-quality preparation for a variety of work contexts beyond graduation. In addition to promoting the work of the programmes nationally and internationally, the postholder will communicate and represent the interests of the programmes across the College as a whole, as well as facilitate the potential collaborations with other partners. This will necessitate working across the RCA and contributing to planning, management, development and communication at institutional level through participation in College committees. The postholder will also be expected to make a contribution to the College more widely, working with colleagues to create new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and academic initiatives.

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