Director of East 15 Acting School

University of Essex – East 15 Acting School

Appointment to this post will be made at the level of Reader or Professor.

East 15 Acting School

East 15 Acting School is one of the UK's top-ranked conservatoire drama schools. The School has an outstanding student satisfaction rating in the UK (95% total satisfaction in the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2017) and The Stage newspaper rated it as Number 1 in the UK for Diversity. As one of the most international of all drama schools it boasts a student community from over 22 countries and as part of the University of Essex, it is ranked third for Drama and Dance in both the Times Good University Guide and the Guardian University Guide 2018. We are committed to excellence in education and research

The school currently has nearly 800 students and provides training for the professional theatre and media industry. A member of the Federation of Drama Schools, courses include: BA Acting; BA Acting (International); BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre; BA Acting and Community Theatre; BA Acting and Stage Combat; BA Acting and Physical Theatre; BA World Performance; Cert HE in Acting; MA Acting; MA/MFA Acting (International); MA/MFA Theatre Directing; BA Stage and Production Management and our new programme, BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short film).

East 15 has recently created a new focus on building its research profile. We intend to submit to REF 2020/21 and are committed to developing a thriving research culture. We will be looking to support research that enhances our understanding of performance in all its manifestations, both through practice and publication.

The Role and Duties

The successful applicant will provide strategic leadership and operational management of East 15 across its Loughton and Southend Campus (University of Essex). The Director of East 15 will actively contribute to sustained engagement in curriculum development and also to the development of the School and University’s national and international profiles, through the development and construction of partnerships and recruitment.

Key responsibilities also include carrying out independent research leading to the publication of high quality research articles or other research outputs that can be returned under future research assessment exercises and contributing to the schools REF submission.

In addition, for the position of Professor, they will pursue world-leading and internationally excellent research activity in context of REF and generate societal impact from the results of research.

The Person (Skills and Qualifications required)

We are looking for a professional theatre practitioner with proven senior management experience in a theatre-related field and experience of contributing to the administrative operations of an academic unit in an HE environment. The successful candidate will hold an MA in a Theatre or Drama related discipline and will be expected to be a member of the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or commitment to gain this at an appropriate level within the first three years of appointment.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence in a Higher Education environment along with in a theatre conservatoire environment; they will have well-developed research agenda with a publication record or equivalent research outputs, and future plans to produce outputs, suitable for future REF submissions and will have experience in contributing to the administrative operations of an academic unit in a Higher Education unit.

In addition, for the position of Professor, they will have a well-established research agenda with International level recognition and will be able to demonstrate the ability to attract research funding through successful grant activities.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.



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