Head of Department of Geography

Edge Hill University

Make a difference, every day, to the lives of our staff and students.

About You

An enthusiastic, resilient and skilled professional of exceptional academic stature, you will be committed to providing an exceptionally good experience for all of our students and demonstrate the ability to integrate research and teaching. Your well-developed personnel skills and experience of managing an academic department will be key to your success in this rewarding leadership role. Demonstrable experience of close collaborative working with other academics and professionals is essential and may be evidenced through direct work experience or joint working on knowledge exchange projects and funded research.

About the Role 

Edge Hill is one of Britain’s fastest growing universities in which teaching and research are equally valued. The university has embarked on a long-term plan to review and invest in its research base, the first fruits of which are reflected in its REF 2014 performance, which saw its quality-related income increase by 355%, the highest proportion of improvement in the sector.

As Head of Department you will push forward priorities for research and for teaching excellence. By providing visionary leadership and well-honed emotional intelligence you will assist in the further development of a culture of high performance whilst making a major contribution to developing the external profile of the department and in supporting a group of talented staff in all aspects of academic performance.


Working at Edge Hill means working in a distinctly empowering environment, where culture and collaboration are valued above traditional process-driven thinking. This is a workplace where you can really make a difference.

As a senior colleague at Edge Hill University you will have access to a generous pension scheme, with optional corporate healthcare and extensive development opportunities.

About Us

“A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education. 

We are recognised for our outstanding achievements in student satisfaction, staff engagement, graduate employment and innovation as well as our strengthening research profile, investment and growth. The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award also celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

The University has been ranked Best University Workplace (Times Higher Education 2015), judged Best UK Employer (European Business Awards 2016) and highly commended in Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 for Workplace of the Year.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy you may wish to contact Professor George Talbot, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dean of Arts & Sciences at George.Talbot@edgehill.ac.uk

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