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Head of School, School of Mathematics

University of Leeds

Location: Leeds
Salary: Grade 9 - 10
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 19th March 2019
Closes: 2nd May 2019
Job Ref: 71486

The University of Leeds is renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research. It ranks in the top 100 universities in the world, and in the top 10 in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2019. The University’s core mission is to create knowledge and opportunity through sector-leading student education and globally-recognised research. The University’s success in supporting their students to become independent, critical thinkers through an unfailing dedication to research-based education is exemplified by their highest-ever rankings in a number of national surveys and assessments.

The University is now seeking a Head to lead the School of Mathematics, which is home to approximately 100 academic and academic-related staff. With 100 PhD students, 100 MSc students, and 1,000 undergraduates from 15 counties, it is currently one of the largest in the UK. The unitary school comprises three departments, of applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistical and financial mathematics, within which reside world-leading groups in astrophysical and geophysical fluids, mathematical logic and shape analysis. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the School was ranked in the top ten in the UK for the quality of its research in Mathematics.

The Head of the School of Mathematics will lead and manage the School, maximising strategic opportunities arising from the changing landscape of higher education and the University’s strategic plan, whilst leading and delivering excellence in research and education.

They will be an active member of the University’s Leadership Forum and of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, promoting a coordinated approach to delivering innovative strategic academic development. The appointee will be taking on a significant and complex leadership role in the Faculty, and must be able to lead with a clear vision, collegially engaging others across the School, Faculty and University.

The successful candidate will have the leadership skills, ambition and creativity to take forward the development and delivery of the School’s academic strategy and objectives. They will have the requisite academic credibility to lead with authority, and will thrive on working collaboratively in a dynamic environment to enhance the reputation of the School with a focus on quality and excellence.

For further information about the University of Leeds, the School of Mathematics, and the priorities for the incoming Head of School of Mathematics, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners. The deadline for applications is 23.59 (BST) Thursday May 2nd 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview at the University of Leeds in late June.

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For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisor at Berwick Partners; Alex Albone on 0207 529 3061 or email:

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