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Head of English, Linguistics and Philosophy

Nottingham Trent University

We are deeply proud of our academic community. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a diverse and dynamic learning environment, defined by a shared sense of respect for all its people. Our mission is to be bold, to do the right things and to change lives, and our academics are key to realising those goals. Their work continues to reinforce our credentials as an award-winning university, and a research centre of excellence.

Our continued success — underpinned by the number of prestigious national awards we’ve won — has hinged on two commitments: forging excellent partnerships around the world and harnessing the talents of all our people. We secured a ‘Gold’ rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework; received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our pioneering research; and in 2018, we were the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, further demonstrating our commitment to ensuring ‘success for all’. NTU is a university at the peak of its powers, but we know we can still go even further. That’s why we’re now looking for new, passionate, ambitious people to join our community.

The School of Arts and Humanities seeks  an experienced academic with the vision, focus and leadership skills to lead the Department of English, Linguistics and Philosophy, to further develop course provision, commercial income and partnership opportunities, as well as to contribute more broadly to the leadership of the School of Arts and Humanities.  A commitment to academic excellence in teaching, scholarship, practice and/or research, to innovative delivery of courses, and a track record of collaboration and engagement with external partners is essential.

The Department provides undergraduate single honours courses in English and in Creative Writing, as well as joint honours courses in English, Linguistics and Philosophy.  Our current Masters portfolio includes the MRes in English Literary Research, MA Creative Writing, MA (by Research) in Linguistics, and  MA (by Research) in Philosophy. 

The Department has a strong reputation for research, with 22 FTE (69% of staff by headcount) working across the major research areas in English, Linguistics and Philosophy. The work of the Department’s researchers has been returned to the English Language and Literature and the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies REF Units.  The Department is a founding member of the AHRC-Midlands4Citities Doctoral Training Partnership and successfully recruits postgraduate research students through the DTP and NTU’s Vice-Chancellor Studentship schemes. It currently supports a thriving community of over 50 PhD candidates carrying out cutting-edge research across a range of English, critical-creative writing, Linguistics and Philosophy topics.

As Head of Department, you will provide senior academic and discipline/subject leadership and line management of staff within the Department. You will also contribute to the delivery of the School’s academic plan, aligned to the University strategy. This will include leading on a range of Departmental-specific and cross-School strategic initiatives. You will be joining a successful and ambitious university recognised for innovation and dynamism in its approach to teaching and research, and its impact on society. In shaping our next strategy, we are re-imagining what a university can be. This includes innovating both in the way we develop our teaching and research, and in the way that we ensure impact on our city and region as well as nationally and globally. This is an ideal role for someone who wants to look beyond current approaches to shape how a Department can enhance and influence its academic disciplines, make a difference to society and enhance our national and international reputation in this area. If you have the passion and creativity to contribute to the School of Arts and Humanities and NTU, and you have the insights, experience and ambition to take us forward, we are keen to hear from you.

First Interview Date: Friday 14 May 2021

Second Interview Date: To be confirmed.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Angela Brown, Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities via email:

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.

This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.

We’re proud of how far we’ve come. With a shared vision, we are a community of more than 4,000 colleagues, all committed to our goal of becoming ‘the university of the future’. Do you have the passion to help us to go even further?

Please note that this role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and successful applicants will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions. 

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £68,530 to £74,056 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 31st March 2021
Closes: 28th April 2021
Job Ref: 008695
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