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Professor of Law and Vice Dean Education

King's College London - The Dickson Poon School of Law

The Dickson Poon School of Law is seeking to appoint a Professor of Law (AEP or E&R) and Vice Dean (Education).
The successful candidate will be appointed to a permanent Chair in Law from 1st January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. In addition, they will be appointed to a five-year term as Vice-Dean (Education), commencing on 1st April 2022. For any period between their appointment to the Chair and taking up the Vice-Dean role, they will shadow the current Vice-Dean, Professor James Lee. This post can be appointed either on the Academic Education Pathway, which emphasises teaching, scholarship and innovation or as an Education and Research post for a candidate with outstanding teaching expertise and research interests in Law
The successful candidate will support the Executive Dean by providing academic leadership and strategic direction to the School’s education agenda in line with the School’s strategies and policies. The Vice Dean Education represents the School at College level in educational matters and manages the School’s education offering, in particular through chairing the School’s Education Committee. The role holder works closely with the School’s professional services lead for education, the Associate Director (Education).
The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world. It is ranked 16th in the world and 5th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings for Law 2021. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, research in the School was rated as number one in the UK.
The Dickson Poon School of Law embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We attract students and staff from across the world, from many different backgrounds, with a variety of ethnicities, religions, and sexual and gender identities. We promote flexible working as a key enabler of inclusion. We particularly encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and from candidates who are LGBTQ+ and/or have a disability.
The Dickson Poon School of Law is housed in the East Wing of Somerset House, a Grade One listed building, on the College’s Strand Campus, no more than a couple of minutes’ walk from the Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court and midway between Westminster and the City of London. The School’s location has always enabled it to have excellent contacts with practitioners and policy-makers, and there is a strong tradition of engagement with the legal profession.
The Dickson Poon School of Law has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the laws of England and Wales, European, International and Transnational Law. The School’s research interests cover all areas of public and private law and include the philosophy and sociology of law as well as doctrinal, empirical, historical, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of law. Its educational offering covers a broad range of legal disciplines and is home to a vibrant postgraduate research community. It also has a Professional Law Institute and a Legal Clinic.
Candidates must specify whether they are applying for a Chair on the Education & Research Pathway or Academic Education Pathway or both, and speak to all the relevant criteria.
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract
This is a full-time post (with appointment as Vice-Dean (Education) for a five year period).
The successful candidate will receive a teaching allocation reduction and an additional stipend for the duration of their tenure as Vice-Dean (Education)

Key responsibilities

Educational Leadership
  • Articulate clearly the School’s education vision and objectives
  • Create and ensure a supportive and reflective teaching environment, including the promotion of debate and discussion of good educational practice
  • Leading in partnership with the Associate Director (Education) to define and deliver the faculty education strategy (in line with the overall university Education Strategy).


  • Allocate teaching and summative marking (in co-operation with the Executive Dean, Faculty Business Manager and module leaders)
  • Manage the recruitment, probation supervision and performance of visiting staff
  • Ensure effective communication between Faculty and College committees/departments within the educational remit
  • Chair the School Education Committee, including the development of a schedule of work which works towards the implementation of the School’s education objectives
  • Chair, report and monitor progress of Programme Reviews
  • Report regularly to Law Executive Team and Academic Staff Committee on educational matters
  • Co-ordinate effectively the work of the School’s educational roles (e.g. Directors of PGT and UG Programmes, Senior Tutor, Library Liaison and Faculty Assessment Board Chairs)
  • Maintain strong working relationships with the School’s Leadership Team, Professional Services Management Team and colleagues in Central Departments (Vice-Principal (Education), fellow Vice-Deans (Education), King’s Academy, QAS etc.)
  • Monitor and promote equality, diversity, inclusivity and accessibility within the School’s teaching provision


  • Identify and disseminate the latest developments in educational practice, with particular attention to technology-enhanced learning, applying these insights to developments in the School
  • Encourage innovative teaching and assessment methods, liaising with colleagues in the School and Central Departments to ensure effective support for teaching staff
  • Develop, initiate and effectively manage the changes to educational practices, processes and culture in order to meet School objectives and improve students’ learning experience
  • Develop, promote and manage curriculum enhancement initiatives
  • Work with the Vice Dean (Research) and other Vice Deans as appropriate to promote and encourage the integration of research and education.
  • Work with the Vice Dean (Research) and School Business Manager on effective co-ordination of sabbatical leave requests to minimise the impact on educational provision
  • Lead on the implementation of the College Education Strategy (and implementing School’s Education Strategy) and on the development and implementation of associated action plans
  • Provide academic leadership for the review of postgraduate and undergraduate provision
  • Collaborate with Vice Deans (Education) from other faculties on the development of new programmes and on projects of common interest

Quality Management

  • Monitor Faculty quality-management processes, such as module evaluation, annual reporting cycle, and peer observation
  • Exercise oversight of the development, approval and implementation of new programmes and modules, through chairmanship of the School Education Committee
  • Exercise oversight of the School’s administration of responses to NSS, PTES and other student surveys in liaison with the Directors of UG and PGT Programmes

General Management Responsibilities

  • Attend LET, ASC and the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and assist the Executive Dean with the general management of Faculty education matters
  • Engage with and attend the Law Forum and student representation on educational matters
  • Work closely with all professional services team, including the School Education Manager
  • Represent the School at CEC and other committees and working groups, at University events (Away Days), and organise deputies/alternate attendees
  • Take on leadership of College working groups/initiatives within the Educational remit, as appropriate
  • Act as a professional development reviewer for colleagues
  • Serve on recruitment panels for the School
  • Act as External Peer for another faculty within the College
  • Deputise for the Dean at events, meetings and committees where required
  • Contribute to the wider leadership of the Faculty and College 

Professor Responsibilities

The position demands an individual with an outstanding track record of scholarship and a deep personal commitment to the delivery of teaching of the highest quality, across all levels of teaching.

In particular the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in innovation and enhancement in teaching
  • Make a leading contribution to the development and delivery of teaching on the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, in particular modules for which there is significant student demand
  • Demonstrate sustained high quality teaching across all levels, to the extent of the load required by one’s role;
  • Promote and support the development of new teaching initiatives, technology-enhanced learning and distance learning, in accordance with the School and College’s strategic goals;
  • Promote and support the holistic development of our students through pastoral care and engagement in student experience activities;
  • Promote and support the continuous improvement of student development processes, including student progress monitoring, education assessment, examination, and timely and effective feedback processes, so as to support students’ learning;
  • In general promote and foster excellence in teaching, learning, and administration within the School;
  • Take responsibility for significant aspects of the academic administration of the Law School and/or the university,
  • In general promote and foster a supportive working and educational environment that delivers equality and inclusiveness in all aspects of the School’s operations.  Demonstrate outstanding involvement in the wider academy through, for instance leadership within subject associations and learned bodies, and collaborating with colleagues in other institutions on education; 

In addition, only for E&R

  • Make a leading contribution to the School’s research profile, including by achieving and maintaining a track record of world leading publications in his/her field of study, by sustaining high-quality research through a portfolio of individual and joint research projects, and by active participation in research communities
  • Secure, and help and mentor colleagues to secure, high-value research funding from prestigious sources;
  • Proactively seek to achieve significant impact from her/his research, and to support the development of the School’s impact and public engagement strategy and activities;
  • Play a leading role in the development of junior colleagues through leadership and research mentoring;

In addition, only for AEP

  • Make a leading contribution to the School’s profile, including by achieving and maintaining a track record of high quality scholarship in their field of study, for example through the writing textbooks, practitioner texts, pedagogical research or other forms of scholarship
  • Play a leading role in the development of junior colleagues through leadership and mentoring, especially colleagues on the Academic Education Pathway
Location: London
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021
Job Ref: 030888
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