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Head of School of Health Professions

University of Plymouth - Faculty of Health - School of Health Professions

The University of Plymouth is home to over 18,000 students, and a further 6,000 plus who are studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world. Recently ranked amongst the top 25 Institutions in the Times Higher Education Rankings, the University’s vision is to be a broad-based, research-intensive university, open to all who can benefit from its education, and delivering excellent interdisciplinary research, experiential education and civic engagement. 

The University is seeking to appoint a Head for the School of Health Professions to provide bold and strategic leadership to the School. Reporting to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, the Head of School role is responsible for formulating and operationalising academic strategy, ensuring appropriate plans and resources are in place for their delivery. The Faculty of Health represents 42% of the University’s activities and it is host to amongst the broadest range of health and social care professional education programmes in the UK. At any one time, 4,500 professionals are typically in training across 60 programmes in six schools.

The School of Health Professions is host to a tremendous range of under-graduate, post-graduate and degree apprenticeship programmes. Its provision covers the gamut of allied health professions including at undergraduate level: dietetics, OT, optometry, paramedic science, physiotherapy, podiatry, and social work. It is a unique, inter-disciplinary learning environment where students benefit from excellent skills and research laboratories, research-informed teaching, stimulating practice placements and teaching delivered by professionally registered academic staff. The School is proud of its commitment to student voluntary work, staff-student partnership, strong professional values and record of student achievement and student satisfaction.

The successful applicant will be an established professor and leader in their field. She, he or they will have considerable academic and personal credibility in a relevant discipline, as well as a commitment to working collaboratively and in partnership with staff and students across the School, the Faculty, and more widely. Strong leadership and management experience is important, as is an ability to engage staff, peers and students through collaborative work to deliver results.  Candidates should have a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges amidst the context of rapid change within the University and HE sector as a whole.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners.

Elizabeth James


Tel: 0121 654 6924

M: 07715 993 443

All activities undertaken within this role will be compliant with the University’s policies, including Health & Safety, Equality and Diversity, Ethics, Data Protection etc. 

This vacancy will involve working with children and vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.

Interviews will take place during the month of October and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. Staff appointed within the Faculty of Health may also be able to join the NHS pension scheme subject to eligibility criteria. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities. A relocation package may be available with this role.

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week, the role will be for five years initially, with the potential to extend for a further two years, at which point the successful candidate will move to an appropriate substantive post. 

Continued research and teaching activity is assumed in line with the role holder's substantive academic post and as agreed with the Executive Dean upon appointment.

The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity & adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages

All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.

The University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.

The Faculty of Health holds a Silver Athena Swan Award and the University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia.

Location: Plymouth
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021
Job Ref: A7968
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