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Head of School of Architecture and Built Environment

University of Wolverhampton - Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Wolverhampton
Salary: Senior Staff grade
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021
Job Ref: 12699

Wolverhampton Campus

Closing Date


We are looking for an inspirational leader to Head our School of Architecture and Built Environment and to join the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s Senior Management Team.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering brings together the major areas of STEM, offering unique opportunities for education and knowledge creation, and is proud of its significant contribution to the regeneration of the West Midlands. As the Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment, you’ll lead a vibrant, collaborative and impactful School incorporating all the major built environment disciplines. The School is now housed in a state of the art, award winning building located at the heart of the new Springfield Campus, and representing part of a major £100 million regeneration project to create Europe’s largest architecture and built environment super-campus. The Springfield campus is also home to the National Brownfield Institute providing bespoke opportunities for knowledge exchange and industrial partnership.

The University is a place of knowledge, innovation and enterprise, and prides itself on these three tenets. They underpin our strategies in learning and teaching, in research and knowledge exchange, and help us to engage with the business world by creating links and partnerships regionally, nationally and internationally. Significant recognition for its role in community engagement, local growth and regeneration and a commendation from the Quality Assurance Agency (their highest possible accolade) are  among our many proud achievements and offerings.

Head of School requirements - you will be expected to:

  • be an inspirational and visionary leader to further develop the growth of a high performing school and in fostering teaching excellence, outstanding student outcomes and impactful research / knowledge exchange;
  • possess an outstanding track record of research, knowledge exchange and / or industrial engagement in discipline(s) related to the School (Architecture, Built Environment and Civil Engineering);
  • demonstrate significant experience of leading, managing and motivating staff;
  • have an established track record of working with external partners and successful delivery of national and international partnerships;
  • lead the growth, development and management of a sustainable portfolio of professional accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses (UK-based and overseas); and
  • engage with and contribute to delivering the Faculty and University strategic aims.

A professorial title will be available to applicants who satisfy the University's criteria for professorial appointments with evidence of an outstanding record of research, knowledge exchange, industrial engagement and / or pedagogy.  

For further information or discussion regarding this post, please contact the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering; Professor David Proverbs at:

The University of Wolverhampton celebrates diversity and recognises that difference brings value to our organisation.

As part of our commitment to ensure the diversity of staff body reflects the diversity of the student and local communities we serve, we particularly welcome applications from candidates of Black, Asian, or Ethnic Minority heritage, and candidates who are Disabled (including people who whilst not self-defining as disabled do encounter challenges due to a society that disables them by lack of inclusivity).

We are proud to have been awarded Disability Confident employer status, included in the Stonewall list of employers and are working towards improving our practices against Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter. We believe in creating an even playing field for all our colleagues, where we can all belong.

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