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Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

We are seeking an academic leader to embrace the strategic responsibilities of leading the University’s only postgraduate academic and research institute. The role offers development of leadership, management and research opportunities for the individual and the chance to support further growth of an experienced team of academic and research staff.

The Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) leads and manages the team of academic teaching and research staff and drives forward the research agenda in this world-leading centre. You will report to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and be a member of the School Executive Board and the University Senate.

The role

As the Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development you will provide strategic leadership and direction that promotes multi-disciplinary postgraduate education addressing contemporary health and development challenges in low and middle income countries. You will engage with all complementary aspects of the School and look to foster a blended learning portfolio, with domestic and international partners.

You will lead research growth for the Institute and further promote our research agenda, and through our concordat strategy support the development of young researchers. IGHD plays a significant role in shaping the research culture of Queen Margaret University, with the university’s REF2021 submission documenting a strong track-record of funding, publications and policy impact in the relevant unit of assessment. IGHD regularly holds major research funding from sources including UKRI, NIHR, FCDO, AMIF, NIH and enjoys enduring relationships with policy and practice partners such as the WHO, World Bank, the Red Cross movement, UK Home Office and Scottish Government.

About you

You will be an accomplished academic with a successful record of achievement within the broad field of the Institute for Global Health and Development with demonstrable experience in management, learning, and in research leadership. You will be a strong motivator and influencer with a proven track-record in research development and grant generation.

You are a respected and trusted leader who will use your experience and understanding of higher education to provide leadership on institutional research and learning enhancement activities and to represent the University on relevant sectoral bodies.

What we can offer you

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment, and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award which recognises the advancement of gender equality at QMU.

We support a flexible approach to work as well as additional benefits to help with your work life balance such as a generous annual leave allowance, subsidised on-site gym membership, bike to work scheme and a range of discounts. We invest in your professional development, including through access to AdvanceHE Strategic Leadership programmes and HE sector mentoring through access to TRAMS.

How to apply

For more information please visit our vacancies page

For any queries you may have about the post, please contact:

Professor Fiona Coutts, Dean School of Health Sciences

To apply please send your CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the role to

The closing date for applications is Sunday 28th November 2021 with interviews planned for 13th December 2021.

We are a Disability Confident Employer, should you require any specific arrangements during the recruitment process please note this on your application form or contact Human Resources at

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: Grade 10, competitive and negotiable for the right candidate
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th November 2021
Closes: 28th November 2021
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