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Dean and Head of School, Computing and Creative Technologies

UWE, Bristol - School of Computing and Creative Technologies

The School of Computing and Creative Technologies aims to advance the foundations, technology and application of computer science and creative technologies in both our teaching and research practices. The school has 180 staff that are helping shape the future on industry-sought skill and research in digital media, games technology, music technology, cyber security, intelligent information systems and computer networks. The School has significant global reach with 2544 students being taught in our Frenchay Campus and over 1500 students as part of our transnational partnerships in that reach three continents.

UWE Bristol has an academic structure, based around three newly created colleges.  Within each college, academic disciplines are clustered together in schools ensuring academic excellence through teaching and learning, research and enterprise and student experience.  Each new college led by a Pro Vice-Chancellor Head of College and each new school will be led by a Dean and Head of School.  

There are 4 schools within the College of Arts, Technology and Environment which are the School of Architecture and Environment, the School of Engineering, the School of Computing and Creative Technologies, and the School of Arts. The college has over 14,000 students and 750 staff in total. The Dean and Head of School is a key leadership and management role, shaping strategy for the new school and ensuring its success and financial viability.  You will be expected to provide effective and values led leadership and to work across the other schools to ensure strategic and organisational alignment. You will have experience of achievement and effectiveness as a visionary with emotional intelligence and a passion for innovation & change, creativity and collaboration across teaching, research and enterprise.  

As a member of the College executive team, you will have responsibility for the development and delivery of the School strategy plan. You will monitor its effectiveness to maximise the school overall performance and develop an ambitious and inclusive culture of success which will be aligned to the University’s ambitions and values. 

You will lead the School but you will also be asked to work collaboratively across Schools and Colleges to capitalise on interdisciplinary opportunities. You will represent the University at key external networks, developing, promoting and showcasing the profile and reputation of the School, College and the University at local, regional, national and international levels. 

Whilst this role is based within the College, you will be expected to take a University-wide perspective, aligned to UWE Bristol values. Through collaboration you will play a significant role in the implementation of strategic plans which will be informed by College and/or Research Centre (s) the School requirements but will ultimately be determined by University objectives. 

You will have a substantial record of achievement as an academic leader in a relevant subject area and commensurate with a professorial level appointment.  

You will have experience of and expertise in strategic planning including the management of financial and other resources with proven ability to deliver on a range of internal and external KPI’s.  

If this role sounds perfect for you and you are looking to join a diverse and dynamic organisation where you can make a real difference, we would really like to hear from you. 

There will be a longlisting selection process that will take place week commencing 13th March and a final selection process currently scheduled for week commencing 3rd April.

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed – £300m has been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while we continue to develop incredible new facilities to enhance our offer even further.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations, our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 32,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 4,000 staff from across the globe. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with a strong network of employer and partner connections.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 36th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2022 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables'.

We are an ambitious and values led university. We're focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims. 

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community. We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including: 

  • a generous holiday allowance of 35 days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
  • Retail savings via the Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme


We also offer a wide variety of in-house training courses and development programmes and provide a tailored professional programme to support our academic colleagues in delivering the highest in professional teaching standards.

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Pro-Vice Chancellor & Head of College, Professor Elena Marco on 0117 328 1503 or email:

This is a permanent post and is full-time working on a 100% contract.  This post is not available on a job share basis.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is important for our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based with some opportunity to work off-campus occasionally.

We are able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

Please also refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable to prove your right to work in the UK. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to produce your right to work documents at your interview.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

Location: Bristol
Salary: £81,763 to £96,164
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 31st January 2023
Closes: 26th February 2023
Job Ref: R05478
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