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Head of School (Business and Hospitality & Tourism Management)

University of Surrey

Location: Guildford
Salary: Competitive Salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th February 2024
Closes: 3rd March 2024

The University of Surrey is an international community of staff and students coming together to address global challenges and deliver innovation and real-world impact. The Times Higher Education rated Surrey 46th in the world for impact and in REF 2021 Surrey was placed 33rd for overall research quality. Underpinned by our exceptional teaching which inspires and empowers students our heritage shows a recurring theme of doing things differently and achieving notable results. Our interdisciplinary strengths allow the Faculty to constantly explore new opportunities to cross boundaries in Research and Education. Consistent investment has built up an impressive infrastructure that further supports this including our overseas campus in Dalian China.

As the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences moves to a new structure, with three new, large, interdisciplinary schools, the Head of School (Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management) offers a unique opportunity to shape the School’s ways of working, governance structures and bring together currently separate units and take advantage of the opportunities offered to each discipline by being part of a larger, multi-disciplinary unit. We will be bringing together cognate subjects to create a school that spans all disciplines within the Business area fusing research with industry to address real-world issues, benefitting business, encouraging sustainable futures, and improving society.

About the role

Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, the postholder will take strategic leadership of the School, bringing together the school in new, mutually enriching ways, delivering the strategic objectives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial approaches

The role holder will also contribute to pan-university activities defined by the broader strategic priorities set by the Executive Board.

Our School is home to a diverse student population of c3300, including c90 PGR student c163FTE academic staff and two cognate research Units of Assessment (UoA).

About you

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have an established academic track record of research and leadership relevant to discipline.
  • Likely be an inspiring and inclusive research-active leader who can articulate a compelling vision for the new school and inspire confidence and engagement.
  • Be an advocate of interdisciplinary research and teaching to innovate and deliver a contemporary school-wide strategy.
  • Have a high level of proficiency in developing strategic partnerships internally and with external stakeholders.

If you are a pioneering academic leader, passionate about making a difference to the academic mission of the university and leading your School to the next level, we want to hear from you.  

Whilst the successful candidate will be appointed to a permanent senior academic post, the Head of School role is for a fixed 5-year tenure, with the potential to extend, subject to internal processes.

How to apply

Please see the candidate pack and job description for more about us and the role. If you have any queries or would like to have an informal conversation with the PVC Executive Dean, please contact resourcingteam@surrey.ac.uk.

What we can offer

The University of Surrey is a prestigious UK University set in a beautiful campus in Guildford, half an hour’s journey from the centre of London. In addition to a generous salary and relocation support where eligible, we offer a vibrant and forward-thinking working environment, childcare assistance, first-class sports and leisure facilities and access to a variety of staff development opportunities to help you fulfil your potential.

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