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Dean of the Faculty of Education, Theology and the Arts

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Location: London, Twickenham
Salary: Competitive remuneration and benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd May 2024
Closes: 31st May 2024
Job Ref: SMU11571

As the University builds on its proud heritage, we are looking for exceptional people to help shape our future. We provide a high-quality professional environment, inspired by our distinctive ethos & Catholic mission and values. Our values of excellence, generosity of spirit, inclusiveness and respect inspire us to create an academic community in which everybody is welcomed and which puts the student at the centre of all our endeavours.

At St Mary’s University, we are dedicated to preparing our students for flourishing lives and successful careers within a community of mutual respect.

In challenging times, we continue to thrive, achieving real progress and success in student satisfaction, research & community impact. We have recently climbed to our highest ever positions in two of the major university guides and the Complete University Guide 2024 ranks St Mary’s 7th for student satisfaction. The 2021 Research Excellence Framework results found that the majority of research submitted by St Mary’s was 4* world leading or 3* internationally excellent in its originality, significance and rigour.

We are now seeking to appoint an individual to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Education, Theology & the Arts. The Dean will be responsible for leading the Faculty through a period of change, developing its strategic plan, building on our existing strengths. At both undergraduate and postgraduate level, we are committed to offering vocationally relevant programmes of study with the highest academic standards. We are seeking to grow our student population across education, theology and the arts by developing innovative and contemporary programmes and new partnerships, as well as continuing to develop our research and knowledge exchange activities.

Education provision at St Mary’s has consistently been rated Ofsted outstanding and we have excellent relationships with academies &  voluntary aided and local authority schools, especially in, though not limited to, the Catholic sector. Theology is an area of academic strength in teaching and research and the University works closely with Mater Ecclesiae College, a pontifical institute based at St Mary’s, preparing and examining students for ecclesiastical degrees. The University has demonstrated its commitment to excellent liberal arts provision in its desire to ensure that we have a broad-based academic offering.

You will be an academic leader with a strong track record of achievement in higher education or a related sector & experience of delivering sustainable change. You will have the skills to manage, develop and motivate staff to create a culture of excellence and will be adept at working with partners, including the Catholic Education Service and Mater Ecclesiae College. You will also bring entrepreneurial skills to drive our ambition for the expansion of our programmes, the effective marketing of existing programmes and fostering continued improvements in our reputation. You will have an inclusive approach to leadership and an unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding student experience. 

This role offers the opportunity to join St Mary’s at an exciting time & play a critical role in the advancement of the University, building our profile & reputation to help deliver our vision & ambitious agenda.

To find out more, please visit https://andersonquigley.com/st-marys-leadership/

For a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley:

Alicja Janowska at alicja.janowska@andersonquigley.com, +44 (0)7743 927 783 or

Elliott Rae at elliott.rae@andersonquigley.com, +44 (0)7584 078 534.

The closing date is noon on Friday 31st May 2024.

St Mary’s University is committed to equality, diversity, & inclusion & welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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