Head of the Department of Mathematics, City, University of London



City, University of London (City) seeks to appoint an exceptional individual as the Head of the Department of Mathematics. This is an exciting opportunity to join the School of Science and Technology at a point of significant strategic change.

The Department of Mathematics has a clear and important role to play in City’s 2030 Strategy in being the University of business, practice and the professions under the current President, Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein. The School of Science and Technology has three Departments: Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. The School has recently appointed new Heads to the department of Engineering and Computer Science. This provides an opportunity to create a strong, collaborative Executive Team across the School. The key priorities for the School include providing an exceptional and inclusive education and experience for its students. Building synergies, shared processes and structures across the School will also be crucial.

The Department of Mathematics has some 18 FTE staff and about 400 students. The Department runs four BSc undergraduate programmes in Mathematics, Mathematics with Data Science, Mathematics and Finance, and Mathematics with Finance and Economics as well as an MSci in Mathematics and in Mathematics with Data Science, and a Foundation Year programme. Their undergraduate Mathematics courses are carried out in conjunction with a range of other departments, producing a truly interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

The Department has strong links to industry and an enviable record for graduate employability. They are a supporter of the Good Practice Scheme of the London Mathematical Society, which is committed to working towards addressing the under-representation of women in mathematics in higher education. The Department of Mathematics is made up of three Research Groups undertaking fundamental research in representation theory, mathematical physics and applied mathematics. In the last Research Excellence Framework, 97% of Mathematics outputs were rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Candidates should have a demonstrable track record of developing and delivering an innovative and inclusive education and experience for students. They will be effective people leaders, capable of leading and embedding cultural change. The School is looking for a dynamic, visionary and research active leader to inspire the Department’s outstanding academic and professional services staff. Candidates do not have to match the research areas of the three existing research groups. A complementary research background is also welcome as it is personal research track record that is critical. They will be collegiate and committed to working as part of an agile and inclusive School Executive Team. Experience of building links with industry and external partners would be advantageous. The Head of Department will hold a substantive appointment as a Professor and will meet the requirements for this level of appointment.

This is an excellent opportunity to have a transformational impact on the Department of Mathematics and the wider School of Science and Technology.


To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to citymaths@minervasearch.com by the 1st October.

Please complete the equal opportunities form and send as directed on the form.

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