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Head of School of Engineering, Newcastle University

Newcastle University exists for the public benefit to advance education, learning and research. We are a world-class university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. We are proud to be a values-led, research-intensive university that makes a significant contribution to our city, region and globally. Our core values of equality, diversity, inclusion, social and environmental justice and academic freedom are at the heart of everything we do. The University now seeks to appoint an exceptional individual as the next Head of the School of Engineering.


Reporting directly to the Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE), the Head of School will provide strategic leadership and management to the School, enabling it to achieve its strategic ambitions. The Head of School will play a critical role as a member of the Faculty Executive Leadership Team and will help to shape cross-faculty policy. They shall also work across the entire University to build relationships and identify synergies and opportunities for collaboration.


The School of Engineering is large with roughly 445 FTE, around 3,200 students and a broad range of disciplines including: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Geospatial Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology. The School has made significant advances in recent years on both the climate change and sustainable energy agendas. The incoming Head of School will need to foster opportunities for interdisciplinarity and focus on improving the student experience within the School. They will work closely with senior professional and academic colleagues to create a culture of enablement, transparency and collaboration where all colleagues and students can flourish.


The successful candidate will possess significant leadership experience in complex environments. They will be an excellent external and internal ambassador for the School, capable of building relationships at all levels. They will have a successful track-record of leading organisational and cultural change. The role will require excellent communication and negotiation skills, as well as fine judgement, and excellent emotional intelligence. The ideal candidate would be engaging, collegiate, flexible and ambitious in their approach. They will also bring a successful track record of leading and empowering teams and a credible research profile.


To apply, please send a full CV and a covering letter, of no more than 2 sides of A4, to  by midday on 9th January 2022.  Provisional date for final interviews is TBC.


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Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University, which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.