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Head of School of Computing, Newcastle University

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


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 Computing.


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 Computing is located on the Helix Site, a hybrid city quarter of Newcastle. The site is designed to foster innovative collaboration between business and the University’s world-class researchers. The School has roughly 150 FTE colleagues and around 1336 taught students and 204 PGRs. Computing has a strong track-record of exemplary research and teaching. The impact of the School’s research is a particular strength, as well as academics’ ability to build strong partnerships with colleagues in other disciplines and national and multinational corporations. Computing is an inclusive and collegiate environment. The School has pioneered an innovative and very successful approach to widening participation in recent years. There is an opportunity for the School to grow further and continue to build on its international reputation.


The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills; they shall be adept at managing people and will bring experience of leading change. They will be a strong external and internal ambassador for the School, capable of building relationships at all levels. The role will require excellent leadership and negotiation skills, as well as fine judgement, and 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 strong 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.


Candidate Pack




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.