Role description

The School seeks to recruit an outstanding Chair within the School of Law and the postholder will also become Director of the Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law. The appointee will exercise high-level leadership as Centre Director and build upon its position as a globally recognised centre of research excellence.

The School is looking for a distinguished scholar who already has an outstanding international profile in the field of law alongside a notable interest in philosophy and politics. Experience in the fields inquiring into the philosophical foundations of law and of politics is essential. The post holder is expected to demonstrate exceptional ambition and leadership in developing the activities of the Centre as well as a proven interest in delivering high performing programmes, ensuring student satisfaction.

As Chair, the successful candidate will be expected to strengthen the School of Law’s research capacity and will require a publication list that includes peer reviewed articles published in leading relevant journals. The Chair will exercise high-level academic leadership in research, as well as contribute to teaching within The Dickson Poon School of Law. The appointee will add breadth as well as depth to the range of skills and expertise of senior colleagues within the field at King’s. Following the 5-year duration of the Centre Director post (there is scope for renewal), the post holder will be expected to resume additional expected duties associated with the post of Chair.

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Key responsibilities and objectives of the job

  • Sustain high-quality research activity through the conduct of individual and joint research projects and the recruitment and support of postgraduate and postdoctoral research, especially in the fields inquiring into the philosophical foundations of law and of politics;
  • Promote and foster excellence in teaching and learning within the School, especially in relation to the Politics, Philosophy and Law LLB programme and contribute as appropriate to the development of modules and programmes in the area of politics, philosophy and law across the College at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • Secure, and help others to secure, research funding from prestigious sources;
  • Recruit, supervise and train postgraduate students and postdoctoral research staff and ensure their effective development;
  • Exercise high-level leadership in the YTL Centre in order to sustain it as a globally recognised centre of research excellence;
  • Build networks and develop and strengthen the existing collaborative links with the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Political Economy at King’s;
  • Play an active role in the development of junior colleagues through leadership and mentoring;
  • Work with colleagues to run a series of events designed to bring together scholars from across the disciplines of politics, philosophy and law to share ideas and insights and to build collaborative networks both within and beyond King’s;
  • Promote and foster a supportive working and educational environment that delivers equality and inclusiveness in all aspects of the School’s operations.

Research and education

  • Contribute to the development, delivery and quality assurance of research; ensure a supportive and reflective environment for research excellence and grant capture, including promoting debate, discussion and mentoring
  • Identify academic opportunities, high-quality outputs, and continue to develop innovation in education
  • Support the Vice-Deans in ensuring the delivery of a high-quality student experience
  • Identify and exploit strategic opportunities and build greater interdisciplinary links and partnerships internally, across other King’s faculties, as well as externally.

Decision making, planning and problem solving

  • Identify the YTL Centre’s development needs and propose how these should be achieved
  • Develop ideas for generating income and disseminating and applying the results of scholarship
  • Seek to secure impact for research findings
  • Ensure the work of the Centre is accessible and available for use in policy design and decision-making  

Communication and network

  • Nurture internal networks; coalesce the academic community, encouraging interdisciplinarity, successfully navigate the relationship between the Centre, School of Law and other Faculties
  • Develop external networks; maintain and grow the public profile of the Centre, attract high profile individuals to give keynote lectures at event series as well as enhance the international presence of the Centre
  • Disseminate conceptual and complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences using appropriate media and methods to promote understanding
  • Act as an ambassador for the Centre, actively developing its international academic profile, in turn enhancing international recruitment and partnership development
  • Develop relationships with key contacts in the relevant academic fields as well as policymakers
  • Represent the School and Centre externally, networking and attending key national and international events.

People and culture

  • Provide academic and administrative leadership as Chair and Director of the YTL Centre in a manner consistent with King’s guiding principles
  • Promote and foster a supportive working and educational environment that delivers diversity, equality and inclusiveness in the School and the Centre’s operations.