Person specification


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  • Academic credibility and track record

  • Leadership ability

  • Understanding of the complexities and challenges of leading in higher education and the research environment

  • A research-based doctorate.


  • Leadership, and specifically the ability to ensure objectives are met, and to manage complex issues

  • Ability to operate at a strategic level and see the big picture

  • Ability to lead change, to recognise the need for change and be forward looking; promoting benefits of change to others

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills, with an ability to engage others, communicate effectively with colleagues and persuade and influence others

  • Resilience and tenacity in times of adversity and the ability to respond positively to challenges.

Essential criteria

  • Higher academic degree (PhD or medical equivalent)

  • Demonstrated experience or potential in academic leadership

  • Possess in-depth understanding of the discipline to enable the development of new knowledge, innovation and understanding within the field

  • An international research profile in the relevant field

  • People management skills; the ability to nurture a collaborative, inclusive and supportive environment

  • A significant track record of research income generation as PI

  • A demonstrable commitment to an inclusive, diverse and collegial approach to education and research.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of interdisciplinary research

  • Evidence of working at a strategic level

  • Personally orientated towards change and ability to lead others through change

  • Previous leadership/management experience with measurable impact

  • Manages resources through effective delegation and evidence of managing the performance of others to achieve required goals

  • Experience in recruitment and selection of high calibre staff

  • Experience of developing a strategic plan and accompanying budget responsibility

  • Experience of working internationally or of leading staff in international settings

  • Evidence of high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level

  • Supervision of undergraduate projects and/or postgraduate research students.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.