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Head of School - Biosciences


Location:  Sutton Bonington
Salary:  £70,922 to £82,219 plus Leadership Allowance
Closing Date:  Thursday 12 October 2023
Reference:  SCIHOS2023

We are looking to appoint a Head of School to join our School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham. This exciting leadership role will require someone with passion, drive and high-quality leadership and communication skills to provide inspirational, effective, and efficient leadership to our school.

The Head of School will be accountable to the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor for all aspects of the performance and running of the School, including resource and budget management, and working with the senior leadership team to develop capacity and talent within the School for delivery of excellence in education and research.

You will provide strong and effective leadership and management for the School, with the ability to motivate, develop and inspire others to deliver high standards in response to key performance indicators and metrics.

Working collaboratively with the Faculty senior leadership team and colleagues within the School, you will develop and implement the academic strategy for the School in line with the University and Faculty strategic plans, to achieve and maintain high standards in research and quality education and experience for our students. 

You must be able to demonstrate effective, inclusive leadership and have a proven track record of successful management, both strategically and operationally, of a department or academic unit, as well as experience in the delivery of quality research and teaching programmes.

Your interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate, influence, and motivate others is essential to ensure the vision and values of the University are achieved. 

You must be a confident presenter able to communicate in a large range of formal and informal settings, and strong analysis, judgement and problem solving will be key to success with the ability to cope under pressure with competing demands.

With a recognised profile of significant personal achievement, you will have good knowledge of the University and its research and teaching activities and management structures, as well as an understanding of the issues and opportunities facing the sector.

This is an exciting leadership role to act as an ambassador for the Faculty and University and to show your commitment to enhancing the quality and reputation of our academic services.

We are seeking applications from highly-motivated people whose background, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our existing leadership team.

For external applicants, you will be appointed in a permanent professorial role, with the first five years as Head of School, and the potential for renewal for a second term. 

For internal applicants, you will receive a leadership allowance for the term of your position as Head of School upon taking up the role in January 2024.

To access the role profile and to make an application please visit the link below. You are required to upload your CV and a covering letter (max 2 pages) describing:

    The qualities that you would bring to the role,

    Your vision and strategy for the School,

    An overview of the challenges facing the School and Faculty and appropriate ideas for resolving these

The closing date for applications is Thursday 12 October at midnight. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Zoe Wilson by email to 

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Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

Applicants for this post will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in the UK as defined by the requirements set out by UK Visas & Immigration.  Please visit: for more information.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependents accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see our Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge webpages.



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