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Head of School


Location:  University Park
Salary:  Competitive Salary
Closing Date:  Monday 03 April 2023
Interview Date:  Friday 21 April 2023
Reference:  SOC2023

We are looking to appoint a Head of School to join our School of Geography 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. 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.

The School of Geography is a dynamic community of scholars, professional services, and technicians covering a wide range of human and physical geography with strengths across its portfolio of research, knowledge exchange, education, and student experience. The school has a strong portfolio of external funding for its research, moved up 22 places in its GPA in REF2021, and has a supportive and engaging community for its students at all levels. It collaborates effectively within the Faculty of Social Sciences and outside the Faculty across a wide range of research and educational programmes and activities.

You 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 our school for the delivery of excellence in education and research.

You will provide strong and effective leadership and management, 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 across the school, you will develop and implement the academic strategy 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.

To be successful in this role, you will be able to demonstrate effective, inclusive leadership and prove your successful management skills, both strategically and operationally within academic unit. 

You will be able to build working relationships and communicate effectively in formal and informal settings to a diverse audience. Your strong analysis, judgement and problem solving skills are key to success with capability to cope under pressure with competing demands.

Your interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate, influence others are essential to ensure vision and values of our university are achieved.

With a recognised profile of your academic achievements within research and teaching, 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.

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

This is a permanent professorial appointment with the first five years as Head of School, with the potential for renewal for a second term. The role-holder will receive a leadership allowance.

You are required to complete an application form and upload your CV and a covering statement (max 2 pages) outlining your vision and strategy for the School and how you will achieve this

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Todd Landman by email to

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Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly 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.

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 dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.



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