Vacancy ID:
2884
Location:
Leicester
Department:
History, Politics and International Relations
Vacancy terms:
Full Time, Four year tenure as Head of School with possibility for extension. When the term is completed, you will be offered a permanent position in the College.
Salary details:
Competitive
Hours per week:
37.5
15 Mar 2021
About the role

We are an ambitious, discovery-led institution, with a global outlook and a vibrant international community of students and staff, world-renowned for its research. Leicester is ranked as a top 25 UK University in the Times Higher international league table, World Top 500 Universities and among the top 25 UK universities for research power. We are committed to the belief that a university should empower, inspire and innovate, and our outstanding staff are making a difference not just to our local community, but across the world. If you choose to join us at Leicester, you will be joining one of the most diverse universities in one of the most diverse cities in the United Kingdom.

The School of History, Politics and International Relations (HyPIR) was formed in 2016 following a merger of the School of History and Department of Politics and International Relations. History has been taught since the University’s founding in 1921 and Politics since the 1940s, and Leicester has long been recognised both nationally and internationally for its leadership in both disciplines.

HyPIR is one of the largest Schools in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and has almost 60 full-time academic members of staff, supported by a team of a dozen professional services colleagues. Its vibrant culture is home to:

  • Three Research Centres [English Local History; the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Urban History]
  • Three Research Clusters [Parties, Participation and Public Opinion; Intelligence, Security & Strategic Studies; Global Ethics and Political Theory] 
  • One inter-disciplinary Teaching Centre [American Studies]
  • Established inter-disciplinary clusters [Global, Colonial & Post-Colonial]
  • New initiatives [the Africa Research Group]
  • And colleagues who contribute to other inter-disciplinary groups [The Leicester Medieval Research Centre; The Migration Network]

As a senior member of the University, you will advance the University’s profile in world-class research, enterprise and teaching excellence in an increasingly competitive environment both nationally and internationally.  Heads of School are academic leaders in their disciplines and work with their Head of College and other members of the College Leadership Team to deliver University strategic objectives. Headship offers the opportunity to play a transformative role in the future direction of your discipline and the school, college and university as well as furthering your leadership skills.

Working closely with the PVC and Head of College for Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, you will represent and promote the School, College and University to enable the right environment for us to be at the forefront of global leading research and innovative enterprise whilst attracting students and providing them with an excellent student experience. 

Applications are invited for appointment to commence as soon as possible. The appointment as Head of School will be made for an initial four-year term, which can be extended with mutual agreement.

For further details on the role and its responsibilities please see the Job Summary Form and Candidate Brochure.
Additional information

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome, and should be made to Professor Henrietta O’Connor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities on hso1@leicester.ac.uk or 0116 252 5952. 

Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae detailing relevant qualifications and experience, full employment history and achievements. CV's should be accompanied by a 2 page covering letter describing briefly how you feel you meet the criteria outlined in the Job Summary Form, your achievements, why the appointment is of interest and what you'd like to achieve in the role. 
 
The closing date for this post is midnight on 15th March 2021. Interviews for this position are being held on the 14th April 2021.   
 

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

We offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here. 

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