Job details
Posting date: 22 January 2020
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 21 February 2020
Location: Leicester, Leicestershire
Company: University of Leicester
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: ID: 1807

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Vacancy ID:1807
Department:School of Media, Communication & Sociology
Vacancy terms:Full Time, Open Ended with 4 year tenure as Head of Department
Salary details:Competitive
Hours per week:37.5
Advert closes midnight on:23 Feb 2020
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. This is recognised in that Leicester is ranked as a top 25 UK University in all international league tables. With the appointment of our new Vice-Chancellor Professor Nishan Canagarajah, this is an exciting time to join our historical University. 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.

We are looking to recruit a Head for the School of Media, Communication and Sociology (MCS). The School of MCS draws together two former departments, each of which have famous legacies at Leicester, with more than 50 years as field-leaders in their disciplines.

Media and Communication at Leicester celebrated 50 years of cutting-edge research in 2016. When founded as the Centre for Mass Communication and Research in 1966, it was the first centre of its kind studying mass communication. As one of the longest-established academic centres specialising in the study of media and communication, we have been the fastest-growing department of our kind in the United Kingdom. Our students are taught by experienced, highly-qualified tutors, and leading researchers in the field. Sociology’s reputation for linking high quality teaching and research is well-recognised and contributes to a rich learning environment. We are committed to academic excellence, intellectual diversity, good teaching and ensuring that the student experience is not only interesting and challenging in its own right but also provides a vital foundation for future employment.

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, however appointment to the University will be on an open ended basis.

For further details including the Job Summary and Person Specification, please view the Candidate Brochure which can be accessed by clicking on the Additional Documents tab on the right hand side of this advert.

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome, and should be made to Professor Henrietta O’Connor, PVC and Head of College for Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities on or 0116 252 5952.

The closing date for this post is midnight on 23rd February 2020.

Additional information
Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff. Located in the heart of the UK, you will have the opportunity to progress your career in a supportive and varied environment that values hard work and recognises individual achievement.

In return for your hard work, 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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