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Deputy Head of the Institute of Health and Society - Open to members of the senior management team within the Institute of Health and Society only

There is an opportunity to appoint a number of Deputy Heads to support the Head of Institute Health and Society in day to day leadership and management of the Institute and to contribute to the Strategic development of the Institute.

The positions are open to members of the Institute’s senior management team.

The successful appointee(s) will be deeply committed to leading the Institute to participate fully in effective cross-University working and the realisation of the University’s Strategic Plan. S/he will have regular meetings with the Head of Institute but will be expected to take responsibility for leading and managing aspects of the Institute’s provision in line with the strategic vision. S/he will be expected to be an active member of the University Executive as required, chaired by the Vice Chancellor, and the Heads of Institutes meetings, chaired by the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) also as required. S/he will be an ex officio member of the University’s Academic Board and will participate in and, on occasion, lead cross-University committees and/or working groups.

The post holder/s will be responsible for deputising for the Head of Institute; supporting the Head of Institute in the day-to-day leadership and management of the Institute; leading on strategic projects relevant to the development of the Institute; working in collaboration with other members of SLT and staff across the Institution to help realise the Institute and University Vision and Strategic Plans.

Application process:

1. A written expression of interest, marked private and confidential, addressed to Director of HR, Adele Cope. To include a summary of what you will personally contribute in the role and how you will support the Head of Institute in both day to day leadership and management as well as in positioning the Institute for the future.

2. A written paper outlining what you intend to have achieved in the role by December 2019 no more than 2 sheets of A4.

To be received in the HR department by Tuesday 17th January 2017 (not to be submitted by email).

Selection process for shortlisted candidates:

1. Interview to a panel which will include the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), Head of Health and Society, another Head of Institute or Professor and a member of the HR Department.

2. A presentation to the interview panel, for no more than 10 minutes, illustrating how you would achieve the vision you have articulated in the written paper that supports your application. (Powerpoint may be used but is not essential).

Closing date: Tuesday 17 Jan 2017

Reference number: IHS1624-3140

Job details

Job details

An allowance of £5,000 per year in addition to current salary
Full time
To be confirmed
Appointment for three years
Responsible to
Head of Institute of Health and Society
Responsible for
Will include line management of staff teams as appropriate to the role agreed with the role holder/s
Interview date
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 31 January 2017

Institute of Health and Society

Explore the Institute of Health and Society

“The University is a leading innovator in the fields of health and social care”
Dr Jan Quallington, Head of Institute



The Institute of Health and Society has an excellent reputation for developing high quality, innovative provision that is responsive to sector needs and aspirations, and which is cognizant of political and societal drivers. We pride ourselves on developing provision that is applied to today but which also equips individuals to be effective contributors to society in the future; through the development of critical thinking, decision making, problem solving and research. Our teaching and research is highly applied and has measureable impact in Society. We have an ethos that is founded in respect for others, open mindedness and value driven. We have particular strengths in multi-disciplinarity and collaborate effectively with other disciplines, partners and students. We are highly regarded by partners, PRSBs and strive for and enjoy high levels of student satisfaction.

The Institute of Health and Society has seen significant growth in recent years; there is now an opportunity to appoint a number of Deputy Heads to support the Head of Institute in the day to day management and leadership of the Institute and to ensure high professional and academic standards are maintained and that risks are managed effectively and that strong collaboration, partnership and innovation underpin all work. It is envisaged that the successful candidates will play an important role in positioning the Institute for the future.



Main duties

Main duties

1. To provide strong, creative, academic leadership and management in the Institute, striving for excellence in learning and teaching, research and scholarship.

2. To line manage and lead colleagues in designated key strategic areas.

3. To contribute towards the Institute’s vision within the overall context of the University’s strategic plan.

4. To further develop and support a student centred, research-informed, learning experience for all students, ensuring that student progression and achievement is well supported, promoting the development and application of effective and innovative learning resources.

5. To work with the Senior Management Team to ensure that recruitment, selection and admission of students is ever more effective, and in keeping with the University’s mission to increase participation in higher education for groups currently under-represented.

 6. To work with the Senior Management Team to take a lead in defining and creating future programmes within the Institute and the University through curriculum design, development, content and organisation taking into account the needs of employers and other representative bodies, as well as ensuring that the broader role of Higher Education in helping to drive social change is recognised.

7. To work collaboratively with partners in education and research that is relevant and applied and which has real impact.

8. To work with the Research Co-ordinator to further enhance the profile of research and knowledge transfer within the Institute and seek ways to generate external income that align with the academic mission and vision.

9. To work with the Head of Institute to manage the resources of the Institute – human, financial and physical – observing relevant regulations and also seeking innovative ways to extend and develop the resource base.

10. To maintain personal academic credibility through engagement in teaching on relevant programmes and undertaking high quality research, scholarship and/or consultancy which may well be collaborative.

11. To provide leadership, guidance and assistance to staff in the Institute in connection with their work and to ensure that suitable arrangements exist for their recruitment, selection and appointment, appraisal, training and development: to ensure that all staff in the Institute have opportunities to be consulted and to contribute to the development of Institute plans within their own sphere of operation.

12. To be accountable for effective quality management and enhancement procedures within the Institute and to contribute to cross- institutional quality enhancement.

13. To participate in the overall leadership, governance and management of the University by taking an active role in committees, working groups and other events; this may include acting as chair for some activities, deputising for the Head of Institute of Health on occasions and acting as ambassador for the University.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Strong leadership abilities, including the ability to motivate, influence and persuade others and to work cooperatively, influentially and effectively with the other Institutes across the University and with other universities and partners.

2. Proven ability to lead change in a complex organisation, excellent planning and organisational skills to ensure efficiency, timeliness and within budget, and exceptional ability to solve problems and critically analyse situations.

3. An established record of achievement and influence in learning, teaching, research and scholarship.

4. Excellent awareness of national strategic and policy developments in Higher Education and active membership of professional networks and associations in related fields.

5. Committed to and demonstrable understanding of diversity and inclusion, plus health and wellbeing issues related to staff and students.

Desirable Criteria


Applications from Non EEA Workers: Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction. Further details can be found at the Home Office UK Border agency website at / and the points based calculator can be found at

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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