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Job offer: Head of Westminster School of Media and Communication

14.02.2019 11:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Westminster School of Media and Communication, Harrow

Deadline: March 3, 2019

Ref. 50052063

Salary: Competitive

In 1975 the first British undergraduate degree in Media Studies was created at the University of Westminster. Studies in Media and Communication at the University has a long and notable history and tradition. The post of Head of School, Westminster School of Media and Communication, is one of four new Head positions in the College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries, and is focused on high-level management of all aspects of learning and teaching in media and communication studies.

We seek to appoint an individual who is an experienced academic leader in the field, is skilled in taking on the task of managing, advancing and redeveloping our portfolio of courses, and an experienced researcher who will make a significant contribution to the Communication and Media Research Institute’s (CAMRI) REF 2021 submission (CAMRI’s research achieved a GPA of 3.37 / GPA Rank 5, in REF 2014).

The new Head of School will have an ambitious vision for studies in media and communication in a contemporary 21st-century information society, to advance the next generation of media practitioners, leaders and academics in the field. Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College, in addition to the delivery of exceptional student experience, strong employability outcomes, and enhancing performance in the upcoming REF, the post holder will work as a member of the College Executive contributing to the delivery of the College and University Strategy.

The successful candidate will evidence an outstanding and consistent track record of leadership in Higher Education and be appropriately qualified to meet the requirements of an appointment at professorial level. A track record of achievement in leading, managing and inspiring large academic teams, designing innovative courses, delivering high student satisfaction and forging enduring links with employers and other stakeholders is essential. The successful candidate will demonstrate positive and strong leadership qualities and have the ability to plan strategically, execute tough decisions and manage complex operations through a process of continual improvement.

We expect to make an appointment at the professorial level, and the successful candidate will be required to meet the University of Westminster’s criteria for the award of title on appointment.

Appointment to the role will be for five years (with a possible extension of two years), after which the candidate will return to a substantive position within the School.

To apply for this vacancy please click above. Further information can be found in the job description and person specification, which can be accessed through the link below.

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Jonathan Stockdale, PVC and Head of College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries (Tel: 020 7911 5000 or Email:

Closing date: midnight on 3 March 2019

Interviews are likely to be held on: 15 March 2019

Administrative contact (for queries only):

Please note: We are unable to accept applications by email. All applications must be made online. CVs in isolation or incomplete application forms will not be accepted.

We are fortunate to receive a large number of applications for our vacancies. Regrettably, we are not able to provide feedback to those job applicants who are not shortlisted, as it simply would not be manageable to do so.

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