Position type:

Full time


£67,071 to £130,232

24 Dec 2019
21 Feb 2020

Full details:

Reference number: SOU-1223119GN

Combining the highest academic expectations with research capabilities that have the scope to transform lives, the University of Southampton celebrates bold innovation and ambitious creativity – qualities that have secured our ranking in the top 100 of universities worldwide. 

We are seeking a visionary Dean of Engineering & Physical Sciences who shares our commitment to drive forward and build on our current achievements, and who will proactively seek out opportunities to champion the work of our staff and students on the global stage. 

The Faculty is recognised nationally and internationally for its sector-leading research, enterprise and education, which when combined, create a unique environment for developing more than 5,000 aspirational students and delivering world-changing insights, innovation and impact. 

This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to lead one of the UK’s largest and most successful engineering and physical sciences faculties, as well as joining the University’s executive leadership team; reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor.


Job Purpose

The Dean has three primary duties:

  • To lead the continued success of the Faculty, playing a pivotal role in the strategic development and operation of the Faculty’s education, research and enterprise through the effective leadership of staff and management of resources in pursuit of University and Faculty strategic goals.
  • To be responsible, as a senior member of the University, for the strategic direction, development and performance of the University, taking on specific institution-wide responsibilities.
  • To represent the University and Faculty externally for the purposes of growing income, enhancing reputation and contributing to the University’s development activities.


Key accountabilities/primary responsibilities

  • To work effectively as a senior member of the University, contributing to the development and implementation of wider University strategy. (15%)
  • Develop strong strategic relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external) to enhance the Faculty’s leading role in education, research and enterprise, thus developing and maintaining the Faculty’s national and international reputation. (10%)

  • Lead the Faculty in a transparent and consultative manner to develop and implement its business plan for excellence in research and education, thereby achieving agreed Faculty performance targets including contract, tuition fee and research grant income. (15%)

  • As budget holder for the Faculty ensure, within the limits of available resources, that effective arrangements exist to enable academic excellence within the framework set by the University in pursuit of the Faculty’s business plan. (20%)

  • Establish and maintain a high performing, inclusive and respected senior leadership team and oversee the management, performance and development of the Faculty’s academic, research and technical staff. Work within the agreed core administrative structure, to organise and manage the Faculty to achieve its academic and performance goals. (15%)

  • Deliver a world-class student experience, including matters relating to the admission, recruitment, education and welfare of students in the Faculty, as well as the delivery of services by support staff (10%)

  • Work with Research and Innovation Services and the Development Office to identify and exploit new opportunities to grow sources of income for the Faculty, including proactively developing Faculty relations with alumni philanthropists, and other key stakeholders, encouraging other leaders within the Faculty to develop such relationships.(10%)

  • Accountable for promoting a culture of equality, inclusion and respect throughout the faculty.

    Responsible for the proper conduct of the faculty in accordance with the University’s rules, regulations, policies and procedures, particularly to those relating to equality and diversity and health and safety.

    To undertake any other duties as allocated by the Vice-Chancellor following consultation with the post holder. (5%)


Special requirements

The person appointed will be conferred with an academic title commensurate with their academic standing and discipline.

It is anticipated that the post holder will undertake the role of Dean for a period of at least five years. At the end of the defined period, which may be extended, they will return to a substantive position within the University, whilst also having the opportunity to be considered for roles with enhanced managerial responsibility.


Important dates

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight (GMT) on Friday 21 February 2020.

Following a long listing meeting of the Search Committee, successful candidates will be invited to attend an ‘engagement day’ with members of the faculty on 16 March 2020.

Interviews are currently scheduled to take place on Friday 3 April 2020


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