Executive Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences

University of Leeds

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Position type:

Full time



24 Sep 2019
21 Oct 2019

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Reference number: LEE-4322

The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest, most prestigious and diverse research-intensive universities. We are a member of the Russell Group, ranked in the world’s top 100 universities in the QS rankings, and named University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times in 2017. With an annual turnover of £802 million, more than 37,000 students and 8,600 staff, we are continuing to make significant investments in student education, research and innovation, and extending our international reach. The campus is also being transformed to meet the needs and aspirations of our growing community of students and staff. 

The Faculty of Biological Sciences is a leading faculty within the University, spanning fundamental biological research as well as interfacing with many other disciplines, delivering on research that is both excellent and impactful. Building upon this platform, and in line with University strategy, world-leading innovation across our research and education activities will remain central to the Faculty’s mission moving forward. The substantial financial investment for new and remodelled facilities (including the development of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology), additionally places the Faculty in a strong position to take advantage of significant new opportunities. 

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, and a member of the University Executive Group, the Executive Dean will play an important role in the leadership of the University, shaping strategic direction and delivering associated plans. Within the Faculty of Biological Sciences, the Executive Dean will lead the delivery of an exceptional student experience; excellent research, innovation and impact; and meaningful academic and business partnerships, nationally and internationally. 

Alongside significant experience of senior leadership of an appropriate scale, the successful candidate will bring an outstanding and highly credible academic track record across research and education.With operational management experience, especially in leading and embedding change, combined with sound financial acumen, candidates will need to offer a contemporary and ambitious vision for the advancement of the biological sciences. Candidates should evidence an ability to inspire and lead the design and implementation of a Faculty strategy that reflects the University’s strategic ambitions, developed in collaboration with colleagues, students and industry partners. The Executive Dean will be expected to raise the profile of both the Faculty and University and therefore it is important that candidates have good interpersonal and communication skills and enjoy engaging with a wide range of stakeholders.

The University wishes to encourage applications that will continue to strengthen the diversity of its leadership team. 

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