Dean of Science and Engineering

United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Sep 14, 2020
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education providers in England. We respond to the communities we serve and are proud of the care we take in facilitating students and alumni to play a full and valuable role in society.  Established in 1839 and a university since 2005, the institution has seen significant investment and expansion, with current provision of a diverse curriculum to more than 15,000 students from 130 countries. We are recognised for our excellence in learning and teaching and have a demonstrable commitment to widening participation and equal opportunities. The University is developing its applied research activity and has strong private and public sector collaborations to support this.

With the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eunice Simmons, the University is refining its strategic direction and seeks to appoint a new Dean of Science and Engineering to lead the Faculty in the next stage of its journey. The Faculty is a key focus for the University as it invests in its STEM provision and profile, and requires the expertise, experience and energy of the right innovative candidate to develop its offer. The role presents an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to make their mark at a crucial stage of the Faculty’s growth and to contribute to the role of science and engineering in the region.

The Dean is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor (through the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor as line manager) for all aspects of the development of the Faculty and its curriculum, delivery of provision, student recruitment and placement opportunities. Providing the highest level of strategic planning and co-ordination, the Executive Dean will promote excellence in science teaching, research and knowledge transfer and exchange, and will lead and shape the future direction of the Faculty. They will also play a key role in looking externally, fostering collaboration nationally and internationally.

To deliver the above, we are seeking an inspirational leader, with the requisite intellectual capacity, commercial acumen, strategic expertise and track record of delivery to provide strategic vision and direction for the Faculty. The successful candidate will have first class communication skills and the ability to inspire and influence colleagues, to work at pace and to thrive in a dynamic environment.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and we would particularly welcome applications by candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, candidates of all genders and disabled candidates.

For further information about this unique and exciting opportunity, including details of how to apply, please visit

Closing date: Friday 16th October 2020.