Job Details

Professor/Head of School

Reference Number
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
Job Family
Research And Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

To provide academic leadership as Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC). In addition to a strong record of successful leadership at Programme/School level, the post holder will have outstanding research achievements in one or more of the School's Honours language areas (French, German, Hispanic, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Russian), or in Comparative Literature or Translation Studies, and a demonstrable track record of consistent and successful engagement with recent/current national and international Modern Languages research agendas.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Initially, this post is expected to take on a term of office as Head of the School (HoS) of Modern Languages and Cultures. The Head of School role is part of the College of Arts Management Group and supports the Vice Principal and Head of College in the strategic management of the College and provides leadership of the research agenda in SMLC. The HoS will provide academic leadership to the School, embracing the range of languages and programmes represented in the School, by providing a coherent academic vision and by inspiring the highest standards of research and teaching.

1. Lead and engage in research and publication that enhances the quality of the School’s international research profile, including conducting personal research of the highest quality and maintaining a consistently high level output of publications and presentations of world-class quality.

2. Sustain internationally leading high quality research activity, seeking and securing funding for a portfolio of research projects through grant applications to external funding bodies, e.g. Research Councils.

3. Encourage research students of high calibre to undertake doctoral research and supervise them to completion.

4. Supervise research projects undertaken by research staff and postgraduate students and ensure the effective development of the staff and students.

5. Deliver a range of teaching and assessment activity at postgraduate level within the School and programme area.

6. Take a leading role in the design and delivery of postgraduate programmes and courses, including opportunities leading from new research.

7. Develop links with national and international organisations with a view to enhancing research and teaching in the School and in the relevant programme area.

8. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

A1. Good first degree in subject related area and PhD awarded (or equivalent research experience) in a related area.
A2. A comprehensive and up to date knowledge of research issues, both nationally and internationally and future direction of research in programme area.
A3. A comprehensive and up to date knowledge of relevant Modern Languages specialism, in its broadest sense.
A4. An established reputation for high quality research.
A5. An extensive track record of publications of world leading quality.
A6. A demonstrable track record of consistent and successful engagement with national and international Modern Languages research agendas.

C1. Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage at all levels within Programme Area, School, College, University, and beyond, in the policy and academic communities.
C2. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collegiality.
C3. Proven leadership and motivational skills in research and teaching. 
C4. Excellent managerial skills with respect to people, projects and budgets. 
C5. Ability to integrate into a multi-lingual School with a strong cross-disciplinary ethos.

D1. Potential to foster collaboration in research with other subject areas and with other Schools in the College and, where appropriate across Colleges.

An established international reputation for research leadership and scholarship in a relevant subject area. Evidence of this will be given by:
E1. Significant experience of research leadership and academic leadership and participation within large international collaborations.
E2. Substantial track record of publication through books and through articles in high quality refereed journals and/or in modes and media appropriate to research specialism consistent with the highest standards in research assessments.
E3. Extensive research grant capture and project management experience.
E4. Established track record of successful supervision of research students and staff.
E5. Established track record of international research engagement, for example, previous attendance at international conferences, symposia and holding visiting fellowships at non-UK universities.
E6. A record of successful supervision of research students to doctoral level.
E7. A demonstrable record of people, projects and budget management.

Job Features

Researching and publishing work of the highest quality in peer-reviewed journals and monographs. 
Attendance and delivery of papers at high profile international conferences. 

Planning and Organising
Provide leadership and management in strategic planning of research, teaching and administration at all levels within and beyond the language or programme area, including identification of new initiatives.
Effective organisation skills to initiate and lead research meetings on various scales from small group meetings upwards.
Self-generation of work through innovation and long-term planning in all activities.
Leading role in University/School/subject area planning.
Proactive approach to academic developments and management issues.

Decision Making
Research - objectives, experimental design, grant submission, journal choice, manuscript submission, supervision of research staff, progression of research students. 
Teaching leadership/delivery - decisions on degree programmes/course aims/intended learning objectives, syllabuses and schemes of assessment.
Contribute to School/s area decisions on recruitment, selection, curriculum choice, degree programmes, QAA compliance, etc.

Internal/External Relationships
Vice Principal and Head of College/School for exchanging information relative to input into research / learning and teaching strategy.
Research staff and students to advise and motivate.
Academic colleagues home and abroad for exchanging information for teaching and research strategies.
Academic colleagues within the College/School to lead inter-disciplinary research.
Students for teaching and support.

Grant funding bodies and journals (committees, editorial boards).
Other institutions to act as External Examiner for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Problem Solving
World class research is a key aspect of this post, including solving research problems at the forefront of the field and the development of new ideas, methods and research projects.
Resolving issues regarding research funding.
Resolving issues arising in pursuit of research objectives.
Assisting research students resolve problems regarding their research.
Assisting postgraduate students to resolve problems regarding their studies.
Resolving issues arising in performance of administrative functions.

Standard Terms & Conditions

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The appointment will be subject to the whole powers and conditions of any Act of Parliament, Ordinances, and Law affecting the University. The appointment is a whole-time appointment, the Professor undertaking to accept paid outside work only with the prior consent of the University Court. This provision does not apply to examinerships and such other appointments as are incidental to the ordinary course of University business.

Salary will be within the professorial range and subject to negotiation.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

Details of three referees should be included on the applicant information form – referees will be contacted for all short listed applicants.

Vacancy Ref: 030416      Closing Date: 17 December 2019