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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£70,324 - £96,695 per year
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Job Summary

Not only is it the Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Awards for 2021 and ranked Top modern university in the Complete University Guide, but it also has an impressive array of other awards, including a Gold Rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, placing RGU in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning. The university also celebrates a high quality student experience and is currently ranked in the top three universities in Scotland for student satisfaction. The staff of RGU are their greatest asset and they continue to express that they are happy and committed to the University and their role.

RGU is now seeking to appoint a strong leader as Dean of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment. The new Dean will lead a multi-disciplinary school with approx. 40 staff, and circa 600 undergraduate, postgraduate, and research students, and will manage a budget of £3.5m. The Dean will be central in setting the context and strategic direction that will transform the School’s way of working, ambitions and profile. Priorities will include: increasing student recruitment and satisfaction; developing the postgraduate / full-cost portfolio; championing and growing areas of research strength; strengthening the research / teaching interface; and extending the reputational reach of the School. They will maintain and enhance the cohesive and collaborative culture that exists across Architecture and the Built Environment that defines the School’s spirit of community. The appointee will be a key member of the University Management Group, and will have the opportunity to contribute to cross-institutional projects.

The successful candidate will bring a passion for high quality, progressive, student-centred learning and personal research credibility, as well as experience of leadership and management in an academic environment and the ability to motivate and inspire staff. They will be deeply committed to teaching and providing an outstanding student experience. They will have a track-record of developing a strategic vision and uniting people behind it. Candidates will demonstrate excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, and will know how to sustain and further develop a strong team culture. This is an opportunity to lead and grow an established, high-potential school and shape its future strategic direction.

If you have vision, passion, creativity and determination to make a difference, we want to hear from you. This is a key appointment for us, and it will be for you – so we will invest time with candidates to get to know them and to give them the chance to get to know us.

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact:
Ross Highfield: 0121 644 5712
Hilda Gjika:

Please apply via the following link:

Job Description

PURPOSE OF THE POST: The Dean of Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, as member of the Senior Management Group, is expected to align the School with the University Strategy and our purpose to be an innovative, inclusive, impactful, professionally-focused university and to deliver on the University mission of transforming people and communities by providing demand-led teaching and research to contribute to economic, social and cultural development regionally, nationally and internationally.

RESPONSIBLE TO: The Dean of Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment is directly responsible to the Vice Principal - Research and Community Engagement for:

Providing strong academic leadership, clear vision and continuous enhancement in accordance with the policies and procedures laid down from time to time by the Board of Governors, the Academic Council, and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

Ensuring the efficient organisation of the work of the School and enhancing its reputation and that of the University.

Promoting and encouraging enhancement of the School and advancing the body of knowledge the School embraces.

Ensuring that the values of the University are enacted in their leadership.

• Maintaining, valuing and celebrating a culture of authenticity, approachability, collaboration, innovation, ambition and respectfulness across the school
• Providing visible leadership and focus for the future development of the School within the context of existing and future University strategic plans.
• Ensuring a co-created high-quality student experience that optimises the outcomes for all students professionally and personally.
• Developing inclusively the research profile, capacity and capability of the school within a thematic structure that encompasses the subject specialisms of the School.
• Liaising closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the academic portfolio of the school is appropriate and relevant for the learner and their future. • Ensuring that the staff, physical and financial resource of the school is managed effectively
• Expanding the range and depth of partnerships by networking, collaborating and partnering internally with other Schools and support areas and externally with employers and other relevant organisations, professional bodies, private and third/voluntary sectors to promote the interests of the School and the University.
• The professional development of the staff working within the School.
• Leading and co ordinating a continuous process of enhancement.DUTIES :
In line with the general duties listed above, a Dean of School shall take such measures, by delegation as appropriate, as are necessary and reasonably practicable to ensure the satisfactory fulfilment of the following duties;
• Shaping and implementing the education and research portfolio the School to meet the needs of students and staff and reviewing and enhancing these portfolios as appropriate,
• overseeing the enhancement activity of the School and taking decisions that ensure that optimal performance is realised
• co-ordinating the work and resource allocation of the School internally and as appropriate collaboratively across the University.
• overseeing all arrangements required for a high-quality student journey that meets requirements for professional body accreditation
• attracting and nurturing talent and providing opportunities for development and progression using staff appraisal
• treating individuals equitably, fairly and with respect and promoting well being
• appraising staff performance.
• encouraging and promoting staff research and scholarly activities.
• liaising with key stakeholders and Schools, including the preparation of publicity material.
• undertaking teaching and research as appropriate.
• preparing estimates of resources required and contributing to the annual planning and budgeting round.
• deploying available resources in the way that is educationally and economically most effective, and in accordance with the University’s health & safety policies.
• monitoring the arrangements for the maintenance of equipment, furnishings and facilities available to the School.
• timeously preparing and submitting factual information about the work of the School required by senior management for internal use, or to meet the requirements of external authorities including regulatory and professional bodies.
• participating in the committee work of the University.
• developing and implementing a health and safety plan for the School such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.We would expect that candidates would fit closely the following profile:
• An inspirational, experienced and inclusive leader with a vision for the School to be a leading provider of Architecture and Built Environment education in the sector.
• A passionate and personal commitment to the advancement of Architecture and Built Environment as professional disciplines
• High professional profile at national level .
• An ability to set the context and strategic direction that will transform and enable the School to meet current and future challenges.
• A senior leader within their organisation with significant experience of education and/or research and a passion to create a contemporary, innovative, and inclusive learning environment.
• A clear commitment to the values of Higher Education and specifically to the vision, mission and priorities of the university.
• A demonstrable commitment to collaborative working, and a strong advocate of a future construction industry founded on professional collaboration and interdisciplinarity
• An appropriate professional qualification(s) with evidence of relevant continuous professional development.
• Strong profile of partnership and collaborative working across disciplines and sectors. • An ability to act in a leadership capacity as a research enabler, with a strong awareness of the research agenda.


- Develops and communicates the strategy; aligns people and resources with the strategy

- Embraces, champions and implements change

- Is emotionally intelligent, continually develops and is resilient

- Develops relationships, communicates effectively and is inclusive

- Sets standards, builds capability and manages performance

- Drives for excellence, identifies outcomes and targets and manages resources to deliver