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  • Ref no: RGU03196
  • Published: 29/4/2020
  • Closes: 30/5/2020
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £66,725.00 - £108,359.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time

This position has expired.

Job Description

As the top university in Scotland (and 2nd in the UK) for health professions, RGU’s School of Health Sciences has a formidable reputation, underpinned by a superb team of first-class, multi-disciplinary lecturing and research staff and a proven track record of producing high-quality, work-ready graduates.

This opportunity to lead the School and build on our continuing success is one that requires an exceptional individual who can bring not just the academic, financial and leadership skills necessary, but also the vision and flair to inspire others and the ability to manage people and performance, both internally within the university and also with external partners, stakeholders and influencers.

More specifically, you’ll be the focal point for the School’s leadership team, driving and motivating your colleagues to ensure we continue to provide and develop high quality, innovative courses that attract and inspire students as well encouraging collaboration to extend and strengthen the quantity and quality of our research activities. Naturally, you’ll take the lead on strategic and financial planning, ensuring they dovetail with the overall objectives of the university.

We’re looking for an impressive academic track record in Health Sciences, gained in HE or any other relevant arena, coupled with a demonstrable desire to create a modern, innovative learning environment that maintains the School at the forefront of the market in the UK and beyond.

For more information, visit:Head of School of Health Sciences

To apply you will be required to submit your CV and a covering letter, providing detailed evidence of how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification and Leadership Competencies.  

This post in subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit:


To provide visible leadership and focus for the future development of the School within the context of existing and future strategic plans.

To develop and implement the School academic plan in line with the strategic objectives of the University.

To ensure the optimal management and development of the School's resources, staff, finance, equipment/assets and accommodation in order to meet the objectives as stated in the academic plan.

To advise on and coordinate the deployment of resources across the School, to delegate as appropriate and to supervise and monitor their subsequent use ensuring that it is educationally and economically most effective.

To lead the current and future development and delivery of the School course portfolio to ensure provision is of high quality, innovative and produces motivated, highly professional an employable graduates.

To ensure the quality of the student experience, student progression and retention, quality assurance and enhancement and the maintenance of academic standards across the School portfolio of courses and CPD provision through Annual Course Appraisal and Institutional Led Subject Review.

To ensure target student numbers across the School portfolio are met for financial viability through an effective marketing and recruitment strategy.

To liaise closely with relevant external stakeholders to ensure that appropriate undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD courses are provided to meet the needs of the external marketplace.

To take a lead role in growing commercial income to meet targets set by the University.

To externally network, collaborate and partner with employers and other relevant organisations, professional bodies, private sector etc. to promote the interest of the School and the University.

To effectively engage with stakeholder groups in order to influence regional/national policy to promote the interest of the School and the University.

To develop and implement the School Health and Safety Plan.

To participate effectively and collegiately with University working groups and projects and initiatives as required. To liaise effectively and coordinate with other Schools across the University.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Higher Degree.

Knowledge and Experience

Academic credibility evidenced by strong subject specific knowledge with evidence of relevant continuous professional development.

Experience of developing and maintaining networks internally and externally through strong stakeholder networking and relationship building skills.

An academic with a passion to create a modern, innovative learning environment.

Experience of quality assurance and enhancement processes with evidence of curriculum design, course approval/validation, appraisal processes and Institution Subject Led Subject Review.

Experience of working with external agencies/commercial partners.

Experience of leading and developing staff at all levels and managing physical, financial and human resources.

Experience of managing change in challenging and dynamic environment.

Ability to act in a leadership capacity as a research enabler.

Commitment to the values of the University.

Experience of leading and enabling staff to generate commercial income.

Experience of contributing to strategic management decisions.

The Individual



STRATEGIC AWARENESS-  Develops strategy, communicates strategy and aligns people and resources to strategy
LEADING CHANGE- Embraces, champions and implements changes


SELF MANAGEMENT- Emotionally intelligent, continually develops and is resilient
RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT -  Develops relationships, effectively communicates and is inclusive


PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENTSets standards, builds capability and manages performance
DELIVERING RESULTSDrives for excellence, identifies outcomes and targets, manages resources to deliver