University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Assistant Head of School, Art & Emerging Technologie

United Kingdom

Closing in 3 days

Assistant Head of School, Art & Emerging Technologies

Ref. 50052078

Salary £71,598 per annum

Department/School Design, Creative & Digital Industries

Location Harrow

This post is full-time, 35 hours per week. The tenure of the Assistant Head of School role is for an initial period of three years, with scope to extend to up to five years in total. It is underpinned by a permanent academic position.

The School

Westminster School of Arts, University of Westminster has a longstanding reputation as an environment of innovation and educational leadership across all of our disciplinary areas. We are now looking for an Assistant Head of School to lead our flourishing Arts & Emerging Technologies area. There is an emphasis on what it means to make art within a contemporary context and how analogue and emerging technologies offer scope for innovation and creativity.

The portfolio of courses includes Contemporary Media Practices, Fine Art Mixed Media and Photography/Fashion Photography at Undergraduate level and our newly launched MA suite: Expanded Photography, Arts & Emerging Technologies, Global Contemporary Arts and MRes Creative Practices. There is also a healthy community of PhD students located within our research centre, CREAM.

All of our areas are well supported by a team of specialist technicians and teaching spaces. We have just opened a new digital photography teaching suite, are doubling our existing Emerging Media Space to support learning, teaching and research and are bringing Virtual Production facilities on site shortly. Alongside offering resources for students, these are spaces for the development of pedagogy, experimentation and research.

The role

The Assistant Head of School is a key post in the School Executive Team, and acts as a subject lead responsible for ensuring that the curriculum, learning and teaching, teaching spaces and learning technology are regularly reviewed and bench marked, to ensure our offer remains current and meaningful to incoming students and their graduate routes. The Assistant Head is also responsible for line management and financial management of the teaching teams within this area.

We are looking for an experienced colleague who can create, anticipate, and analyse the potential of emerging technology trends alongside analogue and artistic practices, and who can influence contemporary agendas through developing new avenues of academic research and innovative teaching practices.

Research and Teaching

The Assistant Head will have dedicated time to pursue their research and/or teaching leadership within their workload allocation. The School is home to the world-leading Centre for Research and Education in the Arts and Media (CREAM) and research-led teaching is a cornerstone of the School's strategic plan. CREAM has a particular strength in practice-led research; 100% of our impact case studies in REF2021 were assessed as 4, and the THE GPA ranking placed CREAM in the top 5 in Art & Design.

Most of the courses within the School are studio-based and we prioritise experiential learning, independent goal setting and working collaboratively with peers and industry partners. We achieve this through a rich schedule of activities, events, taught classes, live briefs and visits.

To apply for this vacancy please click above. Further information can be found in the job description and person specification, which can be accessed through the link below.

At the University of Westminster, diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity are at the core of how we engage with students, colleagues, applicants, visitors and all our stakeholders.

We are fully committed to enabling a supportive and safe learning and working environment which is equitable, diverse and inclusive, is based on mutual respect and trust, and in which harassment and discrimination are neither tolerated nor acceptable.

The University has adopted Smart Working principles to support and further our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion aims of being an inclusive, collaborative and flexible employer. Further details of Smart Working can be discussed at interview stage.

Closing date: midnight on 1 March 2024

Interviews are likely to be held on: 12 March 2024

Administrative contact (for queries only):[email protected]

For an informal conversation about the post, please contact Head of School Professor Catherine Dormor ([email protected])


Job details


Assistant Head of School, Art & Emerging Technologie


University of Westminster


United Kingdom


February 06, 2024

Application deadline

March 01, 2024

Job type

Associate Professor/Professor


Arts and Culture

About the employer

The University of Westminster was founded in 1838 as the Royal Polytechnic Institute. It is one of the oldest educational institutions in Britain. The university received a Royal character and was named University of Westminster in 1992. The current Chancellor is Lady Frances Sorrell and Vice-chancellor Dr Peter Bonfield OBE. Its main campus is located in Regent Street in Central London. It has three other campuses located in Fitzrovia, Harrow and Marylebone. It is a member of various associations like the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of MBAs, EQUIS, EFMD, Universities UK and European University Association. The University of Westminster is divided into three colleges, twelve schools and 65 departments & research centres. The university has 180 UG courses, 231 PG courses and 99 professional & short courses, which include full-time, part-time & open/distance learning courses. The university received £22 million from grants, contracts and research grants.

Departments: There are three major streams with over 65 different departments. The major departments in the University of Westminster are:

Science: College of Design, School of Computer Science, Creative and Digital Industries, School of Architecture, Computer Science and Engineering.

Arts: Humanities, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law School, Westminster School of Arts & Westminster School of Media and Communication.

Commerce: Applied Management, Management and Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Organisations, Economy & Society.

Some of the famous alumni of the university include Sir Thomas Bennett (architecture), Fougasse (editor) and John Ryan (animator), famous authors like Mary Jo Bang and David Gascoyne, businessmen like Sinclair Beecham, Julian Metcalfe and Robert Bellinger, famous entertainers like Charlie Brooker, Asif Kaoadia and Tej Lalvani. Some famous faculty members of the university include Sir George Cayley, father of aeronautical engineering, Charles Algernon Parsons, engineer and inventor of steam turbine and Tom Ang, BBC presenter. Chantal Mouffe (political theorist), Ezra Pound (prominent modernist figure in poetry) and Jean Seaton (professor of media history and historian of the BBC).

The university hostels have 1750 rooms with six halls of residence. The university also helps students to find private residences if they are unable to find a residence in hostels. The university's transport connects all residences to the university. There are various scholarships available for the students, although the University of Westminster does not provide these scholarships. Some of the major scholarships are Brittan Scholarship, Brian Large Bursary Fund, and Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship.

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