University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Assistant Head of School in Scree

United Kingdom

Closing in 3 days

Assistant Head of School in Screen

Ref. 50054323

Salary Starting from £71,598 per annum

Department/School Design, Creative and Digital Industries, School of Media and Communications

Location Harrow

This post is full time, 35 hours per week and fixed term and rotating for a period of three years, with the possibility of extension for a further two years. Following completion of the term of office, postholder will revert to a permanent substantive academic post.

The School of Media and Communication at Westminster is looking for an Assistant Head of School to lead our thriving Screen subject area, and to support growth in this area of the School. The Screen subject area includes our renowned BA Film, BA TV Production and BA Animation, as well as two MA programmes.

We are expanding our Screen portfolio with a new MA Business of Film that has recruited strongly in its first year, and plan to develop our offer relating to immersive media and virtual production. The successful candidate will help us consider the next stage of developing our Screen portfolio to reflect changing industry demands. Our courses are Screenskills and Bafta Albert accredited and have extensive industry links including with Aardman.

Our students' films are shown at festivals globally and have won awards including Royal Television Society Awards, a Student Academy Award and a Grierson Best Student Documentary Award. Our purpose-built facility in Harrow includes two large film and television studios, a set construction workshop, a 3D workshop, and extensive post-production facilities. We are developing Virtual Production, MoCap and immersive learning spaces at Harrow campus, as well as doubling the capacity of the Emerging Media Space, which includes XR and emerging technologies. These spaces are supported by specialist technicians.

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 spaces and learning technology in Screen are up to date, and equip our students with the skills they will need in the workplace. The Assistant Head is also responsible within their subject area for the smooth delivery of learning and teaching, and for line management and financial management.

We are looking for someone with both higher education and industry experience who can anticipate and analyse the potential of emerging technology trends, such as Virtual Production, and who can develop new avenues of academic research and innovative practice. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues both in our Screen subject area and across the wider School of Media and Communication to help achieve this vision. Experience developing BSc and MSc curriculum would be an asset.

The Assistant Head will also have the opportunity to continue some teaching and / or research in their field. Teaching in the School follows a fusion approach, being research-informed and practice-led. Teaching and research in the School are aligned with our world leading research institutes CAMRI and CREAM.

The University supports hybrid working, e.g. working from home for part of the week.

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 28 April 2024

Interviews to be held on: week beginning 20 May 2024

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

For an informal conversation about the post, please contact Head of School Michaela O'Brien [email protected]


Job details


Assistant Head of School in Scree


University of Westminster


United Kingdom


March 29, 2024

Application deadline

April 28, 2024

Job type



Arts and Culture,Computer Science,Business and Economics,Social Science

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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