University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Head of School of Humanities

Head of School of Humanities School of Humanities

Location: Avenue Campus Salary: Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7) Full Time Permanent Closing Date: Monday 27 May 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 2706824AR

A founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, the University of Southampton has a global reputation for its passion and ability to work collaboratively in delivering world-class education, research, and innovation that makes a real impact on society's biggest challenges.

Our interdisciplinary thinking, inventive education, and cutting-edge, world- class facilities enable us to forge connections with national and international industries and organisations, develop new businesses, and support the next generation of leaders and thinkers.

The School of Humanities with a world-class reputation for research, and with the majority of departments ranked in the top 10 in their fields in REF 2021, is looking for a Head of School Humanities to drive our strategy and develop a forward-facing and impactful vision that is aligned with the University's and Faculty's strategic priorities, objectives, and values.

This is an exciting opportunity to take a leading role and be part of the senior leadership team in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities which comprises eight departments: the Academic Centre for International Students, Archaeology, English, Film Studies, History, Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Music and Philosophy.

You will be responsible for human, physical resources and financial management of the School; continually striving to deliver excellence in research, education, enterprise and innovation, be responsible and accountable for the quality and output of the School as measured by key performance indicators.

About you

Are you a strong leader who is passionate to create a positive culture of management, leadership, and engagement at all levels by motivating, influencing, and persuading others?

Are you experienced in education/research/enterprise programme delivery?

Do you have a comprehensive understanding of humanities in a 21st Century University context?

If so, we want to hear from you.

What we can offer you

Committed to supporting our teaching and research community we are open to a flexible working approach. With an understanding that there is a need to be on campus for performing duties, we are open to a hybrid approach.

We also offer additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities, and a range of discounts.

As a university, we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports, and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.

For further details, please visit: : https: // www. opportunities/southampton/ To apply, please submit details for 3 referees and send a full CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification to [email protected].

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    Job details


    Head of School of Humanities


    University of Southampton


    United Kingdom


    May 02, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 27, 2024

    Job type



    Arts and Culture,Business and Economics,History,Linguistics,Literature,Philosophy

    About the employer

    One of the top research universities in the U.K., the University of Southampton is best-known for its innovative learning system. The university is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Originating from Hartley Institution in 1862, Southampton got the university status in 1952.
    The University of Southampton offers undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation year courses in various disciplines. The different departments of the university include the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Apart from the core subjects, Southampton also offers some exclusive areas of study including audiology, acoustical engineering, archaeology, criminology, optoelectronics, and gerontology.

    The university has seven campuses; amongst them, five are in Southampton itself and the other two are in Winchester and Malaysia, respectively. Highfields is the main campus of the University of Southampton. Notably, Southampton is a vibrant city with enormous opportunities. All the seven campuses of the University of Southampton boast of world-class infrastructure. The campuses maintain the most optimized environs for advanced learning. There are hi-tech laboratories, art studios, and libraries on the campuses. The university comprises highly-experienced faculty members who are from the academia as well as respective industries. Further, Southampton maintains collaborations with the leading universities and institutions across the world for student exchange and study-abroad programs.

    The University of Southampton is dedicated to research-oriented education. It has partnered with other universities, government bodies and industries to conduct integrated research and innovation programs. The university is also funded by businesses for commercial research and development. Southampton conducts skill development programs for students catering to the demands of industries. The adaptability and aptitude for evolving technologies are cultivated amongst the students to help them grow as future leaders. Further, the university has a placement cell and maintains tie-ups with industries for the placements of students.

    The University of Southampton features holistic environments for the overall development of the students. Apart from best-in-class academic modules, the university offers ample opportunities to maintain physical fitness and mental well-being. There are sports courts, swimming pools, gymnasiums and cafeterias on the campuses. Further, regular fitness classes, sports meets, cross-disciplinary activities, competitions, cultural events, and fests are organized at the university. The University of Southampton also engages in various social and environmental awareness campaigns. Moreover, students get the opportunity to participate in community development initiatives. The university has the mission to build a better world with innovative minds.

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