Kingston University

Kingston University

Sr Lect/Assc Prof & Head of Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering

United Kingdom

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Sr Lect/Assc Prof & Head of Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering


Faculty of Engineering, Computing & the Environment


School of Engineering

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  • Kingston University is passionate about the power of a university education to transform lives. We strive for our staff and students to be sought-after for their academic achievements and their ability to shape society and contribute to the economy. We are an inclusive university, and our ambitious Town House Strategy drives our mission to enhance students' life chances, support the ambitions of staff and strengthen the university's impact on our locality, industry, policy and associated professions to enable a sustainable future - socially, economically and environmentally. With an overall Gold Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating, we are recognised for our commitment to high quality teaching, providing an outstanding student experience and supporting our students to achieve successful degree outcomes.

    The Faculty of Engineering, Computing & the Environment (ECE) is seeking to appoint a new Head of the Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering. The University's Town House Strategy has set an ambitious growth target in terms of student recruitment for the next three academic years. ECE is well positioned to contribute effectively to this target. Hence, we look forward to hearing from individuals with a successful track record of student recruitment within the higher Education Sector and in particular in the Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering.

    The post of Head of the Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering is an opportunity to lead a remarkable entity, based on a dedicated engineering campus at Roehampton Vale. With exceptional facilities including a rocket lab, flight simulators, there is plentiful of scope for the post-holder to build still further on the Department's strong foundations.

    The Person

    Candidates should have strong management experience and an academic profile that is relevant to the disciplines mentioned. This means understanding the trends and expectations of students and employers alike. You will have an appetite for innovation and the ability to stimulate and challenge staff in productive ways. You will have the ability to contribute to the faculty's business and innovation agenda both through your own activities and those instigated by you across the department. You will have a real world appreciation of the issues at play in these subjects, so as to ensure there is a relevant and meaningful portfolio that can be delivered to a high standard. The post sits within the School of Engineering thus offering opportunities for inter-disciplinary work, and it is expected that the appointee will embrace this.

    The Faculty

    There are few faculties across the UK university landscape as varied in their scope as the Faculty of Engineering, Computing & the Environment (ECE). We teach and research across a wide range of subjects, allowing for real cross- discipline innovation and creativity. Our lecturers are experts – working at the forefront of their fields and actively engaged in research so they can bring advanced knowledge to their teaching. Our state-of-the-art facilities include specialist laboratories, a public outreach centre, a specialist virtual reality centre, a rocket lab, flight simulators, renewable energy lab, and 3 new labs related to electric, electronic and robotics, as well as an advanced design studio. For future scientists and engineers, this combines to create the ultimate real-life space for practical learning. For academic professionals, this all adds up to a truly vibrant, exciting environment in one of the largest and most diverse STEM faculties in the sector.

    The School of Engineering

    The School of Engineering at Kingston University is where innovation meets education on the cutting edge. Our dedicated campus at Roehampton Vale is not just a place of learning; it's a hub of technological advancement and forward- thinking education. Our School comprises three dynamic departments: explore mechanical engineering, delve into electrical, electronic, and robotics, or soar into the world of aerospace and aircraft engineering. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to the fusion of academia and industry. Collaboration is not just encouraged; it's integral to the essence of studying. The School of Engineering is not just a place to learn; it's a community of forward-thinkers, pioneers, and future leaders in the field of engineering. We are proud of being a diverse and inclusive environment catering for the specific needs of our students.

    Further information

    This is a full time, permanent position with a starting salary from £58,687 - £67,580 per annum.

    The Head of Department aspect of the role is a 4-year term, reverting to Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer substantive as appropriate.

    Please apply directly to Kingston University by clicking the ‘apply' button and follow the instructions.

    Applications should consist of:

    - a concise covering letter (ideally no longer than two pages), addressing the criteria in the Person Specification;

    - an up-to-date curriculum vitae;

    - names and contact details of three referees (although referees will only be approached at the final stage of the process, and only with your express permission).

    For informal enquiries, please contact Robert Brunton, Faculty PA/Support Officer or Shannah Adams, Faculty Operations Support Manager.

    The closing date for applications is 29 February 2024.


    - Shortlisting: w/c 4 March 2024

    - Psychometric testing: w/c 18 March 2024

    - Formal Interviews: w/c 18 and 25 March 2024

    If the interview dates pose a problem for you, please let us know about this at the time of application.

    Bring your true self, expertise, and passion to Kingston where we are continuing to strive to build a university where authentic inclusion and belonging is at its heart. Every one of our staff and students' identities, backgrounds and diverse experiences makes us who we are - so harness and embrace yours by applying today. We welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ communities and those with disabilities.

    Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

    To apply click on ‘Apply Now'. If, for accessibility reasons, you need to apply in an alternative format, please email [email protected] or call the HR Shared Services team on 020 8417 3118.

    Job details


    Sr Lect/Assc Prof & Head of Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering


    Kingston University


    United Kingdom


    February 09, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 29, 2024

    Job type



    Engineering,Space Science

    About the employer

    Founded in 1899, Kingston University London began its operations with courses specialising in chemistry, electric wiring, building construction, nursing, dressmaking and clay modelling. In 1926, it was recognised as a technical college by the Board of Education. In 1992, the university was renamed as Kingston University from Kingston Polytechnic.
    The institution has campuses in and around Kingston, United Kingdom. It also has a campus in Friars Avenue, London, and another campus at Crammer Terrace, London. Its Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston School of Art at Knight's Park and Roehampton Vale campus are linked together by the University's free inter-site bus service.

    Every campus is easy to reach as there are two mainline train stations, a network of bus routes, and major motorways. Also, both Gatwick and Heathrow international airports are easily reachable from the campus by both road and public transport. Within the university, there are four faculties that are Kingston School of Art, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Each faculty in the university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in specific streams.

    Moreover, all these faculties undertake research in related areas of study. As per the December 2018 report published on the university's official website, it had 16,499 students out of which 3,158 were non-UK students. Each faculty has world class facilities. The Kingdom School of Art comprises world-class facilities, such as 3D materials workshop, digital media workshop, hackSpace, moving image workshop, photography workshop and printmaking studios. The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing maintains various facilities, such as Scene of the Crime House, Learjet Lab and Centre for Augmented and Virtual Reality environments.

    The university has a list of notable alumni. In the field of entertainment and film, the alumni of the university include actor Ben Barnes, American model, actress and journalist Angie Bowie, actress Jessie Cave, Hong Kong actor Sam Chan. In the field of arts, the alumni include artist and illustrator Eileen Aldridge, Turner Prize nominee artist Fiona Banner, photographer Richard Bryant, product designer James Irvine, product designer Jasper Morrison, and sculptor David Nash. In the field of fashion, the alumni of the university include Harper's Bazaar editor in chief and journalist Glenda Bailey, and fashion designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista. In the field of architecture, there are David Chipperfield and Alexander Yusuf.

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