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Vice-President and Dean (Humanities)

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Vice-President and Dean (Humanities)

The University of Manchester is a globally leading university with a rich heritage of discovery, social change and pioneering spirit that remains at the heart of all we do. A member of the Russell Group, The University is the largest single-site university in the UK, with a large student community of over 40,000 and more than 12,000 staff. Tracing its history back to 1824, the University is an institution where research has international impact, students experience outstanding teaching and learning, becoming highly employable graduates, and where all activity is enriched by a commitment to society and the environment. Manchester was the first UK university to set social responsibility as a core goal. It’s place as one of the UK’s top research universities was confirmed in the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, in which it was ranked 5th in the country for research power, with one of the largest and broadest REF submissions in the UK.

With 17,000 students, 1,350 academic staff, 650 professional services staff, and £237 million of annual income, the Faculty of Humanities aspires to be one of the most successful in the world. The research from the faculty addresses important questions, including major societal challenges which transcend disciplinary boundaries, such as climate change and healthcare. Five research themes drive much activity across the Faculty: creativity, digital, inequalities, post-COVID society, and sustainability. By creating innovative solutions to some of the world's major challenges, the Faculty has been able to influence policy and practice across areas including the economy, health and emergency services, environmental, creative and cultural sectors. We continue to work with partners locally and globally to better understand the world around us, and to effect change in that world.

The University is now seeking an outstanding academic leader for the post of Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities in a role that offers an exceptional opportunity for impact. As Vice-President and Dean, the appointee will not only provide leadership to a Faculty that is home to around a third of the University’s student and staff population but make a critical contribution to University strategy as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Candidates will have an outstanding track record of academic achievement matched with a proven ability of world-class strategic and emotionally intelligent leadership as well as operational management skills. They will be an academic leader with an entrepreneurial mindset, excellent communication skills, the ability to inspire and empower teams, and to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups. The ability to represent the Faculty and University at the highest levels and with a wide range of external partners will also be key.

The University of Manchester is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion in all our activities, and we invite candidates from under-represented groups to consider applying for this opportunity.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of Manchester on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference WMNH1. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Friday 30 September 2022.

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