Dean, Faculty of Business and Law

University of Northampton
26 Oct 2020
23 Nov 2020
Senior Management
Contract Type

As one of the youngest universities in the UK, the University of Northampton has a genuinely forward-thinking approach to student experience and a notably applied outlook. A University with a strong sense of social purpose, Northampton’s Strategic Plan is built upon the University’s commitment to realising its ambition of transforming lives for the better and inspiring positive change. The University has enjoyed a number of successes in recent years; a Gold TEF outcome, a Social Enterprise Gold Mark, and was the first institution in the UK to be named a ‘Changemaker Campus’. This is therefore an exciting time to be joining the University of Northampton.

As the largest of the three academic units at the University, the faculty of Business and Law has more than 200 staff and 5600 students on undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes at Northampton, in the UK and overseas. The Dean is the leader of the Faculty and is responsible for its effective leadership, management and development. Reporting to the deputy vice-chancellor, the appointed candidate will be the Faculty’s leading representative both internally and externally.

Candidates will have a background of impactful leadership, whether in a relevant academic setting, or in business. They will exhibit a strong understanding of academic quality, learning and teaching and how they impact the student experience, in addition to experience of leadership in a large and complex organisation.  They will bring an ability to think strategically and to communicate a vision to other members of staff, students and stakeholders in order to enthuse, inspire and drive change. Candidates will also evidence the ability to successfully lead and motivate a diverse group of colleagues, whilst building external partnerships and being an ambassador for the Faculty and University.

The appointed candidate will hold credibility with academics, as well as with industry and public sector stakeholders. Above all, they will bring a sense of vision and strategy, and an understanding of how to serve a diverse student population. Successful candidates will feel a connection with the University’s mission and wider social impact and be genuinely committed to building staff teams and supporting students.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of Northampton on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference XZGC. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 23 November.

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