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Dean of Social Sciences  

Shape our future

This is an exciting time to join the University of Southampton.

We are seeking a visionary Dean of Social Sciences who shares our commitment to drive forward and build on our current achievements, and who will proactively seek out opportunities to champion the work of our staff and students on the global stage.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Southampton is unique among its Russell Group comparators. It includes the School of Mathematical Sciences, the Schools of Economic, Social and Political Sciences, Southampton Law School, Southampton Education School and Southampton Business School. It is also home to the Doctoral College and the Centre for Higher Education Practice.

The Faculty is recognised nationally and internationally for its sector-leading research, enterprise and education, which when combined, create a unique environment for developing more than 3,200 undergraduates. Our disciplines regularly rank in the top quartile within the National Student Survey, complemented by a strong postgraduate community of over 2,500 students from an exceptionally diverse range of backgrounds.


The role

As the Dean of Faculty, you will shape the future Social Sciences at Southampton. Your innovative thinking and passion to make a difference, will ensure the continued success of the Faculty. You will play a pivotal role in the strategic development and operation of its education, research and enterprise. You will be part of the University’s executive leadership team, reporting directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor. As such you will have responsibility for the strategic direction and performance of the University. You will represent the University and Faculty externally to enhance reputation and contribute to the University’s development activities.


About you

 You will be a determined and outward-looking person with values that match our own: collegiality, quality, internationalisation and sustainability. You will have a deep understanding of the global Higher Education sector, as well as a proven ability to lead and manage innovative change throughout an organisation. You will be able to think both analytically and creatively, handle complexity and empower and support people, while cultivating and shaping diverse teams.


A global university

A founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, we have a global reputation for our 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 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.

We bring people and ideas together to achieve the remarkable. We provide the environment, the support and the challenge for them to realise their potential.


What we can offer you

We are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity by attracting, developing, and retaining staff from many different backgrounds to create an inclusive working environment. We are proud to have been awarded an institutional Athena SWAN silver award which underpins our pledge to improve equality for women.

We support a flexible approach to work, as well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a corporate health care scheme and generous holiday allowance. 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.


How to apply

For more information and details of how to apply, please email TalentEdu 0203 290 2907

The closing date for receipt of applications is midday (GMT) on Monday 31 May 2021.


Important dates

Following a long listing meeting of the Search Committee, successful candidates will be invited to attend an ‘engagement day’ with members of the faculty on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Interviews are currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27 July 2021


Additional Information

This post is offered on a tenured basis initially for a period of five years, which is extendible up to a maximum of eight years. At the end of this tenure, the successful candidate will return to a substantive Professorial position within the University.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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