Head of School of Engineering

Job Description

Department: School of Engineering
Job role: Head of School
Mode: Permanent, full time


Heads of School are appointed to provide strategic direction, academic and discipline/subject leadership and line management for staff within the School.

The post carries responsibility through the line management of the Vice Chancellor for the implementation and execution at School level of the University’s Mission Statement, Corporate Plan KPIs and targets (including KPIs in relation to NSS, Attainment, Publications), and institutional policies and procedures.

Heads of School are expected to maintain their academic standing and authority through teaching, research and scholarly activities. They will be expected to develop and build a national and international profile for the School and its subjects, furthering growth whilst enhancing the quality of provision.

As Head of School, the post holder is responsible for the continued development, growth and financial sustainability of the School’s portfolio and within agreed limits, the investment into areas of strategic priority.

The responsibilities of the post are inherent of a management nature and therefore the post holder will be an active and engaged member of the University’s leadership team facilitating a positive and productive relationship between School and University in furtherance of targets & objectives.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide strategic direction and academic leadership in the School within the context of University priorities. In particular developing and implementing, through course teams, strategies directly aligned to the key themes set out in the University’s Education Strategy (for example, digital fluency, internationalization within teaching and learning, equality in degree attainment);

2. To contribute to teaching and learning within the School of Engineering courses, as appropriate to professional/academic background.

3. To drive transformational change and growth of the School, through effective leadership, to support the achievement of School objectives;

4. Work with the university management to ensure the delivery of the University’s Research Strategy, including setting targets for research income and publications for research-active members of staff;

5. To lead the strategic development and viability of the School’s course portfolio, with reference and regard for national and international benchmarks and ensuring that the School’s competitive standing and academic credibility drives the development of product portfolio and leading edge solutions, maximizing opportunities and capability;

6. Understand the external market and competitive position to be able to drive change and develop new ideas/product taking account of market and audience demand;

7. To develop and build a national and international profile for the School’s subjects both internally, externally, nationally and internationally, as appropriate;

8. Work with other Heads of School and other staff to identify new opportunities for cross and inter-disciplinary working;

9. Continually enhance the student experience by ensuring all courses and modules within the responsibility of the School comply with University requirements in terms of meeting quality requirements, performance indicators and ensuring an effective student support system is maintained;

10. Work with Coventry University to support the development and delivery of Coventry University’s quality accreditation for all of the School’s awards.

11. Undertake day-to-day management of the School including allocation and monitoring of
responsibilities and workloads and chairing appropriate meetings and working groups;

12. Responsible for the effective deployment of financial resources devolved to the School and to advise the university management on resources as they affect the School;

13. Implement the Reward and Performance Strategy for all staff in the School, making appropriate arrangements for staff appraisals to support the embedding of the University Values and the identification of development needs;

14. Work closely with the university management to ensure that School priorities are implemented and targets met and that the needs of the School are understood;

15. Participate in, and when appropriate chair, the process for appointments of staff;

16. Ensure that the School makes effective contributions to home and overseas student recruitment, representing the School at University Open Days and traveling to key recruitment markets if required and marketing the School and the University including work with external partner organisations;

17. Take responsibility for regular and effective communication within the School and to/from the University;AND such other duties as are within the scope and spirit of the job purpose, the title of the post and its grading.

Supervision Received:

The Post holder will be directly accountable to the university management and will be required to work closely with the other Heads of School.

Supervision Given:

All staff across the University, students and external contacts/bodies.