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Role & Requirements

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Role and Requirements
The University is seeking to appoint a Head of School of Law.

The role of Head of School plays a critical role in ensuring that Queen’s University Belfast achieves the vision set out in the Strategic Plan of the University. The Head of School is instrumental in the leadership and management of the School

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide academic and strategic leadership and support in shaping and leading the future direction of the School in contributing to the University Strategy.
  • Contribute as a member of Faculty Executive Board, ensuring that there is effective cross-School and Faculty collaboration in undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programmes; student experience, research and innovation; corporate engagement and internationalisation.
  • Develop (in collaboration with the Faculty PVC) a strategic plan for the School in line with the University’s institutional strategy.
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the School strategy.
  • Be accountable for the School budget, in line with University policies and strategy.
  • Chair the School Management Board (SMB) and other appropriate School Committees.
  • Oversee and encourage faculty development.
  • Be the accountable line manager of all staff within the School.
  • Build and nurture effective relationships with external partners, whether with businesses, or other institutions interested in the ideas and innovations coming from the School
  • Lead and maintain an environment of excellence which enables education and research to flourish and facilitates and encourages the development of all staff.
  • Enhance undergraduate, postgraduate and executive student recruitment from within and outside the region, across the UK, as well as internationally
  • Enhance the student experience and address the challenges presented by the changing student market
  • Contribute to the setting and monitoring of targets for the School and establishing benchmarks against our comparator Universities. Provide academic leadership for the development of the research and education portfolio of the School and related activities (e.g. impact).
  • Manage and monitor the progress of the School against agreed key performance indicators.
  • Be responsible and accountable for all operations within the School, ensuring the effective management of all aspects devolved to Schools, e.g. academic, finance, personnel, health and safety, etc.
  • Be accountable for budgets allocated to the School through the budgetary framework.
  • Manage the workload of academic staff to ensure that all staff can deliver, in the most effective way, the required contribution to the School’s research, education, internationalisation and other objectives.
  • Develop and promote interdisciplinary activities with other Schools and units in line with University strategy and objectives.
  • Develop and promote links and activities with external stakeholders, in particular, the Northern Ireland legal profession and relevant political and social community organisations.
  • Promote appropriate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies.

The Person

The successful candidate must meet the relevant criteria for a chair appointment at Queen’s University Belfast and be committed to playing a leadership role in the delivery of Strategy 2030.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following skills, abilities, personal motivation and experience:

  • A leader with credibility within the academic community and a proven track record of leading and delivering a strategic vision;
    • credibility within the academic community will be evidenced by an international academic standing in a discipline relevant to the School with a sustained high-quality publication record, levels of grant income appropriate to the discipline and PhD supervision.
    • a proven track record of leading and delivering a strategic vision will be evidenced by business growth, quantifiable outcomes and clear evidence of measurable deliverables;
  • A proven track record of the successful management of financial and human resources in a relevant academic unit, including large scale projects.
  • Demonstrable experience in, and a passion for, delivering high quality research and teaching, with experience of accountable performance management.
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully delivering initiatives - effectively overcoming resistance and barriers and managing a range of resources – eg budget , people and facilities
  • Strong stakeholder management ability evidenced through effective networking and influencing with people and organisations at all levels
  • Experience with managing budgets and effectively addressing risks
  • A creative, innovative thinker with an eye to the future, including being a leader in digitisation in teaching.
    Advanced interpersonal and communication skills to build and maintain excellent internal and external relationships and ability to negotiate and influence others
  • Experience as an effective team builder and of successfully leading change in a relevant academic unit.
    A strong advocate for higher education with the ability to build productive relationships locally, nationally and internationally.
  • An understanding of national policy frameworks such as the Quality Assurance Higher Education Review Process and Research Excellence Framework and how they impact University and School strategy and operation.
  • Integrity, creativity and personal resilience.
  • A commitment to equality of opportunity for students and staff and the development of Queen’s as a pluralist institution.
  • A demonstrated commitment to quality of education, faculty support, and faculty development.
  • A demonstrated commitment to cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • A vision for growth of the school.