Academic Subject Leader in Design

Job Description

The University of Gloucestershire is looking to appoint a senior member of staff to lead and develop the dynamic subject community of Design, which is part of the School of Arts. We are looking for an engaging and innovative creative leader to join the subject community to continue the successful development of the portfolio of courses, the TEF and REF agendas, as well as Internationalisation of the Design subject area.

The Design subject portfolio currently comprises of undergraduate courses in Advertising, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design and a postgraduate MDes in Graphic Design, and the successful candidate will be expected to teach into one of these areas.

We have an opportunity for a talented individual with a real flair for leadership, teaching and research to join the team. We are looking for applications from active Design specialists with knowledge and experience of at least one of the constituent subjects within the subject group, or a closely related area of practice or research. A key focus for the University is preparing students for their future careers, developing students as distinctive creative individuals with great design skills and professional knowledge. Our students actively participate in national and international design competitions and are consistently successful in achieving top awards.

Applicants will ideally have recent experience of teaching in Higher Education and have research and development in Design, and be keen to promote exciting learning experiences in the classroom using their industry knowledge and connections. The ability to develop partnerships with industry and FE colleges is a key priority. The appointee will need to have excellent communication skills and demonstrate success when working in a team environment.

Applicants should have skills including research supervision (ideally with two PhD completions) and the ability to deliver teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate level.

This role has a significant leadership profile and the successful candidate will join the School Executive and be required to have a leadership role in the development of the School of Arts in research, recruitment or internationalisation. Additionally, they will be expected to develop the subject community so that it continues to build its portfolio as well as grow in regional, national and international reputation.
Informal enquiries about the position to Angus Pryor, Head of School (Arts), email

Interview Date: Wednesday 10th February 2021

The University understands the benefits of recruiting a diverse range of people and we select the best possible on merit alone. We welcome applications from under-represented sections of the community.

We areproud to be a Disability Confident Leader, guaranteeing to offer an interview to anyone who meets the definition of disability set out in the Equality Act 2010 and who meets all of the essential criteria contained within the person specification.

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