Head of School

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 25 institutions of Higher Education and provides exceptional research, teaching, and living environments. The School of Engineering reflects the University’s principal characteristics, with a cosmopolitan academic staff numbering over 125, and with a body of ca. 1,700 undergraduate, 180 taught postgraduate and 480 postgraduate research students from all over the world. The School’s vision is to advance and transmit the knowledge base of engineering to meet society’s aspirations, creating solutions to global problems. We carry out internationally excellent teaching and research, attract high-calibre students, maintain a high intensity of research, with research awards in excess of £20M pa, and have a strong track record in producing technology spin outs and developing industry links that enable our graduates to build enduring professional relationships.

The University now seeks to appoint a Head of School to succeed Prof. Hugh McCann FREng FRSE, from August 2018. Candidates will demonstrate leadership and management of the highest calibre, strong research credentials and a commitment to maximising the quality and effectiveness of engineering education. Candidates will demonstrate excellent international and ambassadorial qualities and a record of developing and strengthening relationships with industry and peer institutions, as well as the ability to lead and manage a large and growing team of academic and professional services support staff.

The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN bronze award. The culture of the School and the University is open and diverse and we are committed to reflecting that in our appointment process.

Duration of Contract: Five years as Head of School which may be renewable, and an open-ended Professorial post in the School.

For an informal discussion, contact Prof. Dave Robertson, Head of College of Science and Engineering, Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 2709; D.Robertson@ed.ac.uk.

Closing date: 12 noon GMT on Monday December 4th

Interviews will be held on Tuesday February 13th, 2018

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Closing Date: 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Contact Name: 

Ms Lynette Hothi

Contact Email: 

Contact Telephone: 

+ 44 (0)131 650 7357