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Academic Director (Doctoral College)

60% FTE, Fixed Term Contract for 36 months

We are seeking to appoint an Academic Director (Doctoral College), to provide leadership for key institutional education and employability priorities in support of the overall strategic direction provided by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) – Professor Chris Hughes – and our education strategy.


You will provide strategic academic leadership on all Postgraduate Research Student matters at the University of Warwick and across all Faculties – from recruitment to graduation and beyond. These strategic tasks include enabling the growth in PGR student numbers, enhancing the quality of research degrees programmes; improving institutional reputation in the sector; and facilitating broader PGR experience and successful outcomes.

Reporting to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), and as a member of the Education Executive and Education Committee, the Academic Director will be based within the Doctoral College and will act as Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies. They will work closely with all senior office holders, and academic and support departments with a stake in the PGR student experience.

You will have relevant experience of leadership and management activities within the University or elsewhere; and knowledge and engagement with postgraduate research provision across faculty, University and, where relevant, externally. You will have highly effective interpersonal and influencing skills, and an ability to assume and maintain a high profile within the University and beyond.

The new Academic Director will be appointed for a period of 3 years in the first instance at 0.6 FTE. The post holder will thus devote the rest of time to personal academic work in research and/or teaching at the highest level.

Along with your application form you should submit a copy of your CV supported by a two-page maximum statement outlining your suitability for the role. You should identify two individuals who may be approached for references.

Any queries about the role may be addressed to Professor Chris Hughes and the current postholder Professor Colin Sparrow.


Further details

Further details, including the description and person specification can be found here:

Academic Director (Doctoral College) Role Description and Person Specification

How to apply

Application is by an Expression of Interest of no more than 2 pages of A4 together with an up-to-date short-format CV (full publication lists are not necessary), which should be submitted to Angela Gibson (Senior PA to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)):

E-mail: PVCEducation dot PA at warwick dot ac dot uk

Deadline: Sunday 14 March 2021

Interviews to be held: Wednesday 31 March 2021