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Head of School of Law and Social Sciences

  • Locations

    Derby, Derbyshire
  • Salary

    £67,298 – £84,122 with scope for progression up to £96,740
  • Sector

    Leadership & Management, Lecturing
  • Type


With its strong focus on quality, innovation and real-world learning, our College of Business, Law and Social Sciences supports ambition and drives success. Comprising Derby Business School, School of Law and Social Sciences and an effective Executive Education and Enterprise offering, with strong ties to local business and an ambitious, growing international presence, the College delivers a distinctive portfolio of study opportunities enriched by flourishing partnerships with regional, national and global employers.

The School of Law and Social Sciences has embarked on an ambitious plan of growth and has devised a well-informed programme of academic developments, particularly in the areas of Policing, Law and Criminology. As the Head of School, you will lead these strategic initiatives to successful conclusion and implementation. You will be responsible for leading and growing the academic and business development of the School, ensuring that its programmes and academic delivery inspire, have impact and support both the plans of the wider College and the University’s corporate aims.

You’ll work closely with the PVC/Dean, the Deputy Dean and other key stakeholders to develop business plans and ensure that innovative programmes and courses are demand-led and delivered to the needs of students and the market. You’ll also lead and inspire staff to achieve high standards of research outputs, quality and impact.

The salary for this role is £67,298 to £84,122 per annum; for exceptional performers, there is scope for further progression of up to £96,740 per annum. Conferment of a Professorial title will be considered along with this role.


To be successful, you’ll have significant teaching and leadership experience in an HE setting with a good understanding of the HE sector and current issues. You’ll also have experience of building the capacity and capability of staff, including in relation to research, teaching and enterprise. You’ll possess an in-depth understanding of the student experience, employability and academic quality assurance, as well as a successful record of leadership in relation to these matters.

About Us

At Derby, we have worked to build a powerful, regional university that addresses the needs of our students, the region and beyond. Recognised by the Times Higher Education as one of the top 250 young universities in the world, our reputation for delivering excellence in research, knowledge exchange and teaching continues to grow.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield, and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK, investing more than £200 million in facilities over the last 10 years.

We have the same ambitions for our people, and because we specialise in identifying and developing individual potential, you can be confident you’ll receive all the help and encouragement you need to build a rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.

Choose a career at the University of Derby and you’ll be part of an energetic, innovative team dedicated to inspiring learners and making a positive impact in the East Midlands region.


  • Accessible location; Derby is a thriving, multicultural city with easy access from any location within the UK
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Competitive, family-friendly reward packages
  • Opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Discount savings scheme and extensive staff discounts on accredited courses for you or your family to study here at the University
  • Cycle2Work scheme and subsidised travel
  • Vast programme of training courses and secondment opportunities
  • Local recognition scheme

For more information and to apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: Sunday, 16 June 2024.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect everyone who works for us to also share this commitment and to treat people with courtesy and respect.

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