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Head of School of Computer Science

Technology - School of Computer Science

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  Competitive Salary
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Thursday 08 December 2022
Reference:  CS22HOS

The University of Sunderland is a university on the rise. With ranking positions across The Guardian, Sunday Times and Complete University Guide league tables improving year on year, and a doubling of submissions rated as ‘World Leading’ in the latest Research Exercise Framework, the University of Sunderland fosters a dynamic environment of ambition and achievement for students, faculty, and staff. Last year it was shortlisted for the ‘University of the Year’ award in recognition of the outstanding work of its staff and students in furthering its ambition to be a transformative, life-changing institution.

The University of Sunderland is a prominent anchor institution in the Northeast with close ties to the city of Sunderland. The City itself has undergone a multi-million-pound regeneration which has attracted further millions of pounds of investment and new talent to the region, bolstering a thriving digital SME economy. The city of Sunderland is building towards a sustainable future and by 2030 it has plans to be an established dynamic, healthy and vibrant smart city with a low-carbon economy that deploys smart and sustainable technologies for the benefit of residents, businesses, and visitors. With a selection of good schools, an affordable housing market, and easy access to both stunning coastline and beautiful countryside, Sunderland is an idyllic part of the UK for academics at any stage of their career to further their personal and professional goals.

As part of a University-wide programme of development, and a £4.5 million investment into the Faculty of Technology, the School of Computer Science is now undergoing a period strategic strengthening to capitalise on its robust student recruitment numbers, recently reviewed programme, and opportunities to further its research, teaching, and knowledge exchange portfolios across its provision. To lead on this development, we are seeking a new Head of School who has the vision to leverage the School’s advantages and strengths into strategic priorities that serve our students, partners, and academic ambitions.

The Head of School is a key leadership position within the University, with devolved responsibility for defining and implementing the operational and strategic aims of the School within the overarching University framework. The Head works closely with the Dean of Faculty and other Heads to ensure an efficient, joined up approach to achieving ambitious targets and supporting with cross-Faculty leadership and management responsibilities.

Strong candidates for the role will demonstrate a track record of management and leadership experience with expertise in fostering a research informed, student focused environment. Applications are welcome from those who are keen to play an active role in the continued development of an outstanding School, and an exceptional, life-changing University.

How to Apply

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact our search advisors, Alex Albone, at Berwick Partners (an Odgers Berndtson company) via, or Elizabeth James via 

Further information, candidate brochure and instructions on how to apply can be found at  

Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae detailing relevant qualifications and experience, full employment history and achievements. CVs should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefing how you feel you meet the criteria outlined in the Job Specification, your achievements, why the appointment is of interest, and what you’d like to achieve in the role.

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Relocation Assistance is available for eligible candidates. To find out more see our Staff Relocation Assistance Policy and Procedure.

The University of Sunderland is proud to be an equal opportunities employer, treating all applicants equally and ensuring recruitment is based on merit. However we particularly welcome applications from the following groups as they are underrepresented within the University of Sunderland at this level/in this area: Women, LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as well as candidates with disabilities, whether hidden or otherwise. In addition, we are ‘happy to talk flexible working’

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