Head of the Department of Law
Queen Mary University of London
United Kingdom

Head of the Department of Law

Department: Law
Salary: Off Scale (Grade 8)
Reference: QMUL31373
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 6 March 2023
Closing date: 17 April 2023

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Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading global universities, highly rated for its teaching and learning, research and innovation, and wide-ranging public engagement. We are a Russell Group University, situated in the heart of the East End of London, with a history dating back to 1785 and with staff and students from over 160 countries.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has been key to establishing Queen Mary University of London’s global reputation. Law, Drama, English and History regularly appear in subject rankings of the top 50 universities in the world. Geography, Linguistics, and Drama have each been ranked first in the UK in previous research excellence assessment exercises.

The School of Law has two organisational units: the Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). Established in 1965 the Department has a well-established reputation for innovative work in social policy, doctrine and theory. Key research areas include human rights, state crime, immigration, policing and criminal justice, feminist legal studies, labour law, environmental law and climate justice, practical ethics, private law and social theory. As one of the largest law schools in the UK, it provides high quality teaching to more than 1,000 undergraduate students.

The Role

Queen Mary University of London is seeking to appoint a new Head of Department and Professor of Law to build on the Department’s success and reputation as a key influencer in the critique, development and application of Law. The post holder will have the opportunity to devise and deliver an ambitious strategy to develop the Department’s world class teaching, student experience and research output. The Head of Department will play a leading role in managing key stakeholder relationships and cultivating international networks and partners. The position will start from 1 September 2023 and run for a limited term of 5 years (renewable) alongside a permanent professorial appointment. On completion of the Headship the postholder will then move to as substantive professorial role on an indefinite, full time basis.

The position is based at the Mile End campus. The professorial salary will be competitive and commensurate with the experience and academic standing of the post holder. The Head of Department position attracts an additional responsibility allowance.

About You

Candidates will possess proven academic leadership and management experience and be able to demonstrate strategic vision. The successful candidate will have a significant track record of internationally recognised research in their designated field, and credibility in leading the educational provision and experience for our students.. The appointee will also have the ability to manage and develop effective working relationships with all staff and display a strong commitment to fostering an ambitious and inclusive environment.

Application Procedure

For further information, including a detailed job description and person specification, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies using reference number 6467. For an informal and confidential conversation about the role, please contact Tadhg Waddington at Tadhg.Waddington@perrettlaver.com or +44 (0)20 7340 7369.

The closing date for applications is Monday 17th April 2023.

Interviews are expected to take place on 26th May 2023 and week commencing 29th May 2023.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.. We are committed to building a diverse community and would like our leadership team to reflect this. We therefore welcome applications from the broadest spectrum of backgrounds particularly from people who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic group and women as these groups are underrepresented at this level at Queen Mary.

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