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Head of Department


Location:  Ormskirk
Salary:  Competitive Salary
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Monday 13 February 2023
Reference:  EHM0150-0123

We’re here to create and harness knowledge, to deliver opportunity for everyone. 

About the Role

The Department of Biology at Edge Hill is a decade old, and in that time, it has made very impressive progress in terms of teaching innovation, research excellence and the development of international profile. We are now looking for a leader who will take the department on the next steps of its journey. The University is currently investing in a new Life Sciences building which will open at the end of 2023, having attracted £5.8m from the Office for Students. Edge Hill University is an ambitious institution, based on an attractive, award-winning 160-acre campus in Lancashire, close to Liverpool and Manchester.

As Head of Department in Biology, you will push forward priorities for research, for teaching excellence and for knowledge exchange. By providing visionary leadership and well-honed emotional intelligence, you will assist in the further development of a culture of high performance and will provide leadership, vision, and direction to staff within the department.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy, you may wish to contact: George Talbot, Pro-Vice Chancellor,

About You

The post will require an individual of exceptional academic stature, with the ability to integrate research and teaching, and with demonstrable experience of close collaborative working with other academics and professionals, evidenced through direct work experience or joint working on knowledge exchange projects and funded research.

You will be an enthusiastic and friendly professional with excellent communication and interpersonal skills coupled with a commitment to providing an excellent student experience. You will have an established track record of publications, academic leadership, and engagement with a range of external partners. You will be expected to make a major contribution to developing the external profile of the department and in supporting a group of talented staff in all aspects of academic performance.

You will have excellent teaching and student support skills and a commitment to ensuring that the undergraduate and postgraduate provision retains and extends market share. To be successful you will further enrich our student’s experience through your expertise and subject knowledge as evidenced through your qualifications and extensive experience of professional practice.

As Head of Department for Biology, you will:

  • Display an aptitude for building and leading teams
  • Have a proven capacity to translate strategy into action
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the HE landscape

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.

Rewards & Benefits

  • A minimum of 48 days annual leave per annum, pro rata (inclusive of bank holiday and University closure days) 
  • Access to a range of CPD to support your career development, with three defined pathways for progression.
  • Automatic enrolment into the Teacher’s Pension Scheme with our employer contribution of 23.68%
  • Discounted membership to our onsite state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities
  • Beautiful award-winning on-campus working environment
  • Staff benefits scheme, which provides you with discounts across the high street, supermarket shopping, cinema tickets, dining out and more

About Us

At Edge Hill University we believe in the life changing opportunities knowledge can create. Since 1885, we’ve been creating access to knowledge for those who may not have had the opportunity to before. 

Today, the effect we have has a far-reaching impact, not just for those who come to study here but for those who work, invest in, and live in our local communities too. So, if you’ve ever wondered if one person can make a difference, simply speak to our alumni, students, and award-winning staff.

Because for us education isn’t about how much you take in. It’s about what you take out into the world. 

Inspiring minds and changing futures since 1885, Edge Hill University is “A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education.

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