Head of Department, Law and Social Science

Middlesex University


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Faculty of Business & Law
Company:  Middlesex University
Location:  Hendon
Starting Salary: 
Competitive Salary
Grade:  Senior Staff
Contract Type:  Permanent
FTE:  1
Date Posted:  Monday 18 September 2023
Closing Date:  Wednesday 18 October 2023
Reference:  BAL3

Middlesex University is an ambitious and progressive institution committed to empowering students and providing them with an educational experience that sets them up for success in life and work as we embark upon our 2031 University Strategy. 

Our triple intensity approach is focussed around Education, Research & Knowledge Exchange and Engagement. Based in North London and building on a proud history, our vision is to be a truly 21st century Global University. The University has over 38,000 students studying in London and at campuses in Dubai and Mauritius and over 274,000 alumni. The University’s diversity of experience and vibrancy are signature strengths that underpin all we do. 

We are now seeking to appoint an ambitious and innovative academic leader for our Department of Law and Social Science within the Faculty of Business and Law. This is a large and vibrant academic department encompassing learning, teaching, research and knowledge transfer in the core LLB subject areas as well as disciplines of human rights law, commercial law, international law, employment rights, international relations, geopolitics, global governance and sustainable development. The School also includes our Centre for Policing. 

The Law and Social Science department combines the previous two law departments in the Faculty following a restructure in September 2023 and is now the sole department in the School of Law. With approximately 50 academic staff and over 800 students the School of Law offers an exceptional range of programmes with strength in the recent NSS. In REF21 50% of our impact was assessed at 4* and the two Units of Assessment submitted continued to show good levels of the highest quality 3* and 4* research with an increase in the overall proportion of 4* rated output. 

The new Head of Department will form part of an ambitious Senior Leadership team driven to implement and realise the emerging vision of the Department and Faculty to ensure we deliver our ambitions around the triple intensity holistic strategy. The postholder will work with three other Heads of Department in the Faculty, two Deputy Deans, a Faculty Manager and the Dean to provide leadership and management in shaping the future of the Faculty. 

This is an exciting time to be joining Middlesex with a strong leadership, clarity of focus and a determination to deliver positive change across the University. The Faculty of Business and Law is well placed with an excellent REF21 profile, a refreshing suite of programmes, significant industry connections and a dedicated team of staff. 

The appointment will be at Associate Professor/ Professor level, depending on experience with the Head of Department position being initially for three years with a view to extend for a further three years. Following this the successful candidate will revert to the substantive post of Associate Professor/ Professor.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate strong evidence of vision, innovation, leadership and managing academic staff in addition to a commitment to fostering and developing a collegial and collaborative academic environment within a department/ school that encourages academic staff to flourish.

Interviews will take place on Monday 30th of October and/or Monday 6th of November

If you wish to discuss the job in further detail please contact: Professor Martin Broad, Interim Academic Dean Business & Law; email: [email protected] 

We value diversity and strive to create a fairer, more equitable work environment for our staff and students.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff diversity networks, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

Middlesex is home to a diverse community of professionals. We are a bronze award holder of the Athena Swan Charter, a member of the Race Equality Charter, a Stonewall Top 100 employer and Gold award holder in 2023, and a Disability Confident Leader. We are committed to improving employment opportunities for underrepresented groups.

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