Director of the Plymouth Institute of Education - University of Plymouth, Arts, Humanities and Business Faculty - Senior Manager Scale Salary

The University of Plymouth is seeking to appoint a Director of Plymouth Institute of Education (PIoE) to provide bold and strategic leadership to the School, reporting to the Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Business. One of three Faculties within the University, the Faculty brings together a community of thinkers and practitioners across five areas: the School of Art, Design and Architecture, the School of Humanities and Performing Arts, Plymouth Institute of Education, Plymouth Business School and the School of Law, Criminology and Government. It is ambitious for itself and its students, striving for excellence across its Education, Research and Knowledge Exchange activities.


PIoE has been educating teachers since 1946. Undergraduate courses offer many opportunities for work-based learning, and encourage postgraduate study in a range of educational and health settings. Over 90% of our BEd graduates go straight into employment after they have graduated. By studying with us, our students embark on what could be the first steps of a ‘learning journey’ within Higher Education, leading them on to postgraduate study on a PGCE (Primary or Secondary specialisms), masters degree and in time, a professional doctorate at postgraduate level (EdD Education) or PhD.


The Director role is primarily responsible for formulating and operationalising academic strategy, ensuring appropriate plans and resources are in place for their delivery. A truly exciting time to lead the Institute of Education, building on its existing strengths and developing new and innovative ways of taking the School forward.


Approachable and visible, the Director role brings engaging leadership amidst a context of rapid change within the University and HE sector as a whole. You will need to be adept at direction setting, delegation and engaging staff in their part in delivering results for the sustainable success of the Institute, Faculty and University.


You will already be a consummate professor in your field, who is now seeking an opportunity to build on the School’s success to date and develop it for the future. You will bring with you a collaborative management style, with the ability to engage staff, peers and students as you work together to deliver results. Your ability to navigate and support others through change will be critical to the success of the Institute.


All activities undertaken within this role will be compliant with the University’s policies, including Health & Safety, Equality and Diversity, Ethics, Data Protection etc.





Interviews are likely to take place on 20th May 2021 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.


We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.


This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week, the role will be for five years initially, with the potential to extend for a further two years, at which point the successful candidate will move to an appropriate substantive post. 


University of Plymouth is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion.  Continued research and teaching activity is assumed in line with the role holder's substantive academic post and as agreed with the Executive Dean upon appointment.


All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnic groups.


University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.


For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners.

Elizabeth James


Tel: 0121 654 5924


Clare Bromley

Principal Researcher

Tel: 0121 654 5915


The deadline for applications is 9am GMT on Monday 22nd March 2021.

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