Head of Academic Leadership Development


8th December 2022

About the Role

Are you an established leader with a proven track record of designing and delivering successful academic leadership development programmes in higher education? Are you looking for a new and exciting role where you can help us to build strategic academic leadership capacity at Queen Mary?

In this new and exciting role, you will be responsible for the successful design and delivery of a new comprehensive academic leadership programme. This new programme will develop strategic academic leadership capacity to deliver our ambitious 2030 Strategy through our key areas of education and research.

Working proactively, you will identify institutional and individual needs and commission a range of external providers, alongside individuals with expertise from across the institution, to contribute to the programme.

We are looking for someone who can rapidly build credibility and maintain strong working relationships with a range of senior stakeholders. You will also establish effective working partnerships with colleagues across Academic Schools and Institutes and with Professional Services.

This is an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate to have real impact at Queen Mary, playing a key role in helping our academic leaders to deliver Queen Mary’s ambitious strategic objectives.


About You

We are looking some someone with a significant and current understanding of academic leadership in higher education. You will have significant experience in designing and delivering successful academic leadership development programmes working with senior leaders to deliver institutional strategic priorities.

Your ability to influence and build positive working relationships will be key in launching this new programme. You will also have significant experience of coaching senior leaders in both educational and research contexts.


About the Academy

The Queen Mary Academy is a flagship department at Queen Mary. It provides academic practice development for academic staff, teaching staff, research staff, and research students. Guided by the university’s 2030 Strategy and associated enabling plans, the Academy delivers development programmes that enable the delivery of an inclusive educational environment where students and staff flourish and reach their true potential. The Academy offers a comprehensive academic practice development portfolio for staff and research students at all stages of their careers, from teaching assistants through to the professoriate. Located within the Office of the Principal, the Queen Mary Academy reports to the Vice-Principal (Education) and has a dotted-line report to the Vice-Principal (Research) to ensure strategic alignment in our approach. The Academy also works closely with academic, doctoral college, research services, academy registry and council secretariat, and professional development colleagues.


About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.



We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based in our office at Dept W in Stepney Green, London E1. It is a full time, permanent appointment. The starting salary will be Grade 7, in the range of £58,949 – £65,823 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Women, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups as this group is underrepresented at this level at Queen Mary.

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.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Janet De Wilde janet.dewilde@qmul.ac.uk.

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To learn more about the position please read the Job Profile.


The closing date for applications is 08th December 2022.

Interviews are expected to be held on 21st December 2022.