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Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
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Full Time
35 hours per week


Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant, multi-cultural and modern university in the centre of Glasgow, and is placed amongst the top 70 universities globally (THE Impact rankings, 2021).  Our welcoming community of 20,000 students, from more than 100 countries, enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York.  Our University mission - with its commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence - is integral to everything we do.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the highly successful Department of Nursing and Community Health within the School of Health and Life Sciences.  Within a multidisciplinary School, the Department of Nursing and Community Health delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD  programmes/modules in nursing and public health. The department has a strong applied health focus to research activity, as well as educational evaluation research. National Student Survey scores are above the sector average and our commitment to student focused, innovative and flexible learning strategies is supported by state -of- the art facilities, which are accessible and exciting for all our students. We are committed to providing an excellent student experience and promoting the use of technologies to enhance the quality of our educational provision and student experience. 

As Head of Department, you will be the academic and strategic lead with responsibility for managing, supporting and mentoring staff. You will have a Doctoral qualification and track record in research and be able to evidence success in leading and delivering excellence in teaching and learning.  As Head of Department, you will be responsible for the oversight of the student experience and for developing and maintaining a portfolio of programmes with national and international appeal. You will have responsibility for enhancing the external profile of the department, sourcing income generating opportunities and leading research activity.

As a member of the School’s Senior Management Group, you will support the Dean in driving the School’s financial and academic performance in line with the University’s Strategy 2030.

GCU operates a rotational system for its Head of Department roles.  The appointment of HoD would therefore be for a 5 year fixed period. At the end of the 5-year Head of Department role, you would move to the role of Reader/Professor commensurate with experience, with the opportunity to develop further your learning and teaching and the research outputs of the department.  Remuneration would be commensurate with the level of the post.

If you would like to discuss this exciting opportunity, please contact either Professor Anita Simmers (Acting Dean) or Dr Helen Gallagher (Acting Vice Dean)

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.


The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across different disciplines.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

The University also holds the Carer Positive ‘Engaged’ employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

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