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Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
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Interviews for this opportunity will take place w/c 24th October 2022

Glasgow Caledonian University - the University for the Common Good - is a vibrant, values-led, multi-cultural University with a global outlook, dedicated to delivering social innovation. Our organisational strategy is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and our globally recognised researchers advise governments, industry and international bodies. We’re ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for promoting gender equality, 69th globally for social impact, and the top modern university in Scotland for research power. In 2020-21, we contributed £1.7 billion and more than 14,000 jobs across the globe.

GCU is committed to widening participation, delivering positive outcomes for our students, and we’re Scotland’s leading provider of Graduate Apprenticeships. With campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, we have transnational partnerships around the world, supporting more than 22,000 students. Guided by our inspirational Chancellor, Dr Annie Lennox OBE, and our values – integrity, responsibility, creativity and confidence - we transform the lives of the people and communities we serve.

The Research Centre for Health (ReaCH) in the School of Health & Life Sciences has an international reputation for delivering high impact research. In the recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (2021) 91% of GCU’s health related research has been formally classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. Moreover, the impact of GCU’s applied health research was classified as ‘outstanding’ and surpassed by only one other UK institution. The University's outstanding record for delivering impact for the common good against the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals was also highlighted in the recent THE Global Impact Rankings with GCU 1st in Scotland for SDG3, good health and wellbeing.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead the Department of Occupational Therapy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics within the School of Health and Life Sciences.  Within a multidisciplinary School, the Department of Occupational Therapy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics contributes to the university’s core research excellence, fostered via Research Centre for Health (ReaCH) and  delivers three highly successful programmes: BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics and BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy as well as the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration). The department has a strong applied health focus to research activity, as well as educational evaluation research. 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. 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.  Working in partnership with staff, students and external stakeholders, the School of Health and Life Sciences has created a unifying vision designed to meet the 2030 University Strategy, embedding excellence, engagement and energy into every aspect of school life. Our learning, teaching, research, and community engagement is informed by our commitment to the Common Good.

As Head of Department, you will be the academic and strategic lead with responsibility for managing, supporting and mentoring staff.  The successful candidate 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 with clear focus on fostering output for the next REF exercise.  Alignment of your area of expertise with the current ReaCH research themes of public health or long-term conditions and related to one of our existing research groups  is essential.

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, however a substantive contract will be offered at a Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor level, subject to skills and experience. At the end of the 5-year Head of Department role, you would move entirely to this substantive role, 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 (Dean) or Professor Helen Gallagher (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.