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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£70,324 - £96,695 per year
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35 hours per week
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Job Summary

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is an innovative, inclusive, professionally focused University that has a positive impact on those we serve, and we recognise and celebrate the values of curiosity, authenticity, approachability, collaboration, ambition, respectfulness and equality. Our mission is to transform people and communities by providing excellent teaching, research and enterprise opportunities to contribute to economic, social and cultural development and environmental sustainability.

The Guardian University Guide (2022) ranked us as the top modern Scottish University for: Mechanical Engineering; Graduate Prospects in Mechanical Engineering; and Graduate Prospects in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2022) ranked us as the top modern Scottish University for: Electrical and Electronic Engineering; and Course Satisfaction in Electrical Engineering. NSS places us 3rd in Scotland and 10th across the UK for student satisfaction and we are leading in the UK for student employability. Research at the University is addressing some of the big societal challenges and is focused around 4 interdisciplinary themes: Environment, Energy and Sustainability; Health and Wellbeing; Living in a Digital World; and Inclusive and Creative Societies.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, almost 70% of the University’s outputs were assessed as internationally excellent of world leading. The staff of RGU are our greatest asset and they are at the core of our significant achievements. We all express satisfaction at our work and as a community we work in partnership with our students to make RGU the best it can be.

RGU is now seeking to appoint an effective and inclusive leader as Dean of Engineering who will continue the transformation of a multi-disciplinary school with approx. 68 staff, and circa 938 undergraduate, postgraduate, and research students (which includes 60 PhD students) and will manage a budget of £7.3m.  

The successful candidate will set the context and strategic direction that will enhance the School’s way of working, achieve its ambitions and optimise its profile. Priorities will include: ensuring that the School is orientated to addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with the energy transition; increasing student recruitment and satisfaction; developing an innovative research led, contemporary and sustainable teaching portfolio; championing and growing areas of research strength; and extending the reputational reach of the School. They will maintain and enhance the cohesive and collaborative culture, that exists across Engineering that defines the School’s spirit of community whilst working closely with other schools to ensure that the advantages of working in a interdisciplinary professionally focussed University are optimised.

The appointee will be a key member of the University Management Group, and will have the opportunity to contribute to cross-institutional projects.

We have appointed Executive Search Consultants, Gatenby Sanderson, to manage the recruitment for this post. For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact:

Ross Highfield: 0121 644 5712

Hilda Gjika:  

Or to apply, visit: by the closing date of Thursday 15th September, 12 noon.

Relocation Assistance, subject to requirements will be available for this post.

Job Description


The Dean of Engineering, as member of the Senior Management Group, is expected to align the School with the University Strategy and our purpose to be an innovative, inclusive, impactful, professionally-focused university and to deliver on the University mission of transforming people and communities by providing teaching and research relevant to to economic, social and cultural development regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Dean of Engineering is directly responsible to the Vice Principal - Research and Community Engagement for:
Providing strong academic leadership, clear vision and continuous enhancement in accordance with the policies and procedures laid down from time to time by the Board of Governors, the Academic Council, and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor.  
Ensuring the efficient organisation of the work of the School and enhancing its reputation and that of the University
Promoting and encouraging enhancement of the School and advancing the body of knowledge the School embraces 
Ensuring that the values of the University are enacted in their leadership

•    Maintaining, valuing and celebrating a culture of authenticity, approachability, collaboration, innovation, ambition and respectfulness across the school
•    Providing visible leadership and focus for the future development of the School within the context of existing and future University strategic plans
•    Ensuring a co created high-quality student experience that optimises the outcomes for all students professionally and personally
•    Developing inclusively the research profile, capacity and capability of the school within a thematic structure that encompasses the subject specialisms of the School and aligns with the University’s interdisciplinary thematic priorities (Environment, Energy and Sustainability, Health & Wellbeing, Living in a  Digital World, and Inclusive and Creative Societies). 
•    Liaising closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the academic portfolio of the school is appropriate and relevant for the learner and their future
•    Ensuring that the staff, physical and financial resource of the school is managed effectively 
•    Expanding the range and depth of partnerships by networking, collaborating and partnering internally with other Schools and support areas and externally with employers and other relevant organisations, professional bodies, private and third/voluntary sectors to promote the interests of the School and the University
•    The professional development of the staff working within the school
•    Leading and co ordinating a continuous process of enhancement. 

Person Specification

We would expect that candidates would closely fit the following profile:

•    An inspirational, experienced and inclusive leader with a vision for the School to be a leading provider of Engineering research and education in the sector
•    A passionate and personal commitment to the advancement of Engineering as a professional discipline
•    High professional profile at national level
•    An ability to set the context and strategic direction that will transform and enable the School to meet current and future challenges
•    A senior leader within their organisation with significant experience of education and research and a passion to create a contemporary, innovative, and inclusive learning environment  
•    A clear commitment to the values of Higher Education and specifically to the vision, mission and priorities of the university
•    A demonstrable commitment to collaborative working, and a strong advocate of interdisciplinarity
•    An appropriate professional qualification(s) with evidence of relevant continuous professional development
•    Strong profile of partnership and collaborative working across disciplines and sectors
•    An ability to act in a leadership capacity as a research enabler, with a strong awareness of  research opportunities 





- Develops and communicates the strategy; aligns people and resources with the strategy  


- Embraces, champions and implements change


- Is emotionally intelligent, continually develops and is resilient


- Develops relationships, communicates effectively and is inclusive


- Sets standards, builds capability and manages performance


- Drives for excellence, identifies outcomes and targets and manages resources to deliver