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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£69,285.00 - £95,266.00 per year
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Job Summary

RGU is innovative, inclusive and thoroughly focused on demand-led teaching and research, with an array of current awards, including the Times and Sunday Times “Scottish University of the Year” for 2021. ​ After separating from Aberdeen Business School in 2016, our Law School is a young institution embarking on a journey to become recognised, in time, as a major player in the Scottish legal education market.

Consequently, we are now seeking a gifted individual who combines exceptional leadership skills with a genuinely visionary, transformational approach to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. While the challenges are great, the opportunities are even greater and for the right person, this is a career-defining role.

With the support and commitment of the university’s Senior Management Team, you’ll be responsible not just for the leadership of the Law School's academic and student communities, but also for articulating your vision for our future success. A first-class networker, you’ll become a recognised ambassador for the School, both nationally and internationally, by building on our existing base to develop creative yet pragmatic initiatives and, ultimately, produce the results that make the legal profession sit up and take notice. ​

Ideally, you’ll have relevant senior academic experience, with particular knowledge of curriculum development and the eco-system of research culture, but, above all, it will be your leadership qualities that make the crucial difference. This is your chance to transform our School - and your career.

Our Recruitment microsite offers more details on the post, the Law School, the university and how to apply: 

If you’d like to discuss the post, please contact our recruitment partner, Kiersten Avery at Dixon Walter on 07881 344 559.


Job Description


Maintaining, valuing and celebrating a culture of authenticity, approachability, collaboration, innovation, ambition and respectfulness.

providing visible leadership and focus for the future development of the School within the context of existing and future University strategic plans.

ensuring that the University’s ambitions to provide excellent professional education and a high-quality student experience in partnership with students are fully articulated in School plans and effectively delivered so as to extend the reach and relevance of learners’ opportunities to gain employment and thrive in their professional career.

Developing the research profile of the school within a thematic structure encompassing the subject specialisms of the School.

liaising closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure that appropriate undergraduate, post-graduate and CPD courses are provided to meet the requirements of the external marketplace.

advising on and co-ordinating the deployment of resources across the School, to delegate as appropriate and to supervise and monitor their subsequent use, ensuring that it is educationally and economically most effective.

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.

managing and overseeing the future development of curriculum, courses, and scholarship.


shaping and implementing the academic programme of the School as approved by the Academic Council within the School Plan and subsequent changes, from time to time. overseeing the academic work of the School including the annual appraisal and the periodic review of courses including preparing for and leading the Institutional Lead Subject Review.

co-ordinating the work of the School with that of other Schools within the University.

overseeing the arrangements for the admission of students, provision of classes and assessment of students.

keeping records of the work of the School including the performance of students and the utilisation of resources.

fostering a culture of staff engagement, empowerment and community.

attracting and nurture talent and provide opportunities for development and progression.

treating individuals equitably, fairly and with respect.

maintaining staff and student discipline within the School.

appraising staff performance.

promoting employee wellbeing.

encouraging and promoting staff research and scholarly activities.

liaising with key stakeholders and schools, including the preparation of publicity material.

undertaking teaching and research as appropriate.

preparing estimates of resources required and contributing to the annual planning and budgeting round.

deploying available resources in the way that is educationally and economically most effective, and in accordance with the University’s health & safety policies.

monitoring the arrangements for the maintenance of equipment, furnishings and facilities available to the School.

timeously preparing and submitting factual information about the work of the School required by senior management for internal use, or to meet the requirements of external authorities including regulatory and professional bodies.

participating in the committee work of the University.

Developing and implementing a health and safety plan for the School such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.


Person Specification

An inspirational academic leader with a vision for the School to be a leading provider of graduates valued by employers.

A passion and personal commitment to the advancement of Law as a profession and a high professional profile at the national level .

An ability to set the context and strategic direction that will transform and enable the School to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

A senior academic within their organisation with significant experience of law education with a passion to create a modern, innovative, learning environment.

A clear commitment to the values of Higher Education and specifically to the vision, mission and priorities of the university.

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 the research agenda.

Strong understanding and experience of Commonwealth legal systems



Experience of Legal Practice



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

LEADING CHANGE - Embraces, champions and implements change

SELF MANAGEMENT - Is emotionally intelligent, continually develops and is resilient RELATIONSHIP BUILDER - Develops relationships, communicates effectively and is inclusive

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT - Sets standards, builds capability and manages performance

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


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