Head of Law School

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 13 Oct 2022

Head of Law School - Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

In August 2022, as a result of the University of Exeter’s re-structure, the Law School became part of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. This organisational change aims at improving interdisciplinary collaboration between various disciplines in these fields, whilst providing departments with more autonomy. Simultaneously, the new research strategy of the University of Exeter emphasises the key relevance of the theme of Social Justice, where the Law School could provide core contribution and leadership.

About the role

We are seeking to appoint a Head of our Law School to lead and develop this important discipline over the next period in the University's growth and development. We are looking to attract a Professor to provide both strategic and operational leadership to build on our existing reputation for research and educational excellence, nationally and internationally. In the recent REF 2021 we have made excellent progress in impact (90% classified as world-leading) and environment (13% classified as world-leading, 88% as internationally excellent), as well as maintained a very good record on outputs (35% classified as world-leading, 33% as internationally excellent). We look to build on this robust base of top quality outputs and impact, supported by external funding, and further ensure innovative, enthusiastic and collaborative research culture. Our Law School has more than 75 academic and research staff and we tend to attract more than 400 students to our undergraduate programmes annually. We currently hold TEF Gold Award and are dedicated to delivering a curriculum that is inclusive, supportive, rigorous, interesting and pedagogically-sound.

About you

As the senior academic in the discipline and sitting on the Faculty Executive Board, you will have previous experience of providing successful leadership and management, be a leading international figure with the ability to attract world-class academics to the University to foster and develop the Law School's existing track record for excellence in research and education. We expect you to promote a sense of collegiality, compassion, ambition, inclusion and a vibrant, positive, professional culture, encouraging productivity, wellbeing, respect and promoting interdisciplinarity and transparency.

Further Information

To view the full brochure with information on the Law School and the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, as well as the full job description for the post, please visit the website of the University of Exeter’s recruitment partner, Society by clicking here

To discuss the post, please contact Mahfuza Haque on mahfuza.haque@society-search.com or 0203 653 0471.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 13th October

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in Exeter on Friday, 9 December 2022.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).  

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City .

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

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