Head of School

Keele, Staffordshire, Shropshire
Competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment
09 Jan 2019
18 Feb 2019
Contract Type

Harper and Keele Veterinary School

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment

The Harper and Keele Veterinary School is seeking to appoint an outstanding leader to the position of Head of School. A unique partnership between two outstanding universities, the Harper and Keele Veterinary School brings together two distinctive institutions with a track record of excellence in teaching and student experience, to provide an exciting new opportunity for veterinary students to train within rural Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Pooling the ambitions, experience and resources of both universities, the Harper and Keele Veterinary School will represent a unique and significant step forward in the provision of veterinary medicine in the UK. We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of Harper and Keele Veterinary School students in 2020.

Together Keele and Harper Adams universities have 186 years of heritage in the animal and human health areas. Both institutions are recognised for their strengths in employability, student satisfaction and first class teaching and have a shared commitment to research in food security and sustainability. Set on a 635 hectare farm in Shropshire, Harper Adams University has a long pedigree in agriculture and animal sciences, supported by first class animal facilities; veterinary nursing and veterinary physiotherapy. Keele University in nearby Staffordshire is a broad-based research intensive university with sustained excellence in life sciences as well as home to a highly successful medical school, frequently ranked among the UK’s top ten. The joint veterinary school will provide students with the opportunity to take advantage of both institutions with a common commitment to excellence and complementary skills.

You will be an outstanding leader, and will play a pivotal role in the establishment and strategic development of the joint Vet School. You will have a track record of success and leadership with a national or international reputation for excellence in veterinary education and/or clinical leadership. You will be creative, imaginative and inspiring in your vision for the Veterinary School and for what it can achieve in delivering vets for the future.

You will be jointly appointed by both institutions and be responsible for all aspects of educational leadership and management of the School. You will lead the development of the newly established school, working between two campus environments and implementing the curriculum in preparation for the first cohort of undergraduates due to arrive in September 2020.  As the founding Head of School, you will have the rare chance to shape the strategic direction of a new veterinary school in the UK, as well as being responsible for ensuring successful accreditation of the Veterinary degree programme by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). 

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made to:

Professor Jonathan Wastling, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Natural Sciences, Keele University (j.wastling@keele.ac.uk), or Professor Peter Mills, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Harper Adams (petermills@harper-adams.ac.uk).

For further details on the role and how to apply, please click the Apply button and contact Dr Urvashi Ramphul at Urvashi.ramphul@perrettlaver.com, quoting reference number 3977. 

Closing date for applications: 12 noon (GMT) on 18 February 2019.

Harper Adams University and Keele University both value diversity, and are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity, and to proper and fair representation across its senior decision making groups. In support of these commitments, the University particularly welcomes expressions of interest and applications from women and from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, for this post.

Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity.