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Head of Cultural Services

Library Services

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £44,283 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 13 February 2022
Reference:  0122-009

Permanent, Full Time

Starting Salary is £44,283 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. *

*This is the expected starting salary for this post however appointment at a higher point may be made for candidates who demonstrate exceptional skills and experience relevant to the role.

Applications are invited for the post of Head of Cultural Services in the Library, Learning Support and Culture division (LLSC) of the Student and Academic Services Directorate. This exciting and key role will be responsible for our nationally significant art, archives and special collections, and for delivering our campus exhibitions programme. The post-holder will be based predominantly in the iconic Emily Wilding Davison Building (opened in 2017) at the heart of campus, which is home to our state-of-the-art exhibition space, art store, and archive. Our permanent exhibition of renowned Victorian Art is located nearby in the Picture Gallery of the iconic Founder’s Building.

You will join Royal Holloway at a particularly exciting time as we embark on the development and implementation of a new University strategy, and embed a programme of transformational change across the institution. In this context, you will have a strong vision of how our art, exhibitions, archives and special collections can contribute to our mission. A collaborative approach is also essential to delivering innovation and continuously improving the student, staff and researcher experience.

Reporting directly to the Director of Library, Learning Support and Culture, you will be an experienced museum/gallery professional, capable of developing, managing and preserving nationally significant heritage collections to recognised standards. You will be able to deliver high-quality physical and digital services to a diverse range of users, including through collections-based teaching, and broader student experience opportunities. You will be an effective communicator and networker able to build and maintain relationships across the College at all levels, as well as with a wide range of external partners. 

Early priorities in the role will include consolidating a newly formed Cultural Services team, and developing and delivering strategically aligned opportunities for diverse audiences to engage with our heritage collections and exhibitions.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package, including generous annual leave and training and development opportunities.  The post is based in Egham, Surrey within commuting distance of London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Christopher Cipkin, Director of Library, Learning Support and Culture at

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0122-009

Closing Date:  23:59pm, 13 February 2022

Interview Date: 3 March 2022

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. 

As part of our commitment, we will be undertaking anonymised shortlisting for this post. Resumes/CVs and personal statements which may compromise this process will not be reviewed.

Further details:    Job Description & Person Specification    
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Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.



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