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Head of Department, English

Department of English

Location:  Egham
Salary:  Allowance of £6,000 per annum in addition to normal salary
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Thursday 22 June 2023
Reference:  0523-220-R

Please note: this opportunity is only available to current employees of the University

Full-Time, Fixed-Term (for 36 months).

The College is seeking to appoint a new Head of Department with effect from 15 July 2023. The term of office will be for 3 years.

As Head of Department the post holder will provide academic leadership and management to ensure successful delivery of excellence in research, teaching and learning, student experience and outcomes. As a member of the School Executive the post holder will be expected to work with colleagues to set the academic direction and goals for the School. As Head of Department, the post holder will report directly to the Executive Dean. 

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate excellent leadership and line-management, planning and organisational, budgeting and resource-management skills. A successful academic track record, demonstrated by promotion to Senior Lecturer or equivalent experience, is required for this post, together with experience of leadership, planning and organisation of activities within an academic or similar context.

The latter may be demonstrated through management of a major research grant, leadership of a teaching initiative, or a role within the College or a professional body. Proven experience in successfully managing conflict and resolution of difficult situations is required for this post.

This is a fixed term appointment which will normally be for a period of up to three years with the possibility of renewal. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Giuliana Pieri at

In addition to completing the online application form, please also attach an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement detailing the skills and expertise which you would bring to the role.

For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: 

Please quote the reference: 0523-220

Closing Date:   23:59, 22 June 2023

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

Further details:    Job Description & Person Specification    
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The university has adopted hybrid working for some roles therefore some remote working may be possible for this role.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and encourages applications from all people regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, parental status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or trans status or history. More information on our structures and initiatives around EDI, including information on staff diversity networks, can be found on our Equality and Diversity Intranet page.



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