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Executive Dean of School of Life Sciences and the Environment

Principal's Office Senior Staff

Location:  Egham
Salary:  Competitive
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 17 February 2023
Reference:  1222-563

Full Time, Permanent 

Royal Holloway is looking to appoint an Executive Dean of School of Life Sciences and the Environment.  As a member of College’s Executive Board, the appointed candidate will provide leadership of a School with significant academic strengths and opportunities. In recent years progress has been made on the launch of the new Department of Health Studies, the engagement with the College wide Catalyst Research Themes, the strong development of the partnership with Royal Botanical Gardens, the repositioning of the education in Earth Sciences, and a range of initiatives underway in all five Departments.  Building on the outstanding research, external partnerships, student experience and commitment to diversity already in place, the Executive Dean will facilitate cooperation and interdisciplinary working, particularly noting the academic strengths of the School are drawn from Science, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The successful candidate will have a prominent role in institutional decision-making as a member of the university’s College Executive. 

Candidates should bring experience of effective strategic leadership in an academic role, such as Head of Department or a School or College leadership role, and will have made a tangible impact in post.  A track record of research leadership, student engagement and a passion for supporting a transformational student experience is essential.  They will be comfortable providing leadership in both academic and professional service contexts. The post works in close cooperation with the School Manager and her team.

The Executive Dean of School of Life Sciences and the Environment is an open ended appointment.

For more information about the role please contact Professor Ken Badcock (

Please quote the reference: 1222-563

Closing Date:   23:59, 17 February 2023

Interview Date: 20th March and 5th April 2023

Further details:    Candidate Pack    
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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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