Head of School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
Open University Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
United Kingdom

Head of School, School of Languages and Applied Linguistics





Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)


£77,151 to £90,426


Milton Keynes

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Permanent Contract

Closing Date:

18 June, 2019 - 12:00


Head of School post is offered on a 3 year basis, with potential of extension of further 4 years. Substantive post within the faculty offered alongside this appointment commensurate with experience.


Change your career, change lives


As the Head of School you will exercise responsibility on behalf of the Executive Dean of the Faculty to lead and advise on the strategic development and enhancement of the School’s curriculum, research, teaching and learning, ensuring alignment with the strategic direction of the Faculty and the University. You will also provide inspirational leadership to your school and faculty by delivering a clear strategic vision, sound business judgments and effective decisions.


Working in partnership with other senior colleagues, this role will deliver the Faculty’s strategic aims through the development and implementation of business plans, which are in accordance with the Executive Dean’s accountabilities and targets.  You will bring a strong academic track record, but equally have excellent leadership and project management.


This role will lead the school of Languages and Applied Linguistics. The School of Languages and Applied Linguistics has over 25 years of experience in providing open, distance and online teaching of modern languages and English language studies. Since its inception as a subject area at the Open University, it has taught a total of over 225,000 learners.


We provide outstanding teaching founded on world-class research in Applied Linguistics, English Language and Modern Languages. Subjects include intercultural communication, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish, English for academic and business purposes and English language studies. We also offer an introductory course in Welsh language and culture.


The School vision is to be an internationally recognised leader in key areas of teaching and researching language, communication and cultures in a complex and connected world.


You will have a PHD/DPhil or equivalent in terms of qualification or experience in a discipline relevant to the school as well as evidenced Academic Excellence in Teaching, Research or Scholarship in an appropriate field.


You will have experience of leading and managing complex projects with the ability to develop networks and strategic relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.


How to apply

To apply, please complete a short application form and include your CV together with a covering letter, no more than 4 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the person specification. If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application, or for a confidential discussion, please contact Gill Buckland on 01908 858294 to make an appointment with Fary Cachelin, Executive Dean.


Candidates selected for interview will be required to provide a presentation to the panel.  Shortlisted candidates will also deliver a presentation to the whole School and members of the Executive Leadership Team. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for School colleagues to ask questions. A rapporteur will provide feedback from the presentation to the appointment panel, at the end of the interview.  Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates.


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