Head of the School of Fashion and Textiles
De Montfort University, Faculty of Arts, Design & Humanities
United Kingdom

An exciting new job opportunity has arisen to join De Montfort University in Leicester as the Head of the School of Fashion and Textiles.

About De Montfort University De Montfort University is committed to providing a working and learning environment that enriches lives, supports individuals to reach their full potential, and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. As an educator and shaper of society, the university aims to role model positive behaviours both within the university and to reflect the diversity of the wider community.

We offer a competitive pension plan, generous annual leave, NUS discounts and access to staff social (Discounts to local attractions and theatres) and have use of the QEII Leisure Centre.

We are a city centre based employer with great transport links, we are 10 minutes away from the national highway (M1), 10 minutes away from the train stations and 40 minutes away from the East Midlands Airport.

Faculty / Directorate

Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University has a long heritage with some boutique courses of study over 60 years old and some unique to the region’s industries, the school therefore has established links to industry and alumni who have global reach. With a strong focus on design, making and manufacturing for the Fashion Industry supported by state of the art facilities in the new Vijay Patel building, the school have had exceptional student satisfaction rates across the portfolio. In addition, to covering a full range of fashion, textiles, fashion buying and communication courses the school contains some highly specialised programmes of study such as Footwear and Contour Fashion.


As the Head of School of Fashion and Textiles you have the opportunity to develop a vision and strategy in support of the full range of teaching, research and commercial activities within the school as well as contributing to driving the faculty forward.

Ideal Candidate

Does your ambition match ours? With a strong track record in academic leadership, you will have a keen appreciation of the current trends within the sector and the managerial wherewithal to span the exciting range of duties that this role entails.

Your academic background will be in one of the disciplines represented within the School, yet you will have the interest and empathy to be credible across all disciplines. Depending on your qualifications, skills and experience, you may be eligible for professorial status.

Job facts and figures You will be responsible for the leadership of the new School of around 40 academic staff and 1050 and students. You will have direct line management responsibility for the senior management team in the school and will report to the PVC Dean.

As such we welcome applications from women, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTQ and applicants from BAME and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

How to apply

The closing date for the post is Monday 19 August 2019. Applications should be sent electronically to the following e-mail address: Resourcingandrecruitment@dmu.ac.uk. Please use the job title for the role in the name of the correspondence.

The interview selection day will be held at De Montfort University and will take place on 19 and 20 September 2019.

Please hold this date in your diary accordingly.

In order to apply, please submit comprehensive curriculum vitae along with a covering letter setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the required criteria.

In a separate document, please include current salary details and the names and addresses of three referees. Referees will not be approached until an initial verbal offer is made to the successful candidate and not without prior permission from this individual.

All applications will receive an electronic confirmation of receipt.

Any postal applications should be sent direct to: The Recruitment Team, People and Organisational Development, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

All candidates are also requested to complete an online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which will be sent to them electronically on receipt of their application. This will assist the University in monitoring selection decisions to assess whether equality of opportunity is being achieved. Any information collated from the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Forms will not be used as part of the selection process and will be treated as strictly confidential.

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