Executive Recruitment

Academic Lead, Writing

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Royal College of Art
Closing date:
4th February
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Long List
w/c Monday 10th February 2020
Preliminary Interview
Wednesday 12th - Monday 17th February 2020
Short Listing
w/c Monday 17th February 2020
First Stage Interviews
Thursday 27th February 2020
Final Stage Interviews
Monday 16th March 2020


The Royal College of Art (RCA) is the world’s leading postgraduate institution of art and design. Founded in 1837, it is also the world’s oldest art and design institution in continuous operation and the most research intensive. The RCA has been ranked by the highly regarded QS survey, as the number one art and design university in the world for the five consecutive years in which the survey has been conducted between 2015 and 2019.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate in the field of Arts and Humanities with particular expertise in Writing to contribute towards the development of the Writing Programme and the on-going work of the School of Arts & Humanities (SoAH) and the Royal College of Art more broadly.

The successful candidate will be dynamic, with an extensive track record of research and contribution to research-led teaching in an inclusive environment. They will be well networked and demonstrably engaged with the international context of Arts and Humanities, from which they will be prepared to draw for the benefit of the College.

The Senior Tutor and Academic Lead will line manage permanent staff and VLs on the Writing programme and take responsibility for their appraisals, teaching and research workload allocation, and development plans. They will support the Dean of SoAH and other key staff in making effective distribution of staff resources and non-pay budget elements. They will take responsibility for budget setting and timetabling, as well as other regular and more specific academic tasks that might arise through their tenure.

They will be expected to lead discussions about the development of the curriculum and be prepared to pioneer new ways of teaching. They will also be expected to undertake administration and leadership of their programme as well as around their teaching as required by the well-established structures present across the school.

As a Senior Tutor and Academic Lead the successful candidate will be expected to lead in the chairing of admissions and exam boards as well as the day to day leadership, planning and management of the programme. They will be engaged with the broader discourse of the school and the college and represent their programme on the School Leadership Team and the school in College committees and working groups.

Their research will be expected to operate at a high level, consistently producing research outputs of at least 3* REF quality, and they will also be expected to pursue and secure funding opportunities for research and where possible to involve colleagues in collaborative projects and contributing to the rich research culture and environment of the School.

The successful candidate will seek to promote the college and its staff and students, acting always as a positive advocate for the Royal College of Art.

If you have an established reputation in Writing or a relevant discipline, are well networked and engaged with the international context of Arts and Humanities and have the ability to provide energetic leadership and professional vision in a demanding academic environment, we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity or for an informal and confidential conversation, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson:

Steph Crossland - stephanie.crossland@gatenbysanderson.com

Hilda Gjika – hilda.gjika@gatenbysanderson.com 

Julia Roberts – julia.roberts@gatenbysanderson.com

Closing date: 4 February 2020

First stage interviews: 27 February 2020

Final stage interviews: 16 March 2020

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