Executive Recruitment

Head of Programme, Contemporary Art

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Royal College of Art
Closing date:
9th March
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Monday 9th March
Long List
w/c Monday 16th March
Preliminary Interview
Wednesday 18th - Tuesday 24th March
Short Listing
w/c Monday 23rd March
First Stage Final Panel
Thursday 23rd April
Final Panel
Wednesday 29th April or Thursday 7th May TBC


The Royal College of Art is an internationally renowned postgraduate art and design institution. Founded in 1837, it is also the world’s oldest art and design university 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.

As part of the RCA’s vision to develop its School of Arts & Humanities’ outstanding international reach and reputation, we are seeking to appoint a new Head of Programme for the Contemporary Art Practice.

As a member of the School Leadership Team, the Head of Programme will take a leading role in contributing to the design of cross-school and/or cross-college academic provision as the college develops its academic framework to facilitate new initiatives and flexible modes of learning.

Reporting to the Dean and also working closely with senior colleagues across the School of Arts & Humanities and the college, the Head of Programme will provide hands-on academic leadership and will take overall responsibility for academic quality and direction, research, teaching and learning, and management of all the resources of the programmes and staff teams.

The new Head of Programme will be expected to engage in research which is eligible for submission to the REF2021 and subsequent research assessment exercises at 3* or 4* levels.

They will stay abreast of current issues and developments in higher education and keep up to date with current relevant practice nationally and internationally, ensuring that the programme is informed by changes in practice, education, and the wider socio-political and technological environment.

If you have an established international reputation in the expanded field of Contemporary Art and the ability to provide energetic leadership and professional vision in a demanding academic environment; feel you have a combination of skills and experience, acquired in both academic and professional contexts, which provide the competence to fulfil the managerial, teaching and research aspects of the role, we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please visit the site RCA-appointments.com, or for an informal and confidential conversation, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson:


Stephanie Crossland - 0113 268 0704 / stephanie.crossland@gatenbysanderson.com

Hilda Gjika – hilda.gjika@gatenbysanderson.com  

Julia Roberts – julia.roberts@gatenbysanderson.com   


Closing date: 9 March 2020

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