Dean of Academic Strategy

Vacancy ID: 8490
Main Location: CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Hours: 37
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Competitive
Closing date: August 30, 2022 11:00 am

The role

Working with the PVC/Head of College, the Dean of Academic Strategy provides leadership of the delivery and development of the Central Saint Martins’ academic strategy in relation to the University of the Arts London [UAL] strategy (2022-2032) and the complementary College vision. The Dean of Academic Strategy is responsible for academic aspects of College Annual Operating Plan, including the deployment of resources to ensure a dynamic, high-quality and inclusive academic provision and to enhance and improve student experience.

Why choose us?

University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2021. Our diverse and talented community comprises over 5,000 academic, professional, and technical staff. Together we are committed to social purpose. This includes creating a better a more sustainable world and championing race equality.

It is a crucial time for Central Saint Martins and the University of the Arts London where the values of climate, social justice, and anti-racism must underpin everything we do. These conditions, emphasised in the new UAL Strategy (2022-2032) set both urgent challenges but also the potential for us, as a creative practice institution, to reflect collectively on what and how we do.

Central Saint Martins has a long legacy of engaging with the global debate about the arts, performance and design, and their role in societal transformation. We believe that creativity has a strong contribution to make to address global challenges and aim to empower our graduates to be changemakers and leading practitioners in their field. To do this, we must practice the values we want to see in the world by reimagining and regenerating creativity’s purpose whilst centering an inclusive and equitable student and staff experience at the heart of our mission.

We offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfil their potential to further develop their skills and expertise. We also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance.

Your Profile

You will have extensive experience of national and global art and design education, and the internal and external policies that shape it. You will also have experience of developing new curricula and other academic initiatives, and of shaping and influencing developments with-in organisations.

The successful candidate will be recognised as a leading authority in their subject or profession with widespread public or professional recognition within their institution and amongst external peers based on demonstrated expertise. You will have a substantial record of teaching, research and/or professional practice in one or more of the College’s specialist areas, along with a demonstrable knowledge of academic provision, trends and issues in Universities. Your application will also need to demonstrate experience of formulating strategic directions and influencing developments.

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, an attractive salary and pension plus a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please see the Applicant pack. Questions about the role and appointment can be addressed directly to incoming Head of College, Rathna Ramanathan, contacting in the first instance the College Executive Officer, Sarina Oliver on

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

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