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Appointing the Head of an academic department

The procedure followed by the Senior Academic Appointments Committee to appoint a Head of an academic department.


In accordance with Section 8.1 of the Statutes, the Senior Academic Appointments Committee is responsible for considering and recommending to Council persons for appointment as Head of an Academic Department. The Committee is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.


A Head of an Academic Department is recruited from the academic staff of the Department.

A job description, person specification and notice of vacancy will be prepared by the Vice-Chancellor and the Director of Human Resources in consultation with the Dean/Head of School.

Following notification of the vacancy on the University's Website and receipt of expressions of interest in the vacancy, the Vice-Chancellor will meet with prospective candidates for the vacancy. The Vice-Chancellor will consult further within the Department before making his/her recommendation.

The Vice-Chancellor will recommend the candidate(s) for consideration by the Senior Academic Appointments Committee. The Committee will then recommend the selected candidate for appointment by Council.

A letter of appointment will be sent by the Director of Human Resources to the successful candidate following the meeting of Council.


The Vice-Chancellor will determine whether to recommend to the Senior Academic Appointments Committee that the existing postholder continue for a further term by reviewing their performance and following appropriate consultation within the University. If the existing postholder is recommended by the Committee to continue for a further term, this will be subject to appointment by Council and then announced on the University's Website.


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