The Head of Department

The prime role of the Head of the Department is to provide strong academic leadership. The Head of the Department leads, manages and develops the department to ensure it achieves the highest possible standards of excellence in all its activities. He is supported by the VC, the Faculty, and by colleagues from within the department and Faculty. The H.O.D to exercises leadership, demonstrate vision, and empower others in order to deliver the agreed departmental strategy within the Faculty.


Specifically, the role will include:

1. Leadership and Management

  1. Responsible and accountable for setting and advancing the academic strategy of the Department in line with Faculty and University strategic plans and direction
  2. An active member of the Faculty Executive Board and contribute to the overall leadership and management of the Faculty.
  3. Develop and sustain appropriate structures for management, consultation, decision-making and communication with staff and students
  4. Promote and represent the University both internally and externally

2. Responsibility for Teaching and Students

3. Responsibility for Research

  1. Ensure the highest levels of quality, integrity and ethics in all research undertaken
  2. Create a dynamic and forward looking research environment for both staff and students

4. Knowledge Transfer

  1. Create and exploit new opportunities for knowledge transfer activity in order to secure additional income streams and new areas of teaching and/or research
  2. Contribute to University-wide initiatives in order to improve understanding and communication of this area

5. People Management

  1. Ensure that University HR policies and procedures are implemented
  2. Ensure that staff performance is managed appropriately and in a way that is consistent with the expectations of the University, and that fair workload allocation processes are in place
  3. Ensure all staff have access to the necessary support to enable them contribute fully and develop their skills and experience
  4. Engender a culture of excellence, co-operation and respect both within and beyond the department
  5. Make effective use of all staffing resources and seek opportunities for collaboration and joint working with others beyond the department and beyond the Faculty
  6. Ensure students are included as appropriate in the various decision making fora within the department
  7. Ensure a safe and healthy environment for both staff and students, and full compliance with health and safety requirements

6. Financial Management

  1. Take responsibility for devolved budgets and comply with University financial regulations
  2. Manage income and expenditure in order to promote financial sustainability
  3. Ensure adherence by all members of the department, with University Financial Regulations and other financial operating procedures and regulations
  4. Ensure that University equipment/facilities under the department´s control are properly maintained and serviced as required

7. Quality Assurance

  1. Ensure all activities are carried out to the highest possible standards and put in place the necessary evaluation and monitoring procedures to ensure both compliance and improvement: such procedures include teaching, research and management of all resources
  2. Comply with auditing, quality assurance and risk management procedures both internal and external

8. Development of Academic/Research Standing

  1. Continue to develop position as a leading academic researche; including publication, securing of external funding and the pursuit of other relevant indicators of standing in the field
  2. Give due consideration to ways of retaining connections with teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  3. Give due consideration to the status of Head as a role model for other members of staff in the pursuit of academic excellence