Job vacancy: Director of Plymouth Institute of Education
The University of Plymouth is seeking to appoint a new Director for Plymouth Institute of Education (PIoE). This new appointment will provide visionary leadership for the Institute in support of its international and highly distinctive lifelong and life-wide approach to teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. This is an exciting chance to be part of a progressive and cutting-edge University in a beautiful location, where you can really make a difference.
Plymouth Institute of Education is currently ranked sixth for education in the Guardian UK University rankings 2022. We are the only university in the country to offer the full suite of ITE prgrammes, from early years through to post compulsory education. This sits alongside a  range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from the BA Early Childhood Studies and the BA Education to the the MA Education, MA Mathematics Education, the PGCert SENCo Award and PGCert Autism. Postgraduate research is supported through both PhD and EdD programmes and our PGR community is thriving with rising numbers of international students with  interests ranging from special educational needs to mathematics education and alternative education.
Our researchers explore how and why people learn at every stage of life, from babies to the very old, conducting research in multiple contexts, such as in the home, nature, the community, arts, leisure and the classroom. Our research excellence is in children and families, education policy, learning outside formal education, inclusion and sustainable education. Closely linked to our research are our knowledge exchange (KE) activities enhanced and shared through our University Practice Partnerships. Our research and KE activities facilitate external partnership working, extend grant capture and further research impact locally, nationally and internationally, contributing to a civically engaged and impactful research environment.
Plymouth Institute of Education is part of the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Business, one of three Faculties within the University, bringing together a community of thinkers and practitioners across four academic units: the School of Art, Design and Architecture, the School of Society and Culture, Plymouth Business School and Plymouth Institute of Education.
Reporting to the Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Business, the Director role is responsible for shaping the vision and direction of Plymouth Institute of Education in line with university strategies, ensuring appropriate plans and resources are in place for their delivery.  This is a truly exciting time to lead the Institute of Education, building on its existing strengths and developing new and innovative ways of taking the School forward.
Approachable and visible, the Director role will demonstrate engaging leadership experience amidst a context of rapid change within the University and HE sector as a whole.  Candidates will be adept at direction setting, delegation and engaging staff in their part in delivering results for the sustainable success of the Institute, Faculty and University.
Candidates are likely to be a Professor in their field and experienced in contributing to, and enhancing a teaching and research culture. They will have experience in building reputation through a collaborative management style, with the ability to engage staff, peers and students to work together to deliver results. Candidates’ will be insightful, enthusiastic, collaborative team players who have the presence and insight to navigate and support others through change, challenges and innovation.
All activities undertaken within this role will be compliant with the University’s policies, including Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity, Ethics, Data Protection etc.

Professor Chris Bennewith, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business gives an overview of the role.

Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor, welcomes applicants to the University of Plymouth.

How to apply

We have instructed our executive search partners, GatenbySanderson, to advise and assist us with this selection and appointment. Your applications should consist of a short CV of no more than four pages accompanied by a supporting statement that explicity addresses the criteria in the person specification. These can be uploaded on the GatenbySanderson website.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 23 May 2022.
Interviews are likely to take place on 6 July 2022 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.
We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities. 
A relocation package may be available with this role.
This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week, the role will be for five years initially, with the potential to extend for a further two years, at which point the successful candidate will move to an appropriate substantive post.  
The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages for more information.
We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.
Contact details
For further information and details on how to apply, please visit the GatenbySanderson website.