School of Informatics

Informatics searching for a new Head of School

The School of Informatics is looking for an outstanding candidate who will provide strategic leadership, with a key role in shaping the future of the School to increase its global impact and contribution to society.

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As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research, and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally. Edinburgh is a truly global university and we have always had a commitment to diversity and a community in which students feel valued and welcome.

The School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh is a world-class centre for computer science and informatics research and education and is the leading institution in its field in the United Kingdom.  We are one of Europe’s largest Informatics groupings, with national and international leadership in fields such as robotics, machine learning, natural language processing, systems and architecture, quantum computing, and theoretical computer science.

We have experienced a period of significant growth in both staff and students in recent years, and require a strong leader as Head of School with a strategic vision and leadership skills to ensure that the School continues to build on its existing success and to steer a course through the many opportunities available.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership in learning, research and knowledge exchange, including developing a shared vision for the School that embodies the necessary agility and flexibility to enable the School to adapt to internal and external change.
  • Contribute to the development of College and University plans and develop the School plan in line with overall College and University strategy. Set and monitor goals and performance standards to optimise the use and management of all of the School’s financial and people resources, in support of School, College and University objectives, ensuring corrective action is taken where necessary.
  • Continue to improve on the quality and quantity of research and development of research collaborations and partnerships within the College, wider University and externally
  • Foster and cultivate modern and innovative delivery of teaching and learning activity for all students. Ensure that the highest standards of student satisfaction are attained across all areas of School activity
  • Create a positive and collegiate environment that promotes and supports equality, diversity and inclusion and places emphasis on open communication, where all students and members of staff are engaged and their contributions are encouraged and recognised
  • Where change is needed, lead through effective communication of the vision for the School, ensuring staff understand and embrace the need for change and their role in contributing to the goals of the School, College and University
  • Fulfil an ambassadorial role for the School, College and University, working with relevant School colleagues and professional support units to facilitate, establish and maintain productive relationships with external stakeholders to maximise any available opportunities. External stakeholders are likely to include academic collaborators, alumni, donors, industry and commercial partners.

Closing Date: 31/01/2023

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