Appointment of the Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies


Welcome from the Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of London

Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming the next Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies supports and leads legal research in its broadest sense, both nationally and internationally. Founded in 1947, it houses specialist research centres and innovative partnerships and is home to an active community of researchers, fellows and postgraduate students. It promotes new research agendas in specialist and interdisciplinary areas of law and carries out funded research projects with direct effect on policy and practice. It maintains one of the world’s great legal research libraries, provides freely available online legal information services, legal research training, a meeting place for organisations and legal scholars from around the world, and offers a busy programme of conferences, public lectures and seminars.

The Director provides academic, administrative and strategic leadership to this important centre for legal research and scholarly activity. With a commitment to the national and international role of the Institute, the Director works across a complex collegiate and partner network in directing its full range of activity, encompassing research, learning, enterprise and income diversification. The Institute is one of nine of the School of Advanced Study. The Director will participate fully in the work of the School.

This is a high-profile role within the academic legal community and requires a legal scholar of international distinction. Candidates will bring experience of successfully leading and managing diverse teams in a complex, knowledge-led environment, with evidence of financial acumen and an ability to manage in a changing environment. Politically astute and a proactive advocate for the Institute’s national role, candidates will bring knowledge of the UK higher education and research funding systems.

This is a time of change and opportunity for the Institute.  I very much look forward to receiving your application for what will be a stimulating, challenging and professionally fulfilling role. Our partners, Anderson Quigley, are working with us to deliver this recruitment project so please do not hesitate to let them know if you require more information.  Anderson Quigley’s contact details in addition to the full role information and application instructions can be found on this site. I will be pleased to discuss the role by appointment.

With best wishes

Professor Rick Rylance
Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of London


The School of Advanced Study

The School of Advanced Study, University of London, is a unique institution in UK higher education. Comprising a set of postgraduate institutes and a variety of central academic initiatives, it is located within the Bloomsbury precinct of the University in the intellectual heart of London. It is the UK’s national and international centre for the support, promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities, broadly defined. It does this in collaboration with other organisations, notably the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, learned societies and government agencies.

The Institutes of the School are:

  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Institute of Classical Studies
  • Institute of Commonwealth Studies
  • Institute of English Studies
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • Institute of Latin American Studies
  • Institute of Modern Languages Research
  • Institute of Philosophy
  • Warburg Institute

The mission of the School is to support national and international humanities researchers and scholars by creating opportunities for developing new research agendas and providing unique specialist services and resources.

This stems from the special role and funding for research promotion and facilitation across the UK and internationally which is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

In delivering our programme we are supported by the University of London which has, as a key part of its academic strategy, the School’s mission to deliver world-class research promotion and facilitation.

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The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

The role of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is to conduct research; to promote and facilitate, within London and nationally and internationally, research and scholarship at an advanced level across the whole field of law; to disseminate the results of such research and scholarship; and to provide to all those undertaking research in law a library facility with up to date technology, that is international in character and standing.

IALS is a postgraduate research institute with a core of researchers, research students and legal information professionals, but which draws its primary membership from academic researchers and postgraduate research students from other institutions throughout the UK, and which also provides services to researchers in the wider legal community.

IALS Library is a national and international resource for legal research and has over 288,000 volumes, the majority of which are housed at the Institute site on Russell Square in Bloomsbury. The collections of foreign and international law are the most extensive in the UK and contain much unique material. The collections concentrate primarily on common law, civil law and Roman-Dutch law systems throughout the world and include material in western European languages for all jurisdictions for comparative and general reference purposes.

IALS Library’s primary function is to serve a national academic research community but it has other significant and diverse communities to which it provides services including the world’s largest taught course master’s degree programme, large numbers of subscribing practising lawyers, and a small community of researchers and PhD students at the Institute itself. The Library seeks to support law librarians in other universities and organisations to provide specialist library and information services in law, particularly in foreign, comparative and international law. IALS employs a senior Librarian who reports to the Institute Director. S/he works in collaboration with Senate House Library and other SAS Institute Libraries.

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IALS Transformation

IALS Transformation

The Institute occupies eight floors of Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square – part of the listed Grade II* Bedford Way building designed by Sir Denys Lasdun. The University of London has agreed to a muti-million pound refurbishment for the IALS building starting in July 2018.

The building, its seminar rooms / lecture theatre and the main reading rooms of the Library will remain open during the two-year programme of works. The project will replace the infrastructure with new heating, cooling, ventilation, cabling and wifi. IALS Library will be completely refurbished and re-designed, including a new entrance looking out on to Russell Square, 50 additional study desks, bookable group study and training rooms, special needs room, 10 additional lockable library research carrels, new desk and chair furniture throughout the library. A new dedicated study room outside the library on the 5th floor of the building will be created for IALS PhD students. This major project will take around two years but we will remain open throughout.

The role


Job title: Director – Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Responsible to: Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of London

Job purpose

  • To provide academic and administrative and strategic leadership to the Institute, directing its full range of activities encompassing research, learning, enterprise and income diversification;
  • To ensure the successful operation of the Institute’s broad range of activities;
  • To promote and support legal research in its widest sense;
  • To oversee the development and delivery of the Institute’s strategic plan and its implementation; and
  • To undertake a wide range of cross-organisational and partner initiatives and make a leading contribution to the development and delivery of the overall School and University vision and objectives.

Main activities and responsibilities


  1. Provide intellectual leadership to advance the academic objectives of the Institute to promote and facilitate legal research within the School’s mission to support, promote and facilitate research in the humanities;
  2. Devise and implement, in collaboration with, the Institute’s Management Committee and Advisory Council a strategic vision and operational plans for the development and enhancement of the work of the Institute;
  3. Ensure that through its academic activities the Institute contributes to the broader mission of the School of Advanced Study, including through interdisciplinary collaborations with other institutes, research centres and libraries including Senate House Library;
  4. Represent the Institute externally, promoting and developing its national and international academic standing and collaboration with individuals and institutions in the UK and abroad;
  5. Maintain and support the development and growth of the Institute Library as a high-quality specialist national legal research library and centre for specialist expertise;
  6. Sustain and develop the Institute’s academic programmes by encouraging collaboration in research and teaching within the Institute, the School of Advanced Study, and the wider research community nationally and internationally;
  7. Encourage, support and participate in the acquisition of research grants and the development of collaborative research projects;
  8. Working with the University’s Development Office, agree and participate in fund-raising in line with the strategic objectives of the Institute and School, and engage with funding bodies and donors in order to generate income and enhance the profile of the Institute;
  9. provide strategic management to the Society for Advanced Legal Studies;
  10. Oversee, with the Director of Research, the programmes of research seminars, public lectures, conferences, international workshops, research training, publications, fellowships and grants in collaboration with the School and other institutions as appropriate;
  11. Develop with the Director of Research policies to attract research students to the Institute; and
  12. Contribute to the teaching of Master’s programmes and doctoral supervision.

Managerial Responsibilities

  1. Provide leadership for the academic and professional staff of the Institute, including the IALS Library;
  2. Ensure the Institute operates in an appropriate, effective and transparent way;
  3. Ensure that training and development opportunities are provided for staff;
  4. Prepare strategic, financial and management plans for the Institute, in line with School and University requirements, and the implementation of those plans with the support of the Institute Management Committee and Advisory Council;
  5. Be responsible for the Institute’s compliance with University and School regulatory and quality assurance commitments;
  6. Represent the Institute on relevant School, University and external bodies in order to contribute to strategic discussions and to planning and development within the School;
  7. Act ex officio as a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute; and
  8. Any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the role as reasonably required by the Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study.

Working Relationships

  1. The Director is accountable directly to the Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study for the academic, administrative and financial management of the Institute;
  2. The Director consults with and is advised by the Institute Advisory Council;
  3. The Director chairs meetings of the Institute Management Committee currently held every two weeks;
  4. The Director maintains oversight of the management of the library;
  5. The Director chairs or attends various Institute committees including meetings of all Institute staff, currently three times each year;
  6. The Director maintains a close working relationship with the Law Schools of the Colleges of the University of London which provide significant funding to the Institute, and with the representative bodies of academic lawyers;
  7. Participate in the governance and operations of SAS overall, including from time to time occupying School-wide roles;
  8. Follow and promote the University of London policies, including the University’s Dignity at Work and Equal Opportunities Policy and actively promote these wherever possible; and
  9. Maintain an awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations.




  1. Academic legal scholar of international distinction with Professorial status or eligibility to be awarded Professorial status upon appointment; and
  2. Strong personal record of research.


  1. Significant national and international engagement in the discipline, research culture, and relevant policy development of the legal systems of the UK and of legal education both in the UK and overseas;
  2. Experience of successfully leading and managing diverse teams in a complex, knowledge-led environment bringing evidence of financial acumen and an ability to manage in a changing environment;
  3. Extensive knowledge of the UK HE and Research funding systems including a record of successfully attracting research funding;
  4. Evidence of promoting and facilitating research across a broad range (not only in the individual’s own field of expertise); and
  5. Experience in developing a wide range of partnerships to promote, for example, interdisciplinary research and wider revenue generating opportunities.

Personal Qualities

  1. Able to demonstrate a commitment to the national role of the Institute and its library including a commitment to its digital and open access initiatives;
  2. Diplomacy and political astuteness with the ability to navigate complex organisational structures and operate effectively within both the formal and informal networks of the University of London, and its member institutions as well as externally;
  3. Be an accomplished advocate for the Institute and its national mission; and
  4. Personal presence, confidence and resilience in order to take personal accountability for leading the operation and forward strategy of the Institute.

Terms of appointment

Terms of Appointment

The post is offered on a full time, permanent basis. The salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate. In addition, the successful candidate will be entitled to the following terms and benefits:

  • Pension: current employer’s contribution of 18% with 8% from employee;
  • 30 days annual holiday plus 8 bank holidays and additional closure days at Easter and Christmas;
  • Family friendly benefits such as childcare vouchers and flexible working; and
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for season ticket loan and cycle to work schemes.

How to apply

Application and appointment procedure

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University of London. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultant at Anderson Quigley: Ed Pritchard and Sarah Wright on +44(0)20 3457 0948.

Informal discussion of the post is possible with either the current Director of the Institute, Mr Jules Winterton (contactable via Eliza Boudier on +44(0)20 7862 5849), or the Dean of the School of Advanced Study, Professor Rick Rylance (contactable via Sarah Allan on +44(0)20 7862 8736).

The closing date for applications is noon on 18th June 2018.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV
  • A covering letter setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the experience criteria of the person specification
  • Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of two referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates
  • We would be grateful if you would follow this link to complete an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference AQ225.


Closing date Noon on 18th June 2018
AQ initial interviews with candidates Early July
Client informal discussions with candidates w/c 16th July
Final interviews 26th and 27th July

Owning to the time of year, should candidates be unable to make the timetable please inform Anderson Quigley.