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
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:
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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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.
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
Main activities and responsibilities
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:
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:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates 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.