Appointment of the Head of the School of Management

Anglia Ruskin University


Dear Candidate

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining ARU as Head of the School of Management, within the Faculty of Business and Law.

The School of Management provides first-class teaching, research and consultancy relevant to professional activity in business management, entrepreneurship, marketing and human resource management. It is committed to the mutual reinforcement of theory and practice, where technology blends with teaching and research to create a dynamic, innovative learning environment for our current and future students.

We have significant ambitions for further growth in the Faculty of Business and Law and a key part of this ambition will be the recruitment of a new Head of School for Management who can translate our vision and aspirations into reality.

Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculty, Professor Mohammad Ali, who joins ARU in early 2023, the Head of School will hold strategic responsibility for the leadership of the School, working collaboratively as a member of the Faculty Leadership Team to steer an integrated approach to the development and delivery of the School’s vision and strategy. The new Head of School will work with the School’s existing leadership team to develop academic and professional direction including the development and delivery of the School’s strategic and operational plans. Evidence of previous successful collaborative working will underpin your ability to optimise performance by working with colleagues, delivering in line with School, Faculty and University priorities, ensuring innovative and high quality, sustainable provision.

We are seeking to appoint a well-connected, transformative and entrepreneurial leader with an excellent knowledge of at least one of the key disciplines delivered by the School both in the UK and internationally. The successful candidate will work in an agile way across our multi-campus environment and will bring experience of developing and delivering strategy and leading academics and professional service colleagues. The new Head will bring creativity and innovation to our existing learning and teaching environment and will support the School to deliver an engaging student experience and support a vibrant research and innovation agenda. Candidates will hold a PhD and have a relevant research record, will have managed budgets and delivered against key teaching, research and knowledge exchange metrics.

Candidates will also ideally have an expert knowledge of relevant external bodies, including PSRB and QAA requirements alongside a demonstrable understanding of relevant REF UoAs.

This is an exciting time to join ARU and to lead this School. The University is committed to the School’s growth and will continue to invest to support the School’s growing profile.

You can find out more about the University and the role on this site. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be pleased to discuss the role with you – their details can also be found on this site.

I do hope that you will express an interest in joining us.

Yours faithfully

Professor Mohammad Ali
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean (Designate) of the Faculty of Business and Law

About ARU

ARU’s story starts in 1858, with the opening of Cambridge School of Art. Over the years a number of colleges and higher education institutes – including the art school – have come together to form Anglia Ruskin University.

Our focus has always been on transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research – and this still underpins our vision and values today. Our over-arching vision is supported by our ten-year strategy, Designing our future 2017-26.

As a University, we’re managed by a Board of Governors and a Senate. Our Vice Chancellor, Professor Roderick Watkins, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of ARU. Roderick is supported by the Vice Chancellor’s Group (VCG) which consists of two Deputy Vice Chancellors, each with specific areas of responsibility, plus the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Finance and the Secretary and Clerk to the Governors.

We have four faculties at ARU, each providing students, industry and the academic community with professionally focused and world-leading courses and research.

The four Pro Vice-Chancellors/Deans of Faculties all report directly to the Vice Chancellor and are members of the University Executive Team (UET), the University’s executive decision-making body. The Heads of Schools report into the Pro Vice-Chancellors/Deans.

We are ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and we are a global university transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research. Our research institutes and four faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields.  We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference to our communities.  Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 16 of our research areas assessed as world-leading. In 2021, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our world-leading music therapy work.

About the Chelmsford campus

We have invested in the Chelmsford campus which is now home to outstanding facilities including:

  • Our new School of Medicine, which is training a whole new generation of doctors.
  • One of the largest business schools in the East of England, based in the award-winning Lord Ashcroft Building.
  • High-quality study facilities – lecture theatres of course, but also mock hospital wards and our medical science SuperLabs.
  • The university library and open access computer area.
  • Restaurant, cafés and plenty of outdoor space.
  • Arise Chelmsford, an innovation centre to support businesses that are just starting out.
  • A range of services including our Students’ Union, medical centre, gym, ARU Temps, and finance and accommodation offices.

You can find out more about the Chelmsford campus here.

About the Cambridge Campus

The Cambridge School of Art first opened its doors in 1858. The art school grew to become Anglia Ruskin University and it is still at the heart of our modern-day campus on East Road. Surrounding the red-brick Victorian building, with its vaulted ceilings and light-filled studios, is a host of new facilities including:

  • Our Business School, which wraps around a tree-filled central courtyard.
  • High-quality study facilities – lecture theatres of course, but also a mock law court, forensic science labs, and a TV studio.
  • A dedicated Science Centre featuring molecular biology and psychology labs, a 220-seat SuperLab, and five crime scene rooms.
  • The university library and open access computer area.
  • Cafés and roof terraces.
  • The Mumford Theatre and Ruskin Gallery.
  • A range of services including our Students’ Union shop, medical centre, gym, ARU Temps, and finance and accommodation offices.

Just around the corner from campus, there’s our dedicated healthcare site on Young Street, which houses state-of-the-art clinical skills labs including mock hospital wards, and a child nursing and midwifery ward.

Meanwhile Compass House – a short walk along East Road – features audio and music technology recording studios, sport and exercise science labs, and computer science/gaming labs.

We’ve invested £100 million in our facilities in the past five years, and plan to invest a further £91 million over the next five years.

You can read more about our world-class facilities and the Peterborough campus here.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to valuing and celebrating our diversity and promoting equality and inclusion.

We seek to develop our people and equip our students for life in a multicultural and diverse society. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment in which to work and study, where treating others with dignity, courtesy and respect is standard. This ethos is reflected in our vision and values and our strategy, Designing our future 2017-2026.

To track our progress and to fulfil our Public Sector Equality Duty, we publicly report on our pay gap figures as well as our staff profile and recruitment data annually. You can find these reports on our staff data page.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group (EDIG), Student Success Steering Group (SSSG) and Access and Participation Steering Group (APSG) promote inclusion and respect for diversity among Anglia Ruskin staff and students respectively.

You can read more here.

Our vision and values

ARU has a single‑minded direction: realising ambitions together. Our culture is characterised by people with a positive, can-do attitude which helps realise our ambitions. For our students, staff, the businesses and communities we support, and our many education and commercial partners, we collaborate to deliver tangible results.
We seek colleagues who share our values as well as appreciate our goals and direction, these are outlined below:

Our vision: Transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research.

Our values:

Ambition: We are determined to achieve our goals and continually strive to enhance our University for the benefit of all.

Innovation: We will apply our collective and individual creativity to conceive and develop new ideas, implementing them for the benefit of the communities we serve.

Courage: We are bold in taking the decisions we feel are right, even when it is difficult to do so.

Community: We greatly value working collaboratively, supporting each other and helping everyone to achieve their potential.

Integrity: We do what we say we will do and are fair and transparent in our decision-making and actions.

Responsibility: We take decisions and act in a way which respects environmental, societal and economic considerations, and which best supports those who study and work with us.

About the School of Management

The School of Management offers programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with programmes accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Our multi-disciplinary courses and modules deliver a wide depth of knowledge and our students have the opportunity to undertake work placements and study abroad experiences.

About our courses

The School offers a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. You can view School’s portfolio of programmes here.

About our people

You can read staff profiles in the School of Management here.

About the Faculty of Business and Law

The Faculty of Business and Law is a destination of choice for those determined to help build a better, smarter and more equal society. We strive to provide our students, from a wide range of backgrounds, with the confidence to make things happen and challenge traditional ways of thinking and doing, to prepare them for a bright and exciting future.

As an inclusive community, we engage with debates which address major societal and economic challenges faced by the communities we serve with a particular focus on social innovation and justice. We are committed to ensuring our teaching and research makes a real impact, shaping and influencing policy and developing the next generation of responsible leaders and organisations capable of transforming business and society. A significant proportion of our research was judged to be world-leading in the most recent REF (2021) and the impact of our research was judged to be in the top 20 in the UK for business.

We are formed of two Schools, namely the School of Economics, Finance and Law (SEFL) and the School of Management (SoM). SEFL provides first-class teaching, research and consultancy relevant to professional activity in economics, finance, law and international business management and SoM relevant to marketing, entrepreneurship, tourism, HRM, organizational behaviour and leadership. Research and education in both Schools deliver on ARU’s civic priorities, working with stakeholders in business, the professions, government, and the third sector. The Schools are committed to the mutual reinforcement of theory and practice, where technology blends with teaching and research to create a research-led, active, collaborative learning environment for our current and future students.

Research in the Faculty

Our research has real social impact and is produced by experts who are committed to creating innovative and world-class research. We ensure our research is relevant to everyday life by working closely with small businesses, corporations, public sector and voluntary organisations and government departments.

Research in our Faculty of Business and Law is focused around four research centres and an innovation centre, which encompass the very best of our academic expertise:

  • Innovation, Management and Practices (IMPact)
  • Centre for Access to Justice and Inclusion (CAJI)
  • Centre for Intelligent Supply Chains (CISC)
  • Centre for Pluralist Economics (CPE)
  • The Anglia Ruskin Innovation Centre (ARIC) – an industrial collaboration with The Welding Institute

As well as contributing to our vibrant research culture, these centres anchor our funded research projects, most of which are delivered in collaboration with industry, and a large doctoral community, including a large and growing body of DBA students.

With diverse staff expertise which informs our students’ teaching, practice and research, our award-winning practitioners and researchers are also active figures within their industries, with connections at local, national and international level.

Our dynamic approach ensures that our students receive a high quality, industry-focussed and research led educational experience, embedding live briefs into our assessment strategy and accrediting co-curricular activities through our unique and innovative Anglia Ruskin Certificate for Professional Development.

We are focused on investing in people and infrastructure, looking at key areas of international excellence and regional need and we deliver multidisciplinary research and innovation of outstanding quality and impact.

Head of the School of Management

Head of the School of Management (AQ1635)

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Job Title: Head of School of Management
Grade: SMG
Work Base: Chelmsford or Cambridge (with travel to other sites as required)
Hours of Work: Full time
Responsible to: PVC & Dean of Faculty
Responsible for: Deputy Head(s) of School
Relationships & Contacts: Vice Chancellors Group, Senior Management Team of the Faculty, Internal management and employees, University Executive Team (UET), External/regulatory bodies as appropriate
Job Purpose: Strategic leadership of the School with overall responsibility for each discipline/cluster.

Strategy and Implementation

  • Make a significant contribution to the planning, development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan, aims and objectives as part of the Faculty Management team.
  • Lead the development and delivery of the School’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Interpret and analyse data and information from a range of internal and external sources and translate trends, risks and opportunities into School and University priorities ensuring innovative and high quality sustainable future provision.

Leadership and Management

  • Provide academic and professional leadership within the School, working with Deputy Heads of School responsible for disciplines/clusters, raising achievement and increasing the potential for innovative, inter-disciplinary and cross-campus working.
  • Identify, promote and support opportunities for academic staff to develop productive relationships across disciplines and to encourage collaboration across disciplines and with other Schools across the Faculty and University as appropriate.
  • Lead and develop effective working relationships with professional service areas and functions within the University to achieve buy-in and promote the work of the School.
  • Promote the external interests, links, partnerships and reputation of the School and University, liaising and working with relevant external bodies.
  • Develop strategic workforce/staff development plans to deliver the skills and expertise required to deliver KPIs. With overview responsibility for the review and appraisal of School staff, devolve responsibility for line management and appraisal appropriately.
  • Manage all School resources (people, budgets, equipment and property) effectively and transparently, to achieve the best possible value for money in line with University and Faculty policies, procedures, values and priorities.
  • Undertake Faculty and University-wide activities through active participation in committees and working groups.
  • Manage risk within the school in accordance with the University’s risk management framework including the maintenance of a school risk register.

Education and Student Engagement

  • Lead work on the implementation of the Education Strategy, ensuring that key themes are systematically embedded in the School’s education portfolio.
  • Provide leadership in preparation for subject level TEF.
  • Ensure delivery of a suite of innovative undergraduate, postgraduate and cross- discipline programmes of study and education activities through flexible modes of delivery.
  • Undertake to ensure the School champions and develops activities which promote inclusive active learning, internationalisation, widening participation, student engagement and employability of students.
  • Take overall responsibility for the effective governance of the School’sactivities, ensuring PSRB and QAA requirements are met to a high standard of satisfaction.
  • Take overall responsibility for improvements in student engagement within the School, ensuring that the diverse range of student voices are integrated within all of the School’s work and that staff responses are proportionate and in line with policy.
  • Work in collaboration with others to ensure sustainability and enhancement of the quality and standards required to meet student needs with all programmes and activities of the School.
  • Ensure all policies and regulations of the University are operationalised effectively within the School, paying particular regard to student welfare, health and safety, disciplinary matters, student complaints and financial regulations.

Research and Innovation

  • Provide overall strategic leadership of the School’s implementation of the Research and Innovation Strategy, ensuring the key themes and strategies are adopted and embedded across its research, innovation and knowledge exchange activities.
  • Ensure sustained growth in research capacity and productivity, while enhancing the quality, impact and external profile of the School’s research activity.
  • Lead the School in the development of its research culture and environment, ensuring appropriate support and development opportunities are offered to all researchers, especially early career researchers, and fostering a collaborative and collegiate working culture.
  • Ensure agreed targets for research and external income are met, and promote an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to partnership development, business engagement and knowledge exchange.
  • Lead the School in engaging effectively in preparations for the REF, devolving direct responsibility as appropriate. Ensure the School makes a proportionate and high quality contribution to the REF through the appropriate UOA(s).
  • Make a high quality personal contribution to learning and teaching and the research and scholarly activity of the School, including a contribution to future REF submissions where appropriate.
  • Comply with Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR requirements in all working practices maintaining confidentiality, integrity, availability, accuracy, currency and security of information as appropriate. Take personal responsibility for all personal data within own working environment.
  • Such other duties temporarily or on a continuing basis, as may reasonably be required, commensurate with your grade.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. It is normal practice to review periodically job descriptions to ensure that they are relevant to the job currently being performed, and to incorporate any changes which have occurred or are being proposed. The review process is carried out jointly by manager and employee and you are therefore expected to participate fully in such discussions. In all cases, it is our aim to reach agreement to reasonable changes, but where it is not possible to reach agreement we reserve the right to make reasonable changes to your job description which are commensurate with your grade after consultation with you.



Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • PhD or Professional Doctorate.


  • Currently holding the title of Professor within another UK University or the ability to meet our attached professorial criteria.
  • Senior/Principal Fellow of the HEA.
  • Chartered status of relevant professional body.


  • Significant senior academic leadership in HE.
  • Developing and leading strategic and operational plans.
  • Extensive academic leadership of people and budgets.
  • Significant involvement in HE governance and quality assurance.
  • Active involvement in and delivery of education and research strategies.
  • Substantial track record of income generation; business and partnership. engagement; student engagement and growth in student numbers.
  • Established internal and external academic reputation.
  • Expertise in horizon scanning including data analysis and identifying risks and opportunities.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Inspirational leadership and people management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across disciplines both within and beyond the School.
  • Significant and successful management of a school/department.
  • Strategic thinker.
  • Analysing and interpreting complex data sets.
  • Business planning and budget management.
  • Excellent and in depth understanding and working knowledge of TEF, KEF and REF.
  • Expert understanding of external bodies including PRSB and QAA requirements.

Personal Qualities

  • Committed and driven by our values.
  • Collaborative.
  • Inclusive.
  • Desire for excellence/raising standards.
  • Student focussed.


  • Willing and able to travel as required including overseas.
  • Well-developed external networks.
  • Committed to equality and diversity.
  • Committed to our Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  • Compliance to Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR principles/ requirements.

Terms of appointment

Find out more about working with us.

We have an agile working culture and offer an extensive range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement, occupational pension schemes, training and development opportunities, travel to work scheme and a competitive relocation package.

Visit our benefits page for full details.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of our staff and students and expect all staff to share this commitment.

We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Committed to being inclusive and open to discuss flexible working.

We have a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

You can read about our professorial appointments criteria here.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to Anglia Ruskin University. 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 consultants at Anderson Quigley: Kiersten Avery on +44 (0)7510 384 735 or Sophie Rees on +44(0)7719 313 982.

The closing date for applications is noon on 10th February 2023.

AQ Reference: AQ1635

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of two pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the experience criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include the names and email addresses of two referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.


Closing date: Noon, on Friday 10th February
Longlisting: 16th February
Preliminary interviews with AQ: Mid-late February
Shortlisting: 2nd March
Final Panel Interviews: 16th and 17th March (in person)