Faculty of Business & Law - Head of School of Strategy & Leadership and Head of Coventry Law School


Thank you for your interest in these exciting academic leadership roles at  Coventry University’s Faculty of Business & Law.  As a recent arrival myself to this wonderful institution I am aware how exciting a new job application can be.

Coventry is an award-winning modern university that is innovative and dynamic. In the last few years, we have broken the mould in order to widen the reach and quality of our education provision- opening campuses in the West Midlands, Central and East London, and Yorkshire, that offer a different, life-shaped approach to learning. We have invested significantly, in partnership with business and research bodies, in the facilities and places where our students, graduates and staff work together.

This is a stimulating, diverse and enthusiastic organisation that is committed to delivering the very best experience for our students and staff alike. That’s where you come in: if you would like to achieve the personal satisfaction of making a real difference to people’s lives through your own individual contribution then we’d like to hear from you.

You can find out more about the university and the roles on this website, and our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be delighted to discuss the opportunities with you.

Professor Jenna Ward
Academic Dean, Faculty of Business & Law

About us

We are a unique institution with a unique approach to our activities. We recognise that our staff are central to the university’s success and are committed to supporting our people to deliver teaching and learning, research outputs and impact, and enterprise development which will enhance our ability to operate globally. Our approach is partnership driven, entrepreneurial and sustainable. You can take a look at our Corporate Strategy and find out more about our vision for 2021 here.

Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have received a variety of awards and accolades in recent years, and our future is looking bright too, including #26 University in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2021, and University of the Year for Student Experience by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

We’re proud of our achievements and how the university’s global reputation is flourishing. We’re committed to continuing to deliver quality teaching and learning, outstanding student satisfaction, and our objective of making our students into global ready graduates. 

Our Structure

Coventry gained its university status in 1992. Since then we have worked tirelessly to become a global enterprise, establishing multiple campuses and initiatives across the world, including the Coventry University Group.

The Coventry University Group is an umbrella term for Coventry University and all of our locations owned and governed by Coventry University. You can view our structure chart for a more detailed overview.

We are one of the top-rated universities for working with business and are proud to be seen as a ‘business-facing’ University. Many of our commercial activities are delivered and supported through our trading subsidiaries: Coventry University Enterprises and Coventry University Services. We also have other subsidiaries around the UK that offer education and business support services. 

Teaching & Learning 

We aim to deliver a teaching and learning experience that encourages, inspires and develops our students into graduates who are globally employable.

Our students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in all academic disciplines, including Europe’s largest academic trading floors, mock courtooms, hospital wards, design and engineering laboratories, performing arts studios and computing centres.

  • 82% overall positive student satisfaction at Coventry University (National Student Survey 2020)
  • 92% of our research was rated as ‘world-leading’, ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘recognised internationally’ (REF 2014 – assessed every seven years)

We’ve also been awarded an overall QS Stars rating of 5 stars and have scored top marks in the following areas:

  • 5 stars for teaching (including 100% for teaching satisfaction)
  • 5 stars for employability (including 100% graduate employment rate)
  • 5 stars for facilities
  • 5 stars for internationalisation
  • 5 stars for inclusiveness 

Student Experience

We are continually evolving to give our students the best opportunities and experiences.

As a global University that ranks strongly in national and worldwide league tables – as well as for positive feedback from our students – we’re aiming to set ourselves apart as the university of choice for a great experience while studying.

  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • We were the country’s highest ranking university for seven consecutive years (Guardian University Guide 2013-2019)
  • Coventry University is ranked 26th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 97% of our graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE Survey, UG UK, 2016/17, published 2018)
  • We were ranked top 10 across 9 subject areas (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences 4 years running (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2014/15 – 2017/18 UK data)
  • 84% overall positive student satisfaction at Coventry University (National Student Survey 2019)

The City

Conveniently situated in the centre of Coventry, the university enjoys excellent public transport links and close proximity to major road networks – London is just over one hour by train and the city is easily connected to the surrounding countryside of Warwickshire. Easy commuting to Coventry means that you will have a wide choice of areas to consider living if you need to relocate to join our team – there is the city itself with many multicultural suburbs, thriving towns and villages located in beautiful nearby countryside.

The Faculty of Business and Law

The teaching of business studies and economics began at the Lanchester College of Technology in 1966, before the creation of Coventry Business School. Since then the University has created the Faculty of Business and Law, winning awards for innovation and setting up teaching in countries worldwide.

Based centrally on campus in the George Eliot building, law has been taught at Coventry University for nearly fifty years and we pride ourselves on the good relationship we have with our students and in providing friendly, accessible staff that will support and guide you through your studies.

To find out more about the Faculty of Business & Law, please click here, and for the Faculty structure chart, you can click here.

The role

Head of School

Job Purpose

Heads of School are appointed to provide strategic direction, academic and discipline/subject leadership, and line management for staff within the School.

The post carries responsibility to the Academic Dean and thus to the Vice-Chancellor for the implementation and execution at School and Faculty level of the University’s Mission Statement, Corporate Plan KPIs and targets (including KPIs in relation to NSS, Attainment, Publications), and institutional policies and procedures. They also line manage the Deputy and Associate Heads of School who retain particular and specific responsibilities in alignment with Associate Dean / Deputy Vice-Chancellor portfolios, and therefore they form a key means to manage performance in all areas underpinning the implementation of the Corporate objectives.

Heads of School are expected to maintain their academic standing and authority through teaching, research and scholarly activities. They will be expected to develop and build a national and international profile for the School and its subjects, furthering growth whilst enhancing the quality of provision.

As Head of School, the post holder is responsible for the continued development, growth and financial sustainability of the School’s portfolio and within agreed limits, the investment into areas of strategic priority.

The responsibilities of the post are inherently of a management nature and therefore the post holder will be an active and engaged member of the Faculty’s leadership team facilitating a positive and productive relationship between School and Faculty in furtherance of the Corporate Plan objectives.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic direction and academic leadership in the School within the context of University and Faculty priorities. In particular developing and implementing, through course teams, strategies directly aligned to the key themes set out in the University’s Education Strategy (for example, digital fluency, internationalisation within teaching and learning, equality in degree attainment).
  2. Drive transformational change and growth of the School through effective leadership, to support the achievement of School, Faculty and Corporate objectives.
  3. Work with the Associate Dean Research and the Executive Directors of Faculty Research Centres to ensure the delivery of the University’s Research Strategy, including setting targets for research income and publications for research-active members of staff.
  4. To lead the strategic development and viability of the School’s course portfolio, with reference and regard for national and international benchmarks and ensuring that the School’s competitive standing and academic credibility drives the development of product portfolio and leading edge solutions, maximizing opportunities and capability.
  5. Understand the external market and competitive position to be able to drive change and develop new ideas/product, taking account of market and audience demand.
  6. Develop and build a national and international profile for the School’s subjects and represent the Faculty  internally, externally, nationally and internationally, as appropriate.
  7. Lead the School’s senior team and support the development of Internationalisation, Commercialisation and CPD, ensuring that targets are met, working with the International Office, Academic Partnership Unit, Centre for Global Engagement, Enterprise and Innovation and CU Services Ltd in pursuit of corporate objectives in these areas.
  8. Work with other Heads of School, Research and Enterprise & Innovation teams, CU Services Ltd, and other staff both inside and outside the Faculty to identify new opportunities for cross and inter-disciplinary working.
  9. Continually enhance the student experience by ensuring all courses and modules within the responsibility of the School comply with University requirements in terms of meeting quality requirements, performance indicators and ensuring an effective student support system is maintained.
  10. Undertake day-to-day management of the School including allocation and monitoring of responsibilities and workloads and chairing appropriate meetings and working groups.
  11. Responsible for the effective deployment of financial resources devolved to the School and to advise the Academic Dean on resources as they affect the School.
  12. Implement the Reward and Performance Strategy for all staff in the School, making appropriate arrangements for staff appraisals to support the embedding of the University Values and the identification of development needs.
  13. Work closely with the Associate Deans and others to ensure that Faculty priorities are implemented and targets met, and that the needs of the School are understood.
  14. Participate in, and when appropriate chair the process for appointments of staff.
  15. Ensure that the School makes effective contributions to home and overseas student recruitment, representing the School at University Open Days, travelling to key recruitment markets if required and market the School/Faculty and the University including work with external partner organisations.
  16. Take responsibility for regular and effective communication within the School and to/from other levels in the University Group.
  17. In the discharge of these responsibilities, the Head of School will be supported by arrangements approved by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of the Academic Dean. These arrangements will allow delegation of some responsibilities through one or more of the following actions:
  • Appointment of Deputy Head (where appropriate) and Associate Head(s) of School or other senior post(s);
  • Designation of cross-School posts to take specific responsibilities; and
  • Assignment of specific School duties to academic staff in the School.

AND such other duties as are within the scope and spirit of the job purpose, the title of the post and its grading.

Supervision Received
The Post holder will be directly accountable to the Academic Dean of Faculty and will be required to work closely with the Associate Deans.

Supervision Given
Academic staff within the School.

All staff across the University Group, students and external contacts/bodies.



Education/ Qualifications

  • A PhD plus experience in the relevant subject area or an equivalent level of professional experience alongside a postgraduate qualification in the relevant subject.
  • Evidence the achievement of the Criteria for Principal Fellow within the UK Professional Standards Framework for Higher Education, or a suitable professional body (advantageous).
  • Membership of relevant external organisations (advantageous).
  • An approved teaching qualification (advantageous).

Experience (paid and unpaid)

  • Academic credibility built upon achievements through teaching excellence, research and/or creative practice.
  • Full understanding of a student centered approach to curriculum development and programme management.
  • A strong sense of the external market/environment and personal drive to take advantage of partnering opportunities.
  • An understanding of modern and innovative approaches to teaching and learning including IT applications.
  • Experience of managing a large scale operation e.g. School/Department, Programme management and dealing with a range of staffing issues.
  • Previous leadership and management experience of medium to large diverse teams in an academic context.
  • Project management and planning experience in pedagogy.

Research/ External Funding

  • Record of practice/research consultancy or publications in an area related to the School/Faculty’s work.
  • Good track record of successful bids for research and/or consultancy funding.
  • Ability to identify and exploit innovative and effective strategies in relation to enhancing student experience and satisfaction and the teaching, learning and assessment approaches within the Faculty.
  • Awareness of the opportunities and approaches to secure new forms of external funding.
  • Experience of partnership working with external organisations in relation to teaching, learning and assessment and student satisfaction and experience.
  • Able to think strategically and identify academic opportunities related to the work of the Faculty.
  • Success in tendering and securing external funding (advantageous).

Job-related skills and capabilities

  • Able to understand University strategy / direction of travel and the ability to translate this into deliverable plans.
  • Effective Leadership skills that provide focus, energy and an environment which facilitates others to both perform and develop.
  • Management skills that balance performance management, effective delegation and a consultative approach to decision making.
  • Creativity and innovation in problem solving, decision making and business development.
  • Ability to manage budgets and allocate resources effectively.
  • Customer relationship management skills.

Interpersonal skills

  • High level communication skills (both oral and written) with ability to act as a representative of the Faculty and University in a wide range of situations, both internally and externally, nationally and internationally.
  • Negotiation, influencing and enabling skills to ensure School/Faculty priorities are met.
  • Ability to present and communicate complex issues in a readily accessible format.
  • Accepts personal responsibility, proactively identifies the need for and manages change.
  • Collaborative working across Faculty and Service functions.

Other requirements

  • Able to work flexibly and use own initiative when appropriate.
  • A positive ‘can do’ attitude and approach.
  • Able to travel and represent the Faculty/University in the UK and overseas, as required.
  • Awareness of current issues in Higher Education and funding agencies, with particular reference to student funding.

Terms of appointment

The salaries will be agreed with the successful candidates for each role depending on experience.

We offer benefits including pension schemes, generous holiday allowances, flexible working, a childcare vouchers scheme, training, personal and professional development and discounted membership to the university’s bespoke £4m sport and recreation centre.

In addition, we have a number of lifestyle benefits, such as our cycle to work scheme and our Coventry University car share scheme, all designed to support your career, wellbeing and the environment. The university is also primarily based in the centre of Coventry, allowing great access to the road and rail networks.

A summary of our benefits can be found by clicking here.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the university, an executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 12th October 2020.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of three pages) outlining how you meet the essential criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include details of two referees in either your CV or covering letter, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
  • Please complete one of the following equal opportunity monitoring forms –

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the following corresponding reference numbers:

  • AQ991 for the Head of the School of Strategy & Leadership
  • AQ993 for the Head of Coventry Law School

Should you wish to discuss either of these roles in strict confidence, please contact Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 927 or Elyse Turner Pearce on +44(0)7808 648 559.


Closing date: Monday 12th October
Longlisting: Wednesday 21st October
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: w/c 26th October and 2nd November
Shortlisting: Thursday 12th November
Final Panel Interviews (to be conducted virtually): Monday 23rd November (Head of the School of Strategy & Leadership)

Friday 27th November (Head of Coventry Law School)