Croeso and thank you for your interest in our university.
Bangor is a unique institution, Welsh in language and attitude but international in outlook and ambition. We are building on our strengths in research and teaching and creating a thriving, confident civic university which not only serves Bangor and our region, but is also genuinely transformational for Wales and the world.
Our heritage empowers us; it does not constrain us. We have created the new School of Arts, Culture, and Language which is home to an exciting and diverse range of subject areas that sit at the core of the University’s arts and humanities subject provision. In addition to boasting an excellent research and teaching environment, the school makes a significant contribution to the University’s civic and public engagement agenda. Our new Head of School will be firmly focused on creating a future for these important areas of knowledge.
This is a critical appointment for Bangor. Working with Professors Martina Feilzer and Andrew Edwards who lead the College of Arts, Humanities and Business, you will be joining an enthusiastic team committed to developing strategies in teaching, research and impact. There are significant opportunities for our new Head to make a very positive contribution to the University. The post will be focused on change management and growth. You will have a high profile internally and externally as you lead on developing and raising the School’s academic offering and external profile.
I hope you share our aspirations and are excited by the prospect of leading this School.
A strong, confident institution recognised regionally, nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for its varied portfolio of teaching and research, and for the unique, multicultural, inclusive experience it provides for its staff and students.
Our History and Today
The University was founded as a direct result of a campaign in the late nineteenth century for higher education provision in Wales. Funds were raised by public subscription to establish a college of university rank in Bangor. An important feature of its foundation was the voluntary contributions made by local people, including amongst others, many farmers and quarrymen who could ill afford to donate money, but did so despite the difficulties in order to benefit future generations.
The University was founded as the University College of North Wales. It opened its doors on 18 October 1884 in an old coaching inn with 58 students and 10 members of staff. The students received degrees from the University of London until 1893 when the University of Wales, Bangor became one of the three original constituent colleges of the University of Wales.
Bangor has had a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Today around 11,000 students study at the University, and it has approximately 2000 staff, based in fourteen Academic Schools within three Colleges, and supported by a number of Professional Services. In addition, we have 600 students studying at Bangor College China and around 2400 students studying validated programmes in the UK and overseas. We have more than 150 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies which were named best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018.
The University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.
The most recent National Student Survey results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 mainstream universities for student satisfaction and we are particularly proud of our Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold which highlights our staff’s work in providing outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. Sustainability is central to all our activities and we are ranked 8th in the world in the UI Green metric.
Teaching and Learning
The University prides itself on the quality of teaching offered. This was supported in a recent review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency, which resulted in the highest possible endorsement of the University’s academic standards.
Students are enrolled on 324 undergraduate programmes and 125 postgraduate taught programmes. Undergraduate students are registered to 1883 modules. There are 340 undergraduate modules offered through the medium of Welsh, and Bangor is recognised as the leading provider of Welsh medium education in Wales.
The academic activities of the University are grouped into three Colleges:
Research is central to Bangor University; it is an integral part of our teaching and a passion of our academic staff. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for all UK universities.
Research in Sports Science; Modern Languages; Welsh; Education; Linguistics; Ocean Sciences; Biological Sciences; Environment, Natural Resources and Geography; Psychology; Healthcare Sciences; and Medical Sciences have all been ranked in the top 20 in the UK.
Research and teaching are closely inter-linked: almost all research academics teach, ensuring that our students benefit from the knowledge created by our research.
The University’s Arts and Innovation Centre, Pontio (meaning ‘to bridge’ in Welsh), provides a wide variety of high quality activities and entertainment for both the University and the local community, championing Welsh language and culture. The University has a dedicated Widening Access Centre that provides a vital link between the University and its surrounding community. We are also committed to the principles of sustainable development and global citizenship and to ensuring that all our functions reflect this.
Click here for the recent annual review and accounts.
The newly established School of Arts, Culture, and Language is home to an exciting and diverse range of subject areas that sit at the core of the University’s arts and humanities subject provision. This is the largest of three academic schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Business and is home to over 50 academic staff, over 50 tutors and over 1,200 undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. In addition to boasting an excellent research and teaching environment, the school makes a significant contribution to the University’s civic and public engagement agenda at local, regional, national and international levels. The School is at the forefront of the University’s mission to establish a world-leading bilingual ethos and working environment.
The School is comprised of vibrant academic departments, research centres and academic related units.
Five academic departments:
Three academic related units:
The diverse but interconnected School sustains a community of outstanding and renowned academics and creative practitioners who produce world-leading research on core areas of strength including Welsh, Celtic Studies, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, Musicology and Composition, Performance and Film, Linguistics and Language Planning, Material Texts and Material Cultures, and Cultural Connections across Wales, Europe and the World. Our teaching and research are supported by our outstanding archives and special collection and excellent library and digital facilities and a deep engagement with digital humanities.
The School, like Bangor and its surrounding communities is bilingual; Welsh and English are used equally in School communication, teaching, and creative practice. Grounded in our distinct linguistic and cultural identity and extraordinary location, the school has a consciously global outlook to research. It engages with scholars across the world, undertakes externally funded comparative and international research and hosts a community of international staff and students. The School offers students an immersive experience of Welsh language and culture, and is world-leading in its provision of Welsh medium modules focused on arts, literature, culture and language.
The University and School place an enormous value on our subject areas, defending the vital role that Arts, Culture and Language play for the wider community, societal and individual wellbeing, and recognise our responsibility to ensure our academic work and creative practice connects with local, regional, national and global communities.
Building on our research excellence, strong staff and student community, and our local links, we have an ambitious plan for growth, and your leadership would be the essential ingredient for supporting our ambitions.
Line Manager: Dean of College of Arts, Humanities and Business
A strategic leadership role, the Head is responsible for the academic and strategic leadership and management of the School. Proactively working with the PVC/Head and Dean of College, School, College and wider University colleagues the role will establish a clear vision for the future direction of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with a focus on growth, quality of teaching provision, enhancing the student experience, increasing research and external activities. The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is highly desirable and candidates who do not speak Welsh will be supported to learn Welsh. Candidates will be expected to show an understanding of the requirements of a bilingual environment.
Strategy, profile and governance
Management and development of resources
Teaching and learning
Equality and diversity
Education and qualifications
Experience and knowledge
Skills and abilities
This post is offered on a full time, permanent basis. An appropriate salary will be agreed with the preferred candidate.
All other terms and conditions will be in accordance with the standard terms and conditions of employment at the University for academic staff.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to Bangor 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 Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 927, or Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944. To discuss the opportunity in Welsh please contact Professor Sir Deian Hopkin on +44(0)7711 155 720.
The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 22 November 2021.
Applications can be made in English or Welsh and should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1237.
Bangor University is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all our students, staff and our partners. We aim to take every opportunity to progress equality and diversity and celebrate the enrichment this brings to our community.
|Closing date:||noon on Monday 22 November 2021|
|Longlisting:||Tuesday 30 November 2021|
|Preliminary Interviews with AQ:||Thursday 2 – Wednesday 8 December 2021|
|Shortlisting:||Monday 13 December 2021|
|Final Panel Interviews:||Tuesday 11 January 2022|