Appointment of the Head of School of Economics, Finance and Accounting


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

Coventry University is the rising star of British higher education. In the last few years, we have broken the mould in order to widen the reach and quality of our education provision. We have opened campuses in the West Midlands, Central and East London, and Yorkshire, all of which offer a fresh, life-shaped approach to learning. In partnership with business and research bodies, we have invested significantly in the 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 role on this website, and our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be delighted to discuss the opportunity with you.

Professor Jenna Ward
Academic Dean, Faculty of Business & Law

About us


We are a unique institution with distinctive approach to our activities.

Our staff are central to the university’s success and we are committed to supporting them in their delivery of teaching and learning, research outputs and impact, and enterprise development – all of which will enhance our ability to operate globally. Our approach is partnership-driven, entrepreneurial and sustainable. You can take a look at our Group Strategy and find out more about our vision for 2030 here.

Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have received a variety of awards and accolades in recent years. We were awarded University of the Year for Student Experience by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, and were shortlisted for University of the Year in 2021; we were ranked 38th in the Guardian University Guide 2022. We hold a TEF Gold and received 5 stars for teaching, student satisfaction and online learning in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.

We’re proud of our achievements and of the way in which the university’s global reputation is flourishing, but we’re not resting on our past successes. We’re committed to continuing to deliver quality teaching and learning, outstanding student satisfaction, and to equipping our graduates with the skills they need to flourish personally and professionally.

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.

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 and other relevant organigrams for a more detailed overview here.

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 have other subsidiaries around the UK that offer educational 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.

  • 76% overall positive student satisfaction at Coventry University (National Student Survey 2021)
  • 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 
  • 5 stars for online learning

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 38th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2022)
  • 97% of our graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE Survey, UG UK, 2016/17, published 2018)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences 4 years running (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2014/15 – 2017/18 UK data)
  • 76% overall positive student satisfaction at Coventry University (National Student Survey 2021)

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 – whether in the city itself, its many multicultural suburbs, thriving regional towns and villages located in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

The Faculty and School

The teaching of business studies and economics began at the Lanchester College of Technology in 1966, prior to the creation of Coventry Business School. Since then the University has created the Faculty of Business and Law, winning awards for innovation and establishing programmes across the world.

To find out more about the Faculty of Business & Law, please click here;  the Faculty structure chart can be found here.

At the School of Economics, Finance and Accounting, we aim to provide students with a career relevant programme of study that develops their skills, knowledge and understanding to create highly employable global citizens.

As one of four schools in the Faculty of Business and Law, we are home to 130 staff and 2,500 students enrolled across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Accountancy, Economics, Finance and Investment Management. Despite the challenges of the past year, we continue to enjoy high rates of student satisfaction, receiving an average of 85% in our module evaluations.

The key strategic priorities for the school over the academic year 2021/22 are to improve recruitment across the portfolio of taught programmes; to improve the overall satisfaction on our courses; and to improve student attainment, progression and retention performance. Our new Head of School will play a pivotal role in delivering these.

The role

Head of School

Job reference:

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

As Head of School you will be responsible to the Academic Dean, and ultimately 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), as well as its institutional policies and procedures. You will also line manage the Deputy and Associate Heads of School. These retain specific responsibilities in alignment with Associate Dean / Deputy Vice-Chancellor portfolios; they therefore 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. You 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, you will be 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 core focus of the Head of School role is academic management. You will therefore be an active and engaged member of the Faculty’s leadership team, facilitating a positive and productive relationship between School and Faculty in order to drive towards the objectives outlined in the Group Plan.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic direction and academic leadership in the School within the context of University and Faculty priorities. Specifically, this will involve working with course teams to develop and implement strategies directly aligned to the key themes set out in the University’s Education Strategy. These include digital fluency, internationalisation within teaching and learning, and 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. This will involve building on the School’s competitive standing and academic credibility to drive the development of a leading portfolio of products.
  5. Understand the external market and competitive position to be able to drive change and develop new ideas and products, taking account of market and audience demand.
  6. Build a national and international profile for the School’s subjects and represent the Faculty internally and externally.
  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 working with external partner organisations to market the School, Faculty and University.
  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-centred 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 such as a School or Department within a higher education organisation, of leading diverse teams, and of dealing with a range of staffing issues.
  • Project management and planning experience in pedagogy.

Research/ External Funding

  • Record of practice, research consultancy or publications in an area related to the School’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 salary will be agreed with the successful candidate 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 Friday 26 November 2021.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of three pages) outlining how you meet the experience 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 the following online equal opportunities monitoring form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference number AQ1233.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Phil Entwistle on +44(0)7596 954 387 or Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 927.


Closing date: Noon on Friday 26 November 2021
Longlisting: Thursday 2 December
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: w/c 6 December 2021
Shortlisting: Wednesday 15 December
Final Panel Interviews: Wednesday 12 January 2022 (in person, on campus)