Appointment of the Dean of Students


Thank you for your interest in the Dean of Students role at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Goldsmiths is proud of its reputation for innovative and challenging thinking across its range of disciplines. Our Strategic Plan for the next five years was agreed by Council in January 2018 and sets out an ambitious vision to shape our portfolio of academic programmes and research, respond to the full range of students’ needs and expectations, equip graduates with the skills and flexibility to make a difference to the world around them and support research that addresses local, national and global challenges.

The Dean of Students is a new cross-institutional role, created to provide strategic vision, academic leadership and co-ordination of activities supporting our students’ academic experience. Reporting to the Deputy Warden and working in collaboration with the Academic Registrar and Director of Student Experience, Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers and staff and academic departments, the Dean of Students will support our endeavours to deliver a high quality and consistent academic experience for all students, improving student academic outcomes and well-being.

Goldsmiths staff are encouraged to be ambitious, committed to the university, but also to their own career development. We foster an environment that is oriented to the best in learning and research. We are looking for motivated and talented people to work with us to achieve our ambitions.

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

I do hope you will express an interest in joining us at this most exciting phase in our development.

Best wishes

Professor Elisabeth Hill
Deputy Warden and Pro-Warden for Learning, Teaching & Enhancement

About us

Our Strategy

Goldsmiths has recently refreshed and updated its strategy for 2018-2023, consulting across the College community and beyond. While our mission and values remain unchanged, the revised strategy seeks to respond to the changing environment and reshape our priorities for the next five years.

You can download our full strategy document here.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Our Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Strategy (LTAS) was developed with the commitment and focus of colleagues and student representatives from across Goldsmiths who contributed their ideas, suggestions, and vision.

Our students, past and present, and the Students’ Union deserve particular acknowledgement for their pioneering work that has enabled the “liberating our degrees” strand to become part of our LTAS.

The LTAS 2017-2021 aims to:

  • Liberate our degrees
  • Develop research-teaching synergies
  • Ensure access, inclusion, and robust learning support for all our students
  • Extend our reach
  • Enhance graduate futures

You can download the Learning, Teaching, Assessment Strategy 2017-2021 here.


We offer a transformative experience, generating knowledge and stimulating self-discovery through creative, radical and intellectually rigorous thinking and practice.

Our Mission is underpinned by the following values:

Achieving academic excellence

  • Pursuing intellectual curiosity
  • Encouraging the highest standards of research and practice
  • Building on our diverse strengths through interdisciplinary imagination
  • Maximising the interaction of teaching and research

Radical and innovative thinking

  • Cultivating a unique and creative approach to all our subjects
  • Daring to think differently and to challenge the norms
  • Embracing new ideas with energy and reflection

Respecting the individual

  • Encouraging individuality and nurturing talent
  • Enabling freedom of thought and expression
  • Nurturing an environment of openness and tolerance

Promoting access and diversity

  • Enabling a wide range of people to benefit from our learning opportunities
  • Recruiting students and staff from all backgrounds and experiences
  • Strengthening our local connections as we extend our international reach

Supporting our students and staff

  • Creating a responsive and collaborative learning environment
  • Providing inspiring opportunities for personal and social development
  • Enhancing the life skills of employable and enterprising global citizens

Creating change, locally and globally

  • Being socially aware and socially engaged
  • Actively promoting sustainability
  • Fostering a social and intellectual community within, and beyond, Goldsmiths

The role

Dean of Students

Job reference:

Department: Warden’s office
Reporting to: Deputy Warden

The Warden is the principal academic, administrative and executive officer of the College (equivalent to the Vice-Chancellor at most other universities), and is the Accounting Officer responsible to the Office for Students for the sound management of the College.  The Warden is assisted by Goldsmiths’ Senior Management Team (SMT) which meets regularly to formulate and approve strategic policy and practice.  The Warden’s office is a fast-paced responsive environment, providing high quality administrative support to the Warden.   The office deals with a high volume of correspondence and enquiries, bringing the team into contact with a stimulating range of people and issues including high profile national and international people, press and social media, government and regulatory bodies.

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Job Description


The Dean of Students is a cross-institutional role which provides strategic vision, academic leadership and co-ordination of activities supporting the student’s academic experience.  The role is key to supporting the quality and enhancement of the student’s academic experience through driving activities to improve academic outcomes and enhance the well-being of students.  This is an attractive leadership opportunity for someone committed to, and experienced in, promoting and improving the student academic experience in its widest sense.

Main duties

Working in collaboration with the Deputy Warden, Academic Registrar and Director of Student Experience, Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers and staff, and academic departments you will support the College’s endeavours to enable a high quality and consistent academic experience for all students. You will be expected to lead in the following areas:

  1. To provide strategic vision and leadership for the development of a student focussed culture across all academic areas.
  2. To promote the Dean of Students as a key touchpoint for leadership and enhancement of the student academic experience.
  3. To develop activities which enhance student participation and student outcomes.
  4. Ensure the Dean of Students is integral to strategic developments to enhance the student academic experience.
  5. Drawing on best practice, support improvements to College wide academic support.
  6. Work in collaboration with the Academic Registrar and Director of Student Experience to ensure that the academic development of students and their well-being are approached holistically.
  7. Contribute as required to the College’s engagement with external quality and regulation processes such as those related to TEF, REF etc.
  8. Contribute to the consideration of student cases under Regulations and Ordinances, where no conflict of interest exists, including being an independent colleague in broader investigatory contexts.
  9. To engage in committees, working groups and other College activities where required.
  10. Work closely with members of the College Senior Management Team and other senior managers across the College, wider academic community and the Students’ Union to develop the role of Dean of Students to respond to the teaching, learning and research agendas of the College.
  11. Participate in and influence the development of College strategy and policy through membership of College committees and other groups, providing specialist input and knowledge of current developments and external policies and legislation in the areas covered by the Dean of Students role, that assist in the strategic planning and operation of the College.
  12. Represent the College externally as required and undertake any other duties or projects as may be required from time to time.
  13. You will be required to undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.
  14. Ensure that you are aware of and aligned with Goldsmiths’ Regulations, Strategy, and Objectives to work together to proactively advance Equality and Diversity.
  15. At all times to help maintain a safe working environment by participating in training as necessary and following the Goldsmiths’ Health and Safety Codes of Practice and Policy.
  16. Develop close working relationships with the Students’ Union and its Officers to support delivery of an integrated student experience across the College.



  • Significant academic track record, sufficient to maintain the trust and respect of academic departments.
  • Substantial management experience in higher education that demonstrates successful strategic planning, implementation and impact.


  • Experience of leadership and management in an academic environment with a significantly student facing role.
  • Strong record of delivery with an understanding of the differing needs of a diverse student body as relates to the academic student experience.
  • Proven ability to fulfil cross-institutional responsibilities effectively.
  • Proven experience of effective strategic leadership for enhancing the academic student experience.
  • A successful track record of designing and leading initiatives to enhance the academic student experience.
  • Experience of working closely with Students’ Unions and its Officers.


  • An excellent understanding of the current issues affecting UK higher education, in particular those issues that directly impact on students and the student journey.
  • Knowledge of current developments within Student Support Services, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and partnership working within a HE environment.


  • Communicates persuasively and with gravitas, adapting the style and message to a diverse internal or external audience in an inclusive and accessible way.
  • Able to motivate and lead effectively, setting the strategic direction and promoting collaboration across formal boundaries.
  • Effectively plans, prioritises and manages the delivery of complex projects or activities to achieve long term strategic objectives.
  • Initiates innovative solutions to problems which have a strategic impact.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the capacity to lead, enthuse and inspire, and to influence colleagues at all levels.
  • Strongly self-motivated, bringing gravitas, credibility, energy, resilience and commitment.
  • High level negotiation, influencing and enabling skills to ensure priorities are met.
  • Capacity to work across the institution and to develop strong relationships with the widest range of colleagues and students.
  • Demonstrable integrity and resilience in high-pressure situations.

Terms of appointment

A competitive salary will be agreed with the successful candidate depending on experience.

If you choose to work with us, you’ll become part of a learning organisation that is committed to professional and personal development, with a comprehensive and innovative staff development programme.

You’ll also have access to frequent lunchtime and evening talks, seminars and performances, and annual performance and development reviews.

Our other benefits include:

  • Working in Zone 2, with fantastic transport links and interest free travel to work loans
  • Excellent annual leave entitlement plus additional closure days at Christmas and Easter
  • Membership of USS pension scheme
  • Access to exclusive discounts, including high street retailers
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay and tax efficient childcare voucher scheme
  • Contractual sick pay provision
  • Free eye tests
  • Access to a 24-hour, 365-day independent confidential Staff Assistance Programme
  • Well-being initiatives including Staff Choir, running club and other social events
  • On-site dining facilities, cinema and gym
  • Access to University of London facilities such as Senate House Library

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.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Elliott Rae on +44(0)7584 078 534 or Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 25th November 2019.

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of three pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the criteria in the person specification.
  • Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of two referees in either your CV or covering letter. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.
  • Please complete an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference AQ877.

Closing date: Monday 25th November
Longlisting: Wednesday 27th November
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: w/c 25th November and 2nd December
Shortlisting: Thursday 5th December
Final Panel Interviews: Monday 16th December