Appointment of the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Welcome

Dear Candidate

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining Kingston University, London as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing.

The University offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to equip our students with the skills and knowledge they will need in the 21st Century’s demanding workplace.  We aim to develop potential, transform lives and improve the world around us. We do this through a progressive approach to education that has practical outcomes benefitting people and communities.

We are in the midst of developing our new ambitious strategy that will confirm our long history of professional and technical education, while applying novel and innovative approaches and practices to education and addressing problems. The University is also reorganising its faculty structure in August 2022 and our existing Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing will become the new Faculty of Engineering and Computing (working title).

We are now seeking to appoint the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, who will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty and will lead the delivery of high-quality teaching, research and external partnerships. The new Dean will support staff through a period of change as we transition to the new Faculty structure and ensure that we offer a contemporary and attractive course portfolio and deliver excellent student and research outcomes.

With relevant senior management experience, a strong track record of academic achievement in a relevant discipline and experience of leading change and delivering excellence, the successful candidate will also bring a genuine commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. A track record of partnership working is essential, as is an inclusive approach to leadership and an unwavering commitment to delivering an outstanding student experience.

The Dean reports directly to myself, is a member of the University senior leadership team and plays an important role in University decision-making at the highest level. The Dean will also have a Pro Vice-Chancellor responsibility which will be agreed as part of the appointment.

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

This is an exceptional opportunity to shape the future of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at a bold and forward-thinking university which has taken great strides forward in recent years.

Yours faithfully

Professor Steven Spier
Vice-Chancellor

About us

Kingston University is the largest higher education provider in southwest London, with students from more than 140 countries. We offer a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral study programmes in largely professional and technical subjects reflecting the needs of industry. Our graduates are sought-after for their academic achievements and their ability to shape society and contribute to the economy. We have worked hard over the last few years to drive up academic standards and improve the student experience at Kingston. Our academic performance is reflected in our position in the market – we are one of the top 50 institutions in the country * and have climbed steadily in other league tables. The University also topped the ranking in London for fashion and textiles and nursing and midwifery.  Kingston is ranked the UK’s top 10 universities for social mobility**, which reflects our commitment to access and inclusion combined with our ambition for out students.

With a focus on innovation, enterprise, creativity and design, we lead the way in student start-ups and our students embrace creative opportunities through initiatives such as innovation competitions, volunteering programmes and hackathons.

With an annual income of circa £200 million, we also have secured a good financial position. We have started engaging our staff and students on a new strategy that will build on our strengths and prepare our staff and students with skills for the future as identified in our Future Skills report.

* Guardian League Table 2022 
** in a report released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in partnership with the Sutton Trust and the Department for Education.

Investing in our students’ future
We provide excellent facilities for our students and staff and we continue to invest for the future. Designed by the RIBA Gold Medal winning firm Grafton Architects, our new multi-million pound building, Town House, which won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2021, transforms the teaching and learning experience for students and staff and acts as a gateway to the University for its wider community and region.  Lord Foster’s commendation of the building describes the university’s aspirations as well:

“Kingston University’s Town House is a theatre for life – a warehouse of ideas. It seamlessly brings together student and town communities, creating a progressive new model for higher education, well deserving of international acclaim and attention,” he said. “In this highly original work of architecture, quiet reading, loud performance, research and learning, can delightfully co-exist. That is no mean feat. Education must be our future – and this must be the future of education.”

The University’s commitment to sustainability was recognised when Kingston School of Art’s newly renovated Mill Street Building won a 2021 BREEAM Award for the best Public Sector Project.

We are also due to start an ambitious 5-year transformation programme which will migrate all eligible systems and services to the cloud.  It will deliver a Cloud Adoption Framework enabling Kingston to exploit the benefits the cloud has to offer.

Our research 
We have always had a reasonable result in the REF. In REF 2014, 60 per cent of our research was considered either world leading or internationally excellent. We are growing our research reputation through fostering a collaborative, outward-looking research culture across the Institution. Our researchers are working with key industry partners across the full range of our disciplines, from Jaguar Land Rover and BAE Systems to the British Film Institute and the Venice Biennale.  We are looking forward to our next REF outcome and anticipate this improving the University’s ranking further.

In the draft strategy we aim to concentrate research and support for it in areas where we are credible and can be authoritative.

Student profile
As of 1 December 2020, we have 18,071 students. Our students include:

  • 12,772 undergraduate/foundation level students and 5,299 postgraduate students
  • 14,038 home students and 4,033 overseas students

Over half of Kingston students identify as BAME and around 28% are from overseas, joining us from over 140 different countries. They also differ by gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, faith and age – almost 50% are mature students.

We recognise the inherent value of this diversity and build it into our teaching environment and our courses.

A full report on our student data for 2021 can be found here.

Our locations 
The University is located across four campuses in and around Kingston upon Thames. Our campuses are not only welcoming and supportive environments for students and staff, they are also home to incredible learning facilities. With laboratories and studios, modern classrooms, lecture theatres and libraries, our campuses also include dedicated postgraduate study centres, virtual learning tools, 24/7 online learning support, specialist computer suites and many more additional study spaces.

Penrhyn Road campus

Within walking distance of Kingston town centre, this campus is busy, lively, cosmopolitan and home to the winner of the 2021 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize Townhouse building. In addition to academic departments it has central University facilities such as the fitness centre, catering, health centre, student restaurant, the Union of Kingston Students and the Student Life Centre, which provides services such as accommodation and finance advice.

Kingston School of Art, Knights Park campus

Knights Park is set in a riverside location a ten-minute walk from the Penrhyn Road campus. It houses probably the best workshops for an art school in the country. The restaurant and bar are right next to the picturesque Hogsmill River.

Kingston Hill campus

A beautiful, leafy, self-contained site with a mix of modern and historic buildings and a community feel. The campus also has halls of residence, tennis courts, bee hives and a nature walk.

Roehampton Vale campus

Purpose-built and completely dedicated to the study of engineering. The campus is just a bus ride or short drive from Kingston and within walking distance of Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common.

You can find out more about our University at https://www.kingston.ac.uk/

Vision and mission

Our draft vision, mission and values
We are currently developing our strategy to take us through to 2030 based on the following:

Vision
Our university will be sought-after for our students’ knowledge and ability; as a place for a fulfilling career; and for our impact on significant problems and issues.

Mission
To enhance students’ life chances, staff opportunities and the university’s impact in industry, policy and the professions.

Values

  • Inclusive
  • Ambitious
  • Enterprising
  • Empathetic

Working at Kingston University

There are 2,000 people working at Kingston and 18,000 students learning with us. We provide 260 undergraduate, postgraduate and apprenticeship degrees, from fashion to entrepreneurship, from nursing to engineering.

At Kingston we see diversity as a strength and value the rich variety of backgrounds, identities and experiences our staff and students bring to the university.

We are committed to strengthening our ethos around equity for every student and member of staff, and pledge to embed equality in all that we do and to reject racism in all its forms.

We are actively listening to and engaging with our staff and student community and setting new objectives and commitments that will promote a culture of acceptance without exception.

We welcome staff and students from all kinds of backgrounds

Here’s some of our achievements in the area of diversity and inclusion:

  • We’re one of only 20 UK institutions recognised for equality with a Race Equality Charter bronze award.
  • We achieved the Athena SWAN bronze award for our commitment to advancing gender equality in the workplace.
  • 43 per cent of our students come from homes as the first generation to attend university.
  • The University has one of the country’s most diverse student populations, with 63 per cent of our student body, and 23 per cent of staff, identifying as Asian, Black and minority ethnic.Extra support is given to UK undergraduate students who are part of the following groups: care leavers, care experienced students, young adult carers, and those estranged from their families, to complete their studies and graduate.

A full report on our student or staff data for 2021 can be here.

 

The Faculty

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing will formally come into existence in August 2022 and is comprised of two schools – Engineering and the Environment, and Computer Science and Mathematics – with the aim of facilitating interdisciplinary research, improving the scope of the student experience and encouraging partnerships between academia and industry.

Practice-based learning
Our students benefit from a practice-based, hands-on education informed by research to ensure our graduates have the skills and knowledge required to work in the industry. Across our courses we aim to provide a collaborative way of working that allows our graduates to develop key skills, knowledge and practice.

Links with the industry
We pride ourselves on promoting strong industrial involvement in our degree programmes, ensuring our courses are at the forefront of their discipline.

World-class facilities
Our industry standard laboratories and equipment provide opportunities to put theory into practice and gain valuable experience using the tools that students will find in the workplace – as well as some more unique equipment too.

Current student numbers

School of Computer Science and Mathematics:

  • PG: 904 (61 – UK, 843 – International)
  • UG: 1191 (931 – UK, 260 – International)

Department of Computer Science:

  • PG: 467 (13 – UK, 454 – International)
  • UG: 796 (607 – UK, 189 – International)

Department of Networks and Digital Media:

  • PG: 437 ( 48 – UK, 389 – International)
  • UG: 395 ( 324 – UK, 71 – International)

School of Engineering and the Environment:

  • PG: 901 (95 – UK, 806 – International)
  • UG: 1633 (1333 – UK, 300 – International)

Department of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering:

  • PG: 51 (13 – UK, 38 – International)
  • UG: 661 (546 – UK, 115 – International)

Department of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction:

  • PG: 323 (51 – UK, 272 – International)
  • UG: 508 (403 – UK, 105 – International)

Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment:

  • PG: 24 (7 – UK, 17 – International)
  • UG: 164 (155 – UK, 9 – International)

Department of Mechanical Engineering:

  • PG: 503 (24 – UK, 479 – International)
  • UG: 300 (229 – UK,71 – International)

You can read more about the current Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing here. Science courses will be moving out of the Faculty from August 2022.

The role

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Job reference:
AQ1315

This is an opportunity to create a new faculty, requiring the delivery of visible leadership and direction both within the Faculty and Kingston University, and to the wider engineering and computing sectors in the UK and internationally.

The Dean will be at the forefront of ensuring their faculty delivers against the emerging strategy, thereby ensuring good academic outcomes and external reputation. Candidates will have a high degree of credibility in either the Engineering or Computing sector, founded on a substantial record of achievement in the field as an academic and/or practitioner.

Working as part of the University Senior Leadership Team and with staff and students across the Faculty, and external stakeholders regionally, nationally and internationally, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Actively contribute to the strategic leadership of the University, supporting its mission, vision, values, and behaviours and wider cultural change. Act collectively and collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team to support wider organisational improvements and ensure our students are “sought after”
  • Support the wider leadership of the University by undertaking a PVC role – to be determined following appointment
  • Create a high performing Faculty, nurturing talent, releasing potential, and ensuring staff are engaged, flexible and agile, high performing, and are equipped to meet the needs of the changing HE agenda
  • Develop and engage with Faculty colleagues to implement the University’s strategy, combining current strengths and opportunities with new ideas and leading it into its next stage of development
  • Embed Faculty policies and processes that support and promote the University’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, as outlined in its Public Sector Equality Goals
  • Ensure that the Faculty’s organisational capability is aligned with its strategic objectives, leading a team which will deliver academically and operationally
  • Optimise the Faculty’s financial plan, ensuring continued financial sustainability and developing innovative opportunities for new income streams
  • Lead on the development, implementation and review of plans and policies for the Faculty to instil a high quality, performance orientated culture, valuing all those who work and study there
  • Continue to develop the Faculty’s presence both in the UK and beyond, building its brand and credibility as an institution of choice for students both in the UK and globally

A full list of the deliverables along with the Person Specification can be found in the attached Job Description.

Terms of appointment

A competitive salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

We offer a range of workplace benefits, including:

  • Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • 35 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • personal development plan
  • training, development funds and access to University study
  • season ticket loan
  • cycle-to-work scheme
  • employee assistance programme
  • discounted gym membership, use of our sports ground, fitness centre and complementary therapy clinic

To find out more about our benefits, please click 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.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Elliott Rae on +44(0)7584 078 534 or elliott@andersonquigley.com, or Imogen Wilde on +44(0)7864 652 633; imogen@andersonquigley.com.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 28 February 2022.

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1315

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 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 the following online Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.

Timetable 

Closing date: noon on Monday 28 February
Longlisting: Thursday 17 March
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: Friday 18 March – Thursday 24 March
Shortlisting: Monday 28 March
Panel Interviews: Wednesday 27 April