Appointment of a Professor in Fashion Business and Technology

Welcome

Dear candidate

Thank you for your interest in joining the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester. The University is a diverse, international community of over 12,000 staff and over 40,000 students. It is a place where research has a global impact, where students experience outstanding teaching and learning, helping them to develop into tomorrow’s leaders, and where all activity is enriched by a commitment to social responsibility. The Academic Ranking of World Universities currently rates Manchester as the 35th best university in the world and 5th best in the UK.

The University’s Department of Materials is the largest department of its kind in Europe and Manchester is one of only two Russell Group universities offering fashion business and technology courses. Its academic staff has an expertise that spans an unusually wide range of materials disciplines, from fashion, textiles, business and technology to polymers, metals, ceramics, biomaterials and composites. The Department offers four streams in fashion education (Buying and Merchandising, Marketing, Management and Technology) across a broad team with established research areas and a strong cohort of PhD students.

Applications are encouraged from an experienced and esteemed academic or an industry practitioner seeking to join the Fashion Business and Technology group. It is essential is that the successful candidate is able to evidence a strong teaching, scholarship and research pedigree, or deep experience within a relevant industry setting, and demonstrate a collaborative and supportive approach to leadership.

This is a teaching and research focused role and the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the wider internal and external academic community. They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the transformative power of education and the advancing contribution of research.

We offer the opportunity to work in one of the UK’s great cities, in a thriving Department of Materials and a Fashion Business and Technology Group that is seeking to grow and further develop its research and teaching profile.

Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be delighted to discuss the role with you. Their details can be found on this site. My colleague Rachel Studd, FBT Group manager, would also be delighted to speak to you and can be reached at rachel.studd@manchester.ac.uk.

The University of Manchester is a truly exceptional and special place, and you can find out more about the University and the Department of Materials role on this site. I do hope that you will express an interest in joining us.

Yours faithfully

Professor Sarah Cartmell
Head of the Department of Materials

About us

About the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester was formed in 2004 by combining the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST.  It is the largest non-federal university in the UK, with an annual income of over £1 billion, over 12,000 staff and over 40,000 students. It and its predecessor institutions have a distinguished history of research and teaching, tracing back to 1824 and having produced 25 Nobel laureates. Research highlights include Rutherford’s work on splitting the atom (leading to the 1908 Nobel prize for physics), the world’s first stored-program computer (the Manchester University Mark I), the world’s first steerable radio telescope (at Jodrell Bank), the birth of chemical engineering, and most recently the discovery of graphene (leading to the 2010 Nobel prize for physics).  The Academic Ranking of World Universities currently rates Manchester as the 35th best university in the world and 5th best in the UK. The University has more than half a million alumni in 190 countries.  The University is a partner of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

You can find out more about the University on our website here.

You can also hear what the University of Manchester means to our Chancellor, the award-winning writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE:

Our structure

The University is divided into Faculties, Schools, Institutes and hundreds of specialist research groups, all of which undertake pioneering multidisciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance.  The Faculties, Schools, Institutes and research group are supported by a broad range of professional service teams and functions. The University’s academic structure is:

Faculty of Humanities

Alliance Manchester Business School; School of Arts, Languages and Cultures; School of Environment, Education and Development; School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

School of Biological Sciences; School of Health Sciences; School of Medical Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering; School of Natural Sciences, which is home to the Department of Materials.

Our Future

Our new vision and strategic plan for The University of Manchester will take us into our third century. It builds on a rich heritage of discovery, social change and pioneering spirit that is at the heart of our University and our city region: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/vision/

The city of Manchester

Manchester is the largest city in Northern England, with a metropolitan area population of over 2.5 million. Traditionally a commercial and industrial powerhouse, and birthplace of the industrial revolution, today it is also a cosmopolitan centre of education, media, arts and sport. Internationally famed for spectator sport and nightlife, it also has world-class facilities for music, participation in sport, arts and shopping. Direct rail links connect to cities across the UK, and the international airport provides direct flights across Europe and to major hubs worldwide. Just outside the city, the Peak District National Park provides some of the country’s best-loved terrain for outdoor activities, while the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia and Lake District National Parks are also easily accessible.

The Department of Materials

The Department of Materials is the largest department of its kind in Europe and Manchester is one of only two Russell Group Universities offering fashion business and technology courses. It is therefore distinctive in nature and purpose. Its academic staff has an expertise that spans an unusually wide range of materials disciplines, from fashion, textiles, business and technology to polymers, metals, ceramics, biomaterials and composites. The teaching and research reflects this breadth of activity. The Department offers a wide an extensive range of programmes comprising undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research.

We attract the best research talent from across the globe, offering invaluable hands-on experience in custom laboratories and digital design studios. We are the home of graphene and our continued investment in materials includes the creation of our £235 million Henry Royce Institute and our £60 million Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

Research is organised into eight research themes, although research projects often involve researchers in other groups, other schools, other universities and industry. The eight themes are:

Biomaterials
The development of new materials, from their chemical synthesis to their use for medical treatment.

Coatings and ceramics
Research into the development of advanced ceramics and coatings for structural and functional applications.

Fashion management and marketing
The research of operations management, consumer behaviour and more, in fashion and textiles.

Imaging and characterisation
Research into advanced materials conducted by using a suite of outstanding X-ray and microscopy facilities.

Metallurgy and corrosion
A research area dedicated to the performance of metals and alloys in demanding environments.

Nano and functional materials
The development and study of novel nanomaterials for their application in key technological areas.

Polymers and composites
Research focused on developing advanced polymers and multi-functional composites.

Textiles and apparel
We’re developing advanced textile materials, technologies and products for a variety of applications.

You can read more about our research themes here.

You can read more about the Department here.

The role

Professor in Fashion Business and Technology

Job reference:
AQ1215

The position

Applications are encouraged from an experienced and esteemed academic or industry practitioner seeking to join the Fashion Business and Technology group within the Department of Materials at a senior level. This is a professorial level appointment and it is likely, but not necessary, that the successful candidate will currently hold a post of commensurate level. It is essential that the successful candidate is able evidence a strong teaching, scholarship and research pedigree, or deep experience within a relevant industry setting, and demonstrate a collaborative and supportive approach to leadership in these key dimensions of the post.

This is a teaching and research focused role and the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the wider internal and external academic community. They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the transformative power of education and the advancing contribution of research. Along with this they must also be able to demonstrate an active and current experience in teaching within the areas of fashion marketing and fashion business with a strong emphasis upon sustainability evidencing recent developments in HE teaching and learning practices.

The department offers four streams in fashion education (these comprise Buying and Merchandising, Marketing, Management, and Technology) across a broad team with established research areas and a strong cohort of PhD students. The University is an attractive destination for PhD researchers and there is an expectation that all academic staff will engage in PhD supervision and contribute to our teaching of UG and PG students.

We currently have a dynamic team who are forging clear paths in their own research and scholarship areas within the fashion business and technology discipline. Key aspects of this role will be to:

  • build upon the success of the team and further advance the research culture;
  • deliver a distinctive and globally relevant competitive position through research leadership;
  • lead the establishment of thematic research groupings that consolidate internal research interests and build external (to the team and to the University) inter-disciplinary research relationships;
  • secure research funding through grants and / or income generation;
  • provide mentorship to junior colleagues and new academics;
  • assume a service leadership role within the Department.

The Fashion Business and Technology discipline provides an exciting opportunity to contribute to an integrated team as well as the springboard for growing your own sector leading research and teaching alongside other members of the team.

The post of Professor is a senior and appropriately responsible position in which the postholder is expected to balance the pressures of teaching, research and administrative demands and competing deadlines. The responsibilities listed are indicative of the general nature of responsibilities of the post rather than specific duties and do not limit the responsibilities that the postholder may be asked to assume by the Head of Department or their Line Manager. For any individual the balance of responsibilities assigned may vary significantly, with the emphasis at any time being more towards delivery of teaching or towards administration and / or the management of taught programmes, student support and employability.

Teaching will be within the Department of Materials and allocated in accordance with Departmental practice under direction from the Head of Department and Line Manager. The person appointed will be expected to design and deliver high quality teaching and learning material, to set, mark and assess coursework and examinations, to supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate student projects and tutorials, and to provide timely and effective support and feedback to students. As appropriate, the University of Manchester provides effective training, support and guidance to help staff achieve these objectives.

Administrative duties within the Department of Materials may be Department-wide or more focused on specific responsibilities and will be assigned by the Head of Department in discussion with the Line Manager. There also will be opportunities to become involved with wider roles at School and Faculty and/or at central University level, if the postholder has an interest in pursuing such roles, but this is not a requirement of the post.

Key responsibilities, accountabilities or duties

You will be expected to be involved in the leadership of our research group and contribute to both the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes of the Department of Materials, Fashion Business and Technology Group. You will contribute to the administration of the division, the Department, the School and/or the Faculty as appropriate.

The balance of teaching and research responsibilities will be varied by line management from time-to-time based on operational needs.

You will be expected to:

  • Have an excellent proven research profile of international standing;
  • Build and lead an internationally recognised research community within the Fashion Business and Technology Group that delivers a programme of significant, impactful and internationally relevant research;
  • Contribute to the wider internal and external research community;
  • Identify and secure significant external research funding;
  • Develop appropriate collaborations with other adjacent activities in the Department and the School and more widely at the national and international level;
  • Disseminate the results of your research across top international peer-review journals and conferences;
  • Attract and supervise, to successful completion, outstanding research students;
  • Create opportunities for case study development and industry engagement;
  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of programmes and programme units;
  • Design and deliver high quality teaching and learning material in the area of Fashion Marketing and Management applied to the textiles and fashion industries for large scale (100+) cohorts;
  • Develop innovations in teaching supported by technology and seek to embed research in the discipline area exploiting developing teaching theory and technology enhanced approaches;
  • Engage in distance learning and teaching within the subject discipline;
  • Specify and supervise student projects at all levels;
  • Provide a range of student support mechanisms to enhance the student experience, including the setting, assessing and marking of course work and examinations and the provision of timely and effective student feedback;
  • Undertake a range of administrative tasks to support own area of teaching, and/or research, and/or engagement e.g. recruitment or research team leadership;
  • Take responsibility for a defined management or administrative role such as Unit Co-ordinator, Year Tutor, Admissions, Assessment or Outreach Co-ordinator, etc;
  • Contribute to the wider activities of the Department, Faculty and University through input to project teams, working groups and committees;
  • Be proactive in developing an inclusive curriculum and be an active part of our ED&I activities;
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures of the University.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential knowledge, skills and experience for the post

  • Educated to PhD Level in Marketing / Business and / or a demonstrable and sustained track record of research excellence;
  • A sustained track record of at least internationally excellent (3*) research output within the field of fashion business and / or fashion marketing;
  • Academic experience in Fashion Business and Marketing in line with the academic rank sought as expected at an internationally-leading research-led university;
  • Evidence of high esteem in the relevant international discipline;
  • Experience of research collaboration nationally and internationally;
  • Research leadership at Group/Discipline/Departmental level;
  • Evidence of large class teaching excellence at undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • A proven track record of successful completed Postgraduate Research supervision;
  • Knowledge and experience of contemporary teaching and learning practices and situations;
  • Evidence in the developing innovative teaching and learning methods and digital learning platforms;
  • Evidence of ability to be able to contribute to a wider range of administrative tasks within the Department e.g. course development, assessment exercises, examinations, recruitment and management of resources;
  • Excellent oral and written presentation and communication skills;
  • Good awareness of discipline fit within the existing fashion business and technology activity within the Department.

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy;
  • Industry Experience within the Fashion Sector.

Selection criteria for the post level

Professor

  • A sustained record and continuing trajectory of output at international standing, peer-reviewed research publications;
  • Evidence of high esteem in the relevant international arena;
  • A sustained record of success in obtaining and leading external research funding;
  • A sustained record of successful supervision and completions of PGR students;
  • Evidence of developing, leading and mentoring research communities and collaborations;
  • Evidence of high standing in the relevant international research communities;
  • A record of engagement with personal and professional development in relation to teaching and student support;
  • A record of successful leadership or management of a significant organisational unit or area of activity;
  • A sustained record of productive involvement in translating research into beneficial activity or positive change in the wider community;
  • Evidence of leadership of, and/or a record of active participation in, advisory committees or professional or practice-based forums relevant to discipline.

Terms of appointment

Salaries for appointment at Professorial level are competitive and negotiable.

The post holder will join the University Superannuation Scheme (USS).

The Department of Materials and University are committed to the well-being and work-life balance of all staff. We have a package of family-friendly policies covering flexible working, career breaks and entitlement to paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

The Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. In November 2017, we received a Silver Award which recognises good practice in relation to gender.

This is a full time post but applications from individuals seeking part time, job share or flexible working arrangements are welcome.

For information on the benefits of working at the University of Manchester, please click here.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment 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 our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Alice Hayler on +44 (0)7596 954 388, Imogen Wilde on +44(0)7864 652 633 or Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534; or enquiries may be made to the FBT Group manager, Rachel Studd at rachel.studd@manchester.ac.uk.

Shortlisting will take place in early November 2021 and you will be advised of the outcome once shortlisting is complete.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV;
  • Brief research and teaching statements (maximum two sides A4 each, excluding references);
  • Details of three referees, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted; and
  • An Equal Opportunities monitoring form which can be downloaded here.

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates  using the reference AQ1215.