Appointment of a Professor and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Construction and Retrofit

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment (ADBE) and our exciting new Centre of Excellence in Low Carbon Construction and Retrofit.

The School is based at the University’s City Campus in the heart of Nottingham, we’re home to over 4,000 students and a large and diverse team of academic, technical, and professional staff, organised into five academic departments.

Our new Centre has been formed following a successful University investment bid secured as a result of the School’s deep research experience in the retrofitting of social housing and how this work exemplifies Trent’s new strategic plan. The Centre will explore the applied research question of how the built environment sector transitions to a low carbon future alongside addressing the retrofit skills gap via the creation of new courses and external consultancy. The successful candidate will excel in contributing to the mission of this Centre of Excellence in terms of providing strategic leadership alongside excellent and rigorous research in both informing and being informed by contemporary practice.

ADBE is looking for an individual with a background in Construction Management, retrofit or a related discipline. An outstanding leader and team player with a positive attitude and vision to help build a unique forward-looking Centre encompassing research, skills, and consultancy and working in partnership with Vision West Notts College to position ADBE as the leading regional provider of low carbon skills and retrofit education.

If you would like to contribute your expertise, creativity and energy to this wonderful institution and exciting new centre, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Professor Richard Bull
Deputy Dean School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment

About

The School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment are a provider of industry-accredited learning, a worldwide centre for professional connections, and a hub for some of the UK’s most exciting collaborations and research projects.

We are a centre of expertise for aspiring and professional designers, architects, civil engineers, surveyors and property and construction experts. Based at the University’s City Campus in the heart of Nottingham, we’re home to over 4,000 students and a large and diverse team of academic, technical, and professional staff, organised into five academic departments.

We have an outstanding reputation for providing challenging, applied education that is highly engaged with professional practice. Our courses at undergraduate, postgraduate taught, doctoral, degree apprenticeship and professional levels are designed with industry partners and informed by our globally significant research, ensuring that current trends are at the forefront of our students’ learning and development.

Our international links with industry, professional bodies and education networks enhance our opportunities in teaching and research. Accredited by multiple professional bodies, our courses have strong reputations in design and built environment sectors for producing high quality graduates. We are committed to developing a culture of internationalisation and sustaining a highly effective learning and working environment characterised by fairness, equality of opportunity and the valuing of diversity.

Sustainability is a key theme that runs through all our work. We invest our knowledge in impactful research and prepare our students to be at the forefront of change in their future careers. At NTU, we’re committed to working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and incorporating social, environmental, and economic themes into our learning, teaching and research.

In the School, we have an emphasis on areas relating to energy, responsible production and consumption, sustainable cities and health and wellbeing, innovation and climate action. Much of our research is dedicated towards these sustainable development goals through work on smart cities, renewable energy, transport and the circular economy, and collaboration with local stakeholders to support Nottingham’s commitment to becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028.

The School is comprised of five academic departments

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Product Design
  • Property Management and Development

University reimagined

Strategic Purpose

University Reimagined was developed in partnership with our colleagues, students and stakeholders. It articulates our ambitions across six key themes — written from the perspective of 2025 and looking back on what we have achieved.

Creating Opportunity:
We have pursued personalisation of student experience above and beyond expectations. Every student has the potential to develop the knowledge, skills and resilience they seek to create meaning and purpose in their lives. Our global community of lifelong learners has access to flexible courses of equal quality to our celebrated campus provision. The University’s delivery of social mobility through parity of outcomes has bestowed international recognition.

Valuing Ideas:
We have defined, resourced, and promoted a compelling portfolio of world-class research and innovation. We have created new ways for collaborators to share in the spirit of creativity and curiosity that characterises our research, scholarship, and practice.

Enriching Society:
NTU is a widely acknowledged force for good in economic, social and cultural development. We collaborate with those who like us want to address the key challenges of our times and our places.

Embracing Sustainability:
NTU has curated an intergenerational conversation with our students, colleagues, and stakeholders; we are recognised to be the most socially, economically and environmentally responsible University in the UK.

Connecting Globally:
We have gained renown for our truly global perspective. We are not restricted by borders or boundaries and work together to deepen and share our insights and understanding of our world for the benefit of the planet and all its inhabitants.

Empowering People:
Distinctive and disruptive, we have empowered people to do the right thing. We have been bold in pursuing novel solutions and taking unfamiliar routes.

The role

Professor and Centre Director: Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Construction and Retrofit

Job reference:
AQ1463

The School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment (ADBE) is looking for an outstanding leader and researcher to lead our new Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Construction and Retrofit. The Centre will explore the applied research question of how the built environment sector transitions to a low carbon future alongside addressing the retrofit skills gap via the creation of new courses and external consultancy. The successful candidate will excel in contributing to the mission of this Centre of Excellence in terms of providing strategic leadership alongside excellent and rigorous research in both informing and being informed by contemporary practice.

ADBE is looking for an individual with a background in Construction Management, retrofit or a related discipline. An outstanding leader and team player with a positive attitude and vision to help build a unique forward-looking Centre encompassing research, skills, and consultancy and working in partnership with Vision West Notts College (VWNC) to position ADBE as the leading regional provider of low carbon skills and retrofit education.

Key Responsibilities

Accountabilities and Duties:

Academic leadership and management:

  • Undertake full line management of all designated staff, including induction, mentoring, probation, absence management, teaching observation, PDCR appraisals, improving performance measures and disciplinary and grievance handling.
  • Undertake academic leadership and management duties appropriate to the post across the subject area, providing support for colleagues as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that all University Policies and Procedures are appropriately applied and followed within the areas of responsibility of the post.

Research:

  • Undertake sustained high-quality research, scholarly and pedagogic practice activity, consistent with the priorities of ADBE, which creates demonstrable impact upon the university, the external academic and/or professional communities and wider society.
  • Actively lead the development of quality research within the field of low carbon construction and retrofit within ADBE. This may also involve the active leadership, management and mentoring of research students and staff and early career researchers.
  • Maintain an international reputation for excellence within the discipline.
  • Maintain a sustained level of high-quality research outputs in prominent peer-reviewed academic journals, books or other relevant fora.
  • Disseminate the results of research, practice and scholarly activity in academic and professional conferences, and contribute to the visibility of the University and School.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with other academic institutions, relevant professional bodies, or commercial/industrial organisations to facilitate the development of research, teaching and/or pedagogic practice within the discipline.
  • Active membership of significant organisations, expert committees, boards and other bodies related to the discipline.
  • Provide expert opinion to external organisations and audiences.
  • As PI or Co-I successfully apply for, negotiate, and manage, high quality bids to secure research/grant/other external income at a level commensurate with the discipline and seniority.
  • Initiate, lead and collaborate in research, scholarship and/or practice activities with other Universities and relevant partners outside of HE.
  • Successfully supervise and manage research, scholarship and/or practice projects within ADBE.
  • Contribute significantly to the development and implementation of research/teaching and learning/practice strategy within the School, which results in demonstrable, measurable enhancements in capability, capacity and quality.
  • Attract, recruit, and supervise postgraduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers.

Teaching, learning and assessment:

  • Make a significant, sustained, contribution to the University as a teacher, tutor and facilitator of student learning.
  • Develop and deliver inspirational, research-led or practice-led teaching that creates a stimulating environment for student learning.
  • Contribute significantly to the development of the curriculum based on research, professional or consultancy expertise.
  • Achieve consistently high student satisfaction, and a consistent number of successful research completions and Masters student dissertations/research projects.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:

The appointed person will be highly self-motivated with international standing in their field and a clear commitment to working across research, teaching and consultancy to help the new Centre reach its goals.

They will have:

  • A first degree and PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, such as construction management, architecture, and the built environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills.
  • Proven leadership and entrepreneurial skills with the ability to inspire, motivate, manage, mentor and coach students and staff.
  • An ability to relate and connect, working collaboratively as part of a team.

A demonstrable track record in a research areas in the field of construction management, architecture and the built environment:

  • A research profile of international standing evidenced by high-quality publications and other recognised research outputs with expert knowledge of low carbon construction, architecture, and the built environment.
  • Expert knowledge of research, academic and or pedagogic practice methods in construction management, architecture and the built environment that’s relevant to the themes of sustainable development, low carbon construction and retrofit.
  • Proven ability to conduct, lead and manage internationally leading innovative research activity.
  • Proven ability to develop, contribute to and implement a research strategy.
  • Outstanding ability in teaching and facilitating student learning, with excellent undergraduate and postgraduate student/postdoctoral researcher supervision skills.
  • Experience of presenting at national and international conferences.
  • Recognition within the relevant research community.
  • Experience of conducting research activity that makes an impact on the internal research environment of an institution and building academic capacity.
  • Evidence of contribution to the development or implementation of a research strategy.
  • Experience of developing sustained relationships and collaborative working partnerships with colleagues and external organisations.
  • Sustained track record of securing significant research income or external funding from diverse sources.
  • Experience of leading, inspiring and motivating researchers and mentoring junior staff.

Desirable knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Experience of working in, or with, industry.

Our city

Nottingham is a place where big-city life meets a relaxed vibe, and dynamic culture.

From peaceful parks to big nights, Nottingham’s streets always urge you to try something new. The city of Nottingham is full of cultural attractions and is home to some of the best art galleries, music venues, museums and cinemas in the UK. It’s a city that embraces individuality.

Combining an outstanding mix of city with countryside, this spectacular region boasts a £12.1 billion economy with £1 billion of that currently being spent on bringing our transport and business infrastructure up to a world-class standard. Speedy tram and rail links take you to a multitude of UK destinations, while the East Midlands airport means that you can be in a European city within a couple of hours.

Choosing a destination for a new home is not just about the culture and transport options, it has to provide you with a good quality of day-today life. With living expenses being around five to seven percent lower than the UK average, you will find your income goes that little bit further in Nottingham. Whether you are looking to buy or rent, property across the city stretches from airy loft conversions in the city’s historic Lace Market, to modern riverside apartments. For a family-friendly area, West Bridgford, Mapperley or Beeston might suit your needs, or perhaps one of the gothic Victorian mansions in the Park Estate.

Nottingham is the perfect setting for an exciting new opportunity. Click here to see why it makes the perfect home.

Terms of appointment

A competitive salary will be agreed with the successful candidate.

Grade: Professor Band 1/2/3

 

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 our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 13th June 2022

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the essential knowledge, skills and experience criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of two referees. 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.

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates/ using the reference AQ1463.

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.