The University is seeking applications from colleagues across the University who are keen to develop their careers further by undertaking a 6 year secondment to the role of Dean of Agriculture, Food and Health. This is a fantastic opportunity to take on an academic leadership role, to provide vision via utilising strong interpersonal and team-building skills to align and motivate staff at all levels to achieve the University’s strategic ambitions in this research theme area.
The University of Reading’s Strategy for 2026 sets out an ambition to be counted among the very best universities in the UK and internationally and sets out that the 4 research themes are; Environment, Agriculture, Food & Health, Prosperity and Resilience and Heritage and Creativity.
Research in Agriculture, Food and Health addresses global issues including climate change, resource degradation, hunger, poverty, diet and health. To better understand and develop new therapies for complex health conditions such as dementia and heart disease, we work with a well-established network of clinical partners both in the UK and globally. The Research Theme encompasses c. 200 researchers in 6 research divisions (Agri-Food Economics and Social Science; Biomedical Science and Biomedical Engineering, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Pharmacy, Sustainable Agricultural and Food Systems) across three schools. Recent years have seen significant successes with regard to growing research income across the theme and growing clinical research, and with regard developing partnerships with external organisations, including the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The development of these partnerships and projects, and building on them to strengthen the quality, reach, and visibility of research across the theme will be a key focus for the Research Dean (Agriculture, Food, and Health).
The Dean will play a key role in engaging colleagues working within this theme across disciplines to promote debate on issues and to lead developments in research to enhance well-being, prevent disease, improve diagnoses, develop new therapies and advance clinical practice.
The Dean will contribute to University-wide strategic research leadership as a member of the University Committee for Research and Innovation and to the wider leadership of the University as a member of the University’s Leadership Group.
Following the REF submission in March 2021, the University will embark on the development of a “2026 Research and Innovation Plan”, to implement the priorities of the University’s Research and Innovation Strategy. The appointed Dean will be expected to actively participate in these discussions and in supporting the implementation of the wider University Strategy.
Candidates for the position of Research Dean are expected to have relevant and recent experience of academic leadership and managerial experience within the University of Reading or elsewhere, a track record of research achievement and an active research agenda.
The Dean will be required to work effectively and collaboratively with a range of stakeholders; Research Deans, Heads of Schools, Professional Service staff in various Functions (for example, Research and Enterprise Services, Planning and Strategy Office, Marketing, Communication and Engagement), Research Councils and External bodies relevant to their theme.
To view the role description and person specification for the role, please follow the link below.
We are committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic colleagues who are currently under-represented within the University of Reading at this Leadership level. We also welcome applications where a flexible working pattern and/or where a job share is proposed. Job-share applications need not indicate who the other half might be although coordinated applications from two separate members of staff are welcomed. In this instance, however, each candidate will be assessed on their own merit in terms of their suitability in fulfilling the requirements of the role.
The application will require the submission of a statement of suitability and interest (1000 words max) and the attachment of an up to date CV by 13th January 2021.
Shortlisting and interview date:
• Shortlisting on 18th January 2021
• Interviews will be held on 28th January 2021
Appointing salary for the term of the role: Professorial Zone 2, Pt1 (unless appointed candidate is on a higher salary, in that instance the person will move into the role on their current salary) + honorarium of £8,250 per annum (pro-rata where appointments are made on a part time/job share basis).
Informal contact details
Alternative informal contact details
Pro-Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation
Pro-Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation
Professor Dominik Zaum
Professor Parveen Yaqoob
0118 378 6108
0118 378 7113 or 0118 378 6218 (Fri)