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Head of Westminster School of Arts
Ref. 50052073

Salary
Competitive

Department/School
Design, Creative and Digital Industries

Location
Harrow


This post is full time and permanent, working 35 hours per week. 

We are appointing a new Head of the Westminster School of Arts, seeking an ambitious, collaborative and inclusive leader who will be able to capitalise on the opportunities the School has as a large and diverse centre of creativity. 

Our dynamic School celebrates emerging practices among artists and creative practitioners working with advanced technologies. We organise ourselves across three, interlinking Professional Groupings: Fine Arts and Technology, Fashion, Music and Sound Design are supported by CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), a world-leading centre and pioneer in practice-based, critical, theoretical and historical research in the broad areas of art, creative and interdisciplinary practice.

As one of four Schools within The College of Design Creative and Digital Industries, the School of Arts is part of a wider interdisciplinary culture that encourages artists, media practitioners, software engineers, animators, and architects to work together. Our well-equipped and up to date Harrow Campus reflects our focus on digital, creative technologies and the creative industries. Our courses future-proof our students as they prepare for varied creative careers and further study. The School of Arts ensures that its graduates think in cross-disciplinary ways, act globally, behave responsibly and compassionately and are enabled to adapt quickly to changing workplace demands. The School is committed to a sustainable future delivering transnational education, while deepening and broadening its engagement with business and the professions. It is a source and driver for new thinking and practice that improves communities, lives, and economies, always open to new possibilities with local and global reach.

We seek an exceptional candidate who can build on the School’s vision and help students find a compass, permission and confidence to discover art as an interdisciplinary practice supported by creative expression on the studio floor. The appointee will show a strong values alignment and be motivated by providing education and opportunity for people from every background, and bold in their ambition to help them realize their true potential. A curious, compassionate leader, the postholder will be an active contributor to the Westminster community, with the agility and subject credibility to network externally to secure impactful partnerships. An experienced manager, they will be able to evidence a track record of enabling an inspiring, collegial and future focused culture, and of measuring outcomes. 

If you are excited by and have the skills to contribute to our vision, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Fashion
Brands a significant selective disciplinary grouping supporting cognate areas including fashion photography, fashion technologies and fashion industries. Top in 10 Fashion School in the World and top 3 in the UK.

Fine Arts and Technology 
Draws together cognate areas focused on arts practices, advanced technologies, and traditional studio practices alongside contemporary media practices.

Music and Sound Production and Design
Cognate programmes focus on music in broadcast and cultural forms, with room for expansion in areas such as urban and ethnically marginalised music making and sound design. Contributes to Film and TV and Games Production.

Research and Knowledge Exchange
The Westminster School of Arts is supported by CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), a world-leading centre and pioneer in practice-based, critical, theoretical and historical research in the broad areas of art, creative and interdisciplinary practice.

The Westminster School of Arts is a sister School to the Westminster School of Media and Communications, both located at Harrow with subject specific and designated studio spaces. The Schools of Architecture and Cities and Computer Science and Engineering also offer facilities in Marylebone and Fitzrovia offering cognate disciplinary modules and opportunities for interdisciplinary working. The courses intersect and students benefit from the alignment between subject areas and opportunities to work collaboratively on creative practice.

The University of Westminster will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Perrett Laver. For further details, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit: https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference number 5802.

The closing date for applications is 9:00am (BST) on Monday 6th June 2022.

Please see candidate pack for details of other key dates.

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The University of Westminster is actively committed to the principles of equality and inclusion and is working hard to increase the diversity of its workforce. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly women, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and disabled people.

At the University of Westminster, diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity are at the core of how we engage with students, colleagues, applicants, visitors and all our stakeholders. 

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