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Head of School of Pharmacy
Queen’s University Belfast

Date Posted Mar. 3, 2020
Title Head of School of Pharmacy
University Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast , Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Department School of Pharmacy
Application Deadline Apr. 1, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Pharmacy - General

Queen’s University Belfast

Head of School of Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy
Ref: 20/108182

Applications are invited for the position of Head of School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast. Reporting to the Pro Vice Chancellor in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences the Head of School will work with Directors of Research and Education to provide leadership and set the strategic direction of the School. The successful candidate will represent the School and University nationally and internationally and will be fully responsible for the management of all devolved financial, physical and human resources, as well as for corporate governance and quality assurance.

The Head of School will play a key role in the Faculty Executive Board, providing leadership and management in the School and advocacy within the University establish and maintain an environment of excellence which enables education and research to flourish, and facilitates and encourages the development of all staff.

The Head of School will have:

  • A substantial record of achievement in leading and managing academic activity
  • A strong academic record and a recognised research or professional profile in one or more of the disciplines
    represented within the School
  • Sustained record of playing a leading role in successful bids for competitive, peer-reviewed national or international grants or other awards as Principal Investigator, as appropriate to the discipline
  • An established record of successful teaching

The School of Pharmacy at Queen’s is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK. At Queen’s we believe in providing students with as authentic a learning experience and environment as possible. We have world leading research laboratories with the best technology in the industry. In the latest rankings in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 the School has been ranked 1st in Pharmacy and Pharmacology Research and 2nd for Pharmacology and Pharmacy.

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

Queen’s is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. The School of Pharmacy holds an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of our commitment and success in addressing gender equality, representation, progression and success for all our staff. We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Our five core values – Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence – are shared by our staff and students, representing the expectations we have for ourselves and each other, guiding our day-to-day decisions and the way we behave as individuals in an international organisation.

Further information about the School can be found at:
Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Alan Stitt (Dean of Innovation and Impact) via email to

Salary: An attractive remuneration package, based on the Professorial salary scales, commensurate with the seniority and responsibilities of the role, will be provided.

This post is available for 5 years in the first instance with the possibility of reappointment for a further five year period.

Closing date: Wednesday 1 April 2020
Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 28 April 2020

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

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Contact Information

  • Recruitment
    School of Pharmacy
    Queen’s University Belfast
    Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
    United Kingdom


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