Head of Science and Engineering

Eastern Colleges Group
Bury St Edmunds [Suffolk]
£41,850 - £45,310 Per Year, depending on qualifications and experience
15 Oct 2020 11:44
29 Oct 2020 12:00
Higher Education
Job Level
Director, Manager
Engineering / Motor Vehicle, Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time
Organisational Type
General Further Education College, University

Head of Science and Engineering

Head of Science & Engineering

University Studies at West Suffolk College

Location: Bury St Edmunds


Salary: £41,850 - £45,310


At West Suffolk College we are reimagining Higher Education. We believe University isn’t just about complex courses. It’s about curating a transformational experience that’s capable of changing lives and life chances.

That’s why we’re developing vocational degrees aimed at getting learners into high-skilled jobs—degrees that develop the whole person and that are linked to real prospects in the region. We want learners to be able to engage with what we do at any life stage, whatever their circumstances. And we’re doing it all in partnership with the University of East Anglia, who awards the degrees our students earn with us.

As an organisation we already send more than three quarters of our students into the world with first-class or 2:1 honours degrees, and we already have one of the highest National Student Survey scores in the region. But we know we can do more.

So, over the next few years we’re embarking on an ambitious programme of development and change. We will be developing our digital capacity, reviewing our teaching and learning strategies, and bedding into a new dedicated building in Bury St Edmunds. We will be building a muscular student support system, an extensive employer engagement programme, and developing as a community of learning—staff and students together—to meet the region’s needs in the long term. 

We’re looking for talented people who are passionate about making a difference to the region through education, and who share our commitment to excellence, our students, and the long-term development of higher education in West Suffolk. 


The University is refining its strategic direction and seeks to appoint a new Head of Science and Engineering to lead the Faculty in the next stage of its journey. The Head of Science and Engineering leads a team of academic staff, has responsibility for owning the budget, line-management and the growth agenda in their area. They are responsible to the Executive Dean for ensuring their department meets its overall annual targets and has the authority and autonomy to develop their teams and course portfolios to this end. 

The University requires the Head of Science and Engineering as it invests in its STEM provision and raises its profile in the community, and requires the expertise, experience and energy of the right innovative candidate to develop its offer. This presents an exciting opportunity to make your mark at this crucial stage of growth as well as to contribute to the role of science and engineering in the wider community through collaboration.

The role’s title speaks to science in its broadest sense, and we welcome applications from those with industrial expertise in engineering and science as well as those with backgrounds in computational science, machine learning, robotics, data science and/or other industry 4.0 areas.

Our aspiration is that the Department of Science and Engineering will be a hub for partnerships in the region: a venue for visiting lecturers from regional industries; an incubational space for the high-skilled workforce of tomorrow; and a launching-pad for work-based learning, internships, and workspace simulations for our students. We want to give someone the freedom to create a digitally-joined up, pedagogically dynamic, and regionally connected department to those ends.  


We are seeking an inspirational leader, with the requisite intellectual capacity, commercial acumen, strategic expertise and track record of delivery to provide strategic vision and direction for the Faculty. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to inspire and influence colleagues, to work at pace and to thrive in a dynamic environment.


  • Relevant Degree in a Science or Engineering Discipline or equivalent Industry qualification / recognition is essential
  • Recognised Teaching Qualification or Fellowship of the HEA
  • PHD preferred
  • Management / Business Qualification preferred


  • Credible record of setting, reviewing and achieving (and exceeding) KPIs
  • Experience of developing, implementing, reviewing and delivering successful improvement / change management programmes
  • Experience of successfully coaching, mentoring and challenging others in a learning environment.
  • Achieved high levels of professional credibility within the education environment
  • Experience of working with academics and students to shape and implement long-term strategy
  • Significant experience in identifying potential students, developing a credible pipeline and successful student resourcing
  • Reasonable experience of working with Universities to develop high quality educational experiences
  • Experience of running quality enhancement processes in a Higher Education environment, including committees, documenting and managing actions.
  • Experience of significantly contributing to running departments, managing budgets, people and resources effectively
  • Experience of project and programme management

Personal Qualities

·        A firm belief in the values and Character Strengths of WSC and natural ability to demonstrate them

·        A strong commitment to WSC and its strategic objectives

·        A positive mindset and a good work companion


These experiences may have been gained in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, those who have worked at Departmental or Faculty level in a University setting. Alternatively, you may have been in a relevant industry role with a passion for developing team members and raising the bar within the industry or have aspirations for University management that are out of step with the opportunities where you are.

If you would like to have a future in building a universities provision, come and have a chat with us. Experience of university-based teaching and learning culture would be beneficial, but we are looking for drive and an understanding of ‘what good looks like’ over academic rank.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with our Character Strengths and Mission Statement to incorporate into your personal statement. You will find this very beneficial if you are invited to attend for an interview and it will help you to understand our expectations of you at an early stage of the recruitment process.



For more information please contact recruitment@wsc.ac.uk

Please send a completed application form to recruitment@wsc.ac.uk , if you have not heard from a member of the HR team within 14 working days, please presume your application has not been successful on this occasion.

This College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Closing Date: 12.00 noon on Friday 28th October 2020

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, gender, gender reassignment, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age in accordance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.


The College is committed to safeguarding children and safer recruitment practices and will undertake all the required pre-employment checks on the successful candidate including an enhanced DBS Disclosure.


All data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 For more information about how we access and use your information please visit our website – www.wsc.ac.uk/privacy-and-terms



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