Post Title: Head of Department for Academic Staff

Faculty/Department: Department of Meteorology, SMPS

Reports to: Head of School

Hours of work: 0.4-0.5 FTE

Purpose: Leadership and Management of Meteorology Academic Staff

Main duties and responsibilities:

  1. To lead the Department’s academic and other teaching staff, both in
    developing internal cohesion, direction and morale, but also in
    representing the staff to the University.
  2. To provide, with the other Heads of Department, strategic leadership for
    the Department.
  3. To contribute to School planning processes as required, in particular to
    articulate strategies and actions to further develop the Department.
  4. To lead, together with the Head of Department for Research and
    Research Division Leaders, the recruitment of new academic staff.
  5. To ensure effective management, directly and through other line
    managers, of the academic staff of the Department including their
    mentoring, induction, probation, sabbatical requests, discipline, allocation
    of administrative responsibilities, and development, including PDRs, study
    leave, and promotion.
  6. To allocate teaching for Meteorology academic and other teaching staff
    taking into account staff workload and career aspirations, liaising with
    Meteorology academic staff, research division leaders and the School
    Director of Teaching and Learning and the School Office as necessary.
  7. To maintain, implement, and further develop as necessary an academic
    staff workload model.
  8. To ensure, working with the School Director of Teaching and Learning,
    that effective arrangements are in place for the management and
    development of teaching and learning activities in Meteorology, including
    student recruitment.
  9. To chair the weekly staff meeting, collaborating in scheduling topics for
  10. To be available to chair termly staff meetings and attend School Steering
    Committee meetings as required.
  11. To meet with other members of senior management (Heads of
    Department, Research Division Leaders, Head of School, School
    Administrator, Director of Teaching and Learning), as necessary.


Updated: 30 July 2015, Simon Chandler-Wilde

Contact us

For School enquiries, contact School Management Office

  • +44 (0)118 378 8968

For teaching & learning enquiries, contact School Office

  • +44 (0)118 378 8021



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