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Dean of the Business School, Business School (BUS001HS)

Applications are sought for an exciting opportunity as Dean of the Business School.   The University of Aberdeen Business School is internationally recognised for our excellence in world-leading research and disrupting conventional business models in undergraduate and postgraduate education.  The School has grown substantially in the last five years, and now has 95 core academic faculty and around 2,500 student FTEs. The University is committed to supporting further growth and continually increasing the School’s scale, profile and reputation, while building on its already strong and improving league table positions. The School’s disciplines are consistently ranked highly in national league tables, for example Accountancy is ranked 2nd in the UK in the latest Guardian University Guide, with Business ranked 11th and Economics 16th. In the recently published National Student Survey Business Studies was ranked 1st in the UK.  

School/Section: Business School
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Academic
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Competitive
Salary: A competitive remuneration package is offered.
Ref No: BUS001HS
Closing Date: 27-SEP-2023


Job Description

The Business School has a strong international reach. In research the School is undertaking important and impactful work to address critical societal, environmental and social challenges. In education, the School draws high quality students from across the globe and also delivers education internationally, with strong partnerships in China and playing a key role in the University’s partnership with AFG College in Qatar with students studying a range of the School’s degree programmes.

We are seeking a strong candidate to take responsibility for the academic leadership of the School, management of its finances and human resources and to lead the School’s strategic development and continued growth. 

Candidates must possess a PhD and be able to demonstrate an academic track record of international standing with an understanding of the relevance of multidisciplinary collaboration. Previous administrative or managerial experience, particularly with regard to financial accountability and the management of teams is essential as are excellent interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to build productive working relationships with colleagues, students and other parties.

Applicants should be ambitious in their vision for growth, be able to build on excellence, further develop the School’s research culture, and be prepared to drive change within the current climate of higher education.

Salary will be at the appropriate point for academic appointment negotiated according to qualifications and experience. A responsibility payment for headship applies over and above the academic salary.

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Laura Sleigh, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.

If you are interested in this position you are welcome to contact Professor Karl Leydecker, Senior Vice-Principal for an initial discussion (

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The closing date for the receipt of applications is 27 September 2023. 

The Business School embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring. Applications from women and individuals from protected characteristic groups (such as individuals from racialised groups) currently under-represented in university senior leadership positions who would further enhance diversity are particularly welcome.

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