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Dean of M-School

Employer: University of the Arts London
Location: CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Salary: Circa £80,000 per annum
Contract: Full time
Hours: Full time

Job description

The opportunity

Central Saint Martins has an international reputation as a world leading art school producing generations of extraordinary creative practitioners who have had significant impact in the creative industries and shaping how we see the world. The College has a legacy of engaging with the global debate about the arts, performance and design, and their role in societal transformation.

University of the Arts London is seeking a dynamic, strategic and highly experienced academic to join Central Saint Martins (CSM) as Dean of M-School. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of education at one of the world’s most influential creative arts institutions.

CSM has ambitious plans to regenerate and transform, building on the College’s core spirit of interdisciplinarity and thematic integrity as an art school, the proposal is to create three Schools of Thought: C-School, S-School, and M-School. Leadership of the Schools includes as a priority, the building of a vision along with academic colleagues, identifying the potential for creating an academic environment which promotes outstanding research, creative practice, and public-facing knowledge exchange. It is preferred that the Dean’s own practice and academic background are associated with one of the programme areas in the School.

About you

The Dean will play a vital role in the academic culture, organisation, and profile of CSM, overseeing a vibrant, inclusive, and high-quality student experience. The role is both internal facing in relation to academic programmes and courses, and external facing in developing collaboration and partnerships with external bodies, the full range of industries related to the College’s disciplines, and academic and professional networks.

The role provides dynamic and delivery-focused academic leadership and operational management for the School and contributes to the strategic development of the College and University. The Dean will be involved in the development of strategy, policy and operations at College and University level through membership of committees and working groups.

It is essential that the Dean can think dynamically and entrepreneurially about the future of arts and design education within the College and is able to align and motivate staff at all levels to achieve the University’s and College’s strategic ambitions.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday (GMT) on Tuesday, 14 May 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Friday, 24 May 2024. 

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres. UAL also has two subsidiary companies, delivering specialist activities – UAL Short Courses Ltd, and UAL Arts Temps Ltd.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world.

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