Job description


Reader / Professor & Deputy Head of School of Digital Arts (2614)

Who we are

Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the UK’s most inspiring higher education institutions, offering the opportunity for passionate and committed individuals to make a difference to the lives of people and communities locally, nationally and internationally.

We have a clear vision, a compelling strategy and our ambition is simple: to be the best modern university in the sector, where students and staff alike are equipped with every resource to excel.

Manchester Metropolitan University has been a pioneer in modern education since its origins in 1824. The University is proud to have recently gained a TEF Silver, with 85% of our research rated as ‘world-leading’.

The Manchester School of Art

Building off the institution’s overarching ambition, the Manchester School of Art continues to push the boundaries of developments across the arts and creative industries. Based in the heart of Manchester, with close links with the growing creative and digital sector, the School is a pioneer in experimentation and creative learning, and is now in the process of redesigning its Media provision in order to respond to industry needs.

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) is our response to, and an investment in, screen-based business and technologies. It will create a digital skills powerhouse that will host a diverse programme of degree apprenticeships, continuing professional development, work-based training, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and resources. It will build on the award winning strengths of the Manchester School of Art, and bring together creative and craft disciplines, technical and scientific skills, industry partnerships and global research to train the next generation of talent, who will ensure that the UK continues to compete on an international scale.

Due to open in 2021, our new purpose-built £35m School will work closely with key cultural and industry partners including: Red Productions, BBC, ITV and HOME to ensure that Greater Manchester has the skills base needed to support its continued growth as a centre of cultural capital and creative innovation. It is estimated that the School could generate an annual boost of £13 million for the local economy. SODA has been awarded £14.9m of Government funding through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority - which has been matched by the University.

The Opportunity

We are looking to appoint an exceptional candidate as the first ever Deputy Head of School of Digital Arts, with the requisite ambition of approach, industry driven outlook and multi-disciplinary mind-set to match the passion and drive that has gathered behind this venture. This will initially be a rotational role, with a four year tenure as Deputy Head (likely to be extended to two terms), which will sit alongside the substantive Reader or Professor post (dependant on profile).

This high profile position creates the opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and wholly engaged individual to work across a span of academic and industry programmes - with a regional, national and international impact. This post will foster and deliver innovative teaching, leading effective programmes and encouraging further industry support, co-designing curriculum and ensuring the highest quality teaching standards throughout the School.

The new Deputy Head will play a crucial role in enabling Greater Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University to become one of the worlds’ leading hubs for creativity and digital innovation.

We will therefore need you to have a strong academic record and standing in teaching, along with specialist knowledge that will build on our expertise in digital arts such as; animation, filmmaking, gaming, sound, design, UX and photography.

In order to apply, please submit a CV and covering letter outlining, in particular, how your profile and experience meet the requirements of the role.

This is an exciting and significant role so naturally you may have questions about this appointment and our strategy. To arrange an informal discussion, please contact

Working at Manchester Metropolitan University

Widely recognised for our excellence in people management and diversity and inclusion, in 2020 we were named as a top employer by the Top Employers Institute, and by Stonewall as one of the UK's most inclusive employers.

You will also enjoy a generous annual leave allowance of 35 days, plus bank holidays, plus Christmas closure, a fantastic pension scheme, cycle-to-work scheme, local and national discounts on high street and online brands, and many more rewards and benefits.

Further information

The closing date for applications is 4th March 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a formal interview and presentation on Thursday 26th March 2020.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are proud of our diverse community of staff, students and visitors.

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Closing Date:
    4 March 2020
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