Professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences/Head of Department


Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
Closing date: 
15 December 2017
Taz Jalota

Professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences/Head of Department

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University has an established reputation for sport as a Higher Education Institution and an ambition to develop this further. We are in a unique position to achieve this vision given Manchester’s ambition for sport, and its reputation as a global sport city. A key strategic priority for Manchester City Council is the promotion of Manchester as a global ‘City of Sport’.

As a University, we already have a strong track record in the delivery of a comprehensive curriculum in sport, business, management and integrated health and care disciplines. In addition, our strong partnerships with leading Olympic, Paralympic and professional sport organisations, based both in Manchester and globally, have contributed to the development of a prosperous portfolio in sport. All of this sits alongside our high-quality research and excellent governance processes.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is of strategic importance to the University, to the city and to the region and is one of the UK’s largest providers of the highly qualified science and engineering graduates required by the national and regional economy. The Faculty has well established, significant world-class research in Musculoskeletal Sciences, Surface Engineering and Advanced Materials (SEAM), Microbiology at Interfaces and Vascular Science.

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences is one of five academic departments in the Faculty and the ambition is to grow this Department significantly in the next 5 years. The current staff team have a breadth of expertise in biomechanics, physiology, psychology, sports coaching, sports development and sports history.

The Role

Not only is this a chance to join a great, modern university in a great, global city – one with a huge international sporting reputation – but also the perfect time to step into this transformational role. You will help to shape and deliver our ambitious vision for sport-related education, research, and knowledge exchange.

If you have a proven record of academic leadership and you share our drive to explore, create, invent, re-invent and make the world take notice, this could be a career-defining move.

As well as playing a leading role in shaping and delivering our vision for our sports offering, you will also provide academic leadership to a vibrant Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. You will spearhead plans to grow the Department significantly over the next five years, building on current expertise in biomechanics, physiology, psychology, sports coaching, sports development and sports history, and growing an already well-respected global research reputation.

Much will hinge on your ability to lead and inspire staff through a period of change, whether by setting a positive example personally or, working closely with the Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor to define a strategy that delivers a stimulating environment for staff and students alike.

This is a rotational role; after four years, we will review your progress and you will either continue leading the department forward or revert to a professorial role.

About You

First and foremost, we are looking for candidates with an exemplary record of accomplishment in leadership in learning and teaching – people who can demonstrate excellence in research and enterprise and can readily contribute to the University’s increasing international networks.

Proven negotiation and relationship-building skills are vital. As well as fostering firm relationships with internally influencers and with your team as you will be working closely with high-profile stakeholders.

We are also looking for evidence that you can manage and enable change, develop people and confidently control budgets.

Academically, you have an exemplary international research profile. You know how to ensure high-quality research and attract funding and you have proven you can provide academic leadership to ensure quality research assessment, inspiring, relevant programme development and cutting-edge innovation in teaching and learning.

How to Apply

This is an exciting and significant role, so naturally you will have questions, about our standing, our strategy, the role itself and the benefits on offer. Feel free to explore our e-magazine; to arrange an informal discussion, or to apply by sending your CV and cover letter, please email or call Taz Jalota on 0161 247 6571.

Closing Date: 15th December 2017.