Dean of Business and Innovation


8th April 2024

Closing Date

19th May 2024




Newcastle upon Tyne

Interviews Scheduled

12th June. 2024

We are looking to appoint to the role of University Dean for Business and Innovation.

The role is based in the Executive Office and is University-wide, encompassing activities across all three Faculties, and with the University’s campuses in Singapore and Malaysia.

Reporting to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, you will be a key member of University Research and Innovation Committee and the Knowledge Exchange and Policy Oversight Committee. You will work closely with the Director of Business Development and Enterprise and their staff, with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Place, and with the Deans of Research and Innovation and business and innovation leads in each of the three Faculties.

You will provide leadership for the University’s Business and Innovation Strategic Plan. (Rewritten in 2024), The Strategic Plan underpins the University’s transition to a more place-based and innovation-led approach to education and research, which embeds partnership and collaboration at the core of the University’s activities. The University is seeking to:

•    foster a culture of enterprise and innovation across the whole University;
•    attune the University’s work to external demand and actively promote our expertise and capabilities;
•    generate and maintain meaningful external partnerships;
•    grow and make sustainable our portfolio of our innovation structures, and expand the number, range and longevity of our interactions with external partners.

In particular, the main purpose of the Dean of Business and Innovation role is to increase Newcastle University’s collaboration with commercial partners and thereby to enhance the University’s economic impact.

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How to apply

Applications should be made via email to and must include on separate documents:

  • a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the person specification
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV)
  • details of three referees and notice period (referees will not be contacted without your permission)
  • a completed Personal Details Form (available above)

The closing date for application is 19th May 2024.

Interview date is Wednesday 12th June and it is likely there will also be a stakeholder group exercise on Tuesday 11th June.

Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.

At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.

In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

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