Director of Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

Opening Date:
14 Dec 2020
Closing Date:
31 Jan 2021
Salary Range:

*Closing date now extended to 31st January 2021*

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health is committed to researching the value of music, and other participative arts activities, in the promotion of wellbeing and health of individuals, groups and communities. The Centre’s six-year vision (2020-2026) is to support with its research work the belief of “coming back stronger” by evidencing the impact of musical arts activities on long-term health and wellbeing outcomes and promoting the agenda of social prescribing and co-production in the arts and health field.

The Role
The Centre Director will have a primary focus on leading and delivering grant capture and generating external income to support the longevity of the Centre. Reporting to the Faculty Head of Research and Enterprise, your key priorities will be to strategically plan and promote the impact of the Centre’s work as well as to advance and implement a new strategy, aimed at diversifying its research and enterprise portfolio and financial sustainability. The Director will hold budgetary responsibility for the Centre and will lead the Centre team to assure future income streams and high impact outputs in the field of arts, health and wellbeing. The Director will also continue leading the Centre’s contribution to the student experience of the Faculty’s and University’s teaching programmes by embedding research informed knowledge in the Centre’s specialist area.

The Person
You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline, with significant experience within a relevant HE context and experience of developing and delivering successful strategies for grant capture and income generation. You will also have experience of leading externally funded research and other scholarly activities, as well as an established academic reputation and credibility as evidenced by, for example, publications; external examining; membership of external committees; contribution to subject development. You must be able to demonstrate experience of developing short course/professional development provision and experience of delivering world leading and internationally excellent impact. Experience of managing a research team, effective budgetary and resource planning and management and a track record of developing and implementing new initiatives are all essential requirements for the role. Being a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) – or having the potential to achieve it within 12 months- would also be advantageous.

You will have knowledge and understanding of opportunities and challenges in the arts and health field and its links to the wider health/social care agenda as well as public health policy and practice. You must be able to demonstrate that you will have vision and capacity to develop innovative research, enterprise and knowledge exchange in the Centre; responding quickly and appropriately to current thinking and change in the areas of arts and health. Also essential is an understanding and willingness to engage in the multidisciplinary work of the Centre; excellent problem solving and organisational skills; experience in risk assessment and health and safety issues as well as an ability to communicate knowledge with enthusiasm at all levels and present information in a clear and logical manner, along with drive and enthusiasm; coupled with the ability to think creatively and strategically to take activities forward.