Job offer in england Associate Head of Department (Criminology and Policing) at University of the West of England, Bristol

The Department of Health and Social Sciences requires an Associate Head of Department (AHoD) for the clusters of Criminology and Policing, within the Sociology, Criminology and Policing Subject Group. The new AHoD will work with the Head of Department, the AHoD for Sociology, and other members of the Department Leadership Team, to manage a range of primarily undergraduate programmes involving Criminology and Policing. A new addition to the portfolio of programmes is the 4-intake-per-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PDCA).

The post holder will have a key role in ensuring Criminology and Policing meet the University’s benchmarks in relation to student satisfaction, continuation, graduate outcomes and external partnerships, in a context of significant development of new professional and academic programmes in policing. Also assisting in the continued efforts to further staff development and to explore new ways to tap into opportunities around apprenticeships, the internationalization agenda, and to enhance UWE’s presence and impact in the greater South West region. Allied to this, you will support the advancement of a research and scholarship profile for both criminology and policing, where we have significant ambitions for establishing UWE as a centre of national and international research standing in the field of policing studies and will have direct line management responsibility for a number of academic staff.

UWE Bristol is a university committed to a vision of excellence in all aspects of its work, with a particular focus on preparing ready and able graduates to make real difference in the world. With over 450 inspiring staff and over 8000 aspiring students, the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences strives to provide higher education with impact and positive benefits for society. The Faculty is a large, diverse and dynamic part of the University, bringing together experts from Health and Social Sciences, Allied Health Professions, Applied Sciences, and Nursing and Midwifery. We are united by our commitment to undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students, one that equips them with the skills, knowledge, enterprise, real-world experience and confidence to succeed in a wide range of environments. It’s a commitment backed by an outstanding reputation for teaching excellence, world-class facilities, strong partnerships and a focus on research with impact at regional, national and global levels. Our staff are professional practitioners and researchers at the forefront of their specialist areas. Our students benefit from their cutting-edge insight, practical experience and innovative approaches to teaching. We collaborate closely with employers and stakeholders to ensure that our curricula remain current, topical and relevant to societal needs. Many of our programmes also lead to professional registration and accreditation.

All our programmes have a substantial practice-orientation providing students with opportunities to apply their academic knowledge to real-world challenges through clinical practice, work-based experience, fieldwork and residential trips in the UK and abroad. Our partners offer placements or internships, set live briefs, participate in teaching and work with us on research projects and provide graduate jobs. This practical focus is also reflected in our continuing investment in state-of-the-art facilities. The Faculty has a vibrant research culture, organised around five University Centres of Excellence: The Centre for Appearance Research, The Centre for Health and Clinical Research, The Centre for Research in Biosciences, The Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing, and the Science Communication Unit; and two research groups in Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Our work makes world-leading contributions to the global academic community and society, as well as enhancing the quality of our teaching and the student experience.

Associate Heads of Department hold key academic leadership roles within each department. They work with the Head of Department to contribute to the development of a strategy, and develop and implement a plan for, the programmes(s) or subject(s) that they are directing.

This post requires an enhanced DBS clearance.

We would consider applications from candidates that wish to work part time.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 35 Days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
  • flexible working;
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
  • family friendly policies;
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed – with £300m having been spent recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation to enhance our offer even further. Frenchay campus is within close proximity to excellent motorway links and within walking distance of two train stations, making UWE Frenchay Campus the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol.

Please see the attached full job description and information for applicants for the role.

If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion, please contact Peter Clegg on 0117 3282376 or email:

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.


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