To comply with new EU laws regarding "cookies", we have updated our Terms and Conditions and provided a detailed description of how cookies work and are used on this website.  By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to those updated Terms and Conditions.
This notice should appear only the first time you visit the site.
Email / Username


Forgotten Details     Register
View All Vacancies

Professor/Head of the Department of Food Science & Agri-Food Supply Chain Management Department

Food Science & Supply Chain Management

The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications & experience
Closing Date:   Friday 06 October 2017
Interview Date:   Monday 06 November 2017
Reference:  63105

Harper Adams University is a highly-regarded Higher Education Institution that has a specific focus upon land, food, environment, and connected businesses. We are host to over a fifth of the UK’s undergraduate agricultural students. REF 2014 saw us deliver a significantly improved research performance and we have invested heavily in our estate and our global profile. We have recently been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and maintain an ambitious and focused outlook.

The Department has three principal functions which are: to provide high-quality education through the provision of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses; to achieve research outputs through the activities of the department’s academic staff and the supervision of research degrees at masters and doctoral levels; and to provide knowledge exchange to the food industry, mainly through the provision of contract services, research, education, and training.

We are seeking to appoint an academically credible Professor/Head of Department, with managerial experience, to guide staff through the prevalent changes in UK Higher Education and deliver the Department’s contribution to the University and its strategy as a whole. They will provide research leadership whilst operating at the external interface, sustaining our relationships with industrial partners and other stakeholders. Allied to this is the requirement to ensure that our focus on the student experience and their changing expectations are reflected in our provision at all levels.

For a confidential discussion on the role, please call Elizabeth James, Associate Partner at Berwick Partners on 0121 654 5924.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th October 2017 at noon.

Application Procedure:  to download the appointment details for this role, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please vist, job reference number 63105.



The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.