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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.



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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector. With over 3,000 students it is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects. 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. 

In 2014 the Times Higher Education Awards shortlisted the university for the prestigious title of University of the Year, putting Harper Adams in the top six universities in the country.  In the 2015 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Harper Adams won the category for Outstanding International Strategy.  In the 2016 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards we won the award for Outstanding Marketing & Communications Team. 

In the 2016 Whatuni? Student Choice Awards, based on student reviews, Harper Adams took the title of University of the Year and won the Student Support and Job Prospects gold awards, plus silver and bronze in a further five categories. 

Harper Adams ranked second in the 2016 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.  In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, the University was ranked 36th, the highest position yet achieved by a post-1992 university, and was awarded the title of Modern University of the Year.