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Head of Animal Health, Behaviour & Welfare (AHBW) Department

Animal Health, Behaviour & Welfare

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  The commencing salary will be within the range £70,000 to £80,000 per annum. Salaries are paid monthly, in arrears, by credit transfer.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 04 December 2022
Reference:  ML-NOV2022

Harper Adams University seeks to appoint a new Head of our Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Department.

The Head of Department will provide inspirational leadership with responsibility for enhancing the quality and impact of research (developing a mature research culture and infrastructure in the department), delivery of high-quality education and student outcomes to a growing and more diverse range of students (on undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD short courses) and knowledge exchange activities across the department. 

The postholder will create an aspirational and supportive culture across the department and contribute to an environment where everyone is encouraged to thrive, whilst also ensuring that the financial, physical and technology resources of the department align to and operate within the policies of the University. As a member of the University Executive, the postholder will undertake cross-university work within the university and with external delivery partners, seeking new ways to innovate and enhance our portfolio of education, research and knowledge exchange work.

If you have any queries or questions or for an informal discussion please contact Professor Michael Lee via email

Please note that interviews will be held in the week commencing 12th December.

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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 around 2,800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams University 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. The University has been the highest performing modern university in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the last four years, climbing to 17th place in the overall league table. In the 2020 guide Harper Adams was named Modern University of the Year and runner-up University of the Year. In the 2019 Whatuni? Student Choice Awards, based on student reviews, Harper Adams won the Student Support category for the fifth time – the only university to have taken the title since the awards began - and won the category for best job prospects for a fourth year running. In the 2020 QS World Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry published in March 2020, Harper Adams was ranked first in the UK for academic reputation and second in the world for its reputation with employers.

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”.



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