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Our person-centred approach to learning makes us stand out from other universities, along with our focus on making society better. Our academic offering also distinguishes us. We dedicate ourselves to subjects where we can provide a distinctive offering - in healthcare; social sciences; creative arts; business; management and enterprise; and primary and secondary teaching.
Outward looking, we have a strong ethos of partnership and collaboration. At our modern campus, we benefit from easy access to the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland's vibrant and historic capital city.
We are pioneers in inclusiveness and we embrace people from all backgrounds.
Find out more about the history of university, along with information about our governance, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the senior leadership team and our collaborative partners.
About the School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences is committed to providing academic programmes that integrate university and practice-based study to enable health care professionals of the future to have high intellectual and practice capabilities.
The School, with its breadth of health related professional programmes is in a unique position to develop opportunities for multi-professional and inter-disciplinary learning, teaching, research and innovation at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
About the Division
The Division of Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies; operates within the School of Health Sciences and delivers high-quality teaching and learning, research, consultancy and commercialisation activities in line with the University Strategy and the School operational plan.
The 27.6 FTE academic staff are dynamic and innovative in their approaches to facilitating learning, teaching and research and knowledge exchange which has led to recognition of Queen Margaret University as a ‘flagship’ for Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy and Play Therapy.
Development of highly employable graduates and socially relevant applied research, knowledge exchange, innovation and entrepreneurialism are key agendas for this Division.
Full details can be found at https://www.qmu.ac.uk/schools-and-divisions/otat/
In Scotland and Internationally, academic and research partnerships exist with a variety of organisations for the purposes of advancing knowledge, skills and expertise in Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy and Play Therapy.
Head of Division of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies
School: Health Sciences
Responsible to: Dean of School of Health Sciences
Contract Basis: Open Ended
Hours: 35 hours per week (1FTE)
Location: Edinburgh (Musselburgh Campus)
Salary/Grade: £66,857 / Grade 10.
Closing Date: Thursday 14th December 2023.
Interviews: Tuesday 9th January 2024.
About the Role
The Head of Division (HoD) role will manage and lead the advancement of our work in interdisciplinary healthcare education and collaborative partnerships, by further developing the Occupational, Art, Music, Drama and Play Therapy strategic foci at QMU. The role of the Head of Division in this structure demonstrates leadership and management skills maintaining responsibility for specific functions as required by the School/University.
The Head of Division along with the other Heads of Divisions and Directors of the School Research Centres forms the Leadership Team for the School and works to maintain the values shared across the Divisions and to enhance interdisciplinary learning and working to meet the objectives of the University strategy and the School operational plan.
Provide strategic leadership, insight, in-depth knowledge and vision for the Division that will support the University to deliver its strategic goals in regard to academic development, student learning and research.
- Effective line management of the academic and research staff.
Enhance the profile of the Division in international fora and relevant local and national networks through academic leadership.
Lead, manage and develop a team of staff to effectively manage and co-ordinate all aspects of the implementation of the School operational plan in relation to Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies.
Working with professional service staff, and the Dean manage the Divisional budget, ensuring that future developments are included with appropriate planning and costing.
Lead innovative curriculum development, management and marketing of Division pre, post-registration and postgraduate award programmes and short courses.
With the relevant Research Directors, promote the building of research and development capacity, and capability across all subject areas. The Head of Division will collaborate with existing research and researchers in the Division and the School of Health Sciences, to enhance the University’s research capability and credibility.
Actively promote the work of the Division and engage with statutory and voluntary services, service users and other interdisciplinary teams to enhance subject development.
Undertake administrative, management and other duties as agreed with the Dean of School of Health Sciences and any other duties appropriate to the grade and nature of the post.
- Participate in the corporate activities of the staff group within and outwith the University.
Person Specification - Essential
Registered Occupational Therapist (HCPC) or Registered Arts Therapist (HCPC).
Proven track-record of facilitative leadership and management in Higher Education.
Experience of programme leadership, quality assurance or curriculum development as a senior lecturer or above.
Demonstrable relevant experience in supporting digital and online learning.
Demonstrable knowledge of Higher Education and the health service landscape in Scotland.
Excellent analytical, problem solving and decision-making abilities.
Well-established networks locally, nationally and internationally.
Excellent team working, facilitation, communication, negotiation and organizational skills.
Willingness to travel nationally and internationally.
Person Specification - Desirable
PhD or Professional Doctorate in a relevant health-related subject.
Substantial experience of supervision at doctoral and Masters levels to completion in relevant fields.
Publication record that meets the quantity and quality thresholds criteria for an internationally-excellent REF submission.
- Budget management experience in Higher Education or through grant/project management.
What we Offer
We pride ourselves on providing a working environment where staff can flourish and thrive as part of our QMU community. Alongside an attractive salary, there are a number of benefits that we provide to our people.
We know that work/life balance is important so we are open to considering Flexible Working options.
Where you’ll work:
Your contractual place of work will be our QMU Campus in Musselburgh. The University is currently adopting hybrid working. We anticipate that a substantial element of the role will require a presence on campus. However, there will be scope for an element of remote working, finding a balance that works for the University and for you.
We invest in your professional development, including through access to AdvanceHE Strategic Leadership programmes and HE sector mentoring through access to TRAMS.
Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
One of the values at the heart of our strategic plan is our commitment to social justice and equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated, we can all be ourselves and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of sex, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, pregnancy/maternity or age.
As set out in our Equality and Diversity statements, all staff and students have rights and responsibilities in relation to the promotion of equality, which is central to our staff development activities.
We are fully committed to both meeting and exceeding our obligations under current equalities legislation. Specialist staff networks, regular communications and events are just some of the ways in which we keep our community connected and engaged with diversity issues. We are proud of our Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Calendar.
We have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and students, and we strive to employ a workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
We particularly encourage applications from people from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. Our staffing profile is 70% female and we strive to reflect this in our senior management roles. We would therefore also particularly encourage applications from female applicants.
"We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award which recognises the advancement of gender equality at QMU"
How to Apply
Should you wish to apply for this vacancy please visit Vacancy Page and complete an application form.
Following the shortlisting of applicants, the selection process will consist of a one stage interview comprising a presentation and Q&A to a small panel of senior staff.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 14th December 2023.
Interviews are planned for Tuesday 9th January 2024.
For any queries you may have about the post, please contact: Dr Sara Smith, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.