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Post title: Professor of History/English/Music/Art & Design

School: Humanities and Cultural Industries/Music and Performing Arts/Art & Design

Line Manager: Head of Department/School

Job Purpose:

Professors will play a significant role in leading  and developing the research strategy of the University and of their home academic school in particular. They will enhance teaching and learning within the University. They will contribute to the University’s strategy for internationalisation by developing collaborative research projects with overseas institutions and by raising the University’s profile through their scholarly networks and engagements.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • to produce a substantial and distinguished record of activity (publications, performance, creative practice) of world-class standard
  • to make a significant contribution of world-class work to the Research Excellence Framework, or to other national quality indicators of high quality learning and teaching
  • to provide academic leadership in the advancement of a subject area, to enhance a range of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula
  • to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to lead curriculum development at postgraduate-taught level.
  • to contribute significantly to the work of relevant research centres and groups and to lead bidding teams to meet income targets
  • to generate external funding for their research both within their own discipline and, where appropriate, across disciplines and/or by recruiting significant cohorts of students
  • to recruit and supervise doctoral students and to chair doctoral transfers and vivas
  • to develop collaborative research projects with overseas institutions
  • to play a leading role in international networks of scholars in their field of expertise, acting as external examiner/chief examiner in relation to external theses in other HEIs
  • to develop and maintain the University’s profile at a national/international level
  • offer support, guidance and mentoring to other staff in the School/University in relevant subject area
  • undertake other responsibilities as agreed with the Head of School, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Vice-Chancellor as appropriate

Person Specification



  • a sustained record of research output at world-class standard and an international reputation in their field
  • a record of generating significant external research income
  • experience of establishing and leading research teams


  • experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • experience of curriculum development at postgraduate-taught level
  • experience of complying with the regulatory frameworks in HE

Skills and knowledge


  • strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to a wide range of audiences
  • knowledge of and active engagement with international scholarly/practitioner networks


  • knowledge of innovative pedagogical practice at University level
  • experience of working in research teams or collaborating to create outputs within practitioner clusters
  • excellent organisational and administrative skills

Personal Qualities


  • strong personal commitment to furthering knowledge and its application to society
  • personal commitment to the academic and cultural  values of Bath Spa University


  • ability to work in teams and to inspire colleagues

Subject areas