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Closing date: 12 February 2021
Location: Flexible

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Dean of the NIHR Academy

The Department of Health and Social Care wishes to contract with an institution for the part-time services (2 - 2½ days per week) of a clinical, public health or social care academic  with experience of translational, clinical or applied research to be appointed Dean of the NIHR Academy, following the end of Professor Dave Jones’ term as Dean in September 2021.
NIHR Academy Members are among the next leading generation of researchers. They are supported by various NIHR training and career development schemes for researchers who show the potential to become leaders in their field and whose research is people or patient-focused and relevant to the health and care system. The major schemes are the Integrated Academic Training Pathway for Doctors and Dentists, Personal Research Fellowships (from Pre-doctoral to Advanced Fellowships), and the NIHR/Health Education England Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for all registered non-medical/dental healthcare professionals. There are also NIHR Academy Members that are part of the NIHR Infrastructure such as the Biomedical Research Centres.
Accountable to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Director of Science, Research and Evidence, and reporting to the Chief Scientific Advisor, the Dean will:
  • Advise the Department of Health and Social Care and NIHR Academy CEO on policies and strategies for developing and promoting research training of both prospective clinical and non-clinical academics as well as those likely to pursue a mainly clinical or practice-based career.
  • Work in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care and the NIHR Academy CEO on the oversight, development and delivery of research training programmes, which meet the needs of the current research landscape, identifies future gaps and formulates, in partnership, solutions.
  • Embed and champion the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion across all academic and research capacity development programmes, schemes and initiatives
  • Represent the NIHR Academy at the NIHR Strategy Board by advising on, influencing and supporting the development of research training and capacity development across the NIHR and within NIHR’s strategy and underpinning priorities.
  • Advise on the strategic development and delivery of NIHR Incubators
  • Work across the NIHR, universities, local government, NHS and care organisations in managing, developing and supporting the careers of NIHR Academy Members.
  • Promote and strengthen health, public health and social care academic research
  • Ensure the quality and consistency of training programmes meets the needs of those wishing to undertake academic research and the needs of their host organisations
  • Provide support and oversight of a Mentoring Programme which meets the needs and aspirations of the next generation of NIHR researchers.
  • Ensure active engagement and collaboration with all partners, particularly through the Clinical Academic Training Forum, to improve clinical research academia.    
  • Contribute to the NIHR Leadership Training Programme ensuring it is fit for purpose and adaptive to emerging needs of the NIHR Academy members.
  • Represent the NIHR Academy with stakeholders including the NHS, Health Education England, other research funders, Medical Schools Council and the academic and practice-based community, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care
  • Ensure the NIHR Academy upholds the obligations and responsibilities as a signatory of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers,  develops and embeds plans to implement these principles which complements the work of the NIHR Academy and delivery of the UK Government Research and Development Roadmap.
  • Provide line management for two Associate Deans.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • A demonstrable track record in translational, clinical or applied research in health, public health or social care fields.
  • A detailed understanding of the landscape, structure, process and operation of academic training.
  • Experience of working at a senior level across the university sector, and/or either health, public health, social care providers, including the NHS.
  • Extensive experience of working across organisational boundaries, public, private and third sector, in a complex, fast-moving environment.
  • A track record of success in partnership working.
  • A track record of success in strategy development and operational delivery.
  • Strong management, interpersonal, and leadership skills, with the ability to command the respect of senior academics, health and care services professionals, and NIHR Academy Members.
  • Commitment to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in training and development of staff
  • Understanding of, and engagement with, the issues and challenges involved in combining professional and research training of clinicians, allied health professionals, and those working in public health and social care.
The contract will initially be of three years duration. The aim is for an appointment to start in 1 September 2021, to enable a period of handover with the current Dean of the NIHR Academy. The Department of Health and Social Care will reimburse the successful applicant’s employing institution for their time commitment.
For a full job description and person specification contact: 
Applications in the form of a CV together with a supporting statement of suitability should be sent to Kay Nunns (
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 February 2021. The NIHR Academy is based in Leeds and so this role will involve travel to Leeds and London, and other locations as necessary. However, the NIHR Academy is currently working remotely.