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Associate Dean, EDI & People, FASS

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Closing Date:   Wednesday 21 December 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1403-22

Please note: this job is only available to current employees of Lancaster University

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Lancaster University is looking to appoint a new Associate Dean for EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) and People, as the current AD’s term in office comes to an end. This senior leadership role is open to internal applicants only. 

This is an opportunity to become a member of the Faculty Senior Leadership Team, gain valuable insight and experience in working also with relevant central University colleagues and divisions, and of course shape our approach to the important portfolio of EDI and People. Further details about the role can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification.

To apply, please complete the on-line application process (which includes entering some supporting statements), and also uploading a brief CV and covering letter, – two pages max each), by 5pm on Wednesday 21 December. We plan to interview and appoint in early January.

Associate Dean roles are normally occupied by colleagues at Senior Lecturer level or above.

Term of office 

The post amounts to a 0.5 FTE appointment; this will be fully reflected in workload allocation models. The position is for an initial term of three years, potentially renewable for one further term of up to three years, within the University’s HoD and AD appointment process. The department from which the appointee comes will be appropriately supported to cover any effects on the delivery of its teaching programmes.

On completion of their term of office the Associate Dean will revert automatically to their substantive position unless the appointment is renewed. The University reserves the right, in exceptional circumstances, to end the term of office earlier than the scheduled expiry date, following a performance review by the Dean and with the agreement of the relevant Pro-Vice-Chancellor, at which point they would revert to their substantive position. 

Reward and recognition 

Salary supplement 

In recognition for taking on the role, the Associate Dean will receive a non-superannuable salary supplement equivalent in value to one (for a Professor) or two (for a Senior Lecturer) increment(s) on their salary scale. Their performance and progress in the role will be reviewed 18 months into the role; a successful outcome in this review will result in the supplement being consolidated into their base salary (and therefore will become superannuable) from the beginning of the third year of the appointment. Their performance in the role will be reviewed again prior to the end of their appointment as Associate Dean. 

Furthermore, this role attracts an Associate Dean allowance to support research, knowledge transfer, scholarly activity, or educational enhancement. For the period of office, they will receive a non-superannuable allowance of £3,000 per annum which can be paid into their salary or their research account. The Associate Dean will also receive an additional Faculty Personal Research Allowance (PRA), with the exact amount to be confirmed at the commencement of each financial year, as part of the annual budget setting process, noting this is currently set at £1,500 for 2022/23.

Academic Research & Education Leave 

The Associate Dean is eligible, at the end of their period of office, to be considered for an additional term of leave, to be taken in agreement with their Head of Department. 

More information

We would like to invite prospective applicants to discuss their interest informally with the current Associate Dean for EDI and People, Professor Carolyn Jackson (, or with the Interim Executive Dean (please contact We would also ask prospective applicants to have a conversation with their Head of Department. This would ideally cover how the role may fit into their career development as well as consideration of workload implications.

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

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We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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