The London School of Economics and Political Science

Appointment of Deputy Director (Education)

“For the good of society”

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the world’s leading social science universities, ranked number one in Europe for social sciences by the QS World Rankings 2020/2021 and in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) achieves the highest proportion of 4* research of any UK university. With 18 Nobel laureates and 37 past or current heads of state, LSE is a truly influential and international university at the forefront of global policy debate.

Our LSE 2030 strategy commits LSE to educating for global impact. This means developing research-rich, lifelong learning opportunities for students from all backgrounds. By creating a strong sense of belonging, we equip our students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be critical inquirers, confident entrepreneurs, and culturally aware agents of change. We have a rich program of ongoing education enhancement activities, led by faculty members within and across departments and informed by experts from our Eden Center for Education Enhancement. We increasingly work in partnership with students, for example through our dynamic LSE Change Makers programme, and have a very constructive relationship with our student union, LSESU. Alongside our general on-campus education, we are growing our portfolio of extended education offerings, including executive programs and online certificate courses.

Following the current incumbent’s intention to retire, LSE is now looking for an experienced and dynamic leader to join them as their new Pro-Director (Education). The Deputy Director will lead the education and student experience program for the entire institution, working with senior academic and professional colleagues and in complex stakeholder environments to set clear standards and expectations and consistent. They will be a compelling advocate for a research-rich education and student partnership, capable of inspiring philanthropic donors. A creative and innovative thinker capable of leading the future of digital education, the incumbent will also have a nuanced and contemporary understanding of the challenges facing higher education today. A shrewd strategist, with a dynamic approach, the successful candidate will continue and build on the achievements of the past few years, which have seen a rapid increase in student satisfaction levels.

The post holder will report to the Director of LSE, Baroness Nemat (Minouche) Shafik, formerly Deputy Director of the Bank of England. As a member of management, the incumbent will also work with the extended management team, world-class academics and dedicated professional services staff. The post holder will be accountable to our student and alumni communities, engaging with them in realizing opportunities and challenges.

Applicants should be aware that the School is currently recruiting a Dean of Extended Education from its own staff to take on a leadership role in its Summer School, University of London International Programs (ULiP), Teaching online and the Executive MSc at the same time and that the successful candidate will provide line management to the Dean. We will invite the successful candidate to join the interview panel for the Dean of Extended Education. See here for more information on the Dean of Further Education position.

LSE will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Society. For more details, including the candidate’s dossier and information on how to apply, please click here. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 18, 2022 at 12:00 GMT.

The position of pro-director (education) is a five-year fixed-term contract, possibly renewable.

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university.

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