Dean of Academic Programmes


Central Saint Martins
College Office
CSM - King's Cross, London UK


Full time - 37 hours per week

23 June 2023 12:00

The opportunity

University of the Arts London is seeking a dynamic, strategic and experienced academic to join Central Saint Martins as the Dean of Academic Programmes. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of education at one of the world’s most influential creative arts institutions.

The college has ambitious plans in developing new courses and methods of delivery and the Dean will play a key role in the design and initiation of this plan and in the continuous embedding of research, knowledge exchange and innovation within the curriculum. The Dean will work closely with the Dean of Academic Strategy and other Deans of Academic Programmes to develop our programmes and new courses.

The Dean will provide academic and managerial leadership to the programmes under their remit, ensuring that they deliver an outstanding education to our students and leading on student outcomes and experience. The Dean will lead the development and delivery of curriculum, ensuring that all learning and teaching is supported by appropriate and effective digital and physical learning environments. They will build and maintain an academic environment that promotes outstanding research, creative practice and public-facing knowledge exchange.

The Dean will be responsible for managing academic and support teams as well as the management of resources allocated to the programmes. You will fully participate in the operational and strategic development processes for the College, advising the College’s Executive Group on the ways in which the programme portfolio articulates and collaborates with other Programmes, Schools and Colleges in the University, as well as with other national and international institutions.

About you

You will have an excellent academic background and will be a recognised authority in your subject or professional area. You will possess a strong knowledge of past and present organisations and trends in the UK related to the College’s disciplines, as well as a demonstrable knowledge of academic provision, trends and issues in Universities, both national and global. You will have a substantial record of teaching, research and/or professional practice in one or more of the College’s specialist areas or in an aligned specialism. A PhD is desirable.

You will also have experience of teaching in a Higher Education Institution and will possess knowledge of commercialising art and design courses, facilities and research and KE for income generation purposes. You will have insights of shaping and influencing developments within a college/organisation through previous contributions within your area of expertise. You will also possess a varied and wide-ranging set of personal and professional skills, including excellent communication, leadership, management, organisational and planning skills.

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, an attractive salary and pension plus a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please see the Applicant pack. Questions about the role and appointment can be addressed directly to Head of College, Rathna Ramanathan, contacting in the first instance, PA to the Executive Team, Marion Eastwood at

What we offer


We are UAL

For the fourth year running, University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings ® 2022. It offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, with graduates going on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide.

Our diverse and talented community comprises over 5,000 academic, professional, and technical staff. Together we are committed to social purpose. This includes creating a better and more sustainable world and championing race equality.

Across the University, we offer a learning environment in which originality is recognised, difference is respected and excellence is pursued. Our values centre on social justice and environmental stewardship. We respect and encourage the academic freedom of our staff and the natural curiosity of our students

Our culture


This opportunity is closed to applications.