Job description and person specification

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation with a diverse and energetic research culture.

We’re formed of three Schools, namely Cambridge School of Art, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Cambridge School of Creative Industries. Our Faculty also houses the ARU Language Centre and three research institutes: Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research, the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region and StoryLab.

With solid foundations across our Faculty’s disciplines, we have significant ambitions for further growth in Creative Industries. To enable us to do this we’re looking to recruit a Head of School who will provide strategic leadership and drive our ambitions forward.

This is an exciting role. Cambridge School of Creative Industries brings together a range of creative and technical disciplines previously housed across different departments and faculties, and signals our aim of further developing innovative provision to respond to the rapidly changing and fast-growing creative and cultural economy. We believe in the importance of innovation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.

Whether creating challenging documentaries, inspirational interactive games or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff informs their teaching, practice and research. As award-winning practitioners and researchers, staff are also active figures within their industries, with connections at local, national and international level.

Our dynamic approach ensures that our students receive a high quality, industry-focussed educational experience. We’re focused on investing in people and infrastructure looking at key areas of international excellence and regional need and we deliver multidisciplinary research and innovation of outstanding quality and impact.

Job description and person specification

Head of School - Cambridge School of Creative Industries

How to apply

Applications should be made via email to by 5pm on Monday 20 January 2020 and must include on separate documents:

  1. a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the criteria (no more than two pages of A4)
  2. a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. details of three referees, one from your current employer and details of your current remuneration (referees will not be contacted without your permission)
  4. a completed Equal Opportunities form (available from Dixon Walter's website).

Long list interviews will be conducted by Dixon Walter week commencing 27 January or week commencing 3 February 2020.

Final interviews are scheduled to be held at the end of February 2020 at Anglia Ruskin University.


Following receipt of your application you will receive an acknowledgement from Dixon Walter. Within this response you will be required to provide consent under the new General Data Protection Regulation. If you fail to provide this consent your application will not be processed further.

More information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact Kiersten Avery at Dixon Walter: 0191 500 5500 or