A P P O I N T M E N T D E T A I L S – O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8
Candidate Information Pack in respect for the positions of; - Head of Service Delivery (FM) - Deputy Director - Head of Health and Safety - Head of Commercial - Head Of Technical Services (Deputy Chief Technical Officer)
01 Introduction by the Vice-Chancellor
03 About Sussex
05 The estate and the Masterplan
09 Academic structure 1 0 The appointment process and how to apply
I N T RO D U C T I O N
Introduction by the Vice-Chancellor
The University of Sussex is a remarkable institution. The distinctive ethos on which it was established more than 50 years ago is still very much at the heart of the University. Our traditions of creativity, interdisciplinarity, innovation and intellectual rigour enhance our education and research and play an important part in who we are. Against today’s difficult backdrop, Sussex is forging ahead and creating a new destiny. If ever there was a time for a great university to stand on the sidelines, this isn’t it. We are in strong health. With a reputation for inspirational teaching, our graduates are well-rounded global citizens who contribute to the worlds of business, sciences, the arts, academia, government and the third sector. Applications and acceptances for study are at an all-time record. Our research profile is strong, Sussex has a number of internationally excellent research strengths in areas within the arts and humanities, life sciences and quantum technology. Our joint medical school with the University of Brighton is also going from strength to strength, with a strong reputation for making a real impact locally, nationally and internationally. We have just launched our new strategic framework, ‘Sussex 2025” which builds upon the pioneering spirit of the original purpose of the University, but does so for the 21st century. In research, we will challenge conventional approaches and commit to excellence and impact. I hope you will join us in playing a part in shaping the future of a thriving university, with strong values that we believe make Sussex a very special place.
PRO F E S SOR ADAM T I C K E L L V I C E - CHANC E L L OR
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• Interdisciplinarity , through tackling multidimensional problems, while maintaining a strong, broadly based set of disciplines across the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences and medicine;
Since our foundation in 1961, Sussex has valued – and encourages – a pioneering spirit. We’ve pushed for change, and demanded more, creating a better future for individuals and communities all over the world. Our teachers deliver programmes of study that inspire students to develop the skills that make their education count, and that give them the confidence to make their mark in their chosen field. Our staff conduct original research to explore the great questions of our age. Their findings impact policy and practice for businesses, NGOs and governments, ensuring that Sussex students are also at the forefront of knowledge in their subject. Creative thinking, pedagogic diversity, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to a Sussex education. The University’s goal is to deliver teaching and learning programmes that are informed by current research, are attractive to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and which deliver skills for life. The University is committed to widening access for candidates from lower-income families, and awards a high number of scholarships and other types of financial support. • Excellence , through a commitment to delivering the highest standards of research, scholarship, teaching and learning in order to provide a dynamic and stimulating environment for students and staff and to maximise their social and economic contribution to societies; In pursuing our mission, we celebrate the values of:
• Engagement , by actively seeking an external and international approach to all our activities;
• Challenge , in which all members of the Sussex community are prepared to explore creatively the status quo and alternatives, within the context of excellence and professionalism, and to seek to make positive change in society; • Partnership , by developing sustained relationships that bring together complementary skills and resources to create mutual benefit and to deliver impact that cannot be achieved by either partner alone; • Professionalism , by upholding freedom of academic enquiry, undertaking activities in a responsible manner using robust, transparent processes and maintaining professional standards in the conduct of all academic and support activities; • Equality and diversity , by making appointments and developing entry routes to the University based on educational merit, and valuing the strength derived from contributions to our mission by people from different backgrounds, traditions, cultures and perspectives; • Service , in which members of the Sussex community seek to use their skills and talents to contribute to local, national and international communities and organisations.
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T E A C H I NG AN D L E A RN I NG
I NNO V A T I V E R E S E A R C H A ND S C HO L A R S H I P Sussex is a leading research university, as reflected in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Over 75% of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Individual highlights of the REF 2014 results include: • Sussex History was the highest rated History submission in the UK for the quality of its research outputs • the Sussex English submission rose from 31st to 9th across the UK since the last research assessment exercise in 2008 • 84% of the University’s research impact in Psychology was rated as the top possible grade, 4* • Sussex Geography had the most 4*-rated research impact of any Geography submission across the UK. Overall, the University was placed 36th (of multi- disciplinary institutions) by grade point average (GPA). B U S I N E S S A ND T H E C OMMU N I T Y The Sussex Innovation Centre provides support for the creation and growth of technology- and knowledge-based companies in Sussex.
The University of Sussex has more than 17,000 students, of which around a quarter are postgraduates. Home/EU students make up 76% of the student body while 24% are overseas students. Creative thinking, diversity in our teaching, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to a Sussex education. Our goal is to deliver teaching and learning programmes informed by current research, attractive to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and which deliver skills for life.
O U R S TA F F
Sussex has developed a reputation for innovation and inspiration, and attracts leading thinkers and researchers.
We have more than 2,100 staff, including around 1,000 teaching and research staff, of which over 300 are research-only. We have had three Nobel Prize winners, 12 Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize on our staff.
The Centre is now a thriving business environment for nearly 80 high-growth companies.
Since its creation more than 160 companies have been based at the Centre; their cumulative revenue exceeds £250 million and they employ hundreds of people locally. For more information, visit https://www.sussex.ac.uk/ about/community
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The estate and the Masterplan
Our campus development programme includes new modern, affordable student accommodation, social and work spaces, academic and research buildings, and investment in sports and leisure facilities. Our world-leading research benefits people and communities through the work we are doing into critical illnesses such as cancer and Alzheimer’s; international As one of the largest employers in the region, the University contributes around £200 million to the local economy annually, and is committed to delivering a positive impact for those on campus as well as local businesses and residents. Expansion of our campus will deliver a further £120 million in annual spending for Brighton and Hove, resulting in 2,400 new jobs for the community. development; law, social work, neuroscience, sustainability as well as many other areas.
Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in Britain. Situated in rolling parkland on the edge of Brighton, the campus combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces. The campus is surrounded by the South Downs National Park, but just a few minutes away from the lively city of Brighton & Hove. Designed by Sir Basil Spence, the buildings that make up the heart of the campus were given listed building status in 1993. Falmer House is Grade I listed in recognition of its exceptional interest. The University has developed a programme of investment to modernise and improve our campus so that we can provide the best facilities for our students, researchers, and academic and professional staff, as well as the local community. At the heart of our programme of building and regeneration work is a sensitively thought-through plan to enhance the unique setting of our campus within the South Downs, whilst preserving the character of the distinct architecture. MA K I N G T H E F U T U R E O N C AMP U S
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C R E A T I N G A S T U D E N T V I L L AG E
I N V E S T I NG I N T E AC H I NG AND R E S E A RC H To retain our position as one of the world’s leading academic institutions and to attract the best researchers and teaching staff, we need to offer state- of-the-art facilities. Opened in September 2012, the £29 million Jubilee Building is home to the University of Sussex Business School. Facilities include a 500-seat lecture theatre (the largest on campus), a smaller 60-seat lecture theatre, seminar rooms, a café/social space with adjacent flexible workspace, and 120 offices. In 2017, work on a state-of-the-art engineering and robotics centre was completed. The refurbishment of Chichester I has created a new student-focused hub, with a suite of high-specification computers and new teaching and project workspaces. The newly founded Future Technologies Lab in the building will allow students to learn about advancements in robotics and autonomous systems, working with the latest technologies behind innovations such as auto-pilots, drones, space robotics and driverless cars. The refurbishment of Chichester I also includes a transformation of the ground-floor layout and facilities, and improved access to the main entrance as well as throughout the building. In the coming years, we hope to create more new academic and research buildings providing new teaching and research facilities on campus.
In recent years we have increased our student numbers and we now have around 18,000 students. Our expansion plans ensure at least 40% of our students continue to live on campus. Around 20% of Sussex students have home addresses within commuting distance to our campus and do not require University- operated housing. Our plans will create a new student village of 2,100 units to replace about 590 outdated student bedrooms built in the 1970s. This new accommodation will add to the range of student housing we have on campus. New buildings are a mix of townhouses and flats. The terraces of townhouses give students a house to share. Townhouses have bedrooms arranged across multiple floors, with communal bathrooms and kitchens. Flats are arranged with clusters of rooms in the larger buildings. Students will share a kitchen organised around a communal entrance and corridor all on one floor. All bedrooms within cluster flats are en-suite. Some of the buildings have communal space for common rooms and laundry space at ground level, acting as a hub for people to meet and socialise. Bookable study rooms are provided together with secure cycle parking. We want our students to have access to the best facilities, to help make their university experience the most enjoyable it can be. Our contractor started work on site in January 2017. They are building the new accommodation in phases and the first phase opened in September 2018 providing more than 550 bedrooms. We are aiming for full completion by 2021.
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Since 1961 we have added to the trees. In 2012 we planted new woodland, which includes 2,500 mixed trees, to celebrate both the University’s 50th anniversary and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We will continue to add new green spaces – including a new ‘Great Court’ on the east side of the campus and new public square in the north of the campus – echoing Fulton Square (Library Square), around which the core, original Spence buildings are set. By constructing new buildings to Government ‘BREEAM’ standards, replacing old energy inefficient buildings and improving the insulation and energy use of existing buildings, we are ensuring we will reduce the carbon footprint of campus activities. Our plans allow us to reduce carbon emissions by 44% by 2020 and the new buildings will be of the highest environmental standards.
E NH AN C I NG O U R L AND S C A P E AND E N V I RONME N T At Sussex we are proud to be surrounded on three sides by the South Downs National Park and part of a UNESCO- recognised biosphere reserve. The University has a history of protecting and enhancing our green spaces and trees. Our plans have been designed to complement the Sussex downland character of the landscape and to sit comfortably alongside the listed academic buildings that Sir Basil Spence designed when the University was first established in the 1960s.
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PR E S E R V I NG O U R A RC H I T E C T U R E AND H E R I TAG E Writing about the creation of the University in 1961, founding architect Sir Basil Spence said: “The whole precinct should have the ‘sense of a university’ and should, if possible, grow out of the soil of Sussex to become a natural part of this beautiful site”. Spence’s vision is firmly embedded in our plans. The University has been working in collaboration with Historic England, Brighton & Hove City Council and other local bodies, to ensure that our architectural legacy is not compromised. In 2015, we signed an agreement with Brighton & Hove City Council and Historic England to protect our campus’ historic listed buildings. Sir Basil Spence created a number of highly distinctive and cherished signature buildings. These include Falmer House, the Meeting House and the newly refurbished Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. We will be renewing the original Spence vision with the creation of new and equally distinctive signature buildings, as well as better pathways and movement through the campus, sustaining lines of sight to the Downs. The choice of building materials will also echo those favoured by Spence. Our plans to extend and redevelop the campus allow us to increase building capacity while continuing to enhance the environment in sympathy with architectural heritage.
PROV I D I NG C U LT U R A L S PAC E S
We are proud to be a part of a vibrant local community and are committed to providing opportunities for public access to our academic and learning resources. This includes access to The Keep facility, which houses our Special Collections and Mass Observation Archive. In 2016 we re-opened the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts to the public, following an extensive refurbishment. The Centre is a reflection of the University’s commitment to investing in its campus for the benefit of students, staff, the local community and wider arts scene. Named as a tribute to our former Chancellor, Lord (Richard) Attenborough and his family, the Centre embodies a creative spirit and will carry on the legacy of this great entertainment family. We have maintained the Grade II* listed building but modernised the space to provide flexible, high spec facilities including a 350-seat auditorium, extensive gallery and display areas designed for art and audio-visual installations and a new café and bar. The Centre will provide a fantastic learning space for our students and staff, giving them access to 21st century facilities within a building steeped in history. We plan to give access to local schools, residential and community groups so that they can enjoy the Centre – whether through attending performances or being part of the theatrical programme. The University has ambitions for the Attenborough Centre to become a leading contemporary arts and performance space and the cultural focus for the University and local community.
AC A D EM I C S T R U C T U R E
Arts and humanities
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
School of Business, Management and Economics
School of Media, Film and Music
Media and Film
Business and Management
Physics and Astronomy
SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit
School of Engineering and Informatics
School of English
International Summer School
Engineering and Design
School of History, Art History and Philosophy
School of Global Studies
School of Psychology
School of Life Sciences*
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Sussex Centre for Language Studies
School of Education and Social Work
(Joint with University of Brighton)
School of Law, Politics and Sociology
*No formal department structure
A P P LY I N G
The appointment process and how to apply
Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than four pages), and a covering letter (of not more than two pages). Where applicants have particular requirements, if invited to interview, this should be shared in their covering letter. The University values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of society. It is committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. The University aims to ensure that job applicants and members of staff are treated solely on the basis of abilities and potential, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, trade union membership or non-membership, socio-economic background or any other inappropriate distinction.
Applications for each role should be sent to the following representatives from The Management Recruitment Group:
Head of Service Delivery (FM). email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8892 0115. Deputy Director email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 3962 9900.
Head of Health and Safety email@example.com or on 020 8892 0115.
Head of Commercial firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8892 0115.
Head of Technical Services (Deputy Chief Technical Officer) email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8892 0115. The appointment will be subject to confirmation of the right to work within the UK, confirmation of higher level qualifications, satisfactory health clearance, and satisfactory references. TERMS OF APPOINTMENT The successful applicant will be made a permanent member of staff of the University. The role will be based at Sussex and the remuneration package will be commensurate with the significance of the appointment and the calibre of the successful applicant.
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