Director /Reader /Professor of Brownfield Research and Innovation
The University of Wolverhampton is making a major strategic investment of £100M to establish a dedicated campus with new facilities for the School of Architecture and the Built Environment on a 12 acre city centre brownfield regeneration site, as part of the City of Wolverhampton canal-side redevelopment. The School of Architecture and the Built Environment is one of five Schools forming the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and is based in the city centre of Wolverhampton. With excellent industrial links, active research programmes and professionally accredited courses, the School is committed to further growing its existing research and consultancy provision. Together with the Black Country LEP, we have invested strategically in ambitious plans to create a unique centre of excellence known as the ‘Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre’ (BRIC). We are now seeking to appoint a leading international figure to become the founding Director to lead and establish this new centre. The founding Director will take the lead in defining and planning the strategic development and growth of BRIC to become a recognised regional, national and international world-class centre of excellence. Depending on academic standing, eligible candidates may apply for the title of Professor.
You will be well known internationally within the field as an authority in brownfield regeneration. You will have an established and successful track record in your own research and consultancy and experience in developing effective networks and partnerships involving knowledge exchange between industry and academia and other stakeholder groups. In addition you will have the ability to attract world-class academics to the Centre, who are committed to undertake collaborative research and consultancy at the highest standards across all levels of engagement. This strategic development is a direct result of the growth agenda in the area of sustainable brownfield regeneration and the dedicated site for BRIC will be an exemplar in its own right. BRIC will both provide and inform the regeneration stakeholder industries of opportunities for R&D, collaborative research, consultancy and CPD in this fundamentally key area of future development.
Whilst BRIC will focus on collaborative research and scholarly activity leading to jointly funded PhD programmes, high quality journal publications and research with significant impact, such that it will be eligible for inclusion in any periodic research excellence framework (REF) review, emphasis is also directed towards the development of contract consultancy, partnerships and consortia, bespoke short courses and provision of CPD as well as potential for exploitation of IP. Consequently, there will be a large element of the business focused towards collaboration with a range of stakeholder groups outside the University to develop commercial partnerships and programmes, including company spin-out opportunities.
With 23,000 students, the University of Wolverhampton is a large provider of higher education in the UK. The University has an excellent teaching quality profile, strong performance in third stream income generation and an improving REF performance. Our major building and refurbishment programme is providing enviable teaching and learning facilities, outstanding laboratory provision and leading research facilities. This includes the move of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment to the new Springfield city centre based campus, which will also be the home for the new centre of excellence BRIC.
A professorial title will be available to applicants who satisfy the University's criteria for professorial appointments with evidence of an outstanding record of relevant, peer-reviewed publications, successful research student supervision and research income generation. Please note that consideration of a Professorship will require you to provide three additional academic referees as part of your application for this post. Should your application be shortlisted we will contact these referees in advance of the interview. For further information please see the supporting documents “Professorial Referencing Procedure at the University of Wolverhampton” and “Additional professorial referees form”.
For informal discussions regarding this post please contact Professor Arif (Head of School for Architecture and Built Environment) on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01902 322261
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