University of the West of England, Professor, Faculty of Environment &Technology; Application review closes on 04.30.12

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Reference: JOB36494
Application deadline: CLOSED

(WHO Centre for Healthy Cities)




The University of the West of England (UWE) is one of Britain's most enterprising universities; it has a successful record in co-creating new ideas and new solutions to deliver innovative futures.

UWE works closely with business and industry to ensure that teaching and research have direct relevance to society and the environment. We also pride ourselves on providing a valued role for all students and staff members within UWE’s diverse and welcoming community.

From its origins as the Merchant Venturers’ College in 1595, UWE is now one of Britain’s most popular universities. Over the years UWE has continued to develop its academic provision to grow and transform itself to meet the demands of modern day students and higher education teaching.

UWE has an annual budget of £220 million, and it is the largest provider of higher education in the south west of England. UWE also has an expanding European and international profile.

The University has a history of providing high quality education and training to students. In parallel with traditional values of academic excellence, the University is committed to using academic knowledge and skills to find practical solutions to problems. UWE’s researchers make a significant contribution to advances in industry, commerce, public services and the professions, both nationally and internationally.

UWE students, and the knowledge and experience they gain, are vital to future economic prosperity. The University aims to equip students for their role in the economy by putting a fundamental value on work placements, part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Strong links with employers help to keep UWE’s courses relevant and up to date, and ensure that its graduates are highly sought after in the job market because they have the confidence, skills, up-to-date knowledge and work experience to be attractive to employers.

The University is building up a number of partnerships with further education colleges, collectively known as the UWE Federation. The University and the colleges have developed a range of courses to give as many people as possible the chance to study university-level courses at their local college, with opportunities for progression to UWE programs. Many of the courses have been developed in collaboration with local employers to develop the skills and knowledge that are in demand in the region.



With over 30,000 students and 3,800 staff, UWE is the largest university in the south west of England, and one of the largest employers in the Bristol area.

Around half of UWE’s staff are engaged in teaching, research, knowledge exchange, consultancy and other academic-related activities. The remaining staff members provide a variety of professional services ranging from marketing to finance, and from international development to human resources. These staff members also support the development and maintenance of all of the University’s campuses.

The investment in teaching excellence is matched by a tremendous investment in facilities and infrastructure.

UWE has four main campuses. Around 60% of our students are based at Frenchay campus, which is on the north-eastern outskirts of Bristol and close to the M4, M5, M32 motorways with easy access to Bristol Parkway station. UWE’s other main campuses are at Bower Ashton, St Matthias and Glenside.

Hartpury College, an Associate School of the University, is based four miles north of Gloucester. There are also UWE Education Centres for Health and Social Care in Gloucester and Swindon.

UWE is currently developing a new campus site which will double the size of our Frenchay campus. The new site will provide a stimulating, green, pleasant, healthy, flexible and sustainable environment which will set new standards of academic provision for the 21st century. The new campus will provide contemporary facilities and improved infrastructure, including top quality accommodation, academic, sports, social and cultural facilities.

Included in the new campus master plan is a ground-breaking agreement with Bristol Rovers Football Club to build a new football stadium. Costing £40m, the 20,000 seat stadium will include a club gym for student and community use, an all-weather jogging track, rooms for student club activities and teaching space, and a banqueting suite and venue space.

In recent years, UWE has completed an £82 million student village (housing 2,000 students) opened a state-of-the-art sports centre, launched a new conference and exhibition centre, and opened a £700,000 nursery facility for staff and students.


UWE’s vision is to be the UK's best Knowledge and Learning Partnership University.

Our mission is to make a positive difference to our students, business and society.

Our ethos of genuine partnership-working enables U+WE to successfully promote and drive opportunity, social justice, creativity and innovation.

UWE aims to INSPIRE students, staff and partners through:

Innovation - Our focus is to pioneer and advance in all we do. We will be connected, engaged and enterprising.
Nurturing talent - Our priority for 2010-2012 is to strengthen the ‘One University’ ethos across UWE, enabling staff to work effectively and efficiently across disciplines and departmental boundaries towards the realisation of our common vision.
Student experience - Our focus is to provide an excellent student experience. We will be the best for student representation; the best for preparing graduates for work and life after graduation; and the best for supporting student learning and well-being in a vibrant, healthy and sustainable learning environment.
Participation - We believe that everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education should have the opportunity to do so, whatever their background. Taking on the challenge of widening access and participation is a crucial part of our mission.
Internationalisation - Building on our international successes and enhancing the ‘UWE Global’ brand are key features of our Strategic Plan.
Research - Our priority for 2010-2012 is to enhance our reputation for excellent research that has a positive impact on the economy and society, advancing solutions to some of the most pressing concerns facing us regionally, nationally and internationally.
Exchange - Our priority is to identify, recognise and raise the profile of our already impressive portfolio of public engagement activity, to the benefit of all our users.


The University’s academic provision is delivered through four faculties:
• Arts, Creative Industries and Education
• Business and Law
• Environment and Technology
• Health and Life Sciences

The University also has two associate faculties - Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

The faculties are supported by the following central services:
Admissions and International Development Corporate and Academic Services
Facilities Financial Services
Human Resources IT Services
Library Services Marketing and Communications
Research, Business and Innovation Schools and Colleges Partnerships
Student Services



The Faculty of Environment and Technology was established in 2007. The Faculty is led by the Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Olomolaiye.
Within the Faculty are five integrated departments within which all academic staff, teaching programmes and research and consultancy activity are located. These departments are:
• Computer Science and Creative Technologies (CSCT)
• Construction and Property (CP)
• Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM)
• Geography and Environmental Management GEM)
• Planning and Architecture (PA)

The Faculty provides more than 60 programmes of study (to over 6000 full and part time students) from certificate and foundation years through first degrees, graduate diplomas, postgraduate level qualifications and doctoral studies, plus a wide range of short courses and other continuing professional development. Many of the programmes are accredited by relevant professional bodies and some are specifically created in partnership with local, regional or national employers to meet the need for particular skills and knowledge. A growing number of programmes are delivered through partnership arrangements with regional colleges and with international partners, for example in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

The Faculty is one of the largest centres in the UK for teaching and research within the built and natural environment disciplines, spanning architecture, planning, surveying, construction, property, transport, geography, urban studies and environmental management. The Faculty has a comprehensive range of courses in computing, information systems, mathematical sciences, and in a variety of engineering disciplines. Its teaching and learning has earned excellent approval ratings over a number of years, with a highly prized focus on interdisciplinary working both in teaching and research. It has a significant and still expanding research, consultancy and knowledge exchange portfolio with substantial income generated from these activities, and currently supports some 150 research students.

The Faculty has a vibrant research culture organised primarily through a number of centres of excellence in research and knowledge exchange. The Faculty also engages in research and knowledge exchange Institutes that span more than one Faculty.

FET R&KE landscape – September 2011
Name FET Director/Head/
key contact (Associated) Department(s)
BRL – Bristol Robotics Laboratory Professor Chris Melhuish EDM
CCRI - Countryside and Community Research Institute Professor Nigel Curry GEM
IBST - Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology Professor Janice Kiely EDM
ISHE – Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment Professor Jim Longhurst GEM / PA
CCCS – Centre for Complex Cooperative Systems Professor Richard McClatchey CSCT
CPRC – Construction and Property Research Centre Professor Ming Sun CP
CTS – Centre for Transport & Society Professor Graham Parkhurst PA
MVL – Machine Vision Laboratory Professor Mel Smith EDM
SPE - Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments Professor Katie Williams PA
WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments Professor Hugh Barton PA
AIG – Artificial Intelligence Group Dr Jim Smith CSCT
AQMRC - Air Quality Management Resource Centre Professor Jim Longhurst GEM
ASG – Applied Statistics Group Dr Paul White EDM
SERG – Software Engineering Research Group Dr Mohammed Odeh CSCT
UCG – Unconventional Computing Group Professor Andy Adamatzky CSCT
Other areas of active achievement
Flood risk Professor David Proverbs CP
Power systems, electronics and control Dr Hassan Nouri EDM
Space, culture and social justice Dr Jenny Hill GEM
Water research Dr Chad Staddon GEM


This is a unique opportunity to lead an internationally renowned research centre in health and planning. The vacancy occurs due to the retirement of Professor Hugh Barton, who has been instrumental in setting the agenda in this critical and exciting field. The post holder will be appointed to assist and support with the direction of the newly re-designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, liaising with the European Healthy Cities network, and WHO programs across the world.

The central responsibility of the post is to reinforce and extend the research at UWE into the relationship between the planning of the built/natural environment and human health and well-being. The professor will join the Department of Planning and Architecture and join the core WHO team based within the department. The responsibilities of the post, however, are interdisciplinary and cross-faculty, involving close collaboration with other researchers in the Institute of Sustainability, Health and Environment (ISHE). The human resources of ISHE are impressive, including many experienced researchers in public health, transport, behavior, environment, spatial planning, regeneration, urban design and governance.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an internationally recognized research and publication record in the field of planning and health, and provide evidence of inspirational research leadership. In addition to undertaking international research, the candidate will be expected to contribute to the extensive knowledge exchange mission of the WHO Centre, building partnerships with practice, and interpreting research for practice – through in-house facilitation, consultancy, training, placements, inter-professional seminars and educational development.

The successful candidate will:
• offer academic leadership within the specialist WHO Centre in collegiate style; provide leadership and inspiration in the spatial planning and health interface in the WHO Centre, across ISHE, and within the Department of Planning and Architecture;
• lead bidding and secure funding for major research projects;
• manage major research projects to a successful conclusion;
• produce innovative and important research publications, especially in high profile refereed journals;
• contribute to the national and international research profile of the university;
• network through the WHO Healthy Cities programme and provide expert advice and services to WHO on the planning and design of healthy urban environments;
• promote and develop partnerships to promote the aims of the centre and UWE;
• contribute to teaching on the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
• promote a flourishing research culture in the field, through PhD students, MA dissertations and staff development;
• contribute to the management of research in ISHE, the department and the faculty, attending meetings as appropriate.

The Professor will:

 Provide research leadership and support for researchers, potential researchers and research students

 Improve the publication record of staff within the Department

 Extend external contacts and facilitate the involvement of colleagues in various academic and business/industrial networks

 Generate income for research from external public and/or private sector sources

 Take a leading role in the further development of a research culture and infrastructure in the Department through seminar series, external speakers, conference organization etc

 Represent the Faculty and the Department within the wider academic community

 Contribute to teaching, supervision and other teaching related activities
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

 A significant record of successful research and publication in one or more subject specialism’s within the field of Planning and Health

 Proven qualities of academic leadership within a framework of collegiality and collaboration

 Experience of managing research and research staff and the ability to stimulate and support the research of other academic colleagues

 A successful record of generating external income for research from public and/or private sector sources, including research councils

 Successful experience of research degree supervision and examination

 An awareness of equal opportunities issues and a respect for the University’s equal opportunities policies

In addition the following are considered to be desirable:

 A successful record of collaboration with other institutions and organizations (academic and non-academic) and the capacity to develop and foster fruitful relationships with such organizations

 Experience of organizing conferences

 The ability to satisfy the University’s criteria for the award of a Professorial title as identified by Academic Board

Please refer to Appendix 1 in this document for full job description.


Candidates meeting the University’s criteria for a Professorship will be awarded a Professorial title.
Further information about professorial title criteria is set out in Appendix 2.


The salary for this post will be paid in a range between £54,283 and £55,908.
In addition, as a Professor you will be eligible to be considered for merit pay. Merit pay is paid in a range between £2,472 and £12,354

For part-time employees, salary is pro rata.
To see a complete list of the University’s salary scales, please visit our HR website at: and click on Pay and pensions.

This is a permanent post.

All staff appointed will be subject to a probationary period during which time comprehensive support will be given. An offer of appointment will also be subject to completion of a health @ work questionnaire.


Childcare Vouchers: The University runs a scheme for staff to purchase childcare vouchers to pay for childcare through payroll. For details, see Human Resources intranet site at

Cycle to Work: The University runs a scheme for staff to purchase tax free bikes for commuting purposes through payroll. For details, see our intranet site at or Cyclescheme Ltd at Terms and conditions apply.

EAP: The University’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a major initiative offering all staff access to a confidential telephone helpline service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service can provide information and advice on a range of personal, emotional, family, legal and financial issues. All calls are free and confidential. For details, visit the Human Resources intranet site

Increments: Staff will normally receive annual increments to the top of the pay scale to which they are assigned. This incremental progression is, however, subject to meeting the requirements of appropriate progression criteria e.g. probation requirements, bar progression arrangements and is subject to satisfactory performance.

Job-share: All posts are open to applicants wishing to job-share, unless otherwise stated.

Leave for academic staff: Academic staff receives 35 days leave per annum.

Also, all staff receive 11 days for public holidays, and between 1 and 2½ additional days to facilitate the closure of the University during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

All leave is pro rata for part-time employees.

Parking: There is parking in and around the University. Staff pays a small annual fee for a car parking permit to cover all University campuses.

Pay award: Salary scales are revised annually.

Pension: Staff will have the option to join the appropriate occupational superannuation scheme subject to its regulations. This scheme could be the TPS, LGPS or USS. Each scheme includes an employers' contribution and provides an index linked pension and lump sum on retirement. New staff who have been members of the University Superannuation Scheme (USS) will only be able to to remain in that scheme if there is no more than a break of one calendar month since contributions were last made to the USS.

Performance and development review: All staff have an annual review of personal and work objectives.



If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Ms Janet Askew on 0117 32 83204 or email:

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Non EU Nationals:

The University has a legal responsibility to ensure that all employees are entitled to live and work in the UK. For some vacancies (those requiring specific skills or in shortage occupations e.g. Lecturing/Research positions) we may be able to obtain a certificate of sponsorship for a suitably qualified applicant as part of the process of obtaining permission to work in the UK from the UK Border Agency (UKBA). However, for most other vacancies including administrative roles it will be unlikely that permission to work in the UK would be granted. You can check whether you would be eligible to work in the UK under the points-based system for migrant workers using the UKBA points calculator at

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It is normal practice to take up references only for those applicants who are short-listed for interview. Referees with knowledge of your professional ability are preferred to those with merely social knowledge. If you are currently employed, it will be helpful if you name a referee who can refer to your current work. If you ask that your present employer should not be contacted before an interview, this request will be respected.

Applications post must be submitted using our online eRecruitment system, which can be accessed via our vacancies website:

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2012.

To help us deal quickly with any queries please quote reference number 1229638 in any communications.

Interviews for this post will take place on 24 May 2012. Applicants will be informed by email regarding the status of their application in due course.

UWE is committed to creating a dynamic and diverse workforce representative of the communities we serve. We believe in fostering a working environment where equality is promoted and diversity respected and valued. If you feel the same we'd like to hear from you.

(BS 20.02.2012)


Job title: Professor

Grade: J
Job holder: Vacant
Reports to: Head of Department, but also to the Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange


Professors are defined by their distinction, standing and leadership in their subject/practice. They will make a significant contribution towards the maintenance and enhancement of the University’s reputation for research, knowledge exchange, teaching and scholarship through their contribution to the collective endeavors and through their own research, external engagement and teaching.

To provide academic leadership and deliver excellence in research, teaching and learning, professional practice and other aspects of knowledge exchange and/or knowledge transfer.

To make a significant contribution towards the development of the research and knowledge exchange strategy, policy and its development within the faculty and University in line with KPIs and objectives.


Undertakes publishing and disseminating peer-reviewed outputs

Achieves a substantial and distinguished record of activity and outputs in either research, teaching and learning scholarship, knowledge exchange activity, or a combination of these, at a national/international level

Leads authorship of peer reviewed articles, creative works and/or professional practice outputs in high impact publications, reports or public events

Undertakes high profile peer review activities including membership of editorial board(s), leading national policy forum and/or expert practitioner groups

Presents of original work at national and international conferences, policy forum and public events

Makes a significant contribution to the development of faculty/university strategies, policy development and implementation

Makes a significant contribution to the REF, or to other national quality indicators of high quality learning, teaching or knowledge exchange

Contributes to, and leadership of, significant projects, teams and scholarly communities

Develops and maintains the University’s prominence and profile at a national/international level

Active in seeking, developing, and leading successful applications for significant external funds, commissions and/or consultancy

Secures prestigious contracts as a principal investigator and/or bid leader

Builds new institutional capacity within the university, creating enabling partnerships across and outside of UWE

Has a lead role in developing capacity and capability in departmental teams, including mentoring and coaching colleagues where appropriate and advising staff on personal and career development plans.

Contributes to teaching, learning and post-graduate research

Plays a lead role in curriculum development and innovation particularly at Master’s and Doctoral level

Provides supervision and support for postgraduate and doctoral students to ensure successful completion of study to achieve faculty completion rates

Demonstrates how approaches, methods and innovations have been taken up internally as well as at a national or international level, through for example, pedagogic publications, teaching and learning strategies and consultancy

Promotes a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, efficiency and value for money and contributes to the enhancement of quality.

Contributes to subject advocacy, professional networks, knowledge exchange and dissemination to non-academic audiences

Evidence of national standing and contributions to key discipline and cross-discipline networks, for example, membership of research councils and bodies, expert committees, leadership roles in professional bodies or comparable organizations

Takes a leading role in knowledge transfer, consultancy and entrepreneurial activities to enhance the university/faculty profile and to meet agreed KPIs

Is an external examiner/chief examiner in relation to external theses in other HEIs

Represents the faculty in developing and implementing UWE strategy and policy relating to the portfolio and, where appropriate, leads the development and implementation of relevant faculty specific strategy and policy.

People management

Lead, develop and motivate departmental, faculty or cross UWE teams in order to secure a high level of performance within the overall strategic framework of the university

Ensure that appropriate and proper processes are followed for recruitment, performance and development review, and workload management.

Project management

Leads and contributes to cross faculty and University projects to help to develop new ways of achieving improvements in the academic provision.


Ensure good communications within the department and faculty, consulting stakeholders as appropriate and promoting the University to a range of internal and external audiences.


Represent and promote the faculty and University on internal and external bodies, committees and boards, including attendance at local, regional and international events. See also above.




1. Is a leading authority in their subject and has a substantial national/international record demonstrating subject expertise, excellence and achievement.

2. Evidence of a strong publication record, including lead authorship in high quality peer reviewed articles and journals, reports and public events.

3. Evidence of the ability to successfully secure high-level grant income/consultancy.

4. Evidence of creating, maintaining and fulfilling national/international collaborations.

5. Evidence of successful PhD supervision.

6. Ability to demonstrate successful academic leadership of teams, communities and projects in order to achieve significant project outcomes.

7. Ability to demonstrate a significant contribution to the development of teaching and learning with an ability to develop new knowledge, innovation and understanding in order to enhance teaching and learning.

8. Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills, including the ability to develop excellent working relationships with a range of internal and external partners and to use advocacy, influencing and negotiating skills.

9. Ability to develop expertise in budgeting, forecasting and the management of financial and other resources.

10. An understanding of how this role can help to enhance the University’s widening participation, equal opportunities and social inclusion agendas, and a commitment to translate this understanding in to action.

11. Respect for the purposes of the University and a belief in, and commitment to, the contribution that higher education can make in society.


1. Professorial applications should be considered against the following criteria:

A proven record of distinction as a scholar, teacher, or practitioner in one or more of the following:

(a) contribution by research, consultancy, original work in the creative arts or practice to the furtherance of knowledge, advancement of the subject or their application to society;

(b) standing in the subject or profession;

(c) academic leadership.

2. In interpreting the above criteria, the Academic Board has determined that:

(i) in the context of Professorial applications, `distinction’ implies a standing that would be recognized on a national or international canvas by those in the same discipline or in the broader field of education;

(ii) the University would wish to give as much weight to the skills and achievement or practitioners as to those of scholars and researchers;

(iii) the criteria adopted by the University are intended to demand a level of achievement no less than that traditionally expected within British universities, although the nature of the achievement need not be confined to the activities traditionally recognized by the longer standing universities.

3. As regards applications which it judges to be based on the above criteria, the research, review and progression panel will need to establish that the candidate is recognized by academic peers as standing pre-eminent as a scholar or researcher or creative practitioner in a well defined (and possibly quite narrow) field of study or research or professional practice and enjoys a national or international reputation beyond that reasonably expected of an able and productive Reader. The standing of such applicants will normally be reflected as appropriate to the area of scholarship or practice in an exceptional record of: publications in refereed journals; scholarly reception of published materials, creative work and artifacts; research grants awarded primarily on the advice of an expert group of appropriate academic peers; papers read by invitation at conferences and colloquia; and by references from persons recognized as eminent in the relevant field.