Academic leadership and management at Exeter

Leadership and management groups

The College Executive

Comprises the College Dean, College Manager and Associate Deans for Research and Knowledge Transfer (RKT) and Education. They are responsible for the formulation of the College’s strategy, have responsibility for the College’s budget and are accountable for people management in the College.

The College Management Group

The College Management Group (CMG) is a larger body which consists of the College Executive, Heads of Discipline, Directors of Research, Directors of Education, Academic Leads and senior Professional Services staff. The CMG is a forum for communication, engagement and consultation.

The Discipline Group

The Discipline Group is chaired by the Head of Discipline and consists of the Director of Research, Director of Education and all Academic Leads in that discipline. This group determine the priorities and distribution of workload amongst academic staff within a strategic framework determined by the College Executive.

Roles

What is the role of the Head of Discipline?

The Head of Discipline is accountable to and line managed by the Dean of the College and his/her principal responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic leadership for academics within a discipline area
  • Contributing to the collective development of College goals, strategy and decision making
  • Ensuring that University and College goals and strategies are properly formulated, communicated and explained to staff within the discipline, working closely with the Directors of Research and Education on a day-to-day basis to achieve this
  • Attending and contributing to College Executive meetings on a regular basis
  • Under delegated authority from the Dean, line managing Academic Leads and academics in the discipline, ensuring they carry out their responsibilities effectively
  • Providing coaching support and advice for Academic Leads to assist them in delivering their responsibilities
  • Under delegated authority from the Dean, line managing the Directors of Research and Education within their discipline, helping ensure education and research priorities set out in University and College Education and Research strategies and plans are communicated to academics and delivered in the discipline area
  • Supporting the College Executive with the effective planning of workloads, the utilisation of resources and the implementation of management decisions
  • Representing the views and interests of academics from the discipline at a senior management level within the College
  • Actively facilitating two-way communication between academics and senior staff within the College
  • Playing an active role in the College Management Group, which consists of the College Executive, Directors of Research and Education, Academic Leads and senior Professional Services staff
  • Managing non-pay budgets within the discipline, where these have been delegated
  • Representing the discipline internally within the University and externally, as required
  • Ensuring that effective health and safety systems and equality and diversity procedures are implemented, actively managed and monitored within the discipline area.

What is the role of the Director of Research?

The Director of Research will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the relevant Head of Discipline. His/her responsibilities include:

  • Accountable to the Associate Dean (Research) and working closely with the Head of Discipline to direct the academic unit’s performance towards meeting agreed research targets on all University and College research metrics, including publications, grant income, impact and postgraduate research students
  • Acting as a source of information and advice for academics in the discipline on all research-related matters
  • Accountable to the Associate Dean (Research) for the enhancement and development of research activity in the discipline
  • Working closely with the Associate Dean (Research) and other members of the College Executive on the academic unit’s research targets, the effective allocation of resources to deliver the College’s strategies and polices for research and to enable research targets to be met.

What is the role of the Director of Education?

The Director of Education will be line managed on a day-to-day basis by the relevant Head of Discipline. His/her responsibilities include:

  • Accountable to the Associate Dean (Education) and working closely with the Head of Discipline to direct the academic unit’s performance towards meeting agreed subject and programme targets on University and College education metrics, including entry standards, NSS results, graduate employment and international student numbers
  • Acting as a source of information and advice for academics in the discipline on all matters relating to the delivery and development of education plans and targets
  • Accountable to the Associate Dean (Education) on delivering the educational development agenda within the College
  • Working closely with the Associate Dean (Education) and other members of the College Executive on subject and programme targets and the effective allocation of resources to deliver the College’s strategies and policies for education and to enable subject and programme level targets to be met.

What is the role of an Academic Lead?

The Academic Lead is accountable to the Head of Discipline in the College. His/her principal responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring newly appointed academics receive an effective induction in the College
  • Providing quality coaching and mentoring support to assigned academics in their discipline
  • Carrying out Performance Development Reviews (PDRs) for relevant staff in their discipline, working closely with Heads of Discipline, Directors of Education and Research to ensure meaningful targets are set
  • Supporting new lecturers during the Professional Development Programme (PDP) by providing advice and guidance
  • Participating in College Management Group meetings and supporting the delivery of College strategy
  • Assisting the Directors of Research and Education with the delivery of the academic unit’s research targets and the delivery of the taught programmes within the subject portfolio.