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Liverpool Hope University is a scholarly, ambitious, University with a history dating back to 1844 when the first of its three founding colleges was established.  

The University is seeking to appoint a leader of its distinctive and highly acclaimed Creative Campus that houses all the University’s creative and performance subjects: Music, Drama and Theatre Studies alongside Fine Art, Design, Graphic and Visual Arts.  The successful candidate will be appointed ‘Associate Dean’ and take overall responsibility for these subjects.  The provision is based at the University’s Creative Campus in the heart of City of Liverpool with its vibrant creative arts and performance tradition. 

The person appointed to this role will be expected, in cooperation with the Dean of Arts and Humanities and the Vice Chancellor, to develop a bold vision for the Creative Campus, which will include raising the profile of the campus and its activities nationally  as well as leading and managing the academic units based at that campus.  The University is looking for an ambitious and forward-looking individual, who has high level experience as a prominent arts practitioner.  He or she will have a background in music or music-related area but the University will consider all suitable applicants.  The Associate Dean will report to Professor Nicholas Rees, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. 

The Creative Campus, which is based in West Everton, is home to the departments of Drama, Dance and Performance; Fine and Applied Arts; and Music, as well as to Milapfest (Indian Arts development trust) and the European Opera Centre.  The Creative Campus is a unique space with outstanding facilities set around a Renaissance-style award-winning garden and student accommodation.  The three academic departments at this campus are all part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, which includes eleven departments / schools, ranging across the humanities, social sciences and performing and creative arts. 

The physical facilities at the Creative Campus are of an extremely high quality and the University has invested significantly in these facilities (including the recent purchase of two new buildings) and equipment. The University is one of only a handful of All-Steinway Schools in the country, has its own recording studios and dedicated MAC/PC suites.  The campus includes fully equipped performance venues for drama, dance and music, as well as music practice rooms, fine art studios (for ceramics, fine metals, textiles and print), tutorial rooms, a library and a Victorian reading room.  The Creative Campus also boasts its own commercial venue, the Capstone Theatre, and the Cornerstone Arts Gallery. 

The departments at the Creative Campus are all research active and colleagues in music, drama, dance and art history have previously been included in the REF (2014) and the University is looking forward to further successes in REF2021.  The Faculty has previously been awarded AHRC funding, including for capacity building and for working in collaboration with Milap in the area of Indian Classical Music.  Further funding has also come from the Arts Council and a number of charitable organisations.  The Music Department collaborates with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, both the Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals and local community arts groups. 

Colleagues at the Creative Campus also organise the annual Cornerstone Arts Festival, which involves both established artists and newcomers, as well as master classes, workshops and career development events.  The campus is also home to the University Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Voices of Hope and a Laptop Orchestra.  Colleagues regularly engage in performances of their work, both on campus and across the city, as well as nationally and internationally.  Visiting Professors have included Joanna MacGregor (pianist), John Godber (playwright), Noel Witts (performance), John Milson and Michael Talbot (musicologists), as well as many visiting artists from the USA, the Philippines, Germany, India and South Africa amongst other places.  The University also sponsors the Hope biennial national playwriting prize in conjunction with the Royal Court Theatre, the Liverpool Echo and the Stage. 

The departments based at the Creative Campus also work in close partnership with a number of arts-based organisations across the city, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool, FACT, Bluecoat, the Beatles Story and the Royal Court Theatre.  The partnerships involve both teaching and research collaborations, including joint delivery of MA programmes in Art History, Curating and Museum and Heritage Studies. 

The post is permanent, subject to the normal probationary period of twelve months. 

For further details relating to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the position in particular, please contact: 

Professor Nicholas Rees, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities 

0151 291 3225


Requirement for PhD

Normally a PhD is required for a post of this nature, but the University will consider applicants who come with considerable and established experience of leadership in one or more of the creative and performing arts.


An Associate Professor or Professor title may be considered for a suitably qualified candidate.