Job opening. Head of the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth

Head of the School of Languages and Area Studies

A major opportunity to join the leadership team of a successful faculty
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with the senior responsibilities of the role.

Join an ambitious university ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and in the top ten modern universities in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse faculty, proud of the quality of its taught and postgraduate research programmes, which are underpinned by an excellent and expanding research base and by advanced professional practice.

The School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS) is one of the largest departments of its kind in the country. The School offers associated area studies courses with regional expertise on Europe, the Americas, East Asia and Francophone Africa, and international development studies.
Research activity is based in the Centre for European & International Studies Research (CEISR), which is a major international centre for interdisciplinary humanities and social science research.

We are now seeking an outstanding individual to lead our School of Languages and Area Studies. We are looking to appoint a candidate who will provide informed and inspiring leadership. Candidates may already be Professors or meet our criteria for a Chair, but the overriding objective will be to appoint the best candidate to lead the School.

Therefore, while preference will be given to those that can be appointed at Chair level, applications will also be welcomed from outstanding academic leaders who may not yet be operating at Chair’s level.

The University of Portsmouth embraces diversity, and we positively encourage applicants from all sections of the community, in particular from under-represented groups.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact:
Professor Matthew Weait (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) on T: +44 (0)23 9284 6014 E:

Closing date: 28 July

For full details of this opportunity, download our job application pack at

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Francophone Africa research cluster at the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) invites expressions of interest from postdoctoral candidates who wish to apply to the 2016-17 round of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme through our institution.

NB Full details and details of the scheme’s deadline will be available from the British Academy later this summer.


The University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) is a leading centre for the interdisciplinary study of Francophone Africa and Franco-African relations in an international context. We are particularly interested in supporting applications which engage with the following themes:

  • Reassessing the legacies of French colonialism in terms of its impacts in former French colonies and in metropolitan France
  • Studying the changing relations between France and the Francophone world in the context of increasing globalisation of the world economy and culture.


Our research environment is dynamic and supportive, with a strong emphasis placed on mentoring and the career development of early career researchers. In the first instance, applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest to Professor Tony Chafer or Dr Natalya Vince by 1 September 2016. This expression of interest should include:

  • A full academic CV (including research and teaching experience, publications and any public engagement/ impact activities)
  • A 1000-word outline of your proposed project, including research aims, questions, methodology and proposed outputs. You should also indicate why you think the University of Portsmouth would be a good place to pursue this project.
  • Before submitting a proposal, please read the Leverhulme guidance and ensure you are eligible for funding. Last year’s guidance is available here but please check this year’s guidance when it is published to ensure that there have been no changes and you are still eligible.


Applications will be internally assessed and the highest ranking proposals taken forward to full submission to the Leverhulme Trust. The selected candidate[s] whose applications are taken forward will receive full institutional support and mentoring from the University of Portsmouth in developing their application for the final Leverhulme deadline, which is expected to be in March 2017. The Francophone cluster has a good track record in attracting funding for Early Career Researchers, and we currently hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.


Interested applicants are warmly invited to discuss their proposal with Prof Chafer ( or Dr Vince ( ) informally before the 1 September deadline. You can find out more about our research cluster on our blog: