The University of Edinburgh is a world-leading centre of academic excellence committed to making a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and beyond. In the top 20 of the QS World Rankings, in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, the University provides a first-class education for over 35,000 students across its programmes of study -undergraduate and postgraduate, on-site and distance learning.

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS), part of the University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is one of the largest and most successful multi-disciplinary Schools in the UK, as demonstrated through our global reach and impact. We offer a rich and diverse learning and research environment for our staff and students, with close links between our three subject areas, alongside other leading research areas across the University and beyond.

We seek to appoint a new Head of School with outstanding leadership skills, an academic background in one of our cognate disciplines, and the confidence and vision to lead the School of PPLS and inspire our large and diverse academic community.

Creating a positive and collegiate environment, you will provide strategic leadership in learning and research, developing a shared vision for the School that embodies agility and flexibility, while championing the development of strong working relationships between the School and other parts of the University. As an ambassador for the School, College and University, you will develop and nurture relationships with external stakeholderswhile encouraging a culture of open communication, where all students and members of staff are engaged and their contributions are encouraged and recognised.

The Headship of the School is normally undertaken for an initial period of five years, with the possibility to extend for a further period. The successful candidate, if they do not already hold a Chair within the School, will be appointed to a Chair located within the most appropriate subject area of the School and this will be their open-ended post on completion of their tenure as Head of School. 

How to Apply:

Enquiries or applications can be made, in confidence, to Mary Comer on +44 7408 850 797 or

For further information, download the Head of School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences information pack here