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About Exeter and the South West
College of Humanities
Department of Drama
The above full-time permanent post is available from 1st September 2013 at the latest.
The University of Exeter has ambitious plans for growth. Capital projects to the value of GBP 275 million pounds will, by the end of 2012, transform our already beautiful Streatham campus into something that is truly world-class.
The result of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirms Exeter's position as one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities. Almost 90% of our research is at internationally recognised levels and every single subject submitted included world-leading (4*) research. When adjusted for the 95% of staff submitted, Exeter ranks among the top 15 in the UK for research out of 159 higher education institutions. The Times Higher Education described Exeter as 'a rising star among research-intensive institutions'.
In the last (2008) Research Assessment Exercise, Drama returned 35% of research in the top 4* category, with 95% of research in Drama ranked as internationally competitive. Drama has had notable success in achieving external research income, including several large AHRC awards, and a high success rate in Creative Fellow and Academic Fellowship awards as well as workshop and practice-based Research Council projects. We foster a strong culture of peer support in relation to staff research, and host three Research Centres within the Drama Department: the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices; the Centre for Performance, Sciences and Community; and the Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures.
For forty-four years, the University of Exeter has been a pioneer in practice-led Drama within the HE sector. Since 2004, the Department has undergone a major expansion, with an additional new building erected on our Thornlea site as the major part of an investment of GBP 3.7 million, and an accompanying increase in undergraduate, postgraduate students, as well as in academic staff numbers. Our state-of-the-art facilities compare with any in the country. Exeter Drama has performed consistently highly in the NSS, and currently ranks first, based on the average percentage of positive responses across all survey categories for full service universities.
This appointment of a Chair in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies is part of the College of Humanities' ongoing investment in Drama to sustain and build on its notable success.
We are looking for a leading international figure with the ability to attract world-class academics to their research groups. Applicants will be innovative researchers with a strong track record of research funding and international quality publications. They will be able to develop new knowledge, innovation and understanding in the field in ways that complement or extend current expertise in Drama at Exeter. In education, they will be able to engage students with theatre theory and practice. They will possess a thorough understanding of institutional management systems and the wider higher education environment, and will possess an ability to foster interactions and links both within the University and externally.
Initial enquiries can be made to Stephen Hodge, Head of Drama (tel: 01392-724524, email: S.Hodge@exeter.ac.uk). You may also wish to consult our website (http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk) for further details of the College.
To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.
The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive About Disabled People': if you have a disability, you should mention this in your application. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
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