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Professor and Head of School of Pharmacy, RCSI

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland | Dublin | Ireland | Europe

Reporting to: Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. 

Closing date for applications: 20th January 2019 @ 11pm. 

Potential interview date: Week commencing 1st March 2019. 

The full job description is located on the RCSI careers webpage:

RCSI is an ambitious centre of international higher education in the health professions and health sciences. We are ranked in the top 250 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education ranking (2019).  Our home since 1784 is in Dublin, where we are the national body for the regulation of surgery as well as a degree awarding institution for health sciences. We have campuses in Malaysia (Perdana University, Kuala Lumpur and RUMC, Penang), Dubai and Bahrain.  We are now seeking to appoint to the position of Professor and Head of School of Pharmacy in Dublin. The appointed person will provide strategic leadership to develop and drive the School forward towards ambitious growth across the education and research themes. The successful candidate will lead the continued transformation of the School into a centre of excellence in education and research. This post is a permanent full professorial appointment within RCSI, with a renewable 4-year term as Head of School of Pharmacy.
Our vision is ‘To be recognised internationally as a leading centre for pharmacy education, research and innovation’.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will have extensive academic experience in pharmacy education, including in the areas of curriculum and content development, teaching and assessment. S/he will build on our success to date, leading and maintaining an environment of excellence in education, which will enable the delivery, and continuous improvement of the pharmacy programmes at RCSI (see below).
S/he must also be an internationally competitive leader in an area of research aligned to pharmacy practice (incorporating clinical pharmacy) or the pharmaceutical sciences. The appointment will substantially increase the research presence and profile of the School both nationally and internationally through the candidate’s outstanding publication profile, ability to secure significant external funding, deliver impactful research and develop external networks and collaborations.  S/he will be able to demonstrate strong leadership and be capable of inspiring the School’s education and research efforts by enhancing its reputation for scholarly and professional excellence. 
The successful candidate will have the necessary support from RCSI and the School to continue their success in research.
Person Specification Essential:
The successful candidate will hold a primary qualification in pharmacy or a cognate discipline. The applicant will hold a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, EdD). In addition, they will demonstrate the following experience and attributes:
  • Highly effective and proven leadership style. 
  • Significant experience in undergraduate pharmacy education, and knowledge of current issues in pharmacy and allied healthcare professions education.
  • A distinguished record of international level research, with a clear track record in research of direct relevance to pharmacy practice and/or pharmaceutical sciences as evidenced by relevant publications in high impact international peer-reviewed journals and prior research grant funding that complements current RCSI research objectives. 
  • Proven track record of providing effective leadership in complex settings.
  • Experience in the use of technology-enhanced learning would be advantageous.
  • Experience of direct and accountable management of sizable and diverse teams.
  • The drive, energy and initiative to promote continuous improvement and change.
  • A track record of achieving results with the ability to act decisively and meet milestones.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration with colleagues at all levels and disciplines. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and team working skills.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Leading and collaborating on the development and implementation of the School of Pharmacy vision and strategy, aligned with the newly published Faculty Strategy of Transforming Healthcare Education, Research and Service 2018-2022 .
  • Providing effective leadership to School of Pharmacy staff -  inspiring, motivating, developing and mentoring the existing team of highly-performing and ambitious staff, throughout their career stages.
  • As a board member of Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning (APPEL;, providing leadership and direction to APPEL . 
  • Leading the School of Pharmacy’s involvement in the wider Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences initiative of Transforming Healthcare Education Project (THEP); including amongst other things the identification and development of new inter-professional education opportunities across the Faculty .
  • Contributing to the governance of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Driving increased engagement and collaboration with clinical partners - in particular within the RCSI Hospital Groups ( to support the development of education and research activities between the School and clinical partners.
  • Collaborating effectively with providers of foundation programmes such as the Institute of Technology Tralee (International Pharmacy Commencement Programme), while ensuring the quality of the programmes and their appropriateness of those programmes for incoming students. Allied with this is the effective liaison with the various scholarship bodies and Admissions and International Recruitment to support and grow international recruitment.  
  • Maintaining collaborative relationship with the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP), which is hosted in RCSI.
  • Forging strong links and collaborations with other education institutions and the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Growing and expanding our impact and reputation in research, building on our success to-date in both pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice (clinical pharmacy and pharmacy education) research 
  • Initiating, procuring funding for and overseeing research programmes in pharmacy and cognate sciences.
  • Continue to develop national and international collaborations with academic and industry partners.
  • Ambition to drive the development of translational research within the school to improve patient outcomes.
Education - Quality and Regulation:
  • Ensuring the continued accreditation of existing programmes and accreditation of any new programmes with national and international bodies.
  • Identifying and developing new courses in pharmacy and related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Overseeing and ensuring quality standards of programmes and student experience in any international education programmes.
  • In liaison with the Dean and other colleagues, identifying opportunities for new programme development at post-graduate level to support the advancement of the profession of pharmacy.
  • Overseeing and participating in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and examinations of RCSI.
  • Participating in curriculum development and instituting new methods of teaching. 
  • Engaging in annual business planning within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, to effectively plan, resource and manage the activities of the School.
  • Identifying and supporting the developing needs of the staff within the school.
  • Preparing and managing annual budgets for the School of Pharmacy.
Particulars of Post

This post is a permanent full professorial appointment in RCSI, with a renewable 4-year term as Head of School of Pharmacy. 


International relocation support will be available, where appropriate, to the successful candidate. 

Research funding

Attractive research start-up support is available.

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries are invited in the first instance through Ms Maggie Walshe, Human Resources Department on 00353-1-402 2287 (email: All applications for this post must be made through the careers webpage www.rcsi/careers. Maggie can arrange for relevant queries on the academic aspects of the role to be addressed by the relevant person.

Note:  This Job Description may be subject to change to reflect the evolving requirements of the School and RCSI

RCSI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or race.

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