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Applications invited for CeLM Director

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We are inviting applications for the role of Director of CeLM, who will take over from Professor Ludovica Serratrice who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

CeLM aims to be recognised as a leading, internationally renowned hub for research into linguistic, psychological, clinical and educational aspects of literacy and multilingualism.

The role is an exciting opportunity for experienced members of staff to lead one of the 10 University recognized interdisciplinary research centres, bringing together colleagues across research divisions and themes to conceive and undertake groundbreaking research that informs policy, practitioners and the general public.

The Director reports to the Head of School where she/he sits and is supported by the Research Dean for Prosperity & Resilience, who acts as sponsor for the Centre. A leadership development programme is available to support the Director in the role.

CeLM is supported primarily by the School of Literature and Language, the Institute of Education and the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. Applications from staff from other schools, with relevant experience in the areas of focus of the Centre are also welcomed.

The successful candidate will undertake the role alongside his/her normal duties, with a time allocation of 0.20 FTE for the role covered by the Director’s School.  The role will commence on 01 August 2021 and it is expected to be for a period of four years.

Our University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and receiving applications from the widest range of backgrounds will help us recruit a diverse and inclusive senior leadership.

Given the under-representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues in leadership roles, we are particularly keen on applications from these groups. 

How to apply

Further information, including how to apply, can be found in the role description for the Director of CeLM.

Colleagues interested in the role can request an applicants’ brief with further information about the centre through the Research Deans Office (

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact:

Professor Ludovica Serratrice (, Director of CeLM

Professor Adrian Bell (, Research Dean (Prosperity & Resilience)

Colleagues interested in applying should submit an expression of interest addressing the person specification and explaining why they are interested in the role, together with a CV to

The closing date for applications is 12:00 pm on Friday 5 March 2021.

Interviews will take place on Monday 29 March 2021.

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