Head of Research and Learning

Marketing and Creative - London, UK

Ref: 132Tuesday 10 August 2021

£60k - £65k

Role: Head of Research and Learning

Salary: £60k–£65k

Location: London (Hybrid)



Main Purpose of the Job:


1. To manage and strategically develop the research and learning programmes at the Paul Mellon Centre

2. To sit on the Centre’s Senior Leadership Team, and contribute to the Centre’s broader strategic development

3. Continue to develop a research profile and reputation as a leading scholar in the field of British art studies


Main Responsibilities/Duties:


  1. Research Programme


  • Work with the Director and Deputy Director to strategically develop the Centre’s academic activities programme, including research seminars and lunches, conferences and workshops
  • Attend all the Centre’s events, both in-person and online, and introduce speakers, chair discussion and, in partnership with the Events Manager, be responsible for making sure all events run smoothly
  • Manage the work of the Events Manager to organise and administrate the research programme
  • Oversee the Academics Activities budget
  • Manage the PMC Networks Coordinator’s work on the Centre’s Doctoral Researchers Network and Early Careers Researchers Network, and on the Centre’s Student Film competition.
  • Manage the Centre’s British Art Talks programme
  • Contribute to the Centre’s in-house Special Research Projects
  • Represent and promote the work of the Centre externally within the arts, culture and education sector
  • Collaborate with external partners to promote research on British Art


  1. Learning Programme


  • Work with the Director and Deputy Director to strategically develop the Centre’s Learning Programme, including its Yale in London teaching programme, its Public Lecture Courses, and the Write on Art competition.
  • Regularly attend the Centre’s learning events
  • Contribute lectures and talks to the Centre’s Learning programmes, when required
  • Manage the work of the Learning Manager to organise and administrate the Centre’s teaching and learning Programme
  • Oversee the Learning Budget
  • Participate in the Centre’s public outreach work through collaboration with external partners and organisation


  1. Individual research and teaching activities


  • Actively publish art historical research
  • Participate in external conferences and events nationally and internationally
  • With the agreement of the Deputy Director, deliver lectures or teaching on British art at other institutions




Person Specification




  • A PhD (or equivalent research experience) in the field of British art  studies
  • A strong record of publication and achievement in the academic, curatorial or related sector
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate effectively
  • Knowledge and experience of the current state of research in the arts sector, especially in the field of British art
  • Proven aptitude for collaboration
  • Experience of managing the work of others
  • Proactive and able to work in a self-motivated way
  • Ability to work on a number of different projects simultaneously and efficiently, working to meet deadlines
  • Experience of successful project management (for example, administration of large events, such as academic conferences; running a large scholarly project; managing a department)




  • Strong record of publication in the area of British art studies
  • Substantial record of teaching at university level or equivalent
  • Strong record of making scholarly research accessible and engaging to a non-academic audience