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Head of Guildford School of Acting


Location:  Guildford
Salary:  Competitive Salary
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 04 January 2022
Reference:  077321

The University of Surrey is seeking to appoint an outstanding figure to lead Guildford School of Acting (GSA) as its Head of School and is committed to attracting the widest and most diverse field possible.

GSA is an internationally renowned conservatoire that delivers world class performance and technical training, with a vibrant community of performers, performance makers, creative practitioners, and technicians graduating each year.  With long-standing ties to the creative industries and some of the best professional training facilities in the UK, the School takes pride in its ethic of care, commitment to the student experience, and pursuit of artistic and educational excellence.

As an integral part of the University of Surrey, located on its award-winning Guildford campus, GSA enjoys the best of both worlds: the creative spirit of a conservatoire backed by the scale, breadth, and safeguards of a modern, technologically advanced university dedicated to promoting human well-being in all its forms.   

A deep understanding of excellence and innovation in conservatoire training and education, strong operational and strategic credentials, and close links to the creative industries are key requirements of the role, alongside the ability to capitalise on the opportunities, including in the field of pedagogic scholarship, that come with membership of the University.  

With an open, visible, and consultative leadership style, the Head will articulate a vision for the School that aligns with industry trends, putting equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of all that GSA does. 

The appointment as Head will be for five years, subject to renewal.  The successful candidate will be appointed to a permanent position at the University.

To find out more about the role, and how to apply, please see the attached candidate pack. 

Formal interviews and presentations will take place on Friday, 21 January 2022.

For a confidential discussion, contact Christopher Lake or Sabine Tilly of our advisors Syllogism on +44 (0)20 3417 6076 or email

Applications should be emailed to

Closing date: 10:00 GMT Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Further details:    Candidate Pack    
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