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QMUL has enjoyed a period of outstanding progress and is widely recognised as a leading research-intensive university, both in the UK and globally. Indicators of our stature can be seen for example in the outcomes of the UK-wide assessment of research (the Research Excellence Framework), which placed QMUL ninth in the UK (amongst multi-faculty institutions) for the quality of its research outputs. In addition, the latest Times Higher Education global rankings placed QMUL at 98th, up from 145th three years ago. We are also members of the Russell Group, which we joined in 2012. Our achievements across teaching, research and engagement activities reflect the very high quality of both our academic and Professional Services staff.
We currently teach over 20,000 students across five sites in London and also in locations outside of the UK, notably through our Joint Programmes in China. We have approximately 4,000 staff engaged in work to deliver and support our academic mission, which spans the full disciplinary spectrum covering the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry.
So QMUL is a vibrant and exciting place to be, and our strategy sets out the extent to which we want to improve further and develop over the coming years, so that we are placed within the top 75 universities globally by 2020. This is a suitably ambitious target, which will require us to grow and improve, but in a way that is aligned with our values as an institution. These values were reconfirmed during the development of our strategy and are central to our ethos and sense of identity.
We require an individual to undertake the role of Director of Planning, who can help us achieve and promote our ambitions, develop and build our reputation, who recognises the importance of our values, and who can help us prosper against a challenging backdrop for the sector as a whole. More details on the role and on our institution are contained on this microsite and I hope this information will encourage you to apply.

Simon Gaskell,
President and Principal