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There has never been a better time for would-be deans to get the senior job at a UK business school. Many of the country’s established university departments are hunting for a boss – the top dogs at Bath, Birmingham, Cranfield, Durham, Leeds and Strathclyde have all said they are to move on.

Charles Harvey will leave Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow in May, after just three years as dean, to take up the post of pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Newcastle.

Jonathan Michie is also to quit as the head of Birmingham Business School, a job he took up in June 2004. He will leave in April, after just four years at Birmingham, to become president of Kellogg College at Oxford University and director of the department of continuing education at Oxford.

Not all deans are quite so precipitate in their departure. Many give notice of a year a more to enable the school to conduct a thorough search for a replacement. Such is the case at Leeds University Business School, where Andrew Lock is to leave at the end of 2008.

Michael Osbaldeston has already announced that he will step down as director of Cranfield School of Management in 2009 after six years in the job.

Noted academic Andrew Pettigrew said last year that he would stand down as head of the School of Management at Bath University at the end of his five-year term this September.

Not all schools have such timely warnings. At Durham Business School, Tony Antoniou stepped down as dean last September amid allegations of plagiarism. The business school subsequently suspended Prof Antoniou and he was stripped of his PhD by York University.


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