Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Leeds, West Yorkshire (GB)
Commensurate with the seniority of the role
May 22, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 29, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest, most prestigious, and diverse research-intensive universities. We are a member of the Russell Group, included in the world’s top 100 universities in the QS rankings, and named University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times in 2017. With an annual turnover of £792 million, more than 38,000 students and 8,700 staff, we are continuing to make significant investments in research and innovation, student education, and extending our international reach.

Excellent research is at the heart of our institution. We were ranked 9th in the UK in the 2014 research assessment exercise for the impact of its research, and two more of our professors were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society this year. We are active members of the main national institutes including the Alan Turing, Rosalind Franklin and Henry Royce Institutes, with leading nationally funded doctoral training centres, and an outstanding track record of success in both the Global Challenge Research Fund and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. We are at the forefront of research across a breadth of disciplines, from data science through to climate change, and we are committed to playing a key role in tackling global challenges.

Our Nexus Innovation Centre is core to our integrated approach to enterprise, promoting creativity, innovation and impact in the University and across the Region. We provide businesses with links to our globally recognised research expertise, and incubation facilities for high potential start-ups. We have a longstanding focus on transforming our academic research into commercial impact, and our Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is the focal point for enterprise education and research on campus.

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, and as a member of the University Executive Group, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation will play a key role in the leadership of the University. Working across the institution, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor will provide inspirational direction of the research and innovation strategy, lead the relevant academic, professional services and support staff to deliver an ambitious and impactful agenda, and promote a vibrant PhD and post-Doctoral community.

The University of Leeds is looking for candidates who are passionate about driving world-class research in an international and interdisciplinary context. You will need to offer a contemporary and ambitious vision for the advancement of research and innovation, and have a strong understanding of how to deliver this agenda, developed in collaboration with members of the University community, and civic and industry partners.

You will need to have significant experience as a leader operating at a strategic level, be capable of successfully engaging and inspiring staff, and have a strong track record of delivering major programmes of change and development to successful completion. You will also be a leading academic in your discipline and will be committed to promoting excellence in research, innovation and knowledge exchange. This challenging role provides an opportunity for the right person to shape and lead a significant part of the University’s academic portfolio. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor will be expected to represent the University in a wide range of settings, and it is therefore important that candidates have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and enjoy engaging with funders, partners and the wider international community of research leaders.

The University wishes to encourage applications that will continue to strengthen the diversity of its leadership team. For further details, including a job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit quoting reference 4667 by Monday 29th June 2020 at midnight GMT.

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