President and Vice-Chancellor

Southampton, Hampshire (GB)
26 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

President and Vice-Chancellor

The University of Southampton is in the top one hundred of world universities*, and top 20 in the UK.** We have a global reputation for our passion and ability to work collaboratively in delivering world-class education, research and innovation that makes a real impact on society’s biggest challenges. 

A founding member of the Russell Group, we are pioneers in flexible learning, and encourage interdisciplinary practice across our academic community. We work with partners around the world to offer relevant, flexible education, which enables our students to exercise their academic creativity and prepares them for the jobs of the future. The student experience is at our heart and this is reflected in one of the sector’s leading student satisfaction scores, 84 per cent, in the most recent National Student Survey. 

Southampton is renowned for its strong culture of research and enterprise. We are ranked 8th*** in the UK for research intensity and over 40 per cent of our research projects involve one or more business partners. We are the number one university in the UK for consultancy income**** and are engaged in research with over 700 overseas partners.

The President and Vice-Chancellor is at the heart of our vibrant community of more than a quarter of a million students, staff and alumni worldwide, uniting and inspiring them in pride and ambition for the University, while always ensuring the University remains true to its core values of inclusivity and collegiality.

You will have an impressive academic record together with experience in a leadership role uniting an organisation through long-term transformation. Your passion for education and improving the student experience will be equalled by your commitment to furthering our excellent research and enterprise performance. We will expect you to inspire and unite our staff community around a shared ambition for the future. You will be confident and effective in sharing our University’s vision and advocating this on a global, national and regional stage; this will be essential for your successful, personal leadership of the University’s philanthropic activity.
If you believe you have the skills, experience, passion and commitment to be our next President and Vice-Chancellor, then this is an exceptional opportunity to shape our future.  

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The deadline for applications is 11.59 pm Wednesday 9th January 2019. 
This is a full time permanent post, located in Southampton, with a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We appreciate and value difference, seeking to attract, develop and retain a diverse mix of talented people that will contribute to our overall success. 
*  QS World Ranking, 2019; **  The Complete University Guide 2019, The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019; ***  Times Higher Education (Research Excellence Framework 2014); ****  Higher Education – Business Community Interaction Survey 2016/17