Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education

Lancaster, Lancashire (GB)
26 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education  
Ref: A3297
Job title: Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education
Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Salary: Competitive 
Closing date: Monday 29th March 2021

Candidates should apply for this role through our retained advisors Networked at 

As a key member of an ambitious and collegial senior leadership team steering a forward-thinking and values-driven top ten university, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) provides strategic oversight for a portfolio at the heart of Lancaster University’s mission. Lancaster’s focus on continually enhancing the educational experience of all its students has significantly influenced the creation of the University’s new strategy and this role will be pivotal to building on and further progressing Lancaster’s success. 

The role also presents an opportunity to provide strategic leadership to the Institute for Curriculum Enhancement (ICE). The Institute brings together a community of teaching practitioners and professional services to catalyse the enhancement of the curriculum, based on the education strategy. ICE aims to further develop the culture of scholarship of teaching and learning at Lancaster, and to promote student engagement that informs the development of a transformative curriculum and education. 

Management experience at Head of Department, Associate Dean, Dean or Pro-Vice-Chancellor level or equivalent would be an advantage. Candidates should be able to demonstrate some evidence of:

  • The ability to develop a broad understanding of the differing needs and modes of education across the different disciplines that make up a comprehensive University. 
  • Knowledge of new modes of delivery and the role of transnational education; and an understanding of the challenges currently facing undergraduate and postgraduate education. 
  • The ability to develop networks regionally, nationally and internationally is essential.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) is expected to be able to leverage these networks for the benefit of Lancaster University. It would be an advantage if candidates are able to demonstrate a strong record of educational delivery and have a detailed understanding of the importance of research in a research-led teaching environment. 

Post: This post will be offered as a full-time role, however a proportion of time (around 20%) could be ringfenced to allow the post holder to continue to be involved in academic delivery (whether this be research, teaching or engagement).

Start Date and term: The post would ideally commence 1st August 2021 for 4 years in the first instance with the possibility for renewal for a further term and would overlay a substantive appointment in an appropriate academic department. 

Salary and Pension: The salary for this post is on the Senior Salary Scale at Lancaster, offering a highly competitive reward package and is part of a well-developed framework that allows reward progression, access to the USS pension scheme and an award winning benefits package. 

How to apply: Candidates should apply for this role through our retained advisors Networked at 

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, promoting a healthy worklife balance. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found at We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education.