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Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Canterbury, Kent (GB)
Closing date
10 May 2024

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Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern innovative University which has enjoyed an impressive period of growth and development since acquiring full university status in 2005. With an annual income of over £300m and 1,800 staff, it is a broad-based University offering to its 26,000 students a wide range of programmes across business, health, medicine, education, arts and humanities, social sciences, law, sciences and engineering.

The impact of its research and enterprise is felt nationally and internationally as recognised by the recent national Research Excellence Framework and the Knowledge Exchange Framework. It has one of the best employability records for students in the UK and is ranked number 1 in the 2023 national employability survey. Meeting the business and employment needs of regional employers and beyond, the University is also one of  the largest providers of education, training and skills to public services in the South East. In addition, Canterbury Christ Church is a widening participation institution.

We are now looking to appoint a dynamic individual as our next Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost. They will be responsible for strategic and operational leadership for academic planning and delivery and for leading and coordinating key University-wide strategic and transformational projects. The post-holder will line-manage the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience), the three Pro Vice-Chancellor/Deans of Faculty, and the Chief Information Officer, and be responsible for the ongoing co-ordination of their work including ensuring alignment between academic and financial objectives.

The appointee will deputise for the Vice-Chancellor when necessary, and work closely with, and be a key member of, the Senior Management Team (SMT) contributing to the strategic direction and development of the University as a whole.

The successful applicant will be joining the University at an exciting time in our proud history. Our strategic framework - Vision 2030, places sustainable futures and our students at its heart, and there is a real sense of optimism as we further develop our vision for the future. We are seeking a strategic academic leader with a track record of successful and collaborative leadership at relevant scale, who shares our ambition for Canterbury Christ Church as well as our values, and who can bring astute and creative thinking in helping shape our future, looking both to the external environment as well as our strengths as an institution.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Canterbury Christ Church University on this appointment.

For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference IAFUB

Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Friday 10th May


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Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern, multi-campus University offering higher and professional education across key Kent and Medway locations: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Tunbridge Wells.

It has a strong community of 17,000 students and 2,000 staff, studying and teaching across four faculties: Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and Wellbeing, and Social and Applied Sciences.

Christ Church was established in 1962 and is a Church of England Foundation University, welcoming all faiths and none. Today, the University continues to shape courses and research around critical social issues, the latest industry developments and public service need.

Nearly 90% of its research submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) was assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, and 95% of our UK undergraduates and 98% of our postgraduates were in employment or further study within six months of completing their studies*, with 9 out of 10 of our employed graduates are in graduate level jobs three-and-a-half years after finishing their studies – higher than the national average.

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