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Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job reference: WAKRD

Closing date: noon on 7 June 2024

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The University of Glasgow is one of the world’s great research-intensive institutions. As the fourth oldest university in the UK, we have long pushed the boundaries of what is possible. The University of Glasgow is in a very strong position and has built a global reputation as a proud civic and international institution, with a talented community recognised for excellence in education and world-class research and innovation.

Recently named Scottish University of the Year by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, we have improved our position in international rankings, rising five places in the QS Word Rankings to 76th, placing us among the top 5% of institutions globally. Situated in the friendliest and 2nd most affordable city in the world (Time Out, 2022), we have recently opened the doors of our world-leading £90 million James McCune Smith Learning Hub, and £116 million Advanced Research Centre (ARC).

We are now beginning the search for our new Principal and Vice-Chancellor to succeed Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, who stands down in 2025. The Principal and Vice Chancellor is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the University and its community, and accountable to the Convener of the University Court. Building on our success over the last decade, they will provide leadership and strategic vision and have the attributes to develop a path that enables the University, with its strong academic and financial foundations, to achieve our aspirations for the next decade as a top 100 global university.

We are looking for an exceptional individual with an outstanding track record of strategic, dynamic, inclusive, and emotionally intelligent leadership at an institutional level within a large and complex organisation. The new Principal and Vice-Chancellor will be an empowering, engaging and highly visible leader internally alongside a compelling and persuasive advocate for the University externally. A commitment to excellent education and student experience, world leading research and societal engagement is paramount, as is the need for candidates to demonstrate the capability and confidence to lead a global university.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is supporting the University of Glasgow on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference WAKRD. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on 7 June 2024.


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