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Brighton, East Sussex (GB)
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

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The University of Brighton is a community of passionate students, educators and professionals dedicated to transforming lives and shaping futures. Rooted in the city of Brighton and Hove from our very origins, today we are a diverse and inclusive organisation of 18,000 students and 2,800 staff that takes pride in our impact on our local community and beyond. Our core values of inclusivity, sustainability, creativity, and partnership, shape everything we do.

We have high aspirations and the potential to match them – we jumped 22 places in the 2024 Guardian University Guide and saw a further improvement in the 2024 Good University Guide (Times/Sunday Times) of 11 places. Our Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) results consolidated our position as one of the UK's highest performing post-1992 universities and as leading the way among University Alliance institutions. In REF2021, 98% of our submitted research is rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, and 88% assessed as having ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact beyond academia. Brighton is ranked 11th nationally for ‘value added’ – a score which compares students’ degree results with their entry qualifications to show how effectively they are taught (Guardian University Guide 2024) and in the top 50 in England for Graduate Prospects (Good University Guide Times/Sunday Times 2024). In September, the Office for Students (OfS) announced that the University of Brighton has been awarded an overall rating of Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

We are seeking a Vice-Chancellor to succeed Professor Debra Humphris CBE. You will be an exceptional leader, visible and collaborative, internally and externally, with creative, innovative and strategic thinking for our next chapter. We are an incredibly diverse community in one of the most inclusive cities in the world, and leadership at Brighton will require bringing our university communities and external stakeholders with us as we look to enhance our impact on our students, our city, and the communities we serve.

Candidates for the role will need to bring an outstanding track record of transformational and collegiate leadership, operational and resource management in an organisation of relevant complexity and scale, and a high level of commercial awareness. An understanding of the challenges facing the higher education sector, as well as the ability to be a credible leader and champion of the University’s academic mission will also be key.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of Brighton on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference IAGUB. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Friday 14th June.


The University of Brighton is a community of around 21,000 students and 2,700 staff. We have one of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK and a strong research record, factors which contribute to our reputation as a leading modern university.

We are a thriving, multi-campus coastal university delivering innovative career-focused courses at undergraduate and postgraduate degree level and our research and teaching transforms lives and benefits communities worldwide. The university offers a wide range of jobs in both academic and support roles, with competitive salaries and flexible working opportunities.

Meet the University of Brighton and find out why you should join us.

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