Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Cirencester, Gloucestershire
12 Sep 2017
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09 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor will be directly responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for all academic matters within the University.  He or she will be accountable for developing and leading innovative teaching and learning, research, knowledge exchange and international strategies.   He or she will line manage the academic staff of the University, working to ensure a strong performance culture and an excellent student experience.  The Deputy Vice-Chancellor will deputise for the Vice-Chancellor and will represent the University on her behalf when required.  

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is going through a period of exciting and dynamic change.   At the forefront of agricultural education since its foundation as the Royal Agricultural College in 1845, the University now has some 1,200 undergraduate students from over 45 different countries studying at its historic campus, set in 25 acres of magnificent grounds in the heart of the Cotswolds.   A full University since 2013, the RAU is an acknowledged leader in education and applied research relevant to the land-based industries notably agriculture; rural land management; property and the built environment; the food supply chain; agribusiness; countryside and environmental management and equine management and science.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joanna Price, has been in post since September 2016. She is leading a process of growth and strategic repositioning for the RAU building a new senior leadership team to help deliver the necessary changes in curriculum, culture and partnerships.  The Deputy Vice -Chancellor will occupy a key position in this team, being the lead for academic matters, and will play a pivotal leadership role in shaping the future of University. 

Applicants should be proven deliverers of innovation and change in Higher Education, with outstanding team working skills and an action orientated approach to achieving success. They should combine ambition with commitment to student success and Institutional excellence. Already an experienced academic leader, they will be able to provide evidence of working collaboratively with colleagues across an institution and in leading change.  A successful track record of management and combining strategic thinking with operational delivery is critical.  

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The closing date for applications, in the form of a CV and cover letter, will be 9 October, 2017.