Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact

Exeter, Devon (GB)
20 Nov 2017
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21 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

MAKING THE EXCEPTIONAL HAPPEN - challenging traditional thinking and defying conventional boundaries

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact, University of Exeter

As the UK’s fastest rising research university since 2010, we are poised to build on this achievement with the vision to be recognised as a Global Top 100 University, delivering a world-class interdisciplinary research environment.  Critical to driving our success even further will be the appointment of our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact is a key member of the University’s Executive Group and will play a full part in shaping the overall strategic direction of the University, helping to deliver our Corporate Strategy to ‘make the exceptional happen’ and drive the University’s Global Vision 2050. S/he will manage a total research portfolio of £280 million and oversee our interdisciplinary University Institutes, including the Environment and Sustainability Institute and the Living Systems Institute.  S/he will also play a key role in the development of the proposed Global Systems Institute and the Data Science Institute; and in setting the long term research agenda for the University. 

Leading on the implementation and further development of the university’s research and impact strategies, the post-holder will enable a step change in the quality, volume and impact of the world-leading and internationally excellent research carried out at Exeter.  S/he will also be responsible for managing and developing Exeter’s role in the leading GW4 alliance with Bristol, Bath and Cardiff and will contribute at a national level on the research policy agenda. 

Working closely with our two other Deputy Vice-Chancellors for Education and for External Engagement, the post-holder will promote a culture of research-inspired and discovery-led learning, befitting the rigour expected of a Teaching Excellence Framework Gold institution; and develop global research partnerships of the highest quality that contribute to our future performance as a Global Top 100 University. 

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact will be an internationally leading researcher with high-level strategic ability and experience, coupled with natural leadership qualities.  As this is a board level appointment, experience in a senior role in a research-led organization is essential and vision, confidence and an ambition that doesn’t compromise are critical to success. 

An attractive salary is available reflecting the level and strategic importance of the post.

Our Deputy Vice-Chancellors are appointed for an initial term of up to five years, renewable for further terms, and they hold substantive professorial post in addition to their Deputy Vice-Chancellor roles.  It is anticipated that you will wish to maintain active personal research interests and support will be provided to enable you to do so.

This appointment process is being managed by our recruitment consultants, Carbon-NfP Ltd.  To receive the Candidate Brief and/or to arrange an informal confidential telephone conversation with a Carbon-NfP Consultant please email Sharon Taylor  

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 21st December 2017.

These should be emailed to Sharon Taylor at

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diversity in its workforce and, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, it is particularly keen to consider applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce.