Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise)

London (GB)
16 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise)
Salary: Competitive
Post Type: Permanent, Full Time
Reference: 100-18

St George’s, University of London wishes to appoint the key leadership position of Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise). The Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise) will join the University at an important and exciting time, as it has recently launched its new Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

Research and enterprise are central to the mission of St George’s. Our research focuses on medicine, biosciences and healthcare, and we share a site with our partner St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. St George’s holds research grants across the range of research funders, with major funders including the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council, the European Commission and the Department of Health, along with various industry funders. We are committed to enterprise and knowledge exchange, and we were ranked fourth for impact in REF2014. We have an active patent portfolio and a number of spin-out companies. 

Reporting to the Principal, Professor Jenny Higham, the postholder will be responsible for developing and delivering the University’s research and enterprise strategies, working within the established Institutes at St George’s. This involves leading, and being an ambassador for, research and enterprise in a strategic and visionary way. Major responsibilities will include the successful delivery of REF2021, building research and enterprise partnerships, developing the research culture and environment, and increasing research and enterprise activity and income in line with St George’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022.  

The postholder will be a key member of St George’s senior management team, and will be expected to play a vital role in the leadership of St George’s, working closely with senior academic and professional services colleagues. The Deputy Principal (Research and Enterprise) will represent St George’s for research and enterprise internationally, in national and regional fora and with research collaborators, partners and funders. In particular, the postholder will work with our NHS partner, St George’s Trust, to enhance and develop research links. 

The successful candidate will be a university leader, with experience of leading academic teams at senior level and a proven track record of developing and implementing strategy and effecting change. He/she will be an active researcher, with an academic reputation in a field relevant to St George’s and the credibility to lead research and enterprise at St George’s.

The postholder will have excellent persuasion and motivational skills, and the strong ambassadorial skills necessary to represent the University externally. He/she will have a collaborative approach, with the outstanding communication and influencing abilities required to work in a senior leadership position at St George’s.

We are open to appointing either a clinical or non-clinical academic to the role. Any clinical appointment will be made in conjunction with St George’s NHS Trust. Salary will be competitive and commensurate will the seniority of the position.

Applications should consist of a CV and a supporting statement (maximum 1,000 words) setting out how the candidate meets the person specification and should be made via St George’s recruitment system

Closing Date: 26th February 2018
Interview Date: 8th March 2018.  

For an informal discussion about the positon, please contact Professor Jenny Higham, Principal (via Caroline Donohoe – and Mark Cranmer, Director of Joint Research and Enterprise Office (via Jay Morjaria –