Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Dundee, Dundee City (GB)
29 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Dundee
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

The University of Dundee is seeking an exceptional leader for the post of Principal and Vice-Chancellor. This is an opportunity for an outstanding individual to build upon a strong platform of impressive progress made over recent years. The appointed candidate will shape an exciting future for Dundee, leading the institution on its journey to become Scotland’s leading university.

Named The Times and Sunday Times, ‘Scottish University of the Year’ for 2016 and 2017, and ranked as one of the world’s top 200 universities by Times Higher Education, Dundee’s reputation has risen from strength to strength. These strengths cover several different areas of excellence; from securing Gold TEF status, to achieving the highest research intensity of any medium sized university in the UK. Student experience sits at the heart of Dundee’s approach, resulting in the University placing in the top ten universities for student experience in the UK.

The University’s new Principal and Vice-Chancellor will provide outstanding leadership, commanding the respect of Dundee’s unique community, bringing energy and enthusiasm to the delivery of the University’s vision and strategy.  This person will promote and stimulate the very best academic, organisational and financial performance, as well as playing a leading role in representing the University’s interests locally and nationally, whilst driving its ambitious international growth agenda.

Strong candidates will demonstrate a keen affinity with Dundee’s values, whilst evidencing a strong commitment to Dundee’s community and the wellbeing of the wider region. A strong record of championing diversity and inclusion, as well as a commitment to representing the student voice in decision making at the highest level will be crucial. The ability to motivate the entire University community through outstanding interpersonal, influencing, management and communication skills will be essential, as will credibility with distinguished academics and practitioners.

Saxton Bampfylde is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of Dundee on this appointment. A candidate brief with full application details can be obtained from their website at using reference code KUDD.  Alternatively, email Belinda Beck at or telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should arrive no later than 12 pm on Monday 30 April.