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Person Specification – Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College


A first degree, higher degree and an established academic or professional reputation, including a strong record of research or professional practice in an area within the subjects covered by the College are essential. Senior membership of an appropriate professional body and a management qualification are desirable. The appointee must be committed to their ongoing professional development.

Training and Experience

An outstanding track record of personal achievement, research and/or practice in their main discipline are essential, as well as significant experience of the line management of a department or colleague group in a higher education institution and a good understanding of the issues affecting HE. This should include a track record of significant achievement in the following areas:

  • Course and curriculum development and the development and introduction of improved methods of teaching and learning.
  • Development and management of effective quality assurance procedures.
  • Promotion of research, including the generation of income from sponsorship, research contracts and other sources.
  • Management of colleagues and staffing budgets, including the effective handling of appraisal and staff development activities.
  • Development of continuing professional development and knowledge exchange programmes in collaboration with business partners, industry and professional bodies, preferably including some international experience.
  • Developing business plans, budgets and project plans and successfully managing resources within them.

Aptitudes, abilities and personal attributes

Essential qualities include:

  • Leading change by championing the vision and supporting the people involved. Planning and putting in place the necessary resources and supporting systems, including monitoring and communications.
  • Taking ownership and control and exercising leadership; initiating action and taking responsibility.
  • Setting ambitious but realistic goals. Showing commitment to their own personal development and identifying development strategies needed to achieve work and career goals.
  • Seeing and contributing to the big picture, showing the way forward so others understand what they must do to align their efforts to university-wide goals.
  • Providing direction, inspiring others and taking responsibility for contributing to and delivering results to achieve the University‚Äôs vision/goals.