Recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor

We have begun the recruitment process for a new Vice-Chancellor, following the announcement that Professor Sir David Eastwood will be retiring as our Vice-Chancellor at the end of 2021. We are keen to make this process inclusive and as transparent as possible to members of the University community, respecting, of course, the need to preserve candidate confidentiality.

Update from the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mervyn Walker  - 05.03.21

“Since I last wrote we have formed the Selection Committee, which I chair, and which comprises members of both the University’s Council and the Senate, appointed an external search firm, and conducted extensive consultation around the experience and qualities being sought in the next Vice-Chancellor to build on our success and continue the University’s positive trajectory over the coming years.  There have been discussions with Council members, academic colleagues and College Boards, UEB, the Guild of Students, and Professional Services staff and we have received individual responses to the online consultation from more than 300 staff and around 200 students.  I would like to give my sincere thanks to all who have provided their comments, which the Selection Committee has found very useful in finalising the person specification for the role.  Inevitably, we cannot represent each and every perspective but there was notable commonality in much of the thinking. 

“The advertisement for the role is now live and will close shortly before Easter. During this time our Search consultants will be active in contacting potential candidates.  I am confident that we have specified our requirements very well and that the University is in a great position to attract a broad range of excellent candidates for this very critical appointment.  A copy of the applicant pack can be viewed below.

“The Selection Committee will meet after Easter to consider those candidates going forward to the long- list stage of the process. This will be followed by short-listing and interviews in May and June with the aim of the Selection Committee recommending the selected candidate to Senate and Council on 30th June.

“I will continue to share with you as much information as I am able at each key stage of the process.” 


The process

The process to appoint a new Vice-Chancellor is set out in the University statutes, which state that the Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Council, the University’s governing body. Council makes the appointment on the recommendation of a selection committee, which comprises seven people: the Chair of Council, three lay members of Council, and three academics who are also members of Senate

  • Applications open – March
  • Selection Committee longlisting – April
  • Selection Committee shortlisting – May
  • Interviews - May/June
  • Selection Committee recommend selected candidate to Council – 30th June


Online consultation

Whilst the statutes prescribe the process, we recognise the importance of this appointment to the University community, and as part of this ran a two-week online consultation for staff and students from 3rd to 17th February 2021. The consultation provided an opportunity for our current staff and students to share their views about the qualities, experience and skills that we should be looking for in a new Vice-Chancellor in order to help shape the person specification.  This consultation has now closed.


Recruitment pack and further particulars

A copy of the VC recruitment pack is available to view here, and an accessible version here.


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