Update regarding recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor

I am writing to give an update on our progress towards selection of a Vice-Chancellor to take up the role following Professor Sir David Eastwood’s retirement at the end of this calendar year.

The Selection Committee, as you may recall, is chaired by me and, additionally, comprises three other members of the University’s Council and three senior academic members of staff from the Senate.  The Committee has met regularly since late January, first to discuss then agree a job description and person specification for the role, taking into account the extensive feedback we received from consultation with staff and students around the University.  The role was advertised in late February and applications closed in April.  Since then, the Committee has met to review the list of applicants and agree on a long list of candidates for further consideration.

We were pleased to see a strong field of applicants, enabling us to agree a diverse long list of candidates with whom to have further conversations.  This will be narrowed further during May to produce a short list.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the University in June for discussions and engagement with a range of members of the University community before final interviews with the Selection Panel.  The Selection Committee will then present a recommended candidate to the Senate for consultation and to the Council for approval at the end of June.


Mervyn Walker

Chair of Council


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