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Dublin City University


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Role Managed by:

Michelle Scanlon


t: +353 1905 3706

f: +44 (0) 20 7340 6201


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 14/06/2019

Dublin City University (DCU) is one of Ireland’s premier higher education institutions. It is an ambitious, research-intensive institution that is distinguished not only by the quality of its graduates but also by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. Excellence in teaching, research and scholarship has led to DCU’s consistent ranking in the top 100 of the world’s young universities in both the QS and THE rankings.

The last eight years have seen a period of dramatic growth for the University, both in its student population, which increased by over 50% to 17,400, and in its footprint, with the addition of two academic campuses and an innovation campus, which hosts 75 high-tech companies, all in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra region of Dublin. DCU also established the first Faculty of Education in an Irish University during this period. The University is currently implementing a €300m Campus Development Plan involving the construction of new lecture theatres, teaching laboratories, research facilities, student accommodation and a major student centre, which was opened in 2018.

The University’s five faculties are home to internationally renowned scholars and research centres in specific areas of science, digital innovation, engineering, humanities, social sciences, education and business. DCU has a strong track record of innovation in all its activities and consistently leads the Irish university sector in terms of execution of 'Intellectual Property licences'. DCU is committed to values of equality, diversity and inclusion, as reflected in a broad range of institutional initiatives addressing gender under-representation, socioeconomic disadvantage and disability. 

The University will appoint its fourth President in 2020. We are seeking an exceptional individual of proven ability and with significant experience of strategic leadership. They will build on DCU’s existing strengths, achievements, values and ambitions, and lead the University’s next major phase of development. In keeping with DCU’s commitment to societal engagement, this individual will be expected to show evidence of operating and influencing at the highest level of institutional, business and civic life.

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For a confidential discussion regarding this role, please call Dr Sinéad Gibney or Michelle Scanlon at Perrett Laver on +353 (0) 1 905 3706.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon (Irish time) on Friday 14th June 2019. Interviews for this appointment will take place in November 2019.

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