Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the College of Humanities

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University of Exeter


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Role Managed by:

Azam Ayoubi

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 23/10/2019

Formal Interview Date: Late January / Early February 2020

The University of Exeter is an ambitious global institution. A member of the Russell Group, our success is built on a strong partnership with our students, a clear focus on high performance and the results of our talented and inspirational people. Combining world-class research with excellence in teaching, Exeter creates over £1bn in economic impact. Thanks to significant investment in facilities and infrastructure, our strong values and strategic intent, Exeter is now one of the top 150 universities in the world.


Exeter is rated among the top 100 universities for the study of arts and humanities in the world and the College of Humanities (HUMS) is one of the UK’s leading centres for research and teaching.  Significant investment has helped us build on already excellent research performance and student satisfaction at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and our varied research centres and institutes explore opportunities for interdisciplinary practice, developing international research partnerships across the world and fostering a vibrant atmosphere for intellectual exchange. We have been focusing heavily on building partnerships both nationally and internationally and already have a large number of external partners, across a wide range of activities, including research impact and student employability. Underpinning all of our activities are our University values of ambition, challenge, collaboration, community, impact and rigour.


We are now seeking a new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) and Executive Dean for HUMS. This is a superb opportunity to lead a successful college that is part of an ambitious and rapidly rising University. Reporting to the Provost, the PVC has full responsibility to lead and deliver the College’s academic and business plans, including financial contributions. As a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, you will also deliver corporately the University’s strategic objectives in Education, Research and Impact, Employability and Internationalisation and will contribute to the University’s key objectives to be a leading Russell Group institution, sustainably among the top 10 UK universities and a top 100 international university.


We expect you to have substantial leadership and operational experience alongside having an excellent academic track record. You will also have the desire and ability to further the international activities of the College and will have a corporate focus on delivering and implementing the University-wide strategy. As a senior leader across the University, you will be expected to promote the College and University to a variety of strategic partners, regionally, nationally and internationally. You will also have evidence of developing a strong culture within a complex organisation and have managed change with clarity, vision and a commitment to staff wellbeing and inclusivity.


With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries, we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


The closing date for applications is 23 October 2019. Final stage interviews will take place late January 2020. 

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