Principal & Vice-Chancellor

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Robert Gordon University


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Role Managed by:

Ilona Motyer

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary,commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

Closing Date: 25/11/2019

Formal Interview Date: Early March 2020

An innovative, inclusive, impactful and professionally-focused institution, Robert Gordon University (RGU) is a dynamic university with an international reputation for providing a high quality student experience and vocational education from undergraduate through to PhD level. With more than 16,000 full and part-time students and 1,580 staff members, RGU is a diverse and inclusive university which is committed to creating equal opportunities to access higher education for people from all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers.

The university’s close links with industry ensures it offers a relevant curriculum which is responsive to the skills needs of employers and learners. Over the last decade RGU has consistently had one of the best records of any UK university for graduate-level employment and is currently top in Scotland and fourth equal in the UK for graduate employment. RGU’s reputation for teaching excellence is demonstrated through its Gold award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework, making it one of only three Scottish universities to gain this prestigious accolade. Its growing reputation for research reflects its focus on interdisciplinary collaboration across its 11 schools and strategic research partnerships with business and industry. With a strong track record of industry engagement, RGU works with private, public and third sectors regionally, nationally and internationally to stimulate economic development.

RGU is now seeking an outstanding new Principal and Vice-Chancellor to lead the university through its next stage of development. Reporting directly to the Board, the role holder is the Chief Academic and Executive Officer of the university, with overall responsibility for the leadership and management of the institution, and for its strategic direction. The successful candidate will be an empowering leader and an inspiring and engaging communicator, deeply committed to the success of staff, students, and the wider communities that the university serves and capable of representing the university externally.  They will have a strong academic profile and significant experience of working in a complex organisation at a senior level, and bring an understanding of the national and global context for higher education.

Enquiries may also be made directly to Ilona Motyer at or +44 20 7340 6220. The closing date for applications will be noon Monday 25th November. Candidates who are longlisted by the Committee will be invited to first round interview with Perrett Laver in December. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for informal conversations and campus visits in February, followed by formal interview with the Selection Committee in Early March 2020. The appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and it is intended that the appointee will take up employment on 1st September 2020.