Chair of University Court

Ref: 4416

Queen Margaret University


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Role Managed by:

Esther Mennen

Senior Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: The role attracts an honorarium of £300 per day, to a maximum of £15k

Closing Date: 22/11/2019

The University Court is seeking to appoint a Chair to succeed Dr Frances Dow CBE in March 2020.The Court plays a crucial role in the development of the University’s vision and strategic direction. This appointment provides a significant opportunity for an experienced individual to lead the Court, and to work with the Principal, Sir Paul Grice, on positioning the University’s future strategic direction.

To fulfil this important role, we are seeking an individual with a distinguished record of successful leadership at a senior and strategic level within a large and complex public, private or third sector organisation. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, coupled with a strong commitment to, and affinity for, higher education.

Expressions of interest are invited from individuals with experience of chairing boards and committees responsible for managing strategic issues, with knowledge of the Scottish higher education sector, or with experience of key bodeis relating to education in general.

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae, full employment history and relevant achievements. CVs should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, why the appointment is of interest and what they believe they can bring to the role.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 22nd November at 5pm GMT. Candidates who are selected by the Committee will be invited for an information gathering visit in early January 2020.

The University wishes staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.