President and Vice-Chancellor [ID: 6158].

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University of the Arts London

London, UK

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Role Managed by:

Rachel Hogan

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 22/06/2020

Formal Interview Date: early October

University of the Arts London (UAL) is a world-leading creative university for teaching and research in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. UAL is made up of six renowned colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. It has recently developed three innovative interdisciplinary institutes working across the University: UAL Creative Computing Institute, UAL Social Design Institute, and UAL Decolonising Arts Institute.

UAL is recognised as the world’s pre-eminent provider of undergraduate art and design education, as evidenced by our ranking of 2nd globally in the 2020 QS World Rankings. Home to over 20,500 students from 130 countries, our scale and reputation enable us to take a leading role in the creative economy in the UK, Europe and beyond. We actively influence global cultural debates through the diversity and international reach of our staff, students, and alumni. At our core is our commitment to our students and ensuring sector-leading outcomes for their education, as well as a fundamental belief in the value that the diversity of the creative arts and its practitioners offer to all levels of society.

Our current Vice-Chancellor, Sir Nigel Carrington, leaves UAL in an outstanding position progressing confidently against our 2015-2022 strategy that articulated a focus on excellence in creative education; generating new knowledge; increasing our influence and impact; and developing the best physical and digital context for creative education.

As we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, we will all face a changed world. In our newly titled President and Vice-Chancellor we seek an outstanding individual to lead our diverse and global community in a different and perhaps unimagined future. You will be deeply committed to enhancing what makes UAL special and will have the vision and skills required to shape our aspirational future, harnessing the talents of all our staff and students. You will share our values and will possess exceptional communication and relationship-building skills, representing the University with a wide range of stakeholders. Like us, you believe that equality, diversity and inclusion are integral to thriving organisations and you will share our commitment to creating a University where we can all be ourselves and reach our full potential. You will demonstrate exemplary judgement and commercial insight, bringing a strong sense of integrity as well as energy and innovation.

(Candidates should please download the application pack which contains the full job description/person specification for the role and read the list of requirements and selection criteria before applying)

Successful candidates for this role will demonstrate evidence of the following skills, experience and abilities.

Knowledge and experience

  • Developing and successfully implementing a vision and strategy for a large, complex and globally-facing organisation in an external context of significant change;
  • A proven track record of outstanding leadership at a senior level, managing staff, finances and other resources of comparable size, scope and profile;
  • Strong evidence of success at leading and delivering organisational change;
  • Experience of external advocacy, developing strong relationships at a senior level with diverse stakeholders including government and industry;
  • A track record of nurturing relationships to generate significant financial support;
  • Ability to evidence leadership of positive change in the outcomes relating to equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • Experience of major estates development projects;
  • A clear sense of current and future developments in higher education, and a view as to the response likely to be required of UAL in these contexts;
  • A keen appreciation of the value offered by creative education to the individual, and wider economy;
  • An understanding of operating within a regulated environment.

Skills and Attributes

  • Natural qualities of leadership, encouraging bold, innovative and flexible solutions to complex problems and responding bravely to new opportunities and challenges;
  • Ability to conceive, communicate and deliver an inclusive vision and strategy across a high-performing organisation;
  • Business and commercial acumen, including highly-developed financial, negotiating and fundraising skills;
  • The capability to gain the confidence of UAL staff and students, and to represent and champion the University, its disciplines and the creative education sector to external stakeholders;
  • A commitment to prioritising and taking a leading role in enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • Determination to promote a high-quality student experience in all aspects of their engagement with the University;
  • A shrewd sense of the ways to develop an organisation through digital channels and platforms;
  • A calm, resilient and collegial management style, combining emotional intelligence and the ability to empower and motivate with the managerial acuity to ensure that key targets and objectives are met and exceeded;
  • Excellent influencing and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Aptitude for strategic decision-making, excellent judgement and political sensitivity;
  • The ability to blend corporate strategic priorities with academic probity;
  • Strong belief in the power of higher education and the creative arts to transform individuals, communities, society and the economy.

Closing date: Monday, 22 June 2020 at 12:00 noon GMT.

UAL is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive university - a place where we all can be ourselves and reach our full potential in our work, learning and creative practice. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.


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