Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Ref: 5115

University of Kent

Canterbury, Kent

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Role Managed by:

Thomas Eade

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 3928 7349


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with the seniority of the role

Closing Date: 17/05/2021

Formal Interview Date: Wednesday 30th June

The University of Kent is a leading UK institution with an excellent reputation for outstanding teaching, strong research and international links. The University is continuing to look to the future whilst responding to sector-wide challenges and we have set out a vision and strategy that builds upon strong foundations in education, student experience and research. We are determined to build on this to meet local, national and international needs and have many new initiatives underway, including our Signature Research Themes, the Institute for Cultural and Creative Industries, and the Kent and Medway Medical School – a joint initiative with Canterbury Christ Church University. The medical school will bring vital skills to the region and welcomed its first students in September 2020, while our Institute for Cultural and Creative Industries will support the fastest growing sector of the UK economy.

To enable us to further our position and to navigate these challenges successfully, we have set out a vision and strategy that builds upon strong foundations in education, student experience and research, embracing flexibility and growth to ensure a sustainable future for our community. We are now seeking our next Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) to provide strategic leadership across research and innovation and support the delivery of the ambitious Kent 2025 strategy.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) will provide inspirational leadership to deliver exciting impacts across research, knowledge exchange and innovation. They will develop new and existing partnerships that contribute to continuous improvement in the University’s research and enable us to have a real impact regionally, nationally and globally. As a member of the University Executive Group, they will work with the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the Executive to provide the University with empathetic and dynamic leadership. Capitalising on the changes within the University and the wider sector, the next Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) has an exciting opportunity to create a high-quality research environment so that we can pursue world-leading activities and develop our academics to achieve at the highest level.

The successful candidate will have proven experience of leading research and innovation activity and developing strong partnerships, as well as possessing a highly credible personal research record. They will have a nuanced understanding of the higher education sector and the proven ability to act as an external ambassador for the University whether to policymakers, industry, local enterprises or partner institutions.

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