Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering

Ref: 5248

University of Edinburgh


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Role Managed by:

Sukhpal Uppal

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 3928 7352


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 11/10/2021

Formal Interview Date: Monday 17th January 2022

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research, and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.  Edinburgh is a truly global university and we have always had a commitment to diversity and a community in which students feel valued and welcome.

The College of Science and Engineering is one of three Colleges across the University of Edinburgh, and plays a key role in shaping our institution through upholding a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation. With nearly 4,000 staff working in 7 Schools across the College, the Vice-Principal and Head of College role offers genuine opportunity to set direction, motivate and lead across a portfolio of local, national and international academic priorities in a world-class future-focused University. They will hold responsibility for the academic leadership and resource management of the College, including a budget of over £335m, and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, work collaboratively to contribute to the overall achievement of the University of Edinburgh, supporting the institution to realise its ambitions.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced academic leader who brings an inclusive, collaborative approach and can evidence values-based leadership. They will have a strong track record in teaching or research in a relevant discipline, and be able to influence and persuade others. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the appointed candidate will have demonstrable ability to operate at the most senior levels of the University, contributing to institutional direction as well as leading the College.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and applicants from minority groups are particularly welcomed.

If you wish to discuss this role further in confidence, please contact Sukhpal Uppal at or on 0207 340 7352.

For more information, please visit and to submit your application please visit the Perrett Laver website at quoting reference 5248.

The deadline for applications is Monday 11th October 2021 at midday (BST).

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