Council Members

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Lancaster University


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Role Managed by:

Fabrice Yala

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 3928 7347


Primary Practice Group: Board

Salary & Benefits: Unremunerated but reasonable expenses are paid

Closing Date: 08/11/2021

Formal Interview Date: Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 19 January 2022

Lancaster is a university firmly rooted in academic and collegiate values and has demonstrated an impressive trajectory of growth and impact, consistently ranked as one of the leading universities in the UK and recently named International University of the Year 2020 (The Sunday Times). It combines excellence in research and education with a vibrant, diverse community, a beautiful campus in the North West of England, and global partnerships in Ghana, China, Malaysia and Germany. It plays a significant role regionally, as a driver of knowledge and innovation, as well as widening participation and access to higher education.

Lancaster has much to celebrate. One of only a handful of universities with a collegiate system, the University has a strong sense of identity and loyalty, which is a distinctive feature of student life. With research strengths across disciplines including the environment, cyber security and management, Lancaster is equally innovative in regional collaborations such as UA92, a joint venture with a number of investors including members of the ‘Class of 92’ (former Manchester United players), KPMG, and Microsoft, which offers innovative learning for nontraditional students; and as the Lead Partner in the Eden Project North. Lancaster’s Health Innovation Campus works to improve health outcomes at scale, while fostering economic growth by helping businesses develop and market innovative health solutions, as well as attracting major investment in the region, supporting job creation and local enterprise.  

Lancaster University is currently seeking to appoint several Council and Committee Members. It is an exciting time to consider becoming a University Council and/or Committee Member. The higher education sector is in a period of fast-paced transformation with the pandemic bringing into sharp relief multiple challenges and also significant opportunities. The importance of universities’ research endeavors to scientific advancement and knowledge has never been clearer. Since the appointment in 2020 of both a new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Schofield, and a new Pro-Chancellor, Alistair Burt, Lancaster has also been developing a new strategy and therefore, members joining the Council or its Committees during this period will be able to influence its implementation.

A broad range of skill sets and perspectives is conducive to strong governance and as such, we are keen to hear from a broad range of individuals with relation to these roles. Of particular interest to the University at this time are those who have developed professional skills in any of the following areas:

  • Estates and Digital infrastructure
  • Industrial/Commercial sector Leadership
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Finance

We believe that the right combination of perspectives, skills, experience and diversity on our Council will lead to a stronger University. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who will continue to add to the diversity of our Council.

How to Apply

Lancaster University Council and its Nominations Committee are pleased to be working with external search agency, Perrett Laver.

The closing date for applications is 9:00am (GMT) on Monday 8th November 2021. Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification, and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details.

You are invited to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form; this is available from our advising consultants at Perrett Laver. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/ belief, sexual orientation or age.

Process and Timeframe

The process will conclude with shortlisted candidates meeting a Selection Panel for the formal, final interview process, chaired by the Pro-Chancellor, on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 19th January 2022. Ideally interviews would be in-person and all reasonable interview expenses would be covered.

Any appointments will require the approval of the University Council and in addition, prospective members will be required to complete a fit and proper persons declaration as stipulated by the Office for Students.


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