Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement)

Ref: 5445

University College London

London, UK

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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: 12/12/2021

Formal Interview Date: 24th/25th January 2022

UCL – London’s Global University 

UCL is a diverse community with the freedom to challenge and think differently. With over 13,000 staff and more than 42,000 students from 150 countries, we pursue academic excellence, break boundaries and make a positive impact on real world problems.  We champion innovation, creativity and cross-disciplinary working in our teaching and research and we are consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the world. From the start, we opened higher education to students from a wide range of backgrounds and have changed the way we create and share knowledge. The courageous attitude and disruptive spirit of our founders is still alive today.

Our new President & Provost Dr Michael Spence joined UCL in 2021. As he builds UCL’s senior leadership team, we now seek to appoint a new Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement). The new team will deliver a unified strategy for UCL, through collaboration built on trust, openness, collaboration and commitment. UCL is London’s research powerhouse, with a commitment to enhancing the lives of people in the capital, the UK and around the world.

The Vice-Provost (RIGE) provides vision and academic leadership for UCL’s world-leading research, knowledge exchange and global engagement across an outstanding comprehensive university. Working collaboratively, the Vice-Provost (RIGE) will promote the collective strengths of the UCL community to ensure that research and innovation continues to be of the highest quality and sustainability, delivering positive social impact and solving real-world challenges.

UCL is seeking a collaborative and strategic individual who will play a critical role in the leadership of the University as a whole, as well as owning delivery within their own portfolio.  Of professorial calibre, and with a deep understanding of the rapidly evolving higher education landscape, they will have an outstanding track record of leading impactful research and innovation agendas and delivering positive change in a complex, high performing university.  They will demonstrate excellent emotional intelligence, team working and leadership as well as thoughtful expertise in research and innovation, delivering practical solutions to enhance UCL’s global impact.

UCL is an outstanding place to work. Our people are our greatest asset and in return we provide an empowering, values-based environment. We foster difference, mutual respect and collaboration, and actively encourage applications that will bring diverse experiences to the leadership of UCL.

Applications should consist of a full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications, full employment history, latest remuneration and relevant achievements and should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly their suitability for this role, why the appointment is of interest, and what they believe they can bring to the role. 

For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Thomas Eade on 0203 928 7349 or at

Closing Date: 12.00pm Sunday 12th December


Perrett Laver believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. A broad range of perspectives, backgrounds and opinions amongst our global community of colleagues is crucial in maintaining our culture of openness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity. We take an active role in supporting under-represented communities and groups in becoming better and more fairly represented in the leadership of all organisations. We also know that diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our ability to identify, engage and secure candidates from these groups.

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To ensure inclusion on the basis of age, disability, ethnic or national origin, family circumstance, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, political or religious beliefs, race, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, we would like to specifically invite applications from under-represented groups.


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