Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Ref: 5736

University of Cambridge


Role Managed by:

Elsa Robinson

Research Associate

t: 020 7340 6286


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 24/04/2022

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The University of Cambridge is looking for an exceptional individual to be its next leader. This is a rare opportunity to make a real difference: to lead the University in delivering extraordinary outcomes for the world through the pursuit of knowledge, ensuring that our global influence and impact endures for the betterment of all society. We are seeking an inspiring communicator and engaged listener, who can coalesce a diverse academic and administrative community on matters of shared importance around our most significant collective ambitions.

A recent, broad consultation has confirmed that the Vice-Chancellor’s first priority is to ensure the University’s position as one of the world’s very best research and education institutions is maintained and further enhanced. The individual must therefore nurture a thriving academic environment, in which all colleagues are able to perform to their highest standards. Within a community as diverse, energetic and intellectually vibrant as the collegiate University, the Vice-Chancellor will need to engage effectively with different groups, building consensus to shape the University’s future priorities. At the same time, the individual will have to ensure that those major initiatives already under way continue with momentum to completion. The Vice-Chancellor will also be capable of balancing the vigorous independence of spirit within the academic community with the obligations of the University as an institution operating under increasingly prescribed external oversight.

The University occupies a high-profile place in the public eye, and the Vice-Chancellor will be expected to engage proactively, including with the media, as our primary ambassador. The Vice-Chancellor will need to have the understanding of the multiple challenges and differing agendas we face, with the legitimacy to influence the UK government and other stakeholders, to ensure that the University in all its richness can continue to flourish.

We are looking for someone with the intellectual standing and academic credibility necessary to lead one of the world’s greatest centres of scholarship and research, coupled with the exceptional administrative and financial skills necessary to lead a complex and large organisation. A prominent record of prior achievement in the pursuit of greater equality, diversity and inclusion will be essential. 

We welcome applications from all interested individuals, from inside and outside the University and nationally and internationally.

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The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon BST on Monday, 25 April 2022.

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