Deputy Vice-Chancellor (People and Culture)

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University of Exeter

Exeter

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Role Managed by:

Emma Cowan

Senior Research Associate

t: 020 7340 6289

e: emma.cowan@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 19/06/2023

Formal Interview Date: 8 September 2023

The University of Exeter is one of the world’s leading universities. As a member of the Russell Group of top UK research-intensive universities, we have been placed 137th in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and rank in the top-15 in prestigious national league tables.

The University has a proud history and has grown from its roots in the South West of England to be a truly inclusive and diverse global university with a community of around 30,000 students from more than 150 countries, and 6,400 staff working across four campuses in Devon and Cornwall. In addition, we have more than 150,000 alumni, academics and global university partners that bring the world to Exeter and take Exeter to the world.

This is an exciting time: in October 2021, we launched our ambitious Strategy 2030, which aims to use our outstanding education, research and global connections to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. We will achieve our vision of solving the challenges of today and tomorrow by working with our people to develop a community in which we all can thrive, be fulfilled and reach our potential. It is in this context that the University is now seeking to appoint a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (People and Culture).

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, and a key member of the University Executive Board, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (People and Culture) will provide academic leadership and strategic oversight to the University’s Wellbeing, Inclusion and Culture agenda. Working with senior leaders and stakeholder groups across the University, the postholder will support the embedding of our ambition to celebrate diversity and be inclusive, fair and compassionate in everything we do. With the Executive Divisional Director of Human Resources, they will co-chair the newly established Wellbeing, Inclusion and Culture Committee and have the distinctive opportunity to lead this important agenda and position the University at the forefront in the UK higher education sector. 

The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of issues relating to wellbeing, inclusion and culture and have a proven track record of delivering positive change and outcomes in the Higher Education sector or a relevant professional environment. With an inclusive and collegial approach, they will be a strategic leader, who is also able to operationalise ambitions and plans in a complex organisation and in partnership with colleagues and external stakeholders. They will demonstrate alignment with the University’s values and the ability to build strong networks internally and externally.

The University of Exeter is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and through this appointment process it is the University’s clearly stated aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities. The University particularly welcomes applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBT+ community and from disabled people.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 BST on Monday 19th June 2023.

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