Jan 262020

Chair of Council - The University of Roehampton

Recruiter: Odgers Berndtson
Location: London
Salary: The role is unremunerated.
Posted: 20 Jan 2020
Closes: 17 Feb 2020
Ref: 73957
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Education
Position Type: Voluntary / Trustee

The University of Roehampton has a strong and rapidly growing international reputation for the quality of our teaching and research, and a distinctive ethos. We change lives by helping our students to develop the confidence, knowledge and adaptability they need for a successful graduate career and fulfilling life. With four historic colleges, set on our beautiful parkland campus, we have a proud history stretching back more than 175 years. Roehampton is ranked as the most research-intensive modern university in the United Kingdom. We have a proven ability to work innovatively and flexibly in response to a rapidly changing higher education landscape.

The University’s current Chair of Council, Sir David Bell, finishes his term of office in July 2020 and we are seeking to recruit an exceptional individual to succeed him. Our Council plays a crucial role in the development of the University’s vision and strategic direction, providing guidance and constructive challenge to our executive team, and leadership, oversight and accountability for the institution as a whole. Additionally, the Chair will play a key role in promoting the University to partners, regionally, nationally and globally.

The University of Roehampton has a clear sense of purpose and an unwavering commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We have a diverse student and staff profile. 70% of our campus students are female, 51% are from minority ethnic backgrounds and almost 60% are the first in their family to go to university. Furthermore, over 50% of our staff are female and over 25% are from minority ethnic backgrounds. We are a supportive, close-knit and inclusive community where everyone can fit in and feel inspired to do their best.

With a newly appointed Vice-Chancellor, positive progress in our national and international standing, including a TEF silver award, a strong financial position and truly global outlook, this is an exciting time to join the University. We are looking for an outstanding strategic leader, someone with highly developed intellectual acuity, strong commercial acumen and well-developed personal networks. Proven experience of operating as a non-executive will be essential, as will high levels of personal and professional credibility and integrity. Above all, we are seeking an individual who mirrors and is committed to the University’s values of diversity, community, engagement and partnership.

The higher education sector is facing a period of unprecedented change and the role of Chair has never been more important. If you share our passion and have the skills and qualities we are seeking, we would be delighted to hear from you.

The University is keen to increase the diversity of representation present on the Council. We would particularly welcome applications by candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, candidates of all genders and disabled candidates.

For further information, including details of how to apply, please visit www.odgers.com/73957

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