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Internal News - 06 May 2008

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research): Full-time vacancy

A message from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell:

Expressions of interest are invited for the full-time post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1 August 2008.

Senate has recommended to Council that Professor Kevin Edge be appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor following the retirement of Professor George Lunt.

In anticipation of Council making this appointment on 15 May 2008, I deem it prudent and sensible to alert the University that a new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) is expected to be appointed from 1 August 2008.

Following the recent restructuring of the senior management team, the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) will become a full-time post, based in the Vice-Chancellor's Office and reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor.

The appointment will be made for a three-year period from 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2011.

The key responsibilities of the postholder will be:

Candidates for this post will have considerable senior management experience (at least at faculty level), experience of strategy/policy formulation and implementation and the capacity to deal with research across the disciplines of the University.

They will also have excellent understanding of the politics and policies of research funding bodies, preferably having served upon Research Council Committees and/or on an RAE Panel.

Needless to say, the person appointed will also need to have an outstanding record as a scholar and researcher, recognised internationally.

In terms of personal qualities, the successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate highly developed interpersonal skills, the ability to develop positive relationships and a persuasive, influential and diplomatic communication style. He/she will need the personal drive, flexibility, enthusiasm and credibility to achieve results and the intellectual ability both to take the broad, strategic view, whilst exercising sound judgement in day-to-day problem solving.

Those wishing to express an interest in this anticipated vacancy are requested to contact me by email:, providing an up-to-date CV, by Tuesday 27 May 2008 at the latest.

Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor - May 2008