Established in 1904, the University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest, most prestigious, and diverse universities. Renowned globally for the quality of our teaching and the excellence of our research, we are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, and one of the world’s top 100 universities (QS World University rankings).
The University strives to achieve academic excellence within an ethical framework. What sets us apart from many other institutions is that we are highly focused on impact – the determination to make a positive difference in the world. None of the challenges that the world faces can be solved without the research and evidence-based thinking and actions of universities.
With an annual turnover of some £790 million, more than 38,000 students and 8,700 staff, we are continuing to make significant investments in research and innovation, student education, and extending our international reach. We have more than 11,000 international students from over 170 countries and we strive to embed an international mindset across all aspects of our activity.
The creation, dissemination and application of knowledge is at the heart of all that we do, and builds on the University’s history and traditions. We are active members of the main national institutes including the Alan Turing, Rosalind Franklin and Henry Royce Institutes, with leading nationally funded doctoral training centres. We are at the forefront of research across a breadth of disciplines, from data science through to climate change, and we are committed to playing a key role in tackling global challenges.
The University of Leeds is looking for a new Chair of its Council as it delivers its new strategy for 2020-2030: ‘Universal Values, Global Change’. The strategy is rooted in our place in the world and our desire to make a difference, and is built around the themes of community, culture and impact. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the life and work of one of the UK’s leading universities.
You will share our vision for an institution that is values-driven, and which harnesses the expertise, creativity and collaborative potential of staff and students to drive change to help create a more equitable and sustainable world.
The Chair leads the Council in providing robust governance, counsel and insight in supporting the University to achieve its strategic ambitions.
As Chair, you will have governance experience and skills, ideally with prior experience of acting as chair of a large organisation. You will have experience of acting in a senior leadership position within a large and complex organisation. Importantly, you will have a strong commitment to the vision, mission and values of the University of Leeds, with a deep passion for the power and education of research to transform lives, societies and cultures. The University welcomes applications from the public, private and third sectors.
The University believes that a diverse range of perspectives at board level is essential for an organisation’s legitimacy, effectiveness and competitiveness, and therefore strongly encourages applications that will continue to strengthen the diversity of its governance.
The time commitment for the position is 4-5 days per month and the position is unremunerated but reasonable expenses are paid.
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Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification, and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details.
Completed applications should be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference number 5155. The closing date for applications is 9:00am (GMT) on Monday 4th October. All telephone enquiries, in the first instance, should be directed to Fabrice Yala on +44 (0)20 3928 7347 and fabrice.Yala@perrettlaver.com.
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