Appointment of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement


Dear candidate

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining Leeds Beckett University as Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement.

Leeds Beckett University is committed to making a positive and decisive difference to people, organisations and communities through excellent education and research. We are ambitious. We aim to be recognised globally as an inclusive anchor for the Leeds City Region, and as an outstanding university that supports its diverse student community to achieve excellent outcomes, and that generates research of impact and significance.

The post of Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement provides strategic direction and expert advice to the University to support our ambition to be recognised globally for our outstanding graduates, excellent research, and integrated international partnerships.

We have developed a significant international profile over the last five years focused on build deep relationships with international partners and working collaboratively on a range of strategic activity including recruitment, international mobility, research and enterprise.

Working with colleagues across the University, the Pro Vice-Chancellor will chair the University’s Global Engagement Board and oversee the development and implementation of the Leeds Beckett Global Engagement Plan, collaborating with the relevant academic and service leads. The Pro Vice-Chancellor will also be the public face of our Global Engagement Plan, working directly with partners to develop, secure and manage long term relationships. As a member of the University Executive Team, the new Pro Vice-Chancellor will report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Resources and will play a full role in the executive leadership of the University.

We seek candidates with an established track record of leading global engagement activity and developing deep international partnerships. You will need to demonstrate the ability to work across the University community to ensure that our courses and curriculum provide a global outlook, we are maximising international research opportunities and are building sustainable recruitment partnerships through a range of channels.

If you are excited by this opportunity and ready to make a significant contribution to our University community then we would be delighted to hear from you. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be pleased to discuss the role with you in confidence and their details can be found on this site.

Professor Peter Slee
Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University

About us

Leeds Beckett is a modern, professional university with a dedicated, diverse community. Our vision is to be a an excellent, accessible, globally-engaged university contributing positively to a thriving northern economy. Our mission is to ensure we use our knowledge and resources to make a positive and decisive difference to people, communities and organisations.

We are a community of around 28,000 students from over 140 countries and 2,800 staff, and our history dates back to the founding of Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824. We are a major organisation in our region and the University contributes around £500m to the economy each year.

Leeds Beckett has:

  • A bold, industrious spirit: We foster innovative thinking to create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens and enterprising leaders.
  • An environment enriched by research: Our world-leading and internationally-excellent research informs our curriculum and our students’ experience in all areas.
  • A community dedicated to success: Our community is made up of people from a diverse mix of cultural and social backgrounds, brought together in a world-class learning environment.
  • Excellent corporate services: Students and colleagues can access a range of professional services within our university, specifically designed to support the effective delivery of our academic provision.
  • Safe and supportive networks: Our network of colleague and student groups provides safe and supportive environments in which to discuss issues relating to equality and inclusion.

Leeds is a vibrant, modern city with a rich industrial past and on the doorstep of natural beauty. It is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of West Yorkshire and has one of the most diverse economies of all the UK’s employment centres. Leeds is, and always will be, open for business and talent.

Working in partnership with our students and the Students’ Union, we have transformed our undergraduate student experience and our students’ learning through exceptional and innovative academic practice and personalised support to our large and diverse student community.

Our teaching activity is organised into 11 Schools creating communities of committed staff and students who are passionate about their subject areas. Our courses feature collaborative, creative and practical learning in modern facilities that enable our students to develop themselves as enterprising citizens whose future contribution has a positive impact.

Our research institutes and centres, spanning 11 Research Excellence Framework (REF) units of assessment, sustain world-leading and internationally-excellent research which informs our curriculum and our students’ experience in all areas. This research provides an enriched environment for an excellent research and teaching culture for all aspects of our students’ learning.

Corporate services
Students and colleagues can access a range of professional services within the University designed and operating to support the effective delivery of our academic provision.

Services for students include Libraries & Learning Innovation, Sport & Active Lifestyles, Student Services, Careers & Employability and Campuses & Residential Services.

Departments including Finance, Estates, Marketing & Communication, Information and Technology Services and Human Resources ensure the University runs efficiently, that colleagues get the support and advice they need, and services for students are accessible and focused on meeting their needs.

Our Schools
Our 10 Schools are:

Our campuses
We provide creative and contemporary learning environments packed with the latest technology, creating a focal point for new and innovative thinking.

City Campus: City Campus is in the heart of Leeds, ideally placed to connect with hundreds of businesses and organisations that offer work placements and employment opportunities to many of our students. The City Campus puts students and staff at the centre of a dynamic business community in a city with a thriving job market. Our award-winning buildings, the Rose Bowl and Broadcasting Place, are located at the City Campus, along with our new state-of-the- art Leeds School of Arts which opened in 2020.

Headingley Campus: Headingley campus, about two miles away from the city centre, is set in 100 acres of beautiful Parkland with historic buildings dating from 1752. The rich history and parkland setting coexists with modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs. Our main sports facilities are based in Headingley alongside our iconic new Carnegie School of Sport. Plans are also in development for a new Carnegie School of Education on the Headingley campus.

Equality and Inclusion
Equality and inclusion are essential to our academic and business strengths. We ensure our University community is a place where everyone feels respected, valued and supported to achieve excellence.

We are committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable working and learning environment that values equality and inclusion and recognises the contribution everyone brings to our University community.

Our network of colleague and student groups help us to help others get the information and support they need. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to equality inclusion, as well as provide support and networking and share best practice.

You can read more about our approach to equality and inclusion here.

Further information
You can read much more about Leeds Beckett University on our website here.

Global Engagement

Leeds Beckett University works closely with partner universities, colleges and pathway providers around the world.

Our partnerships extend across 15 countries, and our network of teaching, research, professional and student exchange links is growing.

We currently have International Partners based in the following countries:





Hong Kong










South Africa


We also work with several pathway providers who offer foundation courses to prepare students for entry on to a full-time undergraduate course. We currently work with the following pathway providers:

Chinese Service for Scholarly Exchange

Leeds International Study Centre


International student numbers

Our current international student profile is:


Geographic region Doctoral students Other Postgraduates Undergraduates Total Offshore
Africa 5 155 215 375
Asia 0 620 1,650 2,270
Australasia 0 10 0 10
European Union 5 155 100 265
Middle East 10 75 0 85
North America 5 50 0 55
Other Europe 0 25 5 30
South America 0 5 0 5
Grand Total 25 1,100 1,970 3,095



Geographic region Doctoral students Other Postgraduates Undergraduates Total Onshore Grand Total
Africa 15 135 55 210 585
Asia 15 940 250 1,205 3,475
Australasia 0 5 5 15 25
European Union 20 85 245 355 620
Middle East 10 40 300 355 435
North America 5 60 25 95 150
Other Europe 0 10 30 45 70
South America 0 5 0 5 10
Grand Total 70 1,290 915 2,275 5,370

Source: HESA Student 2020-21 and HESA Aggregate Offshore 2020-21. Non-UK students only, excludes dormant students.

Numbers have been rounded according to the HESA Rounding Methodology therefore totals may not match the detail.

The role

Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement

Job reference:

The post of Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement provides strategic direction and expert advice to the University to support our strategic ambition to be recognised globally for our outstanding graduates, excellent research, and integrated international partnerships.

The post reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Resources and is a member of the University Executive Team.

Areas of Responsibilities

Working with colleagues across the University, the PVC will Chair the University’s Global Engagement Board, and oversee the development, and implementation of the Leeds Beckett Global Engagement Plan, collaborating with the relevant academic and service leads.  This will include leading activity to enhance the global reputation of the University including

Developing international partnerships to improve student recruitment into the UK and in our overseas regional hub locations.

Working with the Associate Director International Recruitment and Partnerships on the development of the University’s international recruitment strategy and the expansion of international outward (and inward) mobility activities for all students.

Working with the Director of the Research and Enterprise office and academic colleagues, consider the existing international reach of our research partnerships and their expansion.

Exploring new opportunities for partnerships, collaborations, articulation arrangements and other initiatives to benefit our recruitment, research or other core activities.

Advising the University Executive Team on emerging external policy, legislation, regulation and funding matters as they relate to the Global Engagement agenda, ensuring that we can respond quickly and take appropriate strategic action to both opportunities and threats. Working with Deans of School to ensure our courses and curriculum provide a global outlook, ensuring our students are globally engaged and provide opportunities for global engagement through actual and virtual mobility.

Working with Directors of Services to support research and consultancy / enterprise developments and activities.

Developing and enhancing partnership opportunities with relevant colleagues in Schools or the Services which will contribute to achieving the aims of the plan.

Developing and enhancing strong and constructive relationships with appropriate internal and external groups such as Study Group and NCUK to further develop the University’s global engagement.

Participating in relevant international media activity to promote the reputation and profile of the University overseas.

Other cross university projects / activities as required.

Terms of appointment

Terms and conditions of service for Senior Staff are as determined by the Vice-Chancellor within a framework set by the Board of Governors.

  • A competitive salary will be agreed with the successful candidate.
  • Annual leave entitlement is 38 days plus bank holidays and University closure days
  • Academic staff are eligible to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and there is an option for existing members of USS to remain in the USS scheme.

Probationary period
Appointment to this position may be subject to a probationary period of up to 12-months, in line with our probationary policy.  A copy of our probationary policy is available on our website or on request from Human Resources.

Pre-employment Health Assessment
Our University aims to ensure that all employees are placed in a job that is compatible with their health and physical abilities.  In accordance with the Equality Act, questions relating to health are asked following an offer of appointment.  All offers of appointment are subject to pre-employment health assessment.

In accordance with our pre-employment processes, it is University policy to verify qualifications for successful candidates.  We will need evidence of those qualifications required by the employee specification and claimed in the written application.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534 or Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 11 February 2022.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of two pages) outlining how you meet the points under the person specification.
  • Please include details of two referees, though please note that we will not approach referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
  • Please complete the following online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference number AQ1291.


Closing date: Friday 11 February
Longlisting: w/c 21 February
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: w/c 28 February and 7 March
Shortlisting: w/c 14 March
Final Panel Interviews: w/c 28 March or 4 April