Appointment of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor University Recruitment and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation

Welcome

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining Leeds Beckett University. The University is committed to making a positive and decisive difference to people, organisations and communities through excellent education and research. We are ambitious and 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.

We are reshaping the University Executive Team and have created two new strategic leadership roles: Pro-Vice-Chancellor University Recruitment and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor University Recruitment has been created to provide strategic leadership for all university recruitment activity: UK and international; undergraduate, postgraduate and professional; and full time, part time and distance learning. The role also includes responsibility for our access and participation requirements as they relate to our recruitment strategy. The postholder will lead a senior team including the Associate Directors for International Recruitment & Partnerships and Marketing & Student Recruitment. They will also be the public face of our Global Engagement Plan, working directly with international partners to develop, secure and manage long term relationships.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation will provide leadership and direction for all areas of research, innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange and the postholder will have line management responsibility for Research & Enterprise Services. The postholder will lead our research planning and development following the publication of the REF 2021 results, where 53% of our submission was rated 3* and 4* and therefore considered internationally excellent or world-leading.

As members of the University Executive Team, both Pro-Vice-Chancellors will report to me and will play a full role in the executive leadership of the University.

If you are excited by these opportunities 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 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.

Teaching
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 10 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.

Research
Our research institutes and centres sustain outstanding 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.

The REF 2021 results showed that 53% of the university’s submission was rated 3* and 4* and therefore considered internationally excellent or world-leading. Results were particularly strong in sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism where 89% of the submission was rated 4* or 3*. In the allied health and nursing unit, 80% of the submission was rated 4* and 3*. The results reflect the breadth of our research in these areas which includes improving gender equality in sports coachingtackling obesitysupporting women with cancer with fertility decisions and improving the training of people working with those suffering from dementia.

Our REF 2021 submission included 352 research staff across 15 units of assessment, double the number of staff included in REF 2014. It included research driving up energy efficiency standards in homes, and understanding and supporting the role of civilian peacekeeping.

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 and inclusion, as well as provide support and networking and share best practice.

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

University Executive Team structure

*senior post holders

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

The roles

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation

Job reference:
AQ1491

School/Service: Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Section: Research
Post Designation: Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation
Grade: Senior Manager
Post to which directly responsible: Vice Chancellor
Posts for which directly responsible: Research and Enterprise Services

Purpose of the job

  • To support the Vice-Chancellor in leading the University and, specifically, to play a key role in developing and delivering the University Strategy.
  • Provide strategic leadership, direction and ambition in the development of research policies and achievement, creating opportunities and a positive research culture across the University.
  • Provide strategic leadership in the development, articulation, planning and execution of the research and Innovation strategy.
  • Lead, motivate, develop and engage our community of researchers.
  • Lead by example in exemplifying the University’s values and in supporting our determination to become sector leading in respect of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Responsibilities

As a member of the University Executive Team:

  • Contribute to the strategic leadership and management of the University, translating the strategy into measurable goals and targets for thematic areas of responsibility.
  • Making a full contribution and providing expert advice to UET and wider Senior Management Group in the development of policy and strategy.
  • Representing the University externally and providing the primary point of contact with external research community.
  • Leading the implementation of specific initiatives and change programmes throughout the University from time to time.

As PVC Research and Innovation:

  • Lead the University’s research planning and development following REF 2021.
  • Provide leadership to the University’s research community as Chair of the Research Committee including advice, guidance and support to Deans of School, and School Directors of Research.
  • Work with colleagues to ensure effective deployment of the University’s research funds.
  • Provide leadership to the Research and Enterprise team, making sure that grants and bids are optimised.
  • Engage with colleagues across the university in order to support the implementation of the Strategy on research and enterprise, promote good practice and stimulate innovation.

As a leader and manager at LBU:

  • Lead and manage the team in a way that is consistent with the aims and objectives set out in our workforce plan and our values.
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Pro-Vice-Chancellor University Recruitment

Job reference:
AQ1291

School/Service: Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Section: Resources Group
Post Designation: Pro-Vice Chancellor University Recruitment
Grade: Senior Manager
Post to which directly responsible: Vice Chancellor
Posts for which directly responsible: Associate Director, International Recruitment and Partnerships; Associate Director, Marketing and Student Recruitment

Purpose of the job

  • To support the Vice-Chancellor in leading the University and, specifically, to play a key role in developing and delivering the University Strategy.
  • Provide strategic leadership, direction, and ambition in the development of student recruitment activity and education partnerships, creating opportunities that deliver a student community in keeping with our academic ambitions, and enhance our reputation
  • Provide strategic leadership in the development, articulation, planning, and execution of the national and international recruitment strategy; for all types of learner, including undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional, and all modes: full time, part time and distance learning.
  • Lead, motivate, develop the recruitment team, collaborating and engaging with our academic community.
  • Lead by example in exemplifying the University’s values and in supporting our determination to become sector leading in respect of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Responsibilities

As a member of the University Executive Team:

  • Contribute to the strategic leadership and management of the University, translating the strategy into measurable goals and targets for thematic areas of responsibility.
  • Making a full contribution and providing expert advice to UET and wider Senior Management Group in the development of policy and strategy.
  • Representing the University externally and providing the primary point of contact with external partners.
  • Leading the implementation of specific initiatives and change programmes throughout the University from time to time.

As PVC University Recruitment:

  • To lead the implementation of an effective student recruitment strategy within the UK and overseas that is aligned with the University’s academic and financial ambitions.
  • Develop and maintain educational partnerships that drive applications and enrolments, support widening participation and are consistent with our quality standards and reputation.
  • Oversee the development of admissions policies and practices that enable the University to achieve its student recruitment objectives with due consideration of regulations and compliance issues.
  • To ensure that the work of the team and the wider University is compliant with relevant regulations including, for example, Data Protection legislation, Competition and Markets Authority, UKVI etc.
  • Interpret internal and external data to inform recruitment priorities, identify areas for disinvestment and emerging opportunities for portfolio growth.
  • Lead the use of digital systems and AI across our recruitment activity to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our work, and further develop our CRM tools.
  • Responsible for the university’s access agreement and widening participation as it pertains to recruitment and meeting our performance benchmarks.
  • To represent the University at a senior level overseas.

As a leader and manager at LBU:

  • Lead and manage the team in a way that is consistent with the aims and objectives set out in our workforce plan and our values.
  • To be responsible for the effective deployment of the resources for which the post is responsible, in terms of the management of staff and financial resources.

About the roles

About the Pro-Vice-Chancellor University Recruitment

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor University Recruitment (PVC UR) is new role that has been created to draw all university recruitment activity together. It is a leadership role, responsible for the development of a highly effective student recruitment strategy in the UK and internationally, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The PVC UR will also represent the University in the development of educational partnerships, in the UK and internationally, that support student recruitment and widening participation, and advance our reputation and wider strategic objectives.

This role encompasses all areas of student recruitment: UK and international, including responsibility for fulfilling our responsibilities under the OfS’s prevailing access and participation requirements. It will include all types of learner, including undergraduate, postgraduate and professional learner, and all modes: full time, part time and distance learning.

Working closely with the PVC Business Engagement with regards to Degree Apprenticeships and Employability, the DVC Academic, Deans of School and Service Directors, the PVC UR will lead a senior team including the Associate Directors for International Recruitment & Partnerships and Marketing & Student Recruitment.

The post holder will play a key role in ensuring that our recruitment performance and partnerships deliver a student community that is in keeping with our academic ambitions, our financial targets and is cognisant of our responsibilities to the regulator and the Department for Education.

With a keen business sense, they will be responsible for overseeing competitive pricing strategies for non-regulated markets as well as ensuring that the composition of our student community delivers financial resilience.

They will collaborate with colleagues responsible for the wider student experience to ensure the Leeds Beckett experience for our applicants is consistent with the quality of service they can expect as our students.

The post holder will be highly skilled at leading teams and collaborating with the academic community and will be expert in utilising market and competitor information to formulate highly creative, original, and successful recruitment initiatives.  They will also possess the expertise and standing to represent the University at the highest levels overseas.

About the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation (PVC R&I) will be responsible for the strategic development and leadership of research and innovation activity across the entire university. Our aim is to be recognised globally as an outstanding university generating research of impact and significance and, within our current strategic plan which runs until 2026, we have set ourselves a KPI of 80% of our academics producing work of national and international significance.

The REF 2021 results showed that 53% of the university’s submission was rated 3* and 4* and therefore considered internationally excellent or world-leading. Our results were particularly strong in sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism where 89% of the submission was rated 4* or 3*. In the allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy unit, 80% of the submission was rated 4* and 3*.

Our approach post REF 2021 is to grow critical mass in our areas of research strength that have impact. We will achieve this through a distributed research leadership model where research strategies are embedded at School level, and by ensuring that the infrastructure and relationships are in place to support and enable interdisciplinarity. We also want to further develop our external networks in research and innovation, partnering with organisations whose skills are complementary and with whom we can collaborate to solve real-world problems.

The PVC R&I will work closely with Schools and their Directors of Research, Research and Enterprise Services, and the wider academic community to strengthen relationships with key funders and promote cross-School collaboration, identifying opportunities to diversify funding sources and our partnership portfolio, and developing our community of researchers. The PVC R&I will also have an outward facing role, responsible for nurturing and developing research partnerships and promoting Leeds Beckett’s research strengths nationally and internationally.

You can read more about our research centres here.

Terms of appointment

Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions of Service are as determined by the Vice-Chancellor for Senior Managers (within a framework set by the Board of Governors) and will have regard to any national recommendations arising from negotiations between the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), and the recognised trade unions in so far as these are adopted by the Board / Vice-Chancellor.

Senior Staff
Annual leave entitlement is 38 days
Hours of work per week = flexible to meet the needs of the service.

Equal Opportunities
We are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free working environment for our employees. All our employees are expected to have due regard for those policies when carrying out their duties.

Safety, Health and Wellbeing
You will maintain a positive attitude to Safety, Health and Wellbeing in carrying out personal responsibilities and co-operate with policy/local rules/codes of practice.

Physical Conditions
We are currently working remotely. The University is based at Headingley and City campus. This role will be based at City Campus with travel expected between the two.

Relationships
You will work closely with colleagues across the University and engage with senior colleagues and staff at all levels across our University. You will need to build and maintain relationships with key external third parties and network effectively both within the HE sector and outside it.

Probationary period
Appointment to this position may be subject to a probationary period of up to twelve 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.

Qualifications
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 on the application form.

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 either 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 Wednesday 29th June 2022.

Applications should consist of:

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference number AQ1291 for the Pro-Vice-Chancellor University Recruitment and AQ1491 for the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation.

Timetable

Closing date: noon on Wednesday 29 June
Longlisting: Tuesday 5 July
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: early – mid July
Shortlisting: Monday 18 July
Final Interviews: Wednesday 31 August (PVC Research & Innovation)
Thursday 1 September (PVC University Recruitment)