Appointment of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Technology; and the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health


Dear applicant

I am delighted that you are considering applying for a role at the University of Derby.

At Derby we have worked to build a powerful regional university that addresses the needs of our students, the region and beyond, embarking on an ambitious period of growth to take the University forward to its future.

Our 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, launched in June 2018, signalled a new chapter for our University, providing staff and stakeholders with clarity over our direction of travel and raising the bar in terms of our institutional ambitions. Embedding high performance in everything we do has seen a step change in the way we operate, one that is generating strong results and outcomes despite the challenges we have faced during the pandemic.

2025 is a key milestone in the lifecycle of the Strategic Framework, so to assure delivery of our strategic plans and ambitions, we have recently made some changes to the University’s Senior Leadership Groups. These now comprise a new University Executive Board (UEB), Vice-Chancellor’s Executive (VCE) and Delivery and Operations Leadership Group (DOL).

In addition, these changes are designed in response to the external environment, the need to continuously reflect and improve on performance, and our commitment to ensuring high standards of integrity, transparency and governance.

As a result, our new Pro Vice-Chancellor, Technology and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health will be joining us at a time of real momentum and positive change, where we look to build on our teaching excellence, enhance the student experience, continue to grow our innovation and research profile, and ensure Derby has impact and influence regionally, nationally and internationally.

Furthermore, the civic role we play, and the importance of the University as an anchor institution, remains stronger than ever, with our commitment to working in partnership to improve the health, education and wellbeing of our city and county being reaffirmed through the development of a Civic University Agreement.

The University is comprised of four Colleges, Art, Humanities and Education; Business, Law and Social Science; Health, Psychology and Social Care; and Science and Engineering. Our four Pro Vice-Chancellor/Deans lead these colleges and are members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive. They provide strategic leadership for their college as well as taking responsibility for specific aspects of the University’s corporate strategy. Need to edit this so its relevant for the 2x PVS roles in question.

We are an ambitious university, on an upwards trajectory, and therefore need two Pro Vice-Chancellors, with the knowledge, experience and leadership qualities to drive forward a high performing team leading the Colleges, one that puts our students, and the experience they have at Derby, at the heart of everything it does.

Thank you for your interest and time.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

About us

Located in the heart of England, we build on our region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching at all levels.

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its University status in 1992. Teaching at the Derby site actually dates back to 1851, when it was a Diocesan Institution for training teachers, so we have over 160 years of expertise in education.

We have since become a University of first choice for students who want a supportive, aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for the career they choose. Our significant investment in world class facilities is building on our reputation for student-focused real-world learning in an increasingly competitive sector.

Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), we want everyone to receive the high-quality education they deserve, regardless of age, background or location. We were named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020 and Higher Education Institution of the Year at the 2020 NEON (National Education Opportunities Network) Awards. And we have won the Guardian University Award 2020 for Social and Community Impact.

During the last ten years we have invested over £200 million in facilities designed to give students the very best possible learning environment. We have more investment planned and continue to develop teaching to be innovative, stimulating and engaging.

Recent Investments include

  • £12 million STEM Centre including facilities for mechanical testing, robotics and an anechoic chamber
  • State-of-the-art £10.8 million Sports Centre
  • Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite, the only one of its kind in a University outside London
  • Forensic Training Facility with a dedicated crime scene house
  • Fashion industry facility at Chandos Pole Street
  • Industry-standard Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab

Why the University of Derby?

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an extraordinary place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

A major employer in the region, passionate people join the University because:

Seriously ambitious

Recognised in the top twenty nationally for teaching quality and the number one university in the East Midlands for graduate employment, demand for places at the University of Derby has risen by nearly 20% in the last two years. It is a university of choice for learners, employers and partners.

You’ll have lots of opportunities to progress

If you work hard and perform well, the University of Derby offers a wealth of career progression opportunities and all the training and support you need to succeed.

You’ll get job satisfaction

Staff love the work they do and the impact they have on the lives of learners and the wider community.

Our recent staff survey reported that 93% of staff have good work relationships, 80% are proud to work at the University and 73% get a sense of personal accomplishment from their role.

You can make a difference

The University welcomes new ideas that improve what we do and the way we do it. Financially strong, the University is seriously ambitious so there are lots of opportunities for you to make an impact and be recognised for it.

Excellent facilities

You’ll benefit from discounted access to some of the best university facilities in the UK including a working theatre, multi-million pound sports centre and commercial day spa.

You can read more about the University at

You can read our most recent Annual Review here


Our future

Our Strategic Framework provides the foundations and direction on which to plan, perform and succeed in a changing and globally dynamic environment between now and 2030. Developed in consultation with staff,
students and stakeholders, the Framework has a simple promise at its heart: everything the University does is driven by delivering excellence and opportunities for our students, staff and region.

The Framework is designed to allow us to be flexible and adaptable to the changing environment in which we operate. Producing a long-term strategy during a period of unprecedented change, not only in the sector but politically, socially and economically, creates a challenge but many opportunities. The University is ambitious for our students, staff and region knowing what is right for students today may not be for tomorrow and getting this right is most important for our future success.

The Framework is supported by three ‘pillars’:

Game Changers

  • Students will set their aspirations high, think beyond the obvious and have the ingenuity, curiosity and enterprise to succeed
  • Industry-relevant and research-informed curriculum
  • High-quality learning environment
  • Modern learning methods
  • Range of opportunities

Positive Impact

  • Research, knowledge creation and innovation are focused on making a practical, positive difference to people’s lives close to home and around the world
  • Raising aspirations / developing skills across the region
  • Positioning Derby on the global stage
  • Driving the economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental prosperity of their home

Opening Doors

  • A champion of social mobility, firmly believing in the transformational nature of education
  • Creating opportunities for all across the region
  • Something on offer for whatever stage of life or career
  • Pioneer for online, blended and virtual learning
  • Global outlook

We have a long-standing reputation for teaching excellence of which we are extremely proud and now is the time to build further on this, through more focused and integrated applied research.

Opportunities are a core element of our academic approach – not only in terms of delivering these, but through a culture of curiosity and drive instilled in students and staff to seek and create their own. We are proud to be the only University in the city and county as this enriches connectivity within the region, but as importantly, we relish the civic responsibilities this brings.

This is an ambitious University with purpose, positivity and confidence in what we are going to accomplish over the next ten years.

Our Purpose

From the heart of England, we empower people across the globe to achieve their potential and make a positive contribution to society.

Our Promise

Everything we do is driven by delivering excellence and opportunities for our students, staff and region.

Our Principles

The University of Derby’s approach is underpinned by the following core principles:

Creating the right experience

  1. We believe that higher education should be equitable, inclusive and open to all who have the ambition and desire to learn and progress.
  2. We ensure, through our teaching and research, that our students learn the theory, have the opportunity to put this into practice and develop the right level of curiosity and behaviours employers are looking for.
  3. We inspire self-confidence and personal awareness in our students of what they are capable of, while supporting them to achieve their best.
  4. We believe that, while university is a place to achieve qualifications, true transformation comes from the experiences gained and the opportunities explored while doing so.

Working effectively

  1. We have talented and motivated staff, who work in a high-performance culture that promotes well-being, diversity and opportunity for all, and are essential in providing the best possible student experience.
  2. We develop systems, processes and ways of working which enable our staff to work efficiently and effectively, and ensure we are best placed to build partnerships, seize opportunities and deliver value for money.
  3. We operate openly and with transparency in terms of our policies and investments, with decisions on these informed by timely data, insights and intelligence.
  4. We empower our staff and students through the use of cutting-edge technology, and safe and secure facilities expertly designed to inspire them to achieve excellence.

Broader impact and profile

  1. We understand and embrace our role in raising aspirations, improving skills and adding value to the lives of everyone in our region.
  2. We take pride in the achievements of our staff and students, and unashamedly celebrate their successes across the University, the region and beyond.

Our Place

Derbyshire provides the perfect base for our thriving university. Situated in the heart of England and regarded as the home of the Industrial Revolution, it is a place where innovators and industrialists have made their mark on the world for over 300 years.

During this time, the region has built up a strong reputation for its ingenuity, practical application, industry, inventiveness and creativity – all traits well and truly embedded into the philosophy and approach of our university.

Derby today has flourished into a vibrant, modern city. Its industrial heart still beats strong, with thriving global businesses and successful SMEs operating side-by-side, creating fantastic opportunities for our students, our graduates and our local communities. Beyond that, its retail, cultural and sporting offer continues to grow, making it a hugely attractive place to live and study.

On our doorstep is the Peak District, which attracts 10 million visitors from across the globe each year. This is flanked by the towns of Buxton and Chesterfield, home to our university’s other two main sites.

With East Midlands Airport providing a global gateway and London only 90 minutes away by train, Derby’s national and international reach is befitting of a city with such a fine heritage.

Our People 

At Derby, our People Vision is based on the simple belief that if we attract the right people, motivate them and provide development in a supportive, friendly performance-focused environment, then together we will enjoy continuing success. We believe that this is the ultimate people business and we place great emphasis upon engaging with colleagues and stakeholders.

This will be achieved by putting the University’s values at the heart of everything we do and by being a ‘values-led’ organisation. This means that, in striving to realise our strategic ambitions, we place as much value on how we do things as on what we do.

You can read our full Strategic Framework brochure here.

Our Values

A robust set of values has been a key factor in achieving the success we have enjoyed to date. How we approach our work and how we approach each other is as important as what we do to ensure we continue to build on our success.

Values people

  • We enable people to achieve beyond their expectations, which attracts high-performing staff, students with a drive to succeed, and partners who are keen to benefit from our expertise.
  • We share a collective endeavour to open minds, and encourage and inspire those who come into contact with us.
  • We trust and support each other to deliver on our promises. We listen and act with integrity to build positive long-lasting partnerships.
  • We are true ambassadors of our purpose and promises.


  • We think big and make an impact.
  • We have passion and ambition, and look for opportunities to stretch and challenge ourselves and others. We evolve through new learning and experiences, and are beacons of good practice.
  • We are proud of what we do, make ourselves visible, and tell our story in a way that strengthens our global presence.
  • We create a reputation where our innovation, skills and knowledge are relied upon by industry to fulfil their potential and ensure their future success.

Future Focused

  • We are modern, seek out and embrace current thinking, and employ innovative practices.
  • We have a confident and adaptable approach to change, working together to challenge, take the lead and set the pace.
  • We have determination, knowledge and a positive attitude, keeping engaged in the world around us and staying ahead of the game.


  • We’re curious, optimistic and strive for excellence.
  • We create thriving communities where those around us are confident to share their views, celebrate success and are proud of the achievements we make.
  • We create stimulating environments that transform the prospects of all who engage with us. We believe we all make a difference.

The University wants all students, staff and stakeholders to be delighted by their experience, proud of their achievements and become active promoters of the University.

Continuing to do this has given us a clear and positive signature and a definite edge in the new HE marketplace. Moreover, we are committed to providing all staff with excellent career and personal development opportunities, together with a total rewards philosophy based on providing competitive, affordable, flexible packages that recognise performance.

Everything we do is driven by delivering excellence and opportunities for our students, our staff and our region.

We have a long-standing reputation for teaching excellence of which we are extremely proud – now is the time to build further on this, through more focused and integrated applied research. Opportunities are a core element of our academic approach – not only in terms of delivering these, but through a culture of curiosity and drive instilled in our students and staff to seek and create their own. We are proud to be the only university in our city and county as this enriches our connectivity within the region but, as importantly, we relish the civic responsibilities this brings.

Equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing

Our University celebrates diversity and recognises the challenges of being human and the significance and impact of inclusion within an organisation. We are all different, with individual talents and needs. Our inclusive community of academics and professional service staff work hard to support and enable everyone to thrive and be the best version of themselves.

Across our academic and professional services, we promote an environment that challenges unconscious bias and discrimination at every level of the organisation.

We do this through:

  • Student societies that represent different identities, through our Union of Students;
  • Staff-led diversity and inclusion groups that encourage input and involvement from students;
  • Events to mark regional, national and international days that celebrate and raise awareness of diversity;
  • Challenging barriers to inclusion and influencing change throughout all university environments and life; and
  • Developing an Allies and Role Models programme to demonstrate supportive visibility to all students and staff however they identify.

The roles

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Terms of appointment

The salary grade for both roles is Senior Management Family – Level C.

Additional benefits include:

  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Death in Service benefit (3 x salary)
  • 30 days holiday with the option to purchase up to 5 additional days
  • Eligibility for the Teachers’ Pension Scheme

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 Pro Vice-Chancellor, Technology role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 920 or xxxx. For the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health role, please contact Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 920 or xxxx.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of 3 pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the person specification criteria.
  • Please include details of two referees in either your CV or covering letter, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
  • Please complete the relevant Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form below:

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the corresponding AQ reference numbers above.