University of Roehampton
Thank you for your interest in the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Roehampton.
Grounded in the foundation principles of our four colleges, we want to change lives by helping our students develop the confidence, knowledge and adaptability they need for a successful graduate career and fulfilling life. Our purpose guides our approach to delivering excellent teaching and world-class research, supported by an outstanding student experience.
Our Enabling Strategies 2019–2025 set out the University’s 2025 targets. The Enabling Strategies are organised under three themes:
One of three Pro Vice-Chancellor positions at the University, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) will lead on the advancement and delivery of our ‘Student Education’ strategy. Working closely with the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, the post holder will provide proactive cross-university leadership to ensure that Roehampton provides an exceptional and coherent learning environment and experience that helps students reach their potential and effectively prepares them for graduate life. They will build strong relationships across the institution and focus on delivery at pace, inspiring others around this important agenda.
The successful applicant will be inclusive, committed and inspirational in their leadership style. With a flair for interaction, you will encourage others’ ideas, initiative and creativity while developing a sustainable, high-performance culture built on continuous improvement. Our University continues to change and evolve, driven by our exceptional and committed community of staff and students. To realise our full potential, our new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) will collaborate closely with these groups, forging strong and purposeful relationships aimed at driving excellence in our education provision.
We have a diverse and therefore high performing senior team and are especially keen to hear from candidates who can contribute to this diversity.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Roehampton has a history in education through our four Colleges dating back over 183 years. Our Colleges were founded in the 19th Century and were pioneers in teacher training. Through our oldest College, Whitelands, we have provided higher education to women for longer than any other university in the country.
Our four Colleges are:
Southlands College was founded in 1872 by the Methodist Church. This College is the home of the Faculty of Business and Law and the two Schools within it, namely Roehampton Business School and Roehampton Law School.
Whitelands College, established in 1841 by the Church of England, is the home of the School of Life and Health Sciences and the School of Psychology.
Digby Stuart College, founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, in 1874, is the home of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Froebel College has secular foundations and was established in 1892. The College takes its name from Friedrich Froebel, the German educational pioneer and is the home of the School of Education.
The values of social progress inspire the educational missions of all our four colleges. These values, in turn, inform the academic life of Roehampton, including our teaching, research and engagement with communities and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.
Today, our Colleges help us provide the friendly, welcoming community that makes Roehampton so distinctive, supporting student wellbeing, social life and the wider student experience. They also help engage our thriving global community of graduates to engage in socially responsible behaviours and reflective practice.
Our beautiful parkland campus is in southwest London, close to Putney, Hammersmith and Wimbledon, and within easy reach of central London. In addition to stunning gardens and heritage buildings, including a conference centre, it has state-of-the-art specialist teaching facilities, a world-class library and a media centre with its own teaching cinema. The campus continues to undergo transformation to accommodate new curriculum areas and saw the opening of our Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre in 2022. This year we will start on the construction of new Engineering teaching facilities.
Studying and working with us gives our students and staff the best of both worlds: the friendly community feel of a traditional university campus, and the energy, culture and connections of one of the greatest cities in the world.
To meet our goals and shape who we become over the years to come, the University has developed Enabling Strategies. These strategies are built on three themes, each essential to our future success and underpinned by our existing strengths.
The three themes are:
The experience of studying at Roehampton should be distinctive and transformational across all levels of study. The quality of the Roehampton experience and the sense of community must apply to all of our students, whether they are studying on campus, online or with one of our partners.
Research and Knowledge Exchange
Our excellent reputation for research reflects a distinctive culture that has been built throughout our long history. During this time we have grown a research environment that fosters an inclusive, collaborative, and inspiring community.
Our research profile is well-balanced, well-managed and recognised for its quality, reach and significance to the world. Research is also fundamental to our teaching, it shapes our curricula and enriches the experience of our students.
This theme is focused on how we will grow in an environmentally sustainable way and create the financial headroom to invest for the future, developing the infrastructure we need to deliver on our strategic aims.
Climate change is one of the most urgent and significant issues of our time. We will respond by ensuring we are as environmentally sustainable as we can be ourselves, but also by driving change and awareness through the education we provide, the research our staff undertake, and in how we manage our estate and procure and deliver our services.
For full details on our enabling strategies click here.
Job title: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Reports to: Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Reports: Head of Educational Development; Head of Strategic Academic Partnerships, Dean of Students.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) will report to the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor with a dotted line to the Vice-Chancellor, and lead on the advancement and delivery of our ‘Student Education’ enabling strategy. The post holder will provide proactive cross-university leadership to ensure that Roehampton provides an exceptional and coherent learning environment and experience that helps students reach their potential and effectively prepares them for progression to graduate outcomes. You will build strong relationships across the institution and focus on delivery at pace. The post holder will be a member of the University Executive Board and will regularly report to this group.
The successful applicant will be inclusive, committed and inspirational in their leadership style, encouraging others’ ideas, initiative and creativity while developing a sustainable, high-performance culture built on continuous improvement. For the University to reach its full potential, s/he must be able to forge solid and purposeful internal and external stakeholder relationships.
Senior Management responsibilities
Education & Qualifications
Experience & Knowledge
Attributes and skills
The post is located in Roehampton. We expect the post-holder to spend a majority of the working week on campus and live within commuting distance of campus during the week. The post-holder should also be to attend campus events at the weekend when required, for instance for open days.
Competitive salary dependent on relevant skills and experience.
The University support membership of the Teachers Pension Scheme and a defined contribution scheme provided by Royal London.
Private Health Insurance
Private health insurance will be offered as a taxable benefit
31.5 days per annum.
Excellent provisions in relation to family friendly leave and pay. Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 Confidential Support Staff and family members in their household have access to a free, external confidential support service for work, financial, legal, family and personal problems 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University, an executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 21 June 2023.
AQ Reference: AQ1903
Applications should consist of:
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact
Samantha Bryan-Ross on firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0)7510 384 713 or Ed Pritchard on email@example.com, +44(0)7980 817 927.
|Longlisting||Tuesday 27th June|
|Preliminary Interviews with Anderson Quigley||29th June - 4th July|
|Shortlisting||Friday 7th July|
|Final Panel Interviews||Monday 17th July|